(Sarasota, FL) – July 5, 2017 – The Friendship Centers, a non-profit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years, has received a grant of $7,500 to help the organization make a much-needed improvement to replace and modernize the flooring material at the medical clinic. Funds are provided by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund.
“We needed to replace the flooring in the medical clinic for many years,” said Diane Willman, Director of Friendship Center Clinic Operations in Sarasota. “Not only will new flooring improve the look of the clinic, but it will provide a clean and safe environment for our patients.”
In 2016, Friendship Centers Health Clinics provided more than 15,000 patient visits in Sarasota, Lee and Collier Counties. The clinics provide care for those over 50 who are uninsured or underinsured and are in need of medical or dental care. Over 70% of the patients served are uninsured and pay on a sliding scale. For those who cannot pay, services can often be subsidized through the Centers’ “Friend in Need” patient fund.
This grant will be combined with other gifts to leverage a capping grants to complete the project.
About the Friendship Centers
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. More than 800 volunteers give their time valued at more than $3 million annually. For more information, visit friendshipcenters.org or call 941.955.2122.