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WHO:         Eight Days of Hope (EDOH) and The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center, a grassroots organization that works to build strong, self- sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers, Florida. 

WHAT:        Eight Days of Hope is announcing details of their nineteenth rebuild outreach to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The eight-day event will bring together hundreds of volunteers throughout the country to assist homeowners with home repairs.   The volunteers will be working in 100 homes in Harlem Heights. 

WHY:         After Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida, EDOH responded for over five weeks to aid those in need from the disaster. Now, they and other foundations, businesses, and churches are returning to provide free home repairs to families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood and bring hope to many. 

The storm surge caused catastrophic damage to the Harlem Heights neighborhood. 

To date: 

  • 300+ homes have been assessed 
  • 200+ families are in need of help rebuilding and repairing their homes 
  • 86% of homes have had gutting and mold remediation completed 

WHEN:  Thursday, March 9, 1:30 pm 

WHERE:  The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, 33908 

Interviews: EDOH Representatives –  

  • President and CEO, Stephen Tybor III 
  • Director of Operations, Chandler Gurley 
  • Kathryn Kelly, Founder, President, CEO of The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center, (239) 340-6300 
  • Additional Lee County officials and EDOH volunteer leaders will be available following the announcement.    

About Eight Days of Hope 

Except for a small staff, Eight Days of Hope is an all-volunteer organization. We serve all people regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Please visit for more information, to provide financial support, or to volunteer. 

About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center  The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. Our mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. H

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