Brother William Geenen
"Working together we can accomplish great things."
Brother William Geenen, CSC
Founder, Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
Founded in 1973 by Brother William Geenen, CSC, to help older adults in Southwest Florida live with dignity and independence, the Friendship Centers quickly led the way in developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to the challenges of aging. A belief in "People Helping People" focusing on volunteerism, has shaped the organization since its inception, creating a national model for the delivery of services to older adults.
Between 1988 and 1991, beautiful facilities were built in Sarasota and Venice, resulting in the first Senior Campuses in the country, where older adults could access a full range of programs and services from a single location. A state and nationally recognized leader in the field of aging, Senior Friendship Centers is at the forefront in developing innovative approaches to serve the needs of older adults. While programs and services vary, what began in Sarasota County three decades ago, today benefits thousands of older adults in the six counties we serve: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota.
Programs and services include:
Friendship Centers, filled with music and activities, to address the isolation and loneliness that often comes with age.
Nutritious meals, served in an atmosphere conducive to fellowship or delivered to the homebound by friendly volunteers, to provide nutritional services to older adults.
Health Services provide low-income older adults access to health care and opportuntties for retired physicians, dentists, nurses, clinic aides and secretaries to volunteer and share their talents.
Eldercare Services enable people to live at home with dignity and independence for as long as possible.
The Living Rooms Adult Day Services offers supervised activities for older adults and respite time for caregivers.
The spirit of People Helping People -- the foundation for this non-profit organization -- continues to shape a brighter future for older adults.