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West Coast Woman Cover Features President & CEO  Erin McLeod

President and CEO Erin McLeod is featured on the cover of February's West Coast Woman.  As the Friendship Centers' first woman President and only the second President and CEO in the organization's 42 year history, Erin is leading the way to address the growing numbers and needs of older adults in Sarasota, DeSoto, Collier, Charlotte an...

(SARASOTA/VENICE) A $50,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will update and support technology for educational and wellness programs at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice. It will be used to purchase 32 laptop computers and 80 desktop computers.   “This is an investment in wellness and education that ...

New Year, New You!
It’s a great time to discover what the Friendship Centers have to offer. Learn more about our programs and services, activities and volunteer opportunities to make the most of 2016! We invite you to join us in Sarasota County for Focus on Friendship.
Discovering the Rewards of Volunteering in Paradise
For snowbirds Dr. Jerry Goodman and his wife Diana, volunteering  together at the Friendship Centers Health clinics in Sarasota and Venice is an opportunity to help seniors in need, while doing what they love.
Aging Mastery Program Begins Jan. 12 at Venice Friendship Centers
With people living longer, navigating longevity and leaning how to create your own path for aging well, present an new opportunity. Learn how to make the most of your "bonus years" in this ten-week Aging Mastery Program®  offered in January at the Venice Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive.
Making the Most of a Lifetime: Aging Mastery® Course offered in Venice in January
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, older adults in Venice will have access to a proven program that shows even small changes to one’s lifestyle can lead to a longer, healthier life. Through a community partnership with the Patterson Foundation and the National Council on Aging, the ten-week Aging Mastery Program® will be offered at the Venice Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive.
Bob Carter: A legacy of leadership and accomplishment
Retiring Friendship Centers President and CEO Bob Carter shares the accomplishments of the Friendship Centers during his tenure.
Venice Friendship Centers’ “Lights of Friendship” Dec. 9 Honors Dr. Richard Beebe

VENICE – The first “Venice Lights of Friendship,” on Dec. 9 will benefit the life-saving programs of the Friendship Centers in Venice and honor Dr. Richard Beebe, longtime Venice physician and volunteer.   Festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. on the Friendship Centers Venice campus, at 2350 Scenic Drive, overlooking the ...

SARASOTA -- "Re-imagine, Re-focus and Re-invent YOU While Caregiving," a free interactive workshop hosted by  the Friendship Centers, in collaboration with AARP,  is slated in Venice and Sarasota in December. In Venice, it  will be held Dec. 2, with registration from 12:30 – 1 p.m. and the workshop from 1 - 4 pm, in Venic...

Friendship Centers’ Living Rooms Lighten the Challenge of Caregiving

Caring for a spouse or loved one is a rewarding, but often difficult journey. Caregivers struggle with powerful feelings. Trying to balance love, commitment, responsibility and reality can feel overwhelming. Very often caregivers think the responsibility of caring for their loved one lies solely with them. What they may not know is that there are r...

The Friendship Centers Receives Match from The Patterson Foundation to Boost Fundraising for Startup Earned-Income Plan
The Friendship Centers has received a match challenge from The Patterson Foundation to jumpstart its efforts to implement the Friendship Center for Aging Studies, a new earned income program that will provide accredited continuing education training to professionals with a focus on issues, challenges and solutions specific to an aging population. The income generated will accelerate the Friendship Centers’ mission.  The Patterson Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to 50 percen...
Friendship Centers Raise More Than  $44,764 in 2015 Giving Challenge!

A huge thank you to all who supported the Friendship Centers in the 2015 Giving Challenge from noon to noon, Sept. 1-2.  The Friendship Centers was a big winner in the 2015 Giving Challenge. In addition to the monies raised during the 24 hour period and matching dollars, the Friendship Centers also received a $2,500 prize from the Herald...

Aging Mastery Program Begins Oct. 6 at Friendship Center Sarasota

New course celebrates the gift of longevity while providing the tools for aging well SARASOTA – Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, older adults in Sarasota County will have access to a proven program that shows even small changes to one’s lifestyle can lead to a longer, healthier life. Through a community partnership with the Patterson Founda...

On July 17, 2015 the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation awarded a $50,000 dollar-for-dollar match grant to the Friendship Centers in support of its medical and dental clinics in response to the funding shortfalls due to recent vetoes out of Tallahassee.  

The latest edition of the Department of Elder Affairs’ Elder Update is now available online. This particular edition is our annual Disaster Preparedness Guide, and it is chocked full of information we feel is essential in helping you through a variety of difficult situations – from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to excessively hot temperatur...

Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing Lee County’s Friendship Centers as a PSC Helping Hand for helping raise public awareness about the Lifeline Assistance telephone discount program, energy and water conservation, and utility impersonation scams.
‘Joy of Giving’ Moves Georgiades to Help Friendship Centers  Improve Dental Health for Seniors in Need

Seeing their money do good work to help others during their lifetimes motivated Dr. Richard and Jean Georgiades to make a substantial gift to the Friendship Centers Dental Clinics recently. Their generous gift of $50,000 will help improve the quality of life and health of hundreds of older adults in need in Sarasota County. “Whatever you n...

Thanks to a $9,203 grant provided by the Verna L. Grauel Fund, the Alzheimer’s Lifeliners Field of Interest Fund and the Martin and Rhoda Safer Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Friendship Centers’ “Sponsor a Senior” program will provide assistance with the cost of adult day services in the Li...

Friendship Centers Names Two to Board of Governors
Patricia Courtois and Kevin C. Maisch, both of Sarasota, have been elected to serve on The Friendship Centers' Board of Governors. Members of the Board of Governors are charged with actively supporting the Friendship Centers’ mission to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.
John Tomory: Friendly ‘Mr. Fix-It’ Loves Helping People

If you have a toaster, iron, lamp or any other non-digital appliance that needs to be fixed, The Friendship Centers Small Appliance Repair Shop in Venice may be able to help. Hours are  9 am - noon Mondays and Wednesdays. You’re likely to meet John there, and he’s sure to have stories to share.  When John Tomory and his ...

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