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Friendship Around the World Celebration 2017
  Friendship Around the World is our spring celebration, representing the true meaning of friendship in many languages. This year’s event will be held Sunday evening, March 12, 2017 at Michaels on the Bay at Selby Gardens in Sarasota.  Proceeds benefit the entire Friendship Centers organization.   
Under New CEO, Friendship Centers Grew Toward The Future In 2016

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} by Erin McLeod Whoever said, “Big shoes aren’t easy to fill,” was so right, and I have small feet! As I entered 2016, I was stepping into the shoes of an industry great – Bob Carter, President & CEO of the Frie...

Raise Your Glass for Friendship!
THE FRIENDSHIP CENTERS OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY’S FIRST “RAISE YOUR GLASS FOR FRIENDSHIP” EVENT TO BE HELD MARCH 28, 2017. This year’s inaugural event will feature bourbon and scotch tasting at The Turtle Club in Punta Gorda to benefit programming for older adults in Charlotte County

(Sarasota, FL)  The Friendship Centers announced four new Board of Governors members and a new chair at its recent Annual Board meeting. The Board of Governors brings together regional community leaders from five counties to the govern Senior Friendship Centers and Senior Friendship Centers Foundation. “This is an exciting time for...

The Friendship Centers to Receive Match Challenge from The Patterson Foundation to Expand Caregiving Services
SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Friendship Centers, a nonprofit organization serving seniors and the SW Florida community for more than 40 years, will receive a match from The Patterson Foundation to jumpstart its efforts to augment an entrepreneurial earned-income plan for its caregiving center and adult day service. Funds contributed to the organization by Jan. 31, 2017, will be matched dollar for dollar by The Patterson Foundation up to 50 percent of its startup/growth capital...
Friendship Centers Receives Grant of Nearly $300,000 for Health Clinics in Three Florida Counties
(Sarasota, FL) – Nov. 3, 2016 – The Friendship Centers, a non-profit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida, has been awarded a grant of $290,580 to be used to upgrade equipment and enhance medical and dental services for uninsured or underinsured clients served by its health clinics in Sarasota, Lee and Collier Counties.
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.
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.
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...

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Sarasota Friendship Center

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1888 Brother Geenen Way

Sarasota, FL 34236
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