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Senior Scene® | April Issue
Attention Palm Bay! Helping Seniors of Brevard is Here to Help you!
While we are delighted to serve Seniors in all corners of Brevard, we are very pleased to be the recipient of extra help from the forward- thinking City of Palm Bay. Helping Seniors has received assistance, from the City of Palm Bay through federal Community Block Grant funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under Title I of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act, as amended, to provide additional emphasis on Helping Seniors in Palm Bay.
Together with volunteer help from the Palm Bay AARP Chamber # 2622, and our own Helping Seniors office in Palm Bay, located at 2197 Julian Avenue NE, Palm Bay, FL 32935, we are ready to serve you. Due to the proof of residency requirements, we do have to collect proof of age (62 or older) and proof of residency in Palm Bay. Our team is happy to help you in making sure we have the correct documents to ensure full compliance with the governmental process.
As you may be aware, Helping Seniors is quite ready and able to assist with connecting seniors to resources on many different levels and we’ve helped in areas of housing, transportation, home modifications, in home assistance, legal, financial, and more. We aren’t able to guarantee that we are able to help you, but our success rate has been quite good at matching a particular need to a reasonable and beneficial solution.
Since the organization began, Helping Seniors has helped more than 2000 families, with real assistance, and all free of charge. To get started, call our Senior Information Helpline at 321-473-7770 and let’s discuss how we (hopefully) can help you – and, especially, if you are in Palm Bay under the new program effort in 2018.
Organization: Easier Said Than Done Part II Carla Pickerill Organized Creative Designs
Sometimes organization is easier said than done, even for a professional organizer such as myself. In a previous article, I described the challenging situation I was faced with when my husband decided to retire from his job in California and join me in Florida. After we decided to sell our residences in both states and purchase a home, this was the process we followed:
The first decision made were the “must haves” for the purchase of our home: Two car garage, a “man cave” where my husband could tinker, a library where he could work, and office space for myself, an indoor laundry, two bathrooms, a large master bedroom that would accommodate our large furniture, a formal dining room, a screened porch. We wanted a home that had some character which meant an older home. After much looking, I decided on an 1850 square foot midcentury (1963) ranch home with 3 bedrooms, two baths, an under air small workshop/laundry area, a combined living room/dining room and a large Florida room addition. My formal living and dining room furniture would comfortably fit in the combined living/dining areas and my casual rattan/wicker living and dining furniture would fit in the Florida room which would be a family and entertainment room. The bedrooms were something else entirely. In 1963, the bedrooms were built smaller than the bedrooms of today. King size beds were not invented. Although the master bedroom was smaller than I liked, the rest of the house met all our other needs and the character of the house reminded me of the first house we bought after getting married which was built in 1957.
With the new house in escrow, it was now time to make decisions on the contents. Even after all the decisions were made, we still had to move into a home with smaller rooms. This indeed is how I can help you too!
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