The Salvation Army provides, through the We Care program, a variety of healthcare – medical and dental – services through the collaboration of qualified volunteers and staff.
We Care is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the United Way, with support from community agencies and local dental and healthcare providers. We Care offers both comprehensive specialty medical and dental care services. We Care is Lee County’s only resource for limited, no-cost care.
We Care of Lee County – Coordination of Specialty Medical Care
Healthcare services are provided to patients who are between the ages of 19-64 and who meet specified guidelines.
Providers of these specialty healthcare services are protected by sovereign immunity, as defined in section 766.1115, Florida Statutes.
- income criteria is 200% of the defined federal poverty level
- must have an acute medical condition which cannot be treated/managed by a primary care physician
- reside in Lee County for at least six months
- uninsured and not eligible for any source which would pay for the needed services (i.e., vocational rehabilitation, workman’s comp, litigation, VA, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.).
- primary care, second opinions, motor vehicle accidents, injuries or illnesses that occurred in other states or countries, cosmetic surgery, disability or disability claims, epilepsy, screenings, worker’s compensation claims, pregnancy, infertility, birth control, litigation cases, substance abuse, elective surgery, any chronic illness such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Chron’s disease, Alzheimer’s, pain management, emergency room or ambulance costs, or medical expenses already incurred. We Care is not an insurance agent and does not pay providers.
Cases must be referred by a primary care physician, clinic, or other medical facility.
We Care Dental Clinic
Made possible with the generous support of Ron Gardner, M.D., and Gardner Orthopedics, the Dental Clinic allows the Salvation Army greater opportunity to reach those who most need free dental services.
The clinic is located at 3033 Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers (33916). Before getting an appointment, those seeking dental care must first be evaluated at our 2400 Edison Avenue location. Evaluations are by appointment only. Call (239) 628-1454.
Dentists or hygienists who would like to be part of the We Care Dental Clinic should contact Paul Whitear or Lizeth Luna at (239) 628-1454.
Primary Care Clinic
Primary Care services provide treatment of minor illnesses to uninsured individuals who are homeless. Services include, but are not limited to, physical exams, x-rays, medications and sub-specialty care referrals. Care is provided by licensed healthcare providers in collaboration with Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida.
Healthcare for the homeless educates and empowers patients to have an active part in their health and well-being. This initiative also reduces the need for patients seeking non-emergent medical care in the emergency room. This comprehensive healthcare approach increases the likelihood that clients will be better equipped to enter the mainstream society.
Medical Respite Services
Our Medical Respite Unit (MRU) provides shelter while a client is recovering from an acute medical condition. The Salvation Army MRU provides homeless men and women with a no-cost, safe, and healthy environment to recover and heal from acute medical illnesses. Medical care, housing, transportation and meals are provided at no charge while the client successfully recuperates and participates in his/her “Plan for Living” and progresses toward obtaining employment, income and permanent housing.
Through on-site case management, clients who participate in our services are able to access the following in-house or by referral:
- Assistance finding permanent housing
- Vocational assessment for job placement
- Employment leads
- Life skill classes (budgeting, job interview skills, etc.)
- Counseling (domestic violence, mental health, addictions, etc.)
- GED classes
To be admitted to the Medical Respite Unit, one must be homeless/indigent with acute medical issues. Primary admission preference is given to those patients referred through Lee Memorial Health System (our community partner). Patients must be alert/oriented, medically stable with the need for recuperation, not using narcotic/pain medications and must be mobile (may have use of assistant devices). All patients must have a background check for clearance prior to admission.
Questions? Contact The Salvation Army Health Services Department at (239) 334-3745.