FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers center for at-risk kids is getting the support it needs to keep its doors open. Quality Life Center was facing foreclosure, and the task to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop that from happening.
City Council voted last night to give Quality Life Center the final $235,000 it needed to pay its mortgage.
The center, or the Q as it's called, was short more than $950,000. It had been fundraising on its own, and was able to come up with about $365,000 in private pledges from donors, including Finemark Bank and Magic Johnson.
Last night, council members pledged all or portions of their neighborhood improvement funds to the Q, and the mayor pledged his budget. Council then voted to close the gap with about $60,000 from reserves. If you add it up, that brings Quality Life Center's funds to about $600,000.
The rest of the $350,000 mortgage payment is being forgiven by Fifth Third Bank.