UNITE Award Winner Announced
Bob Janes Triage Center takes $25,000 collaboration prize
Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA announced yesterday that the Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter was the winner of the inaugural UNITE (Uniting Nonprofits In Teaming for Excellence) Award and the $25,000 cash prize.
Established by Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and supported by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the Unite Award is a regional award that recognizes successful nonprofit collaborative models across the five county area that exemplify excellence and community impact. Its goal is to provide information to the nonprofit community about collaborative models that have succeeded in our area and to share proven effective practices for nonprofits working together.
The winner was announced at the annual Myers, Brettholtz & Company’s full-day nonprofit seminar held at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. In addition, each of the runners up, Families First: Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida Inc. and Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. and Southwest Florida Addiction Services/Lee Mental Health Merger received $2,500 thanks to funding made available by the Wayne Smith of the Smith Family Foundation who wished to reward the other finalists for their dedication to collaboration in the community.
“Each of the 27 entries we received were inspiring,” said Lori Sampson-Wilson, principal of Myers, Brettholtz. “It clearly shows that our regional nonprofits are working together to achieve positive collaborative results.”
The Bob Janes Triage Center/Low Demand Shelter is a collaboration with the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, law enforcement, Lee Memorial Health System, SalusCare, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the United Way.
“Our collaborative with Child Care of Southwest Florida and the Children's Network has enabled us to keep children out of the child welfare system and strengthen the family unit,” said Jill Turner, founder and CEO of CACSWFL. “We have all learned how to create a new program and grow it while staying true to our original mission. The three agencies play well together.”
The merger between the area's leading agencies for mental health and substance abuse disorders, Southwest Florida Addiction Services and SalusCare, created a new not-for-profit entity allowing more patients to receive needed care, more access points for care and ease in registering for treatment.
“The SalusCare team is excited to have our efforts to improve critically needed services recognized and we are equally excited by the new ways we have of serving individuals and families in need as we celebrate our first six months of operations as a new company,” said Kevin Lewis, president and chief executive officer of SalusCare.
To be eligible for the first year’s award, a collaboration had to:
For more information on the UNITE Award, call 239-939-5775 or visit Myers, Brettholtz & Company’s website at www.mbcopa.com, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s website at www.floridacommunity.com or the United Way’s website at www.unitedwaylee.org.
LAST UPDATED 1/16/2014