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Support the Friendship Centers in the 2016 Giving Challenge!

On September 20 – September 21, 2016, from noon to noon, the Friendship Centers will join more than 400 nonprofits with profiles in The Giving Partner to engage our community in an exciting 24-hour online day of giving. How  it works: 1. Go to givingpartnerchallenge.org during the Giving Challenge.  2. In the search box,...

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. 
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...

The match benefits organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation, focused on boosting mission impact through earned-income strategies. SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2016) – The Patterson Foundation boosted the fundraising efforts of the six nonprofits engaged in its Margin & Mission I...

Research by Dr. William Weiss Shows Breathing Easier with Pulmonica
Can playing the harmonica make it easier to breathe for people with COPD and other respiratory problems? Recent research at the Friendship Centers by pulmonologist Dr. William Weiss, shows that the pulmonica, a specially tuned harmonica for non- musicians that exercises the diaphram and chest muscles, can improve lung function using vibrations to loosen congestion. 
Moving Forward: Friendship takes technology to a new level
Friendship Centers President and CEO Erin McLeod sees technology as important part of the future for this nonprofit organization, but the human touch always comes first. 
Moving forward: Meeting growing needs of a new generation

Incoming Friendship Centers' President and CEO Erin McLeod shares her vision of the future of the Friendship Centers. "The future of Friendship is built on the shoulders of icons: Brother William Geenen, Brother Charles Krupp, Molleen Pust and now, Bob Carter – leaders with vision, drive and dedication to the Mission. As I prepare to enter m...

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...

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.
Hey Guys! It's Time to Take Charge of Your Health

Did You Know? ....When you get a preventive medical test, you’re not just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for your family and loved ones: • Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year and are 22 percent more likely to have neglected their cholesterol tests. • Men are 28 per...

Celebrating 'People Helping People'
In May, the Friendship Centers in Sarasota and Venice honored the volunteers whose time and dedication make it possible for this organization to deliver vital services for older adults, including medical and dental clinics, senior centers, caregiver resource centers, nutrition and home delivered meals, and supportive aging services. 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. See details an...

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...

Friendship Around the World Gala Nets Nearly $120,000  to Help Seniors

The Friendship Centers’ 2015 Gala, “Friendship Around the World,” was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of patrons and dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours of planning to implement every aspect of this spectacular event. Over 250 people attended on March 10 at the Friendship Center in Sarasota, which was transf...

Friendship Centers Selected for NCOA Project to Help Isolated Seniors Use Technology
The Friendship Centers are one of seven organizations in the country to be chosen by the National Council on Aging and Verizon to be a test site for the Digital Aging Mastery Program - a pilot to help isolated seniors use technology to connect online and age in place longer. 

Celebrating 10 years at the Friendship Centers, Vice President Erin McLeod talks about the growth and impact of the Friendship Centers in Southwest Florida.

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.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to dat...

Allie Krider-Harrison Named Executive Director of the Friendship Health Clinic Collier

Allie Krider-Harrison has recently joined the Friendship Health Clinic as Executive Director. As the administrator of the operation, she will be responsible for day-to-day operations, outreach, fund development and community partnerships. Krider-Harrison, originally from Fort Lauderdale holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Administration ...

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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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