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STIR IT UP 60+ Speed Dating and More Aug. 25 at The Friendship Center in Sarasota

SARASOTA – WANTED: A FEW GOOD MEN for the next “STIR IT UP 60+ Speed Dating and More…” event Aug. 25 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at The Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way), Sarasota.   “Stir it Up” is an exciting community series for persons 60+, hosted by The Friendship Centers and Kobernick-Anchin-...

MJ Scarpelli Joins Senior Friendship Health Center as Director of Development and Marketing
The Friendship Centers welcomes MJ Scarpelli,  the new Director of Development and Marketing for Senior Friendship Health Center in Naples, a not-for-profit organization providing crucial medical and dental care to the aging population of Collier County since 1985.
Friendship Center for Aging Studies
The Friendship Center for Aging Studies is an exciting new initiative of the Friendship Centers providing accredited continuing education training to local and regional professionals. Visit centerforagingstudies. com for information on upcoming programs. 
‘People Helping People’ Awards Breakfast
The Friendship Centers’ second annual “People Helping People” awards breakfast on Tuesday, Oct 18, at 8:30 am at Michael’s on East in Sarasota, will honor individuals who, through their commitment and dedication, have had a major impact on the quality of life and health for older adults in and their families. Tickets & Sponsorships
Through the years, you’ve accumulated a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom. Now, thanks to My Journey, a new initiative being launched at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota, you can record and preserve your story, in your words, to share for years to come. Imagine what a meaningful gift this could be to your children, grandchildren and future generations. 
Wells Fargo Donates $7,500 to Support Friendship Centers’ Aging Mastery Program®

Wells Fargo has awarded $7,500 to the Friendship Centers to help extend the Aging Mastery Program® launched last year. This popular five-week course empowers participants to create their own personal pathways for aging well.  Topics include Navigating Longer Lives, Exercise and You, Healthy Eating and Hydration, Sleep, Medication Managemen...

You Matter, Too! Mindfulness for Caregivers Slated  in Sarasota and Venice
You Matter, Too! is an exciting new 8-week Mindfulness Program for Caregivers providing tools to deal with stress, improve self-care and build resiliency. Offered by the Friendship Centers' Caregiver Resource Centers and Moment Health™, it begins June 6 in Sarasota and and June 7 in Venice. 
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 ...

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.
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...
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 Department of Elder Affairs’  Disaster Preparedness Guide is now online  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 temperatures. For the English edition, click here.  For the Spanish edition,...

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.

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...

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 ...

‘Flying to the Moon’ with Art Borsa, still dancing and singing at 93

Part of the secret to a long and healthy life is doing what you love. For Art Borsa, that includes singing with the Friday band at The Friendship Center in Sarasota, hangin’ with his friends and stepping out on the dance floor. Arthur Borsa spent his working years as a concrete contractor, but music was always in his heart.   The up...

Friendship Centers Venice Health Clinic:  Quality Care With a Healthy Dose of Friendship

For older adults without insurance, like Kathleen Digrugillers, the Friendship Centers Medical and Dental Clinic in Venice are a godsend. Kathleen found herself in need of healthcare, but unsure of where to find it, when she moved to Venice four years ago. She learned about the Friendship Centers Clinics through the newspaper and scheduled her firs...

Trinkets, Treasures & Tea Raises nearly $12,000 for Caregiver Resource Centers

 “Treasures, Trinkets & Tea,” a spring fundraiser for the Friendship Caregiver Resource Centers and Adult Day Services in Venice and Sarasota, on May 7  raised nearly $12,000 – double the amount last year –  to help Sarasota County Caregivers. Thank you to all who supported this event! This lovely and l...

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DeSoto Contact Information

DeSoto Senior Friendship Center

Friendship Centers
of DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266
863.494.5965
Fax: 863.494.2387
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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