JUNE 1, 2020 | Monthly News & Updates
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. WEAAD is a call-to-action for society’s individuals, organizations, and communities to educate each other on how to identify, address and prevent abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as we age.

Join us in empowering older people and our communities this WEAAD!  Below are some fact sheets about elder abuse to get you started.

5th Annual Rotary Club of Kissimmee West Virtual Art Exhibit - Extension!
We are so excited to share that voting for the People’s Choice Award will be extended through Monday June 1st! Thank you to everyone who has supported our students and the local food pantry! There are numerous entries in a close race to win the $250 prize! Watch Spectrum News 13 on Thursday, May 28th to learn how our contest is making a difference in Osceola county.

Osceola Council on Aging Daycare Reopening June 1st!
We will be following strict CDC guidelines upon reopening...
✓ Masks and appropriate protective equipment
✓ Social distance measures
✓ Temperature checks
✓ Hand hygiene and hand sanitizer stations
✓ Process to clean and sanitize workspaces
✓ Frequent safety audits
Barney E. Veal Event Center Booking 2021
Looking to book a Wedding, Sweet Sixteen, Baby Shower, Birthday, Special Events, Corporate Events, etc... Look no further the Barney E. Veal Event Center has opened its 2021 calendar for bookings! Contact us for availability. Book your next event at a great price!

Dinner for Dads
 Working in the yard, bedtime stories, fixing your bike, coaching your team, shooting hoops, and teaching you how to drive... those were the days with Dad. For most Americans, Father's Day is a joyful occasion. But for millions of older Americans, this holiday will not be a celebration. Tonight, millions of elderly, including our fathers will go to bed hungry. Help us let them know they are treasured. A whole new way to say "I Love You" to someone who needs to hear it with a hot nutritious meal.

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.We also 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, Case Management, Guardianship, Building Strong Families Department and Clinic  remain operational serving their clients.

Office Hours:  Our office hours starting June 1st will be 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and phone will be answered until 5:00 pm for those needing assistance. We are only accepting visitors by appointment only. We will require all visitors to be temperature checked, hands sanitized and wearing masks when approaching and inside the building.
Donations will continued to be accepted during adjusted office hours.
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 are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing need to feed the community. 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.