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Our Mission

We strive to strengthen and instill pride in family and community through the development of programs and services that cultivate self-development, teach self-discipline, build confidence, and promote cultural awareness, health, and one’s highest human potential.

What We Do

Programs

Students who complete our ACE Program made academic gains and/or maintained an A or B. The Teen Program is part of ACE.

Impact

We provide services and programs that cultivate self-discipline, personal development, build confidence and promote cultural awareness.

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When that child is taught values and is exposed to role models providing guidance, they can develop a winning spirit and a positive attitude.

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Spotlight: A Message for Our 2021 Gala Sponsors

Our 2021 Quality Life Center Gala would not have been possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. Abdul’Haq Muhammed, the Executive Director of the Quality Life Center, has a message of thanks for all those who supported our community in 2021 and beyond.

Your Donations Make a HUGE Impact

The Story Behind the Q

Quality Life Center is located in the Dunbar community – and underserved area in Fort Myers, Florida. In 1990, areas of Dunbar had serious problems with drugs and poverty.

The Building

The nightclub at the corner of MLK and Ford Street was shut down and seized by the federal government. It was well-known in the community as a haven for drug-dealing, prostitution, and money laundering, and its owner was sent to prison for running a large-scale crack cocaine trafficking ring.

For a vision of transformation, the location was perfect. Police Chief Larry Hart, Bud Boyer of the U.S. Treasury and Sherriff Join McDougall played a significant role in make the dream a reality. The SWFL Community Foundation provided funding the for the initial building plans.

The Early Years

The center began with Abdul’Haq Muhammad teaching self-development through martial arts to eight students. Joined by other families looking for constructive activities and adult role models, a program was developed to address academic underachievement while working to install values of integrity, discipline, and responsibilities, serving primarily a minority population. The goal was personal growth and character-building. Through it thrived within different venues in the Dunbar community, the center still lacked a home.

A competitive process led to Quality Life Center acquiring the building. In addition to numerous repairs, the ceiling had to be replaced and the roof had to be raised in order to comply with building code regulations. Businesses, agencies, and individuals came together to donate time, money, and materials — all so children could have a safe place to learn and grow.

The community raised $1.3 million. After a massive renovation project, the organization finally had a home — right in its Dunbar birthplace.

The Story Behind the Q

Quality Life Center is located in the Dunbar community – and underserved area in Fort Myers, Florida. In 1990, areas of Dunbar had serious problems with drugs and poverty.

The Building

The nightclub at the corner of MLK and Ford Street was shut down and seized by the federal government. It was well-known in the community as a haven for drug-dealing, prostitution, and money laundering, and its owner was sent to prison for running a large-scale crack cocaine trafficking ring.

For a vision of transformation, the location was perfect. Police Chief Larry Hart, Bud Boyer of the U.S. Treasury and Sherriff Join McDougall played a significant role in make the dream a reality. The SWFL Community Foundation provided funding the for the initial building plans.

The Early Years

The center began with Abdul’Haq Muhammad teaching self-development through martial arts to eight students. Joined by other families looking for constructive activities and adult role models, a program was developed to address academic underachievement while working to install values of integrity, discipline, and responsibilities, serving primarily a minority population. The goal was personal growth and character-building. Through it thrived within different venues in the Dunbar community, the center still lacked a home.

A competitive process led to Quality Life Center acquiring the building. In addition to numerous repairs, the ceiling had to be replaced and the roof had to be raised in order to comply with building code regulations. Businesses, agencies, and individuals came together to donate time, money, and materials — all so children could have a safe place to learn and grow.

The community raised $1.3 million. After a massive renovation project, the organization finally had a home — right in its Dunbar birthplace.

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