A Letter from ElderSource CEO and Chairman of the Board
March 24, 2021
Not too long ago, we penned a letter expressing our outrage at the social injustice, racism and personal degradation experienced by many African Americans. The outcry against such inhumane treatment was deafening and we, too, were horrified.
Again, we are compelled to voice our sorrow and disgust at the violence inflicted upon Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, many of whom who were older adults. These unspeakable events against the members of the AAPI community are equally upsetting and deserve attention and action.
We believe no effort is too small. We encourage you to stand up against any form of dehumanization of an individual based on his or her race, religious perspective, background, abilities, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Writer and political activist Elie Wiesel once said very simply, but powerfully, “Underneath we are all the same.” We are hopeful that people will see our commonalities, all the while embracing each other’s differences.
We invite you to stand with us and other community leaders to show support, speak out and stand up for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, or any marginalized individuals experiencing such discrimination.
Linda Levin, CEO & Elizabeth Gunn, Chair, Board of Directors
A Special Thank You to our Donors
Linda Levin, CEO
Support ElderSource on Giving Tuesday
We hope your calendars are marked for GivingTuesday on December 1st. During the pandemic, ElderSource has been able to serve seniors and caregivers in Northeast Florida with the help of grants, private donations and generous community friends.
Doing the Good Work:
More than$165, 000 paid out to cover rent, utilities, lost income and food.
Our partner agencies have delivered 242, 410 meals to seniors and counting!
Funding from grants enabled us to deliver over 9,400 bags of food and supplies to seniors in the community.
While we have been able to accomplish great things, the needs are still there. Seniors and caregivers are still in need of resources and services. We can’t do it all by ourselves.
So we’re asking for your generosity and compassion to donate and help ElderSource continue to do the good work needed to serve the older adults in our community.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, this year’s A Night with the Stars event has been canceled. As we take into consideration the importance of everyone’s safety and health, ElderSource has found a way to still honor people in the aging industry who are making a strong impact on the lives of our seniors.
This year, ElderSource will be posting on our website the names and photos of Caregiver Heroes! These are professional caregivers working in the aging industry who have shown natural leadership, dedication and compassion to their peers and the seniors they serve. As we know, they have become essential in providing vital service and care to seniors in the community.
Please submit the information requested below in the fillable form for your Caregiver Hero to be recognized and posted on the ElderSource website. Submissions are open starting Monday, August 3, 2020.
Our featured 2019 Caregiver Heroes are the 11 winners of the ElderSource Luminary Award. They were recognized for their outstanding and dedicated service to seniors in Northeast Florida.
Direct Support Professional
Director of Resident Care
Autumn Village Assisted Living Facility
Silver Treasures at Lane
Beaches Council On Aging
Brooks Rehabilitation Bartram Crossing
Home Health Supervisor
Nassau County Council on Aging
Director of Resident Programs
Volunteer Project/Faith Coordinator
Edwards Water College Schell Sweet Community Center
North Florida Executive Transpiration, LLC
Manager at Adult Day Care Program
River Garden Hebrew Home
Sr. Resident Care Aide
Angel's Senior Living II
Executive Director (Recently Retired)
Beaches Council on Aging
Direct Support Professional
2019 Impact Report
In the 2019 Impact report, we explore how the agency’s guiding principles are the foundation of the service we provide to the seniors and caregivers in the Northeast Florida Community.
Click the image below to view a downloadable version of the ElderSource 2019 Impact Report.
Status of Operations for 2020
Due to the current COVID19 pandemic restrictions, and out of an abundance of concern for our staff, volunteers, clients and visitors, ElderSource staff remain working remotely until the end of the year. Access to our offices are limited to authorized personnel until further notice.
If you need assistance of any kind, the ElderSource HelpLine is OPEN and staff are taking calls during regular business hours. 1-888-242-4464.
If a visit to our office is necessary, visitors will be required to:
- Have temperature taken
- Wear a mask
- Complete short questionnaire about current health status
- Follow agency sign-in procedures
These procedures are in place for your safety and our staff. We will keep you apprised of any changes.
ElderSource Management and Staff
A Letter from Our CEO and
Chairman of the Board
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all African-Americans who have faced horrific acts of racism and personal degradation are deplorable. Our ElderSource family acknowledges these
current and past tragedies and stands in solidarity against injustice, racism, discrimination, and violence of any kind.
The systemic racism and inequality is impossible to ignore given the longstanding issues of racial disparity in our country. While the days ahead as our communities strive for equality and justice are not going to be easy, we believe our nation is on the cusp of a powerful, positive current that will ignite change, action and understanding.
In times like these, many might ask themselves the question: “What can I possibly do that would make a difference? My voice is small.” Or they might think: others will take up the cause and are better equipped to speak up.
We believe that no effort to listen or to participate is too small. Collectively, the voices will be stronger; the actions will bear significance; and the results will be substantial.
We encourage you to ask questions, even the uncomfortable ones, with the intent to listen and learn. Listening is key to effective communication, which can lead to productive dialogue. We encourage you to vote. Voting is your civic duty and your vote joins others to transform history. Support your neighbors and community leaders who are working to effect change and join them when you can. At ElderSource, we are committed to providing our clients, employees and community partners with a safe place to speak their minds. We are committed to working with our nonprofit cohorts to listen carefully, promote healthy dialogue, and share information and messages that will bring us together.
We look to the future with great hope and a desire to be part of the solution. We will continue to seek to serve and advocate for all older adults and caregivers who need our support now and always.
As our Inclusion Statement adopted in 2018 states, ElderSource values all people – including, but not limited to all nationalities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, races, genders, religious perspectives, sexual orientations and gender identities – in everything we do. We welcome the unique insights and perspectives of all persons in our quest to fulfill our mission.
Together, as a community, we will hold ourselves accountable to make real efforts to root out bias in favor of fairness to all as we advocate for all people to live and age with independence and dignity.
Linda Levin, CEO and Stu Gaines, Chair, Board of Director
Making Impact During the Pandemic
Thanks to generous grants from First Coast Relief Fund and the Jim Moran Foundation, ElderSource was able to assist seniors and caregivers during the pandemic.
With the extra funding, ElderSource was able to partnered with Winn-Dixie Supermarkets; our sister company Elder Options; the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department; and the Crescent City Police Department to shop and deliver groceries for seniors who were not able get to the store themselves.
ElderSource also received a donation from Humana and Farm Share to create 1,000 bags of supplies for seniors. Aging True and ElderSource staff worked together to stuff the bags which will be delivered to seniors receiving home-delivered meals.
We are so very grateful to have both corporate and community support in helping to serve so many seniors and caregivers. Our staff and volunteers continue to work hard during this challenging time to serve our clients.
ElderSource Welcomes New Chief Operations Officer
ElderSource CEO Linda Levin recently announced the appointment of Tameka Gaines Holly as Chief Operating Officer.
Holly will oversee the organization’s risk management, strategic planning, volunteer services, human resources, IT, property and operations, disaster preparedness and response. She will also work to expand programs through the ElderSource Institute and the Medicaid Management Services companies, two entrepreneurial initiatives of the agency.
Holly was formerly the Chief Program Officer/Corporate Compliance Officer for Community Rehabilitation Center where she served as the Project Director and Project Evaluator. She is a graduate of Florida A & M University with an undergraduate degree in health care management and a master’s degree in public health from University of North Florida. She is currently working on a second master’s in public policy from Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute.
Additionally, Holly was a Volunteer CEO for Transforming Communities Development Corporation and has worked as a private consultant with other nonprofits. ElderSource is excited to have her join the Leadership Team.
Employee of the Year 2019
Congratulations to Vanessa Boyer on receiving the 2019 Employee of the Year Award. Vanessa strategically worked hard all year-long to help implement and create our Caring Connections Program for seniors, the agency’s newest initiative. The program is designed to fight isolation and keep home-bound seniors connected to their community.
Early on in 2019, Vanessa transitioned from a previous position to becoming our Volunteer Coordinator. She took on the telephone reassurance program, developing it from start to finish. After extensive research, training of volunteers and creating policies and procedures, the program was finally launched in December.
Vanessa is credited with recruiting many SHINE volunteers and Advisory Council members who all add great value to our agency. Congratulations Vanessa on your special recognition.