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Family and Seniors Wellness Center

A campaign by Lawana Dykes

Family and Seniors Wellness Center

Women of Excellence, Inc. is launching its first Family & Seniors Wellness Center in one of the most high need communities within our nation and the city of Philadelphia.   Amid the advent of recent events, including:  the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, its impact on senior citizens and communities of color, the need for the center is even more urgent, as our nation continues to grapple with both national & international protest regarding pervasive and systemic racial disparities prompted by the death of George Floyd as a result of police brutality; followed by recent days of widespread civil unrest concentrated within our nation's largest cities and throughout our target community. Our target audience include nearly 30,000 residents who reside within zip code 19133, which has a population which is predominantly (98%) African American and  Hispanic/Latino.  The median household income of this area is $18,119 and the median family income is $19,839.  For decades, this area has also been plagued with health, education, economic and employment disparities.  The area is also notoriously referred to as the "Philadelphia Badlands," due to an abundance of open-air recreational drug markets and drug-related violence.

Our Family and Seniors Wellness Center will be located in a state-of-the-arts 9,600 square foot corporate suite within a public housing residential development serving families and seniors within the target service area. This resource hub will bring together partners from various health, mental health, education, social services, and cultural institutions from throughout the community to establish satellite programs and services in one central location.

The service offerings of the hub will follow all CDC Guidelines regarding operations and services in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  The Center will include primary health care, behavioral health & life skills counseling, afterschool tutoring, youth enrichment programs,  arts & culture activities; parent & family education workshops; senior citizen recreation & wellness programs; as well as, providing community advisories regarding COVID-19, facilitating contact tracing and the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks and hand sanitizer).  The Center will also provide GED, adult education and career development programs, including Contact Tracer training and employment opportunities. Emergency Services such as food and  clothing will also be provided, in addition to referrals for emergency housing for homeless single women and homeless female veterans for W.E.'s off-site residential facility located two blocks from the Center.  The Wellness Center will also feature a full service (on-site) barbershop and hair salon providing discounted services to children, adults, seniors and families, including an annual Free School Cuts & Curls program for school-age students.

The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life of at-risk populations within impoverished regions of the city, including children, youth, families and senior citizens, focusing our efforts on the (8) Dimensions of Wellness identified by SAMHSA (the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). 

We are now currently seeking to raise $750,000 to launch the Wellness Center by late summer of 2020.  Our goal is that the Center will serve as a successful demonstration site which can be replicated throughout the city and beyond.  Small and large donations are welcomed!  

Co-founded in 1994, by former Philadelphia Mayor, the Honorable W. Wilson Goode, Sr.. --- Women of Excellence, provides women and families in need with programs and services to improve and enhance their quality of life. www.womenexcel.net

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