Care Center, Author at Lake Wales Care Center

2018 Run Like You Care

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Run Like You Care is a 5k/10k race located on the shores of Lake Wailes Lake. This event is designed to raise funds for our Meals on Wheels program.

For more information about this year’s event, download the Event Flyer.


Last year we had over 142 runners participate. We appreciate the care and support given to the Meals on Wheels program and hope you will join us again this year for this fun event!

To download and print a registration form, click here.

Return form and payment to:
Lake Wales Care Center
Attn: Mandy Foster
140 E Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853


For more information please, Contact Mandy Foster
863-676-6678, ext. 1400
or email mandy.lwcc@gmail.com

Empty Bowls 2018 in Review

Thank you to all who attended the Empty Bowls

hosted by

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales

Empty Bowls is a nationwide fundraising event aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight hunger. In its 12th year, our local Empty Bowls event, “Soup-er Bowls for Hunger” is going strong.   Local celebrities, artists, and community members create original hand-painted bowls to raise awareness that there are always empty bowls. Guests enjoyed local specialty soups from 8 different restaurants as they browsed the over 200 bowls. The 2018 Featured Artist was Jayne Crews-Linton who created a masterpiece of Sunflowers that seemed realistic enough to jump out of the bow. Special Guest, Brian Holloway, former Patriots player, generously gave of his time to show his support for the cause.


A Special Thanks to…
All the local artists and community members who created beautifully painted bowls for the event.


The Band – Back Porch Revival
For entertaining guests throughout the evening with your “toe tappin’ music.”
Everyone enjoyed your sets of music. You provided nice background music within a rather noisy space.


Our Live Auction Auctioneers
Jim Weaver & Company


Our Community
To all who gave of their time and resources to make a positive impact on the multiple ways hunger affects our community.


Local Restaurants
Thank you to all of our local restaurants who generously donated their delicious soups to serve our community.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Crazy Fish Grill

Crooked Bass

Lake Wales Family Restaurant

Lake Wales Medical Center

Marketplace Café

Pedro’s Downtown Deli

Westgate River Ranch Resort


More About the Empty Bowls Project

Empty Bowls is a nationwide program begun in 1990 by an art teacher wanting to teach his students about community involvement. The basic idea for Empty Bowls is simple. Participants paint beautiful ceramic bowls that are then auctioned off at the event.

Guests come to the event and bid on a bowl to keep as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world. In exchange for a soup meal and the bowl, the guest gives their bid donation to a local charity to help fight hunger.

We at Care Center thank you for your participation today. Please know your gift will help fill empty bowls within our community.

Care Center's Hunger Relief Programs

  • Food Pantry & Basic Needs – Each week nearly 90 families come to Care Center for assistance. Case managers interview the families in order to assess their current needs. Care Center provides tangible resources such as FOOD, clothing, furniture, household items, and equipment, etc. We are also able to provide financial help with rent/mortgage, utilities, Rx, gas, and lodging.
  • Holiday Assistance – FOOD BASKETS are provided at special times of the year for local families who work hard throughout the year to make ends meet. Food drives help stock our Food Pantry with enough food to fill these baskets.
  • Meals On Wheels – provides one well-balanced noon MEAL each weekday to area shut-ins. Meals are prepared daily by the Lake Wales Medical Center and delivered to the recipients’ homes by volunteer drivers.
  • Transitional Housing – Helping families stay together. A real hand up and not just a hand out.  Families stabilize and NUTRITION improves.
  • Community Kitchen – Each Sunday, different churches and other groups throughout our community provide a hot meal to any family or individual who would like to come enjoy the food or just a time of encouragement and fellowship.


Below are some pictures from the event…



Although the Empty Bowls event is just one day in January, a year’s worth of planning, painting bowls, and organizing goes into making it happen.
We hope to see you at the Empty Bowls “Soup-er Bowls for Hunger” Event Next Year!

Kathryn’s Christian Bookstore is Moving!


We are so very excited to announce Kathryn’s Christian Bookstore will be moving across the street to a larger location! The expanded Christian Bookstore will also feature a Coffee and Ice Cream Shop. Yumm!


Keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for our opening date!


Here are a few photos of our wonderful volunteers helping to get the new place ready. Does it look familiar?




Have You Visited the NEW Dundee Surplus Thrift Store Yet?

Come visit the Surplus Thrift Store at our NEW DUNDEE LOCATION!

The Dundee Surplus Thrift Store is now located at 29696 US Hwy 27 Dundee, FL 33838. Only 1.7 miles North of the former location. We now have the space to expand our store and bring you more great savings! You will find some great deals all the while helping to support your local community. We look forward to seeing you!


2018 Clay Shoot

Lake Wales Care Center’s Third Annual Clay Shoot is fast approaching!
Shooters and non-shooters are welcome.

Click here to download a registration form.

Please return all registrations and payments by April 4, 2018

2018 Stay At Home Work Camp

Camp Dates

Camp 1: June 10-15 @ Camp Endeavor – Completed 9th-12th graders

Camp 2: June 25-29 @ h.e.a.r.t. Village – Completed 6th-8th graders

Camp 3: July 8-12 @ h.e.a.r.t. Village – Completed 6th-12th graders

Camp 4: July 22-27 @ he.a.r.t. Village – Completed 6th-12th graders

Work Campers will

WORK. Each day campers and leaders divide into work teams to do home and community projects such as roofing, painting, and general repair.  The home repairs are done for those who could not have the work done otherwise due to physical or financial limitations.


“The kids made my home a brighter place!”
– Homeowner


PLAY. In order to unwind after a day of hard work, the campers and leaders will participate in group activities.


“The activities are fun and help us unwind from our day.”
– Camper

GROW. Each day is brought to an end at an evening session that allows campers spiritual encouragement, reflection on the accomplishments of the day, and participate in group building activities.


In morning and evening sessions, we try to bring the Bible to life and show campers how to live!”
– Leader


For more information, check out our  Youth Programs & Camps page!

Click HERE for SAHWC 2018 registration!

Volunteers Make a Difference, Wherever They Are!

A volunteer, by definition, is “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.”  To Lake Wales Care Center, volunteers are even more than that – they are the people who give of their valuable time to make sure Care Center’s mission is accomplished. 

Water’s Edge, Lake Wales’ Senior Living Community, houses some wonderful volunteers that are willing to do just that. This summer, residents of Water’s Edge expressed interest in helping out, but were unable to travel to offer their time, so the Care Center simply came to them. Volunteer Coordinator Jolee Beamer set up a time in the Water’s Edge auditorium, and willing and able residents showed up in great spirits, ready to help. 

The volunteers were a big help, cheerfully taping hangers together to sell in the thrift stores and rolling silverware for the Community Kitchen that happens every Sunday. One resident mentioned how excited she was to be volunteering when she said, “We love the Care Center! You all do such wonderful work. We’re glad to help.” 

Old or young, big or small, volunteers are invaluable members of Lake Wales Care Center. There are always opportunities to serve and be a part of the people helping people helping people.

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