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Venice Volunteer Sadie Burr: ‘My world has become worthwhile again.’

Sadie Burr’s bright blue eyes twinkle with enthusiasm as she talks about her volunteer “job” at the Venice Friendship Center, where she manages the Information Desk once a week. Greeting visitors with a warm smile and an ability to intuit what might interest the newcomer, she is the best ambassador the Friendship Centers could pos...

Sixth Annual Health and Wellness Expo April 23 at Venice Friendship Center

If you'd like to learn more about programs, services and activities in the Venice area, don't miss the Sixth Annual Health and Wellness Expo from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 23 at the Venice Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive in Venice. "Presented in partnership with the Senior Outreach Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, this is a wonderful ...

Wells Fargo Grant Will Help Support Senior Economic Security Program

Wells Fargo has awarded a $5,000 Community Development grant to the Friendship Centers for the Senior Financial Stability and Economic Security Initiative, a program which helps the more than 16,000 older adults age 60 and older in Sarasota County who are living below the Federal Poverty line. Through the Initiative, a Financial Security Specialis...

Venice – The Friendship Centers in Venice are pleased to offer the AARP CarFit program on Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The Friendship Centers’ campus is located at 2350 Scenic Drive. CarFit is a free interactive educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them to increa...

The Sixth Annual Senior Health and Wellness Expo, presented in partnership with the Senior Outreach Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, will be Thursday, April 23, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Venice Friendship Center, 2350 Scenic Drive.  Admission is free and highlights include a silent auction and giveaways, entertainment, free heal...

On Wednesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. the public isinvited to  the Venice Friendship Center (2350 Scenic Drive) to meet Deputy Dogs of The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation. The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to providing law enforcement with exceptional bloodhounds trained for police work, at little or no charge.  ...

April 22 at Venice Friendship Center - Holocaust Survivor Pieter Kohnstam: ‘Anne Frank and How I Reached Freedom’

Peter Kohnstam, author of A Chance to Live, will share his story of the Holocaust and his friendship with Anne Frank, on Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at the Venice Friendship Center.  “I have often reflected on how a moment in history or a single, individual decision can alter the course of one’s life irrevocably. When I was ...

Mindset is a series of five classes designed to help individuals and care partners manage early stage memory loss, but also helpful to anyone seeking to improve their cognitive skills with exercises to help with brain function as well as tools for organizing information and daily activities and strategies to improve communication.  The p...

Venice Friendship Centers’ Third Annual Classic Car Show Winners
Saturday, March 21, was a beautiful morning for a car show, and the Friendship Centers’ campus in Venice on the Intracoastal Waterway provided a welcoming venue for the third annual Venice Friendship Centers Classic Car Show.
Earl Grey on the Fairway April 23 in Fort Myers
Buy Tickets  Sponsorships Earl Grey on the Fairway from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. April 23 at the Renaissance Club in Fort Myers includes a scrumptious luncheon with savory treats to enjoy,  a fashion show and silent auction, important information for family caregivers, and more! And it's all for a great cause: The Friendship Centers' Adult Day Services in Lee County! Check out Sponsorship Opportunities.  Reserve your place.

Sarasota resident Deborah Colasante has been a full-time caregiver for her elderly mother, Jennie, for several years. Colasante, who was an optometrist up north, is not currently licensed to practice in Florida. Due to her inability to work and her need to help her mother, Colasante, 59, has experienced several financial struggles. She shared her s...

Rick Taylor has been struggling to obtain steady employment for years due to his age and severe health issues. He is raising his 5-year-old son, Matthew, on his own. Senior Friendship Centers has helped Taylor cover some of his expenses using Season of Sharing funds. Taylor spoke to Herald-Tribune correspondent Abby Weingarten.  See story here...

Friendship Clinics in Sarasota and Venice Now Accepting Patients 50 and Older
Friendship Centers Clinics in Sarasota and Venice have lowered the age to 50 to better serve the needs of older adults in our communities. 
Friendship Centers Charlotte Featured in Harbor Style Magazine

The headline says it all: "Secret Angels." In The Giving Issue, November's Harbor Style Magazine, writer Carol Bruyere profiles two  programs who are quietly making life easier for older adults in Charlotte County: OCEAN (Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network) and The Friendship Centers. Check it out.

Sign up on line now and plan to be part of the  Senior Hunger Task Force Team  for the Feed Families Hunger Walk  Jan. 17 at Miromar Outlet Mall, 10801 Corkscrew Road,  in Estero.  Your support will help provide monthly food bags for seniors in need through The Friendship Centers.  Please be aware, in order for the Fr...

The holidays often present special challenges for caregivers. While it's an exciting time,  extra activities, visits with family and friends, interruption of schedules and overall stress can take the fun out of the season. Powerful Tools has been called a “lifechanger” for caregivers, reducing stress, and changing negative self...

TALLAHASSEE —  Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing the Senior Friendship Center in Venice as a PSC Helping Hand for helping raise public awareness about the Lifeline Assistance telephone discount program and energy and water conservation. “For senior residents in need, the Friendship Center, like its nam...

Venice Friendship Center Yearbook Launch Party Oct. 10
Remember your senior yearbook -- the people, places and things that made youth such a special time of life? Fast forward to The Venice Friendship Center’s 2013/14 Yearbook, fresh off the presses. It captures the fond memories of Friendship that today’s “seniors” now age 50+ - enjoy.  Join  us for the Yearbook Launch Party on Friday, Oct. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the Center, 2350 Scenic Drive. 
You love your home, but will it meet your needs in twenty years? Learn what you can do now to make your house a home for life.  Join us for “At Home After 50,” Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m in the Dywer Room of the Friendship Center for Healthy Aging, 1900 Brother Geenen Way in Sarasota. The program is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 941.556.3268 for reservations.  Certified Aging in Place Specialist Carolyn Sithong will present AARP's Home Fit program ,...
Friendship Centers Welcome Marty Katz , Director of Development and Marketing

Marty Katz is the new Director of Development at Marketing for Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. Katz comes to the Friendship Centers from the New College Foundation, where she served as associate director of community outreach and marketing.  Prior to that she worked as development director of community resources with Jewish Family and Children...

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