NEWS | FALL 2018
THINK.
The Jim Moran Foundation Provides Major Caregiving and Respite Grant
Policy makers, business leaders, educators, caregivers and thought leaders came together at our second annual Caregiver Symposium last summer to examine the challenges of caregiving. A recent $75,000
grant from The Jim Moran Foundation will help support SoFIA Senior Companions provide respite assistance. Meet Delrose who is part of our new class of Senior Companions. While living in Miami, she had a Senior Companion's help when she needed some assistance taking care of her mother. Now that she lives in Broward, she's giving back. Read more on our recent caregiving work here.
ACT.
  SoFIA Offers New Access to Affordable Housing
According to a recent Harvard study, South Florida is the least affordable place for renters in the country. Those who own a home spend more than 30% of their income on housing. Many of SoFIA's clients are outliving their assets and becoming less capable to provide for themselves. We are focused on policy and programs that tackle the toughest social and economic issues of the nation’s aging population. That is why SoFIA is partnering with Silvernest , a roommate matching service designed specifically for baby boomers wanting to provide affordable housing options through home sharing. Read more here.
THRIVE.
Back To School For SoFIA's Foster Grandparents
SoFIA's Foster Grandparents have been making a difference in Broward County Public Schools for 54 years being role models, mentors and friends. Nearly all 150 of SoFIA's Foster Grandparents participated in Broward Reads for the Record as children who read more are more likely to graduate from high school.
SoFIA's Foster Grandparents know how to nurture and help things grow so it is no surprise that, thanks to our partnership with Holy Cross Hospital, many toured the Dania Beach Patch to learn more about the garden and its nutritious produce before completing a service project by pruning plants. Get involved here.
2019 Think, Act and Thrive Award Winners Announced
Join our cocktail reception on February 8, 2019 at the W Fort Lauderdale for SoFIA Celebrates presented by BB&T. Together we'll have an evening celebrating the achievements of our award winners who help empower people as they age in our community, including:
  • Scott Bennett, LGBT Philanthropist - Think Award
  • Citrix - Act Award presented by Sunshine Health
  • Kelley Shanley, President/CEO Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Thrive Award presented by AARP
Join BB&T, Sunshine Health, AARP, Pierson Grant, W Fort Lauderdale and others by sponsoring or buying tickets here .
SoFIA Welcomes New Board Member, Council Chair and Staff
Debbie Savage, Board Member - Founder and President of Responsive Home Care, a private duty home care agency exclusively serving Broward County.
Jennifer Langer Jacobs, Action Council Chair - SVP of Long-Term Care for Sunshine Health; responsible for the day-to-day operations of Florida’s largest Medicaid LTC health plan; leading more than 500 dedicated care coordinators
Bryon Bowlby, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator - Bryon brings his over 20 years experience improving operations and processes from the automotive and nonprofit sectors to SoFIA.
Christopher MacLellan, Caregiver Assistance Coordinator - Advocate, author, speaker, and social services manager, Chris brings his professional and personal caregiving expertise to SoFIA.
SoFIA in the News
CBS Miami shows how veterans who were trained to defend our country are now training other veterans on technology.
  • Seniors in Palm Beach County now have access to free tech training. Read more here.



We're grateful to our major donors: the Corporation for National and Community Service; Broward County Public Schools; the United Way of Broward; and The Jim Moran Foundation. To support our programs, please give here today .