MAY 1, 2020 | Monthly News & Updates
Older Americans Month 2020: Make Your Mark
Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors, and advocates. They offer their time, talents, and experience to the benefit of our communities.
For 57 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been a special time to recognize these contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) each May, OAM also provides resources to help older Americans stay healthy and independent, and materials to help communities support and celebrate their citizens.
This year’s OAM theme, Make Your Mark , highlights older adults’ unique and lasting contributions to their communities—everything from sharing a story with grandchildren to leaving a legacy of community action. In the spirit of this theme, here are a few ways to make your mark this May and all year long: Volunteer your time, Share your story and Get Involved in your neighborhood.
Welcome Dr. Rafael Martinez
Please help us in welcoming Dr. Rafael Martinez to the Osceola Council on Aging’s Health Clinic.
Dr. Rafael Martinez, MD is bi-lingual family medicine specialist in Kissimmee, FL. He specializes in family medicine and general medical practice. His Care Philosophy is he considers all his patients family and he treats them as such.
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!

Feed Osceola - $22,819 Raised to Date!
A big Thank You to 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 cooked 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.

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, Case Management, Guardianship, 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.