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Category: Venice


Friendship Centers Sarasota Celebrates Volunteers

The Friendship Centers in Sarasota was celebrated volunteers May 20 with “Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue” hosted by President and CEO Robert Carter. Since 1973, volunteers have contributed 1,462,012 hours with an in-kind value of $40,926,367 to the communities served by the Friendship Centers. Their time and dedication make it possible...

Please note: the Friendship Centers programs and services in all of the counties we serve: Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties, will be closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day, re-opening on May 26.

Discover the Wild Side of Florida is a great opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy a summer learning adventure through the Road Scholar Program offered by the Friendship Centers.
Friendship Centers Venice Honors Volunteers
The Friendship Centers Venice celebrated volunteers May 12 with “Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue” hosted by President CEO Robert Carter. Since 1973, volunteers have contributed 1,462,012 hours with an in-kind value of $40,926,367 to the communities served by the Friendship Centers.

Two long-standing medical clinics in Collier County are tying the knot to open a new location in East Naples to streamline medical care for needy patients. The Senior Friendship Health Center and the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida will share a 6,000-square-foot clinic that is slated to open in September. Read more in this article by Liz F...

What Women 50+ Need to Know About Preventive Health Care

National Women’s Health Week, in May, serves to remind women to safeguard their health and well-being. Dr. Lana Nusbaum, a volunteer physician who treats patients 50 and over at the Friendship Centers’ Medical Clinic in Sarasota, emphasizes disease prevention through changes in lifestyle and regular screenings. Q: What is your main f...

Friendship is a Healthy Smile and a Basket of Gratitude at the Sarasota Dental Clinic
A remarkable synergy takes place when Jean Freeman, 88 arrives at the Friendship Centers Health Clinic for a dental appointment with one of her favorite people – Dr. Barry Sukoneck, DDS, FAGD.
The Heart of Caring: Helping Mom, Honoring Mom

“Caregiving is an emotional rollercoaster. I don’t know what I would have done if the Friendship Centers Caregiver Resource Center support group wasn’t there for me.” Jenny Hime Jenny Hime describes her relationship with her mother, Helen Wagner, as sometimes like “oil and water. It’s a good witch/bad witch s...

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...

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.

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...

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DeSoto Senior Friendship Center

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of DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266
863.494.5965
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