Friendship at Home
“I’m legally blind, so I can’t drive or do paperwork very well. Doug, my Friendship at Home volunteer, takes me on errands and helps me go through the mail and
pay my bills.”
Ann, a Friendship at Home client in Venice
Receive Friendly Visits at Home
Isolation is a challenge older adults often deal with when they choose to age in place. Especially if a spouse or partner passes away, survivors sometimes fail to thrive on their own without intervention. This is where Friendship at Home steps in. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, this program offers many benefits to seniors who are home-bound or unable to travel unaided. We provide these programs:
- Telephone Reassurance
Volunteers will make a cheery phone call once or twice a week to check on their clients and engage them in conversation.
- Friendly Visitor Program
Volunteers are matched with a senior who requests a friend to come and chat, help with errands, play games or just enjoy companionship.
- Supportive Intervention Programs
Our Friendship at Home coordinators can help clients with limited mobility access community resources to meet their needs. This program also offers limited, temporary help for individuals facing a one-time financial crisis through various donations, alternate funding and through Season of Sharing grants in Sarasota County.
Volunteers for the programs above receive orientation, training and continuing education classes before being paired with clients. In addition, volunteers for the Friendly Visitor program are fully vetted and undergo background screenings and are fingerprinted for the safety of our clients. We take great care in matching volunteers with the personalities, needs, location and interests of their potential clients so the match is a good one.
The importance of our programs for the home-bound cannot be stressed enough, and if you choose to volunteer, you’ll bring a smile to an older adult’s face and you may make a new friend for life.
If you would like to volunteer for Friendship at Home, or if you know of an older adult who may need help, please call the Center in your area:
1888 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
2350 Scenic Drive
Venice, FL 34293
5272 Summerlin Commons Way, #604
Fort Myers, FL 33907
27420 Voyageur Drive
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
219 West Oak Street
Arcadia, FL 34266