April 1, 2020 | Monthly News & Updates
Health Clinic Re-opens
 The Osceola Council on Aging's Health Clinic re-opened as of Monday, March 30, 2020 for critical needs of established patients with limited hours following CDC guidelines for patients visits.

Sending Some "Love"
During this time when many seniors are isolated for their health and safety against  #COVID19 , they can begin to feel lonely. We would love for you to partner with the Osceola Council On Aging Housing Program by sending them some “love.” Whether it’s a card, picture, drawing or a letter stick a note in the mail to cheer them up. 

Feed Osceola
 Chris May and Kent Custom Homes of Saint Cloud for getting together to help our neighbors in need! We are so thankful for this initiative that not only will benefit our recipients of food pantry but also our farmers in Osceola County. Kent Custom Homes of Saint Cloud has generously offered to match (up to $10,000) each donation made to Osceola Council on Aging.

Meals For Moms
 Your mother cook 19,710 meals, washed 6,570 loads of laundry and kissed 542 boo-boos while you were growing up. For most Americans, Mother's Day is a joyful occasion. But for millions of older Americans, this holiday will be no celebration. Tonight, millions of elderly, including our mothers will go to bed hungry. Help us let them know they are cared for. A whole new way to say "I Love You" to someone who needs to hear it with a hot nutritious meal.

Make Osceola Count: You Can Still Respond
April 1st is a reference date, not a deadline to respond. When you respond online, by phone, or by mail, count everyone living in your home as of April 1.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, 2020
National Volunteer Week is a time for organizations across the country to honor volunteers for the irreplaceable impact of their time and energy all year round.
Our volunteers make a difference. We want them to know how
how much their dedication is appreciated and we are forever grateful to each and every one of them. Regardless of how many hours they choose to give, it’s important that you know that what they do makes a difference. Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we have for them.

As we navigate the ever changing circumstances created by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to keep you up to date on what we are doing to continue to serve our community, offer helpful information on how to protect yourself and what you can do to help.

A shelter in place order is now in effect for Osceola Counties but as an essential service provider we want to assure you that our programs and services continue operate while following CDC guidelines.

With our  Senior Dining  temporarily closed, we have mobilized meal delivery to the homes of each of these clients. This represents deliveries to an additional 100 clients.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, deliveries continue to the 300-350 home bound clients we serve through our  Meals on Wheels program . We have also instituted preventative measures to minimize contact and ensure the safety and health of both the volunteers and clients.

In-Home Services, Guardianship, Weatherization, Building Strong Families Department and Clinic  remain operational serving their clients.

Office Hours:  Our offices remain closed to the public and rotating minimal staff. We are not accepting appointments at this time but are still accepting donations.
We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of community in need.Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest need is contributions, both monetary and grocery items, to our community food pantry, as we are seeing a large increase in the number of visitors to the pantry. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

Thank you!

Getting food to people is our chief concern right now. The need is great and we are doing all we can to keep our pantry fully stocked but we need your help!
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.