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Community

An intergenerational gardening collaboration with students from the Ringling College of Art & Design resulted in long-empty window boxes being filled with colorful flowers and the planting of an aromatic herb garden.  

 

Community Engagement

A nonprofit, social services organization like Friendship Centers believes in the value of forging partnerships with the communities we serve. In fact, it is absolutely vital to our survival. These might be government agencies, colleges and schools, chambers of commerce, religious organizations, or other nonprofits.  We are very proud that our reputation for stewardship in the area of senior services has made us an appealing and sought-after partner. Check out our Affiliations section for an up-to-date list of our community partners in each of the counties where we have services. We offer special community-based  programming at our centers, and while some are temporary, many are ongoing. Please check out some of our community projects below:

Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County Program

Thanks to the generosity of a mutual donor with a desire to connect children and older adults, Friendship Centers and Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County have had a successful intergenerational literacy program for the past few years with a goal to interact, educate and empower each other through reading.

This program enhances and reinforces the educational curriculum while contributing to student learning and personal growth, and enriching the lives of senior adult participants. Outcomes include a greater motivation to learn, enhanced self-esteem and cultural sensitivity between generations. To learn more call Robert Rogers at 941.556.3223.

LGBTQ+ Programs

Friendship Centers provides a welcoming, safe place for LGBTQ+ older adults through loss/grief and discussion groups offered regularly through the Center.

This program was designed to address the needs, values and expressed preferences of LGBTQ+ older adults and to address their concerns. Friendship Centers provides a safe and comfortable gathering space where participants can share common experiences and build community. To learn more call Robert Rogers at 941.556.3223.

Home Share Program

The Home Share Program is a pilot project brought to Friendship Centers by a generous benefactor who wanted to address affordable housing for working people in Sarasota, and to give senior homeowners the possibility of additional rental income. This pilot will work with seniors and working people to create a private domestic arrangement to share a home. Home providers must be at least 60 years of age and home sharers must be 23 to 60 years of age.

Matches are facilitated by the Friendship Centers, and all efforts will be geared to making sure matches provide safety, comfort and an improved quality of life for all parties. If you are interested, please fill out the eligibility form here or contact Project Coordinator Evan Farrar at 941.556.3208.

Outreach

We would be happy to speak to your organization about our mission and programs. This educational outreach lets people know about what we have to offer, and can be the entry point to exciting new collaborations, such as college students who plant vegetable gardens at our Adult Day Care program or children who provide an inter-generational experience. There are endless possibilities, and our door is open to fresh ideas. We offer guided tours of our campus frequently, and they can be scheduled individually as well. Find out about tours here.

Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Sarasota County

Robert Rogers

Director of Community Outreach
941.556.3223
rrogers@friendshipcenters.org

Collier County

MJ Scarpelli
Director of Marketing & Development
Senior Friendship Health Center
239. 658.3105
mjscarpelli@Srfhc.org

Lee County

Nancy Green-Irwin
VP of Contract Services and Executive Director
239.236.8686
ngreen-irwin@friendshipcenters.org

DeSoto County

Debra Bragg
Nutrition Services Manager
941.255.0723
dbragg@friendshipcenters.org

Charlotte County

Debra Bragg
Nutrition Services Manager
941.255.0723
dbragg@friendshipcenters.org