Monday, September 6, 2010

"Love That Dress" at Hope Chest

Hope PACE and PACE Center for Girls Fashion a Partnership

Whether you’re looking for a special dress for homecoming or a new outfit for work, try on some of the hundreds of beautiful dresses just added at Hope Chest Resale Store. These new and gently used dresses are a portion of those donated to the “Love That Dress” event held by the PACE Center for Girls September 1.

Through a joint partnership between the PACE Center for Girls and Hope PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), the dresses are now available at Hope Chest, in North Fort Myers, at a fraction of their original prices.

“We are so pleased to partner with the PACE Center for Girls to create this unique, fun shopping opportunity,” according to Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, which offers the Hope PACE program. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with the PACE Center in support of the community.”

The two organizations are unaffiliated although they have much in common, as they both focus on adding quality to the lives of others. While the PACE Center supports young women, Hope PACE helps people 55 and older to live in good health, safely and independently.

Beckwith added, “You’ll have to see the display to believe it. Hope Chest is a huge store, yet we had to make extra space to accommodate all of these beautiful outfits.” Items include formal wear, wedding gowns, business and casual dresses in all sizes and styles, along with accessories.

Proceeds from sales of these dresses at Hope Chest will be shared by the two non-profit programs.

Hope Chest is located at 13821 North Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hope Parkinson Program Presents Educational Series

The Hope Parkinson Program will present a three-part educational series in Port Charlotte in October, for those living with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

The series will focus on improving quality of life by increasing knowledge about Parkinson’s disease, with information on treatment options and ways to continue living independently.

There is no cost to attend.

The series
  • Session One: What is Parkinson’s disease? Symptoms and symptom management
    Tuesday, October 5, 10 am – 11:30 am

  • Session Two: Managing Parkinson’s through movement, exercise and the creative arts
    Tuesday, October 12, 10 am – 11:30 am

  • Session Three: Living with Parkinson’s: Being in control
    Tuesday, October 19, 10 am – 11:30 am
Location: The Hope Care Center, 3280 Tamiami Trail #46, Port Charlotte, in the Promenade

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call (239) 322-5327.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Samira K. Beckwith Named “Community Action Hero”

In recognition of her success in making “positive change happen for thousands of people every day,” Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services has been named a “Community Action Hero” by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The NASW award recognizes leaders in social work who “organize people, resources and allies to improve the lives of individuals in their community and across the country.”

Beckwith has served as President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services since 1991. Under her leadership, Hope has introduced an array of comprehensive long-term care programs in addition to hospice, which has become a model of coordinated care for other healthcare organizations. She was honored by the NASW in 2007 as a “Social Work Pioneer.”