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Hope Florida

Special to Seniors Today
The Department of Elder Affairs is proud to be part of Hope Florida —A Pathway To Purpose. First Lady Casey DeSantis’ exciting initiative breaks down traditional community silos to maximize resources and uncover opportunities by using the private sector, faith-based community, non- profits, and government entities to support older Floridians in need of help.

Need Help?
Hope Navigators work to equip seniors and their caregivers with assistance in identifying and overcoming barriers to identify needs and develop a path to purpose to ensure elders have an enhanced quality of life and are aging in the place of their choice. To get connected to a Hope Navigator, call 850.300.4673 or e-mail us at

Want to Help?
You can get involved in Hope Florida— A Pathway To Purpose by becoming a Hope Hero! Hope Heroes volunteer their time and services to help members in their community.
The Hope Heroes Program is through the Department of Elder Affairs and helps to fulfil special needs that can’t always be met through traditional means.

Examples of missions for Hope Heroes would include:
Providing companionship to vulnerable populations to combat isolation and loneliness, which may include playing games, reading, mentoring, or simply talking;
Participating in Pen Pals for Seniors by creating cards, letters, and care packages for seniors in long-term care or adult day center settings;
Providing disaster recovery assistance, like working in evacuation shelters, after a unexpected event;
Assisting at locations like senior centers and adult day cares with activities for residents;

As needs to support vulnerable people arise, Hope Heroes will be activated and deployed.
The Department encourages retirees and older Floridians to give back to their community by becoming a Hope Hero. Seniors helping others creates a clear pathway to purpose and enhances everyone’s quality of life. Once you sign up, begin watching your e-mails for volunteer opportunities!