The Florence R. Goldmann Award is conferred annually upon an FASC member organization for distinguished service by a Senior Center. There were four wonderful applicants for the award this year, but it was still a tough decision for the judges. Ultimately, one center scored highest and their mission statement tells exactly why: “…to encourage an atmosphere designed for healthy aging where older adults can be empowered to actively participate and be an integral part of their community.” And they are doing just that daily with their programming, outreach and in-house services.
The Florida Association of Senior Centers is pleased to announce the 2018 Flo Goldmann Award winner is the Southcentral/South East Focal Point Senior Center in Miramar, Florida. The Center opened in 1976 and is nationally accredited through the National Council on Aging/National Institute of Senior Centers.
The Center boasts 361 active volunteers who put in over 10,000 hours in 2017. Volunteers share their talent, time and life experiences with participants. They also help with lunch support, leading exercise, art and special interest classes such as dance, jewelry making, knitting, arts and crafts, card games, music and with anything else they can do!
Some of the services provided by the Focal Point Senior Center include adult day services, congregate meal service, financial assistance, information and referral, intergenerational programming, and transportation to get to the Center, shopping, medical appointments and trips. One of their favorite programs in 2017 was the implementation of a water aerobics class.
This Center is also very involved with community partnerships such as Meals on Wheels, SHINE, Harmony Development, Broward County Elderly and Veteran’s Affairs, among others.
The Center strives to provide their members with a “home away from home” atmosphere through their friendly staff, outreach and opportunities for fun, friendship and education.
Over all, the Southcentral/South East Focal Point Senior Center exemplifies good practices in senior center management and so is quite deserving of the Florence R. Goldmann Award in 2018. The picture here shows the award presentation made at the Florida Council on Aging Conference in August 2018 to Kristina Davenport and Krishauna DeLisser from the Southcentral/South East Focal Point Senior Center.
Posts written by FASC Leadership Team and compiled from other websites.