12 Jun Sarasota volunteer, 97, honored for senior service
Florence Katz, 97, has been recognized as the Florida winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award. She was nominated for her dedicated community service — including her work at Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee — by Amanda Cattaneo of JCFS Senior Outreach Services.
Twice a week, Katz serves more than 120 home-bound, isolated seniors and caregivers through a program called S.O.S. The program also offers transportation, group therapeutic counseling sessions, lunch and an entertainment program. She has given JFCS 25 hours a month for 17 years.
As one of 50 state winners, Katz earned $500 for her charity of choice — donated by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. As a state winner, Katz now will be considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award.