Looking Back — A Few Reflections from 2017

The great Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” As the year comes to an end, this is the perfect time to reflect on important moments and accomplishments for the agency in 2017:

Disaster Recovery

After Hurricane Irma, it was no question that our office was willing to step up to help meet the needs of seniors affected by the storm. Many of our staff members were on site at Disaster Recovery Centers in most of the counties that we serve. They were able to help seniors receive support, resources and information to supplement what was already being provided by state and regional agencies. Utilizing financial backing from the First Coast Relief Fund, ElderSource staff working at the DRCs and those answering our Helpline, were able to help seniors pay for basic, but critical necessities —- a place to stay, grocery vouchers and more. Our employees were dedicated, going above and beyond their job duties to ensure seniors were getting what they needed to recover during this critical time, and they continue to provide assistance and relief.

A Night with the Stars

Now in its 4th year, A Night with the Stars proved to be another glittering night filled with food, fun and dancing. Octogenarian, Ken Tannenbaum, was highlighted as this year’s honoree for the Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award, which is given to an individual who exemplifies leadership and excellence in the senior community. All donations made that evening went toward helping seniors in unexpected financial crisis. We appreciate everyone who was able to attend and give in helping us to further the mission of ElderSource.

 

ElderSource Institute

This year ElderSource Institute trained over 1,000 participants in five different topics related to aging: Age Sensitivity, LGBT Elder Cultural Competency Training, Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Disability Sensitivity and Inclusion and Missing Pieces ( end of life planning). ElderSource collaborated with FSCJ and facilitated a series of trainings with their nursing students. In addition, ElderSource Institute expanded its online training opportunities and now offers five different virtual trainings for educational opportunities on a national level. They were also recently awarded a grant from the Grace H. Osborn Endowment at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. With this funding ElderSource Institute will deliver Healthy Eating Workshops to older adults throughout Duval County. They will also be able to provide over 2,500 nutritious, prepackaged, nonperishable meals to older adults who participate in the Healthy Eating Program.

Thank you to everyone who has helped support us throughout the year. We appreciate you believing in our mission to serve more seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities.

Look for the 2017 Impact Report coming soon!

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