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Friendship Centers Receives $15,000 Grant from Wilson-Wood Foundation

Grant will help fund the Centers’ Caregiver Resource Center Outreach Program in Newtown and South Sarasota County

(Sarasota, FL) – Nov. 29,  2017 – Friendship Centers, a non-profit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years, has received a $15,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation. The funds will be used toward the development and expansion of the Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) on the Road program which was begun in 2011.

“Our Caregiver Resource Center at The Caregiving Place, offers caregivers of those with physical and cognitive challenges support through classes, education, resources and group support sessions,” said Paula Falk, director of Caregiving Services, Sarasota County.  “Through this program, we can offer support to people in areas of the county that may not know about our services,” she added.

Caregivers and families in the Newtown community will now continue to receive hands-on information and support services in their own backyard. One goal of the program is to help seniors find the information they need about caregiving and learn new ways to cope with the stresses and challenges of being a caregiver. Through this grant and other generous donors to this program, these needed services will continue and expand into South Sarasota County, and are free to anyone who needs them.

“The CRC on the Road program answers the needs of many caregivers who feel they have nowhere to turn,” said Falk. “With the additional funding, we will be able to continue this important work, letting those in our local neighborhoods know we are there to help, through their community, local faith-based groups and individually, as needed.”

The Caregiving Place also offers respite for caregivers through its Adult Day Service in Sarasota and Venice, Monday through Friday. Loved ones with cognitive and/or physical challenges receive compassionate, yet professional loving care at our licensed centers and their caregivers receive respite from caregiving duties knowing their care partners are having fun and enjoying socialization with others.

For more information about the Friendship Centers and its programs and services, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

About the Friendship Centers

The Friendship Centers serve older adults in Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee and Collier Counties. Its mission is to promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.  For more than four decades the organization has served persons 50 and older with programs and services that include medical and dental clinics, activity centers, lifelong learning, meals at centers and delivered to the homebound, caregiver support, adult day services, and case management.  Almost 700 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit or call 941.955.2122.