Donations needed!

As part of Caridad Center’s efforts to meet the growing need for increased services, we're excited to announce we will be moving into our new 11,000 square foot expansion by the end of July with a ribbon cutting in the fall! This project will improve and make more space for our medical clinic, dental clinic, social services, and administrative offices.  

With the expansion, the medical clinic will have six renovated exam rooms and six new exam rooms, a mental health counseling room, a breast care education room, and a three-room vision clinic. The dental clinic will receive four new exam rooms (nine total) with one equipped for oral surgery, a sterilization room, and a laboratory. The expansion will also include administrative offices, conference and multi-purpose rooms, plus additional storage space.

In June, Laura Kallus, Caridad Center CEO, appeared on WPBF News to talk about the project. 

"We see about 25,000 patient visits each year in our clinic, and we've been over capacity for at least ten years," Kallus said. "We have the brightest, most talented doctors in the nation that call Palm Beach County home and they're willing to show up, do their part, and provide care for free."

Right now, Kallus said Caridad Center is asking for donations to help fill in the gap of about $500,000. 

"We're down to the last stretch," she said. "We need to outfit our exam rooms, we need dental chairs, exam tables, desks, and computers. It's the last $500,000 that'll really bring this into fruition for us and really help us serve this community." 

Please click here if you can help and donate. Thank you!
Melanoma Clinic set to open later this year

The much-anticipated Melanoma Clinic is set to open in the next few months and offer services for detection and treatment of skin cancer. 

The project is spearheaded by Dr. John Strasswimmer, Medical Director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program of the Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton. Dr. Strasswimmer recently told the Sun-Sentinel these services are crucial, particularly for those who work outside in South Florida. 

"Wear sun-protective clothing, avoid the sun, and especially tanning booths," Strasswimmer said. "Be aware of new dark spots or a changing dark spot and trust your doctor."

About Dr. Strasswimmer

Dr. Strasswimmer is the Medical Director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Program at the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which is affiliated with Moffit Oncology, Florida’s only level one National Cancer Institute center. He serves on the faculty at FAU's Medical School in the departments of Surgery (Dermatology) and Biochemistry. At the Caridad Center’s 2016 Gala, he was presented with the Special Recognition Award.
What is melanoma?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. These cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. These tumors originate in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Melanoma kills an estimated 10,130 people in the US annually. Learn more here
New Health Screenings

On the third Thursday of every month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., we are now offering free glucose, blood pressure, and HIV screenings. Anyone and everyone is welcome. 

Mark your calendar!
Don't miss these upcoming events

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party
Shop for a great cause at Kendra Scott! 20% of sales will be donated to Caridad Center
Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Location: Kendra Scott in Boca Raton's Mizner Park; 411 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL

The Caridad Ball
Be a part of our biggest fundraising event of the year!
Date: February 18, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa; 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL
Click here for more info and tickets
Special thank you!

Thumbs up for Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida!

Thank you to Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida for awarding us with a $25,000 grant for our pediatric dental unit!

Three cheers for Boca West Foundation!

Big thank you to Boca West Foundation for a more than $112,000 grant to help us continue serving families and, in particular, children! The money will help us provide medical/dental services to 400 children, disease prevention education to 1,500 kids, and emergency assistance to 500 families. It will also assist us in equipping a pediatric dental unit. 

"Shed and Shred" success with IberiaBank!

Our "Shed and Shred" event with IberiaBank was a smashing success in May! Thanks to everyone who brought documents to be shredded and donated gently used clothes! The event raised $550 for Caridad Center, which IberiaBank has matched to make the total $1,100! 

New at Caridad

We're thrilled to announce one new member of our team and a new role for a familiar face at Caridad Center!

Sharon Anderer (left photo) has joined us as our new finance director. She is graduate of S.U.N.Y Albany and began her career in public accounting. She has more than 25 years experience in accounting and financial reporting for various for-profit and non-profit organizations. Sharon comes to us from Donna Klein Jewish Academy, a non-profit Jewish Day School, where she has spent the last ten years. 

Jezabel Maisonet (right photo) has successfully worked with our P.E.T. (Prevention, Education, and Treatment) Program for the past 12 years and will now be taking on a new role as our clinic director. She is bilingual and has more than ten years experience as a registered nurse and quality revision specialist in a hospital setting. She brings an extensive background in clinical procedures in emergency, medical, surgical and immunization. 

Please congratulate both ladies!



The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has recognized Caridad Center volunteer, Emma Vasallo (center), as Volunteer of the Year! We're proud of you, Emma, and thank you for all you do!

Volunteer Spotlight

The doctor is in!

Thanks to radio host, David Dipino (right), for having Dr. Steve Cohen on his iHeart Radio healthcare program, "Doctors Are People, Too."

Dr. Cohen volunteers his time at Caridad Center practicing internal medicine for our patients. Like all of our amazing medical professional volunteers, he's passionate about helping others.

Aside from medicine, Dr. Cohen loves golf and traveling. Fun fact: he even has a law degree (though he's never used it). Thank you, Dr. Cohen!

Donate online at www.caridad.org
Please remember us when doing your planned giving or preparing your will.
Or mail: Caridad Center, 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. 
Boynton Beach, FL 33472