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Neighborly Corner Winter e-Newsletter 2019 - volume 2

EXECUTIVE CORNER: DAVID LOMAKA

FINISHING YEAR STRONG

2019 is rapidly coming to a close and we should all be pretty pleased with what we have accomplished.

First, and always first, is the great work of providing quality, compassionate service to thousands of our senior consumers. And when I say ‘we’, it's all of us, including our fantastic team of hundreds of volunteers. Thank you everyone! We make a huge difference in improving the quality of our seniors, and their caregivers' lives. Thanks to each and everyone one of you. Looking back, there are a number of things we have improved. We’ve made huge improvements in our customer service, in terms of answering the phones and the wait time from first contact to actually receiving services.

Opening two new senior café sites as well as a new Day Program has made what we do so much more accessible to our consumers, families and volunteers. Our “look” has changed in print materials, on our website, at the Cafés’, and on some of our rolling billboards (vehicles).

This summer we reached out to the community to recruit hundreds of additional volunteers to help with the summer shortfall and still deliver all the meals needing to get to our homebound seniors. More recently finalizing the sale of the building and doing it in such away that allows us to stay in this location is very important to our future. There has been so much more.

With all that progress there still are opportunities for us to continue to pursue, mostly in the areas of getting the word out as to what we offer, reaching out to private and managed care marketplace, and making sure that all of our excess capacity in transportation, day care and dining sites are fully utilized. We know the need is out there, we just haven’t reached them yet.

We will be making some program changes starting this month to put us in a better direction financially. Stay tuned for more on these. Removing a majority of the costs that comes with the Evergreen building and relocating the Day Care Program from this location to St. Pete, much closer to where our consumers reside, will be a life saver as related to our budget. A little more financial belt tightening for just one more year. The plan is all of these changes will allow us to balance our budget by the end of 2020.

The holiday season is now upon us. It is a great time to reflect on all we have, to be thankful for those blessings, to look out for one another – or those who may not be experiencing feelings of joy and love that comes with the holiday season.

To all our teammates, volunteers, Board Members, consumers and their caregivers – Our Neighborly Family, my wish is that you have the happiest of holidays, that you and your families find time to be thankful together, to remember those who have gone before us and to enjoy one other’s company. Peace.

MEET NEIGHBORLY STAFF

Q: What is your name, and job title at Neighborly?

A: Rachael Stevens/ Admin Assistant ( I started out as a program assistant and moved my way up)

Q: How long have you worked for Neighborly?

A: 20 years

Q: What do you like the most about working for Neighborly?

A: Working with the elderly, they put a smile on my face every day and I always learn something new about each of my participants

Q: Something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I’m a grandmother of 5, One girl and 4 boys

Thank you!

Neighborly appreciates the financial support from cities and towns who understand the importance of helping their seniors remain well and independent.

  • City of Dunedin
  • City of Indian Rocks Beach
  • City of Oldsmar
  • City of Safety Harbor
  • City of Seminole
  • City of South Pasadena
  • City of Pinellas Park
  • City of St. Pete Beach
  • City of Tarpon Springs
  • Town of Indian Shores
  • Town of Kenneth City
  • Town of North Redington Beach
  • Town of Redington Shores
  • Town of Redington Beach
  • City of St Petersburg
  • Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Sailing Association and Yacht Club

Thank you to St. Petersburg Sailing Association and St. Petersburg Yacht Club for your continued support to provide meals to homebound seniors. We appreciate all the sailors and generous sponsors who participated in the 10th Annual St. Petersburg Classic Regatta . Raymarine, Yanmar Global and VETUS Group, Sea Hawk Paints and the Law Offices of Wil Flores, P.A. your generous donations put more than 2,000 meals on homebound seniors tables this year.

GA Foods

Delivering a long-lasting gift! GA Foods’ generous donation helped us provide 2,000 safe and sturdy MOW bags for delivery of warm and nutritious meals to our homebound clients.

Penske

Penske associates across Tampa Bay Area held a household and personal care donation drive to assist low-income, fragile seniors. Associates also provided gift cards to purchase items throughout the year.

Publix

We are grateful to Publix Super Market Charities for all they do in our community, and especially for Neighborly’s vulnerable seniors.

Looking for a new Purpose?

South University students make a difference! We appreciate the time and care South University nursing students give during the year to educate and donate to their Neighbors. Looking for a new purpose? Volunteer with our Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers spend about 90 minutes delivering meals Monday through Friday between 10:30 and 1:00. For more information about this and other opportunities, please contact (727) 573-9444.

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