Founded by Dr. Israel Suarez in 1978

Nations Association aims to enrich the Fort Myers Community and its youth in many ways.


1978- Present

Nations streamline its focus to where the need is the greatest; at-risk youth in our community. Through numerous mentoring programs, we educate and prepare these children to be able to handle the ups and downs of life, and assist them in creating a brighter future for themselves and their community.

Nations Association began with a small group of volunteers reaching out to troubled families in the community with a word of hope and a helping hand. Nations offered and continues to offer their services regardless of age, race, gender, or employment. Since 1978 Nations Association, under the leadership of Dr. Israel Suraez and MANY mentors and advisors, has initiated countless programs and services in our community to people in need:

  • Community Awareness through D.O.V.E.

  • Youth Prevention - To help with the mental and physical education of our youth. 

  • Marriage Counseling - To help couples work through the pain, anger, and resentment. 

  • Helpline - Advocates provide crisis intervention, information, and referral assistance. 

  • Accompaniment - One-to-One supportive assistance to hospital and court setting 

  • Access Provider

  • Medical Financial Assistance

  • Job Readiness-Placement

  • Financial Assistance (When is Available)

  • Clothing/Furniture Assistance

  • Translation Services

  • Beautification Projects

  • Homeless Shelter

  • Food Assistance

  • Transportation Services (Youth Program)

  • Disaster Relief         

  • Back to School Supplies

  • Scholarships (When is available)

Drug & suicide prevention
Financial Literacy
Parent Liaison-Advocate
Academic Assitance
Leadership Development
Health Fair
Community Service

Join us

You can join our mission to help save at-risk youth in Southwest Florida. The need is great and growing every day. Please donate generously, as our success depends largely on your support.

Call us at 239-332-7575

SWFL Enterprise Center

3903 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

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Staff and Volunteers

Dr. Israel Suarez

Founder and CEO

Ruth Suarez

Programs Coordinator

Doris Rivera


Executive Board of Directors

Dr. Israel Suarez

Katherine Mena

Maria Costas

Guillermo Ayala

Board of Director meet on the 4th Thursday of each month


Ryan Hamilton


Mario Juarez