Local agencies and business are partnering on a new educational clinic
for area homeless citizens that will kick-off on Oct. 10, 2012, 2:00 pm, World Homeless Day. Future educational clinics will occur quarterly
Fort Myers Schwinn, Lee County EMS, Community Cooperative Ministries,
Inc., The Lee County Homeless Coalition, Rotary South and BB&T-OTC
have joined forces to launch quarterly bike clinics to educate and provide homeless citizens information about bike safety and maintenance.
The clinic will be held at CCMI’s Everyday Café located off of Martin
Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Dunbar. Homeless residents will learn about
pedestrian and bike safety including rules of the road, how to change
flat tires, brakes, maintenance tips and more.
The class is open to 80 participants but the first 50 to register and
attend the 45-minute clinic will receive a complimentary water bottle,
travel size sunscreen and a bike tube voucher. Eligibility to receive
the bike tube voucher will require proof that the bicycle is used for
employment, education or other “self-help” advancement.
World Homeless Day, held on the 10th day of October annually, draws
attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provides
opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to
homelessness. Millions of people around the world are expected to mark
World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of
homeless people in their local community.
According the Lee County Homeless Coalition, on any given day there
are an estimated 2,800 persons without a place to call home in Lee County.
Participants must register in advance as space is limited. To register
for the clinic, please contact Jo Ellen Keller, 332-7687, ext. 116