Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Children Living at Wolfe Apts... naplesnews.com

(Naples, FL) School age children living at Wolfe Apartments were treated to a special camp experience the week of June 20-24th, when they attended the summer horseback riding program offered at Naples Equestrian Challenge. The opportunity, funded by monies raised at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, provided these children, all of whom have experienced the trauma of homelessness, poverty and worse, the chance to ride, groom, and learn about horses firsthand for the first time in their lives. The children enjoyed camp immensely. Five year old Doris declared, “It was fun and Pick-A-Spot (one of the horses) loves me”, adding that this horse had “the bestest teefs.(best teeth)”. Six year old Edgar said, “It was the most fun ever, plus my Mom and Dad came and they said I was the best horse rider they ever saw. I know it made them happy!” St. Matthew’s House is grateful for the help from NCEF to give these children such a positive, educational experience.
Wolfe Apartments, an affordable transitional apartment complex owned and operated by St. Matthew’s House, was built in 2003 and offers a two-year supportive housing program to homeless families and individuals, as well as those who graduate out of the SMH recovery program.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised $94,500,000 in eleven years and is the most successful wine charity event in the world. The Naples Children & Education Foundation, founder of the festival, supports charitable programs that improve the lives of underprivileged or at risk children in Collier County. They are committed making a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of life of children.
This story is contributed by a member of the Naples community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Naples Daily News

Also of interest today is an Editorial: Grassroots effort... Children's Movement of Florida.


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