A late September announcement raised some eyebrows: Care Resource Community Health Centers would not host its annual “White Party” in November.
The reaction was understandable. The event goes back years and is a tradition for the organization and its supporters. It serves as a major fundraiser and promotes awareness of everything the group does in health and support services across South Florida.
Indeed the organization itself emerged from the White Party – which was born in Miami in the midst of the worst of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. (The group was called the Health Crisis Network at the time).
Last year’s White Party took place at Miami’s historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where the original party happened and where it’s been hosted off and on for years since. About 400 people attended.
Care Resource’s Jonathan Walsh said there won’t be a party this year, but not to worry. Think of this year’s cancellation more as a postponement. (More on that later.)
The look ahead
Care Resource began in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but expanded in 2009 to become a community health center to include primary medical, dental, behavioral health care and case management. The organization runs a food pantry and other social support services as well.
It’s also a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves men, women, youth, and children of all ages, races, and ethnicities.
The massive $33 million expansion project is scheduled to be completed in May 2020. It will allow the group to at least double the amount of people it currently serves.
The organization has grown 471% since 2010.
“That’s very exciting. We’re poised to grow even more,” Walsh said.
The existing development is going from two-stories and 22,000 square feet to seven-stories and 55,000 square feet.
For the first time, its Food For Life Network and nutritional center will be located in the same building.
Care Resource’s Midtown Miami location is at 3510 Biscayne Blvd. There are also locations in Little Havana, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale. More information is at careresource.org.