News for Northeast Florida Seniors

Stay Prepared and Safe: Emergency Disaster Information

Information to help keep you safe and ready as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian:


FEMA 1-800-621-3362

Baker County:

Clay County:

Duval County – Jacksonville:

Duval emergency preparedness & Jax Ready

Special needs registry

Need assistance contact 630-CITY (2489) or  TTY 904-255-8008

















Flagler County:

  • 24 hr info line 386-586-5111- to keep citizens aware of office closings and other pertinent info
  • Emergency Management/ Services 386-313-4200
  • To get registered for/ or questions about Special Needs Shelter 1-386-313-4970 or register at
  • To get app called ALERTFlaglerBeach

Nassau County:

St. Johns County:

Volusia County:

  • To request Special Needs Shelter/ application:

Volusia County Emergency Management:

    (Only during a disaster): Toll free 866-345-0345
    Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 386-248-1792
    Volusia County School Board
    386-734-7190, 386-943-7626SHELTER TRANSPORTATION: VOTRAN
    All Votran bus stops are evacuation assembly points during a declared emergency evacuation order. If Special needs evacuees cannot reach a regular bus stop, they must call Votran to arrange transportation. Bus space is limited. Carry on items are limited to a pillow, blanket and one carry-on bag (not larger than 22”x 16”x 8”).Telephone numbers for Votran are:

Daytona Beach 386-322-5100
West Volusia 386-943-7050
New Smyrna Beach 386-424-6810

Supplemental Emergency Information and Updates:

People with Disabilities: 

Agency for persons with disabilities:


A toll-free number has been established for veterans who receive care in the impacted area.           Call 1-800-507-4571 to receive information on where to go for care, how to receive prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care. The phone line will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SNAP Benefits and Assistance

DCF announced it has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. ◦SNAP customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 can now access those benefits using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

Where to report storm debris:

Crisis Cleanup will also open their Home Cleanup Hotline (844-965-1386) on Monday, September 2 to help individuals who experienced damage to their homes and property.

Don’t wait to get your prescriptions filled. In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, OIR has notified all health insurers, managed care organizations and other health entities of their statutory obligation to allow for early prescription refills during a state of emergency here.



ElderSource 2019 Luminary Award

Congratulations to our 2019 Luminary Nominees:

With the help of the community, we’ve been able to identify and nominate individuals who are “leading lights” working in a myriad of jobs in the aging industry and deserve to be recognized for their contributions.

What is a Luminary?

Someone who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light.

Luminary nominees and winners will be recognized at our our annual fundraising event, A Night with the Stars on Monday, October 28 at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre.  A Night with the Stars is an evening celebration honoring professional caregivers in the aging industry who go above and beyond in their daily service to seniors in the community. The event will feature a “Parade of Stars,” recognizing all of the nominees and the special presentations of the Luminary Awards and the Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award.

Congratulations to our 2019

ElderSource Luminary Nominees

Sharon Alford, Certified Nursing Assistant, Brooks Rehabilitation

Lucia Avenido, Certified Nursing Assistant, Silver Treasures at Lane

Frances Bartelt, Volunteer Coordinator, Nassau County Council on Aging

Paul Marie Bengono, Resident Service Assistant, Silver Creek St. Augustine

Carla Beverly, Home Health Supervisor, Nassau County Council on Aging

Susan Bird, Business Office Manager, Silver Creek St.Augustine

Shirley Brown, Volunteer Project/Faith Coordinator, Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Center

Carrie Callison, Life Enrichment Director, Parkside Assisted Living and Memory Care

Dorothy Daise, Unit Clerk/C N A, Brooks University Crossing

Diandra Dyer, Director of Resident Care, Autumn Village Assisted Living Facility

Reginald Gaffney, City Councilman City of Jacksonville

Marie Heath, Assistant Vice President, Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Resource Center

Carol Hill, Manager of Apartments, Taylor Apartments

Marie Honaker, Physical Therapist Assistant, Brooks University Crossing

Jeremy Howell, Administrative Assistant, The Clair Winston House, LLC

Irina Kolomeyer, Coordinator, Florida Department of Health-Duval

Josephine Mercado, Aide ,Silver Treasures at Lane

Clare Parker, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Brooks Rehabilitation  Bartram Crossings

Elizabeth Paulson, Manager, JEA

Lisa Poremba, Director Life Enrichment Services, River Garden Senior Services

Shane Potter, Executive Director, Paddock Ridge Assited Living and Memory Care

Marta Raymundo, Certified Nursing Assistant, Taylor Care Center

Debra Richards, Owner/Aide, Debra Richards Adult Family Home Care

Wayne L. Rogers, Lead Driver, North Florida Executive Transportation LLC

Margaret Schickerling, Med Tech, Silver Creek St.Augustine

Sandra Stokes, Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Instead Senior Care

Anna Strickland, Direct Support Professional, Pine Castle

Jim Stuck, Volunteer, Retired

Tina Tadros, Manager of Adult Daycare Program, River Garden Hebrew Home

Allison Thomas-Johnson, Manager of Case Management, United Healthcare Community

Ashlee Torres, Salon Services Manager, Brookdale Southside (Hair Salon)

Andrea Vallee, Assistant Administrator, Taylor Apartments

Tiffany Wilkerson, Resident Care Coordinator, Dayspring Senior Living

Jerry Williamson, Maintenance Tech, Taylor Apartments

Katelyn Woodcock, Activity Coordinator, Brooks Rehabilitation Bartram Crossing

Randy Yost, Executive Director, Princeton Village of Palm Coast

Krissy Young, Director of Resident Programs, Brookdale Southside


Missed last year’s event? Click here for photos!

To learn more about this year’s event click here

Individual ticket prices begin at $75. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

If you’re interested in being a sponsor, please contact Andrea Spencer at or dial 904-391- 6692 for available sponsorship opportunities. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the nomination process or form, please contact Alex McClain 904-391-6679 or If you do not receive a confirmation email within 3-5 days of submitting your nomination, please contact Alexandra McClain. 

A Night with the Stars is an event funded by the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund est. 2015



Join ElderSource for A Night with the Stars 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019 

The Alhambra Dinner Theater 

12000 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, Fl 322246

6:00pm to 9:00pm 

Business professional attire

Ticket information coming soon

A Night with the Stars is an evening celebration honoring professional caregivers in the aging industry who go above and beyond in their daily service to seniors in the community. There are so many outstanding professionals who are on the front lines of caring for our seniors. However, there are those who work in quiet, unassuming ways behind the scenes providing vital support to seniors in the work that they do. ElderSource would like to shine a light on all these caregivers who are making an impact on the people they serve and their peers.

Individual ticket price is $75 and there are opportunities for sponsorship available. For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact

Andrea Spencer at Andrea. or dial 904-391-6692

We are also kicking off our Luminary Nominations process really soon and we’re inviting you to nominate a professional caregiver you feel deserves to be honored for their dedicated work in helping to serve seniors in Northeast Florida.  A Luminary is someone who is an inspiration to others, one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light.

Stay tuned for more details and information on how to nominate a Luminary Nominee.




2018 Impact Report

Our 2018 Impact Report is here! Take a look at what’s inside to see how we made an impact on the senior communities of Northeast Florida.   ElderSource 2018 Impact Report

Recap: World Elder Abuse Awareness

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our FREE workshop in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th. We appreciate those who came and were able to gather great educational information. Thank you again to our speakers: Ken Amaro, First Coast News Consumer Advocate; Alicia Somers, Regions Bank Financial Wellness Manager, Octavius Holliday Jr. State Attorney’s Office.  We also thank St. John’s Council on Aging for helping us coordinate the event as well.

To see the full gallery of photos click here

For more information on elder abuse click here.


A Special Thank you from ElderSource CEO, Linda Levin

ElderSource is celebrating 45 years of service to seniors and caregivers in Northeast Florida. Over the years we have helped countless seniors, caregivers and families with information and resources so they can live their lives with more independence and dignity.

We’re thankful that we have not only been able to help people in the community, but that we’ve had the support of great community partners and friends to fulfill our mission. We know we could not have done it without your kindness, support and belief in our mission.

Thank you!

Check out the special thank you message below from our CEO, Linda Levin.

Click here to see a list of our community partners

Click here to see our 45 year anniversary timeline 

ElderSource Institute Launches Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Caregivers invited to sign-up NOW!

ElderSource Institute’s Virtual Caregiver Support Group gives caregivers a safe place to share information, ask questions, voice personal feelings and stories. The support group will make it possible for caregivers to connect face-to-face in real time with other caregivers using today’s technology.

The groups will meet once a week for six to eight weeks (once a week) with each session lasting 60 to 90 minutes and will be facilitated by a skilled moderator who will guide the participants through their conversations.

Any caregiver living in Northeast Florida can sign up; however the group will be focused on those who feel they cannot leave their loved one to attend a support group but would benefit from participating in one.

Caregivers need to have internet access and some form of technology to participate such as a smart phone, tablet, iPad, desk top computer or laptop computer. A video conferencing app will be used and the facilitator will instruct the caregiver on how to use the app.

Support groups can offer a safe place to share information, ask questions, voice personal feelings and stories. Studies show that over 66% of caregivers feel isolated.

“While friends continue on their daily routines, some caregivers feel alone in their caregiving duties and often are isolated from friends and social activities, feeling disconnected,” said ElderSource Institute CEO Linda Levin. “Caregivers without support from other caregivers in similar situations may feel as though no one really understands their situation,” she added.

The Support Group has officially launched and we invite you to join us! 

For more information on how to participate or to make a referral for the Virtual Caregiver Support Group, please email Louise Starmann at or call Linda Levin at 904-391-6610.

The Virtual Caregiver Support Group is funded from the proceeds of the annual ElderSource fundraising event, A Night with the Stars.

Support ElderSource on Give Out Day, April 18th

The official countdown for Give Out Day has begun! Join ElderSource on Thursday, April 18th to show your support for LGBT elders in Northeast Florida.  Give Out Day is a national day dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the LGBT community.  Learn more here. 

Many LGBT elders aren’t accessing valuable community resources because they fear being harassed or mistreated. This leaves them at a greater risk for poverty, social isolation and even depression.

Through a partnership with ElderSource Institute, our goal is to help provide businesses with the unique tools they need to better serve LGBT elders. By educating businesses on the needs and concerns of the LGBT community we hope more businesses will become trusted and reliable resources to everyone they serve; including LGBT elders.

Click here to learn more about our LGBT elder initiatives 

We hope we will have your support on April 18th! 

Seeking Advisory Council Members in Flagler and Volusia County

ElderSource is seeking volunteer members for its Advisory Council, specifically seniors who reside in Flagler and Volusia Counties.
Duties for an Advisory Council member include:

  • Reporting on the needs of elderly and emerging issues in their respective counties
  • Reviewing and commenting on the agency’s Area Plan
  • Studying legislative issues and advocating on behalf of the elderly
  • Assisting in promoting the mission, programs and activities of the agency
  • Educating the public about the needs and the contributions of the elderly

“Our Advisory Council members are an important asset to our organization,” said Linda Levin, CEO of ElderSource. “They are an active voice we need to hear in order for us to stay in touch on the senior issues affecting the communities in which they live.” Meetings are held the third Thursday of every other month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the ElderSource office located at 10688 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville. Advisory Council members are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the meeting.  For more information contact Vanessa Boyer, Volunteer Coordinator, 904.391.6631 or email

Seniors Adopted for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was extra special for some of our senior clients this year. Several ElderSource Board Members “adopted” a few of our clients for Valentine’s Day and showered them with gifts to help meet some of their immediate needs.

The seniors were very grateful for the support and love shown to them. The deliveries included handmade Valentine’s Day cards created by the 5th grade classes at St. Joseph Catholic School in Mandarin.

Interested in supporting seniors facing an unexpected financial crisis? Consider making a donation to the Senior to Senior Fund. Click here.

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