Left to Right: Children’s Services Council Executive Director Sean Boyle, Jonathan Holmes, Will and Tatiana Dyer, Cindy Bridges, Heather “sHERO” Wells, Dorrian Bridges.
Left to Right - Cathy Wilson, Ilena Luts, Whole Family Health Center CEO Marie Andress, Sophia North, Will Peck, Dyer General Manager Jonathan Holmes, Dallas Steiger
The Inner Truth Project
The May award recognizes The Inner Truth Project, a St. Lucie County nonprofit organization which works with survivors of sexual assault and abuse and provides support, healing, hope, and strength. Whether it’s counseling, support opportunities, yoga, community resource assistance, writing groups, or social gatherings, The Inner Truth Project works tirelessly to help survivors speak their own inner truths and rise above the trauma and shame of sexual assault to move forward to a better and brighter future.
Left to right: Liam, Isla, and Tatiana Dyer, Ginger (dog), Tonya Wismer, Rebekah Sposato, Jay Wismer.
Dyer Difference Award Helps Provide Testing
It’s no secret that life, as we know it, has changed dramatically during the past several months because of the global COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the changes to our daily lives and work habits, millions of individuals throughout the country lost their jobs, and many times, that job loss also leaves whole families without health insurance and adequate health care.
Since 1995, Whole Family Health Center, a nonprofit organization which was initially created as an AIDS Research and Treatment Center for the Treasure Coast, has been serving uninsured and under-insured individuals. In 2013, Whole Family Health Center expanded its services to include wellness visits, well-child services, immunizations, diabetes care, hypertension, diagnostic lab, screenings, emergency coverage, psychiatry and counseling services, case management, and many other offerings. Families and individuals of all ages maintains an on-site pharmacy for affordable access to prescription medication and offers services at a sliding-fee scale to ensure affordability for every patient.
Most recently, Whole Family Health Center has begun offering COVID-19 testing for individuals who have had primary exposure or are experiencing symptoms of the deadly virus. They are also offering rapid antibody testing to the community at-large and are working hard to connect with patients in an effort to ensure affordable and quality health care for every member of the community. Since the health and well-being of the community are vitally important to the members of the Dyer staff family, the Dyer Difference Award Selection Committee chose to recognize Whole Family Health Center with the July Dyer Difference Award and $3000 check.
Left to Right: The Inner Truth Project Founder Mindi Fetterman, Jonathan Holmes, Angela Moabed, Back: Dallas Steiger, Jim Carr, Cathy Wilson
The Humane Society of Saint Lucie County
The June Dyer Difference Award also focuses on survival and moving ahead in a positive direction as the Humane Society of St. Lucie County was recognized for its persistence in the mission of wanting to find a better, healthier life and forever family for abused and neglected animals throughout St. Lucie County. The Humane Society of St. Lucie County has spent much of the past year revamping, reorganizing, and recommitting to its purpose, and with management, a new board, and leadership to help promote the organization’s mission of providing compassionate care and safe shelter for homeless animals while educating the community on responsible pet ownership.
Angela and Jonathan Holmes
Saint Lucie County Award Recipients 2020
The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation
The Dyer Difference Award for March was presented to the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation, which works, not only to save the wild turkey population, but also to fund conservation efforts locally and throughout Florida to ensure that the natural beauty of Florida will be around for generations of humans and wildlife to come. To help raise funds for the organization, Florida Wild Turkey Foundation recently hosted a steak dinner, live auction, and game event at the famed Adams Ranch just west of Fort Pierce.
The Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation
They’re peaceful, slow-moving, and gentle, and they never turn down a good meal or a warm bath, and luckily for all of us, manatees live right in our neighborhood. Because the gentle giants we’ve come to know as “sea cows” are big and eat a lot – up to 150 pounds of food per day, nearly all of it plant matter, they help maintain our fragile marine ecosystem naturally. But the manatee population is endangered, so to help educate us about the importance of this good and gentle neighbor, the Dyer Difference Award for February in St. Lucie County was presented to the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation. A small, but vital and enthusiastic group of volunteers, the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation members help provide environmental education programs, exhibits, and transportation to thousands of visitors of all ages and encourage learning about, respecting, and preserving sea cows.
Family Meals Inc.
On Saturday, May 2nd, however, the whole team took operations outside, as Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce partnered with Family Meals, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Louden Pools, and CareBag for an emergency food Drive Through Giveaway. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., a lane of traffic on US1 was closed to accommodate the myriad of vehicles that pulled in through one entrance, received a bag of fresh vegetables, pantry foods, and toiletries loaded into their car by a masked, but smiling volunteer, and headed back onto the road with some delicious, nutritious vegetables and a glimmer of hope courtesy of Family Meals, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Louden Pools, and CareBag, and the Dyer Difference Award. It was no surprise that the Dyer Difference Award committee chose to recognize the organizations who are coming to the aid of families during such a difficult time.
Left to Right: Johnny Sullivan, Sr., Jonathan Holmes, Denise Helms, Ilena Luts and Rocky Stone
Ginger's Pet Food Pantry
The pandemic has also had a monumental impact on every aspect of life in St. Lucie County. In addition to the people and the economy being negatively affected by the coronavirus, many of the area’s four-legged friends have found themselves in dire straits, too. When pet owners lose their jobs or homes and are struggling to shelter and feed their own families, it is often the pets who become victims of scarcity. Ginger’s Pet Food Pantry, the only nonprofit pet food pantry in St. Lucie County, provides dog and cat food to the Salvation Army program in both Fort Pierce and Okeechobee.
This labor of love nonprofit organization has also assisted families whose homes have been lost to fire and works tirelessly to allow families to keep their beloved pets rather than turn them over to overcrowded shelters in an act of desperation and despair. Recognizing the important role pets play in our lives and in each of our families, the Dyer Difference Committee chose to recognize the mission of Ginger’s Pet Food Pantry with a Dyer Difference Award.
Empowering our communities, accelerating the future.
Left to Right: Brandon Reynolds, Jim Carr, Rocky Stone, Shannon Kinnett, Will Peck, Jonathan Holmes, Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation members Erik Winterstein, John Mead, Rachel Tennant and Bob Lynch, Tatiana & Will Dyer
Left to Right: Kneeling: Cindy Riesgo, Cole, Sandee Allen
Standing: Angela Moabed, Melissa McInTurff, Brian Lloyd, Dr. Leonard Fox, Dan Wire, Jane Rowley, Jonathan Holmes
The Lindsay School of the Arts
The Lindsay School of the Arts, a completely free, after school performing, fine, and visual arts center for children aged eight to 18. Organized in 2018, the purpose of the Lindsay School of the Arts is to ensure that every student with a passion for the performing arts, receives the best performing arts experience possible despite his or her life experiences and background. Nearly 300 children from the community are taught, encouraged, mentored, molded, and motivated through all aspects of creativity at The Lindsay School, helping to supply students with tools and skills that can never be taken away. With the assistance of the Dyer Difference Award, thirty additional students will be able to be accepted into programs at The Lindsay School.