VISION

Every person has access to the tools to achieve their fullest potential.

MISSION

To serve the people with an open heart for humanity by providing food, clothing and educational training, thus setting the pace for families to self sustain.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

VALUES

  • Integrity – All of our actions will be carried on with complete integrity
  • Dignity and Respect – Everyone who comes through our doors will be treated with respect consistent with the message of Jesus, and we will design our programs to improve the dignity and potential of each person
  • Individual Freedom – We will direct our efforts to giving individuals the opportunity to be self sustaining through meaningful contributions to the best of their ability

By The Numbers

  • 331,824 pounds of food given to the less fortunate and homeless population.
  • 9,347 individuals from 2,629 Families received food at the pantry which operates every Monday. In addition, food was provided to 3 other remote operations.
  • 27,772 meals served in a welcoming and supportive environment, in the Café which serves five nights a week (22,989 served on site and an additional 4,783 meals delivered to the homeless)
  • 476 Children received sneakers and grade-appropriate stuffed backpacks.
  • 812 Children received Christmas gifts with a visit from Santa.
  • 325 Children attended an Easter Egg Hunt, which also provided bags of food in time for Easter.
  • Health screenings and appropriate treatments were provided throughout the year.
  • We have been successful at getting individuals to obtain appropriate insurance coverage, directed into treatment as appropriate and moved into housing wherever possible.
  • 18 Children received after school help Monday through Thursday while school is in session.
  • 12 individuals receive English as a Second Language classes once a week.
  • We are an approved location for individuals who are required by the courts to do service hours. They have been extremely valuable in maintaining the building and managing the garden.

All of this is done with a total VOLUNTEER operation.  No one receives a penny for their work. All our operation is funded by generous donors and various grant opportunities. Specifically, Florida Gulf Coast University, St. Ann Parish of Naples, Florida Southwest College, St. Andrew Parish of Cape Coral, Lee County, Tice Historic Association, Plant Pure Florida, ECHO, and the State of Florida.

A Glimpse Into Our History

In 2006 Fernando and Mercedes Castillo began a venture, with their family, to serve the community by taking food and clothing to the neighborhoods most in need throughout Lee and Collier Counties. God has been very good by directing so many people to help and support His mission.

The ministry originally began serving people at Jesus the Worker Parish. When that building was taken down, the mission moved to trailers on the AFCAAM property. Then in 2011, the outreach moved to a mobile effort.

The ministry continues to grow. Now, a more formal Community Outreach Program has been created in a building in East Fort Myers, on Palm Beach Boulevard, to serve over 1,000 families in need. The facility contains:

  • Pantry, Café and Distribution Center
  • Classes in English as a second language
  • Literacy program
  • Cooking, sewing, and basic general construction programs
  • Resources to help women with domestic violence and human trafficking
  • Notary services
  • Additional resources to sustain the quality of lives and redirect those in need to an independent and successful personal future.

The programs have been supported by many churches, businesses and individuals with generous donations of food, clothing and children’s gifts. Without these donations, and financial support from so many caring people, the ministry’s work would not be possible.

These ministry programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Christmas with Santa: Gifts for children are organized and distributed
  • Thanksgiving: Feeding over 700 families
  • Easter: Serving meals and celebration
  • Children: More than 700 children are provided back-to-school supplies, backpacks, and shoes.
  • Elderly: provides food and clothing to the elderly community in Immokalee
  • Physically Challenged: provides food and clothing to those who are hindered by physical challenges.
  • Migrant Outreach: Serving the migrant community with prayer service, food and clothing.

We invite you to visit us at 4711 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers. It will be our pleasure to see you and give you a guided tour of our humble space which houses an “abundant heart”.

Please help us to continue to make a difference.

The Stories are What Matter

“It all started on January 26, 1984 when a beautiful baby girl was born. Her name is Jennifer Germain McClain. She has 12 other siblings – 3 of which are deceased. I was taken away from my mother within 3 months of my birth. I was dying of malnutrition…”

LISTEN TO HER FULL STORY PODCAST