More than ever in the Covid era it is vital that we serve our community’s most vulnerable people: those struggling with inadequate or income insecurity, limited English proficiency, housing insecure individuals and families, those afflicted with chronic diseases and illnesses and particularly those challenged on many fronts with mental illness and wellbeing.
Poverty’s effects are far ranging. Those living in poverty are often confronted with personal and societal barriers to health and welfare optimization, resulting in conditions that include chronic illnesses and malnutrition, lack of access to vital services, weakened families and social networks, higher incidences of illiteracy and unemployment, and others. Research also confirms that individuals living below the poverty level are more likely to experience higher incidences of crime and incarceration.
Further analysis indicates that many individuals are challenged with multiple barriers to health optimization: access to or substandard healthcare, diminished health literacy, and higher rates of chronic and communicable diseases. Despite nationwide initiatives aimed at providing services to mitigate health disparities, government agencies and healthcare systems have yet to comprehend the full spectrum of components necessary that will lead to integrated and lasting solutions.
PFLC uses evidence-based approaches to deliver integrated, client-facing services across a range of platforms assisting clients challenged with income, health and nutrition, housing, food security, and educational-related issues.
Clients served are primarily individuals living in poverty in Lee County including those homeless, elderly, or incarcerated. Specific awareness is directed towards ethnic and minority groups.
PFLC holds a strategic position within the homeless network of service agencies in Lee County and partners with other social service agencies across our geographic area to expand our service impact.
Services provided include:
Social Security Administration programs including disability application assistance and filing appeals
Management of client monthly benefits, budgeting, bill paying, financial literacy, and establishing a bank account
Housing placement and housing referrals
Care Coordination involves oversight of clients’ health care needs and appropriateness of providers, scheduling doctor appointments, arranging transportation, and overall evaluation of the plan of care
Integration of health and wellness services that include on-site physician-conducted health screenings, nutritional counseling, and chronic disease education and symptom management