RESIDENT COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About People)
EXPERIENCING DRUG SIDE EFFECTS? VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PILOT SURVEY ON ADVERSE DRUG REACTION (ADR) SCREENING FROM SAFEST DRUG
Thousands die and millions are injured every year because of a medication. So, we act on medication injuries & deaths as an urgent, solvable public health issue.
Safest Drug is a non-profit organization with a mission to prevent and alleviate medication illness, disability and death in the United States. Learn more about our work and support actions to end medication harms. https://safestdrug.org
Are you on 5 or more medications and Suspect an Adverse Drug Reaction or have a new sign or symptom after taking a new Medication in the last 6-12 months?
General information questionnaire
Weekly Phone calls
Weekly Screenings for a period of one month
You May Qualify if you:
Are 18 or older and
Taking 5 or more medications
Suspect an ADR or would like to be screened for an ADR
Started a new medication in the last 6-12 months
Identify an ADR
Learn how to recognise early signs and symptoms of an ADR
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION FROM SUN CITY CENTER: DRIVERS TO AIRPORT AND NEARBY COMMUNITY - Below list is not an endorsement of any driver - your due diligence in confirming insurance coverage is required
Driver Bernard Katz, 410-693-0683. Town car, able to handle chairs, light personal scooters that fold; at no additional charge. Resident of Kings Point available almost any time except Friday nights. Grocery pickup, local transport etc. Also to medical facilities including waiting for outpatient surgery
Vinny's Transportation (813) 500-7007
Bill Kay 954-881-5559
Execucar Reservations: (800) 410-4444
Kings Point limo serves the greater area. Bill Swift card says” Serving all of Florida” 813-634-1357 - cell is 813-817-7696. Veteran owned and AAA Recommended
Rhonda Menendez, anytime or holidays, Cell 813-624-2513 - Rhonda33569@verizob.net
Red Bus Phone: (727) 743-9020 Facebook: @Redbuspickup Website: redbuspickup.com
Dan Strickman (919)- 345-9435
ASSISTANCE WITH ALZHEIMER'S FROMN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce the launch of a program that will help deputies better communicate with vulnerable populations.
The new online registration system is called "Project Safe Encounter.” Hillsborough County residents can register themselves or family members who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, blindness, autism, Down syndrome, deafness, and other medical and developmental disabilities that affect the way individuals interact and respond to law enforcement officers.
The information that is voluntarily provided through "Project Safe Encounter" will be available to deputies as they respond to a call involving the registered person and/or their address. Deputies will be able to quickly access pictures, information about how to best communicate with the individual, and potential triggers to avoid.
"In times of crisis, every second counts," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "With this information now readily available to our deputies, they will be prepared to deescalate a situation before they even respond to a call and come into contact with the known individual."
BAYCARE: WHAT'S NEW?
BayCare Laboratories offers Lab2Door, a convenience that brings lab services to you. Your lab tests can be drawn in the comfort of your own home or office by our highly trained team of certified phlebotomists who’ll then deliver your tests to one of our local labs. This service is ideal for: People with limited transportation options, People who use wheelchairs or walkers, Those with limited free time, Adults caring for someone who requires lab services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit BayCareLabs.org.
CAMP BAYOU: Camp Bayou has started a video series so folks can get a glimpse of all Camp Bayou has to offer... with plenty of space to maintain social distancing. Check out the Camp Bayou YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/campbayou
CATE FOUNDATION - Conquering Addiction Through Education. A NEW DAY BRINGS NEW STRENGTHS AND NEW THOUGHTS
We are CATE. We know that recovery is complicated. We share our strength to encourage confidence and elevate expectations of a rewarding life. Community connections build trust. Our judgment-free space provides a safe place to socialize and/or explore our services. We educate by providing paths to educational opportunities, classes, and information to those in recovery and the community. You are not alone. We offer self-care meetings for those in recovery and their loved ones, as well as referrals for special services and job-placement assistance. CONTACT US (813) 773-7175, 5942 Frond Way, Apollo Beach FL 33572 - www.2CATE.org - Twitter: @2CATEorg - Facebook: CATE Foundation
CENTER 4LIFELEARNING (Formerly Community Church College)
Open for Business. We are now in our new office at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Web Blvd. West, Sun City Center. Our new and updated website is ready for exploring. www.4lifelearning.org The work has begun on our Fall Semester and planning is under way for our trips. We have already booked some of our most popular venues and many are still in the planning stage. See the below trips on our website at https://4lifelearning.org/trips.
* Mount Dora Craft Fair
* 50 Years of Rock and Roll
* 112 Years of Broadway
Trips may be purchased on the website with a credit card. Order forms can be printed from the forms page by clicking “Trip Order Form” https://4lifelearning.org/forms and just mail it in with your check. Please use the above 2 methods, when possible Our office hours are not consistent at this time. Please refrain from going to the church office. If you need to pick up an order form, they will be available in the Narthex on a table to the left. Remember the best way to be notified of School activities is to be part of our email database. Be the first to get updates. Tell your family and friends to go to http://www.4lifelearning.org/contact and provide an email address or subscribe at the bottom of this page. Your email address is for the sole purpose of the school and will not be shared with any organization including our church. Share with Friends and Family.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE ONLINE: Need resources in South Shore? Visit The South Shore Coalition For Mental Health and Aging's Community Resource Guide at: http://www.magazinevolume.com/34237OP
Contractor Licensing - Hillsborough County: https://webapps.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/resources/onlineservices/contractors/
Contractor Licensing: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
Proof of Coverage: https://apps8.fldfs.com/proofofcoverage/Search.aspx
COOKING OIL RECYCLING! HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP! PLEASE
Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (C.O.R.E)
Fats, oils, and grease are a serious problem for home plumbing and Hillsborough County’s wastewater collection system. Here are few simple suggestions to help protect your neighborhood from sewage spills. Don’t flush grease or cooking oil down the sink even if you are following it with hot water or soap. Don’t put greasy foods down the garbage disposal or drain. Before washing, wipe of pots, pans, and dishes with paper towels and throw the towels in the garbage. Put your used cooking oil and grease in a sturdy container with a secured lid and recycle it at one of the Cooking Oil Recycle Effort (C.O.R.E) collection locations below: Cooking Oil Recycle Station Location near us: Southshore Regional Service Center, 410 30th Street S.E., Ruskin
DAV - THE SUN CITY CENTER DAV VAN OPERATIONS RESUME
Please continue to schedule early morning appointments at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center and/or Clinics and schedule a ride by contacting the DISPATCHER at 813-642-0302. ALL riders must bring and wear a mask and comply with the social distancing standards set by the VA by following the instructions of the Van Driver. Due to social distancing requirements, the Van will only be able to transport 3 passengers per trip so request a ride as soon as your appointment is confirmed.”
ELA NON-PROFIT THRIFT STORE officially opened at 14920 Balm Wimauma Road. Hours of Operation: Thursday and Friday 10 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Proceeds go to pay for reading tutoring for students who are reading below grade level. Donations accepted daily and can be left at the front of the thrift store. Come by and check out all the inventory: clothes, household items, small furniture, toys, jewelry, shoes, hats, belts and much more. For questions, call 813-833-2436.
EMERGENCY SQUAD OF SUN CITY CENTER MONTHLY UPDATE
Would you like to know what’s happening at the Squad? If so, be sure to sign up to receive their new monthly publication spearheaded by Robin Watt. Please email Robin to be added to the list of recipients at PR@scc-ems.us
EMERGENCY SQUAD! HOW TO SUPPORT THE SQUAD!
SUN CITY CENTER EMERGENCY SQUAD MEMBERS RECIPE BOOK! Sun City Center Emergency Squad 300 Recipe Cookbook. Recipes submitted by Squad Members ON SALE NOW!!! Come by the Squad at 720 Ray Watson Drive. Get Free Blood Pressure Readings or even borrow a wheelchair at no cost - BUY one or more Cookbooks!!!! $10 each or 6 books for $50 Suggested Donation. Great Wedding Shower Gift or Christmas Present!
EVERY TUESDAY FOOD DELIVERY FOR FAMILIES IN NEED - The American Ideals Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity, located at 1501 La Jolla Avenue (SouthShore United Church of Christ building) is partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay, also a 501(c)(3) organization to provide prepared meals to Sun City Center and neighboring communities. Beginning Tuesday, April 21, and continuing every Tuesday thereafter (unless noted), prepared food will be delivered to this location and be available for distribution. Pre-registration is necessary. Call: (813) 770-4842 to reserve the number of meals you need. You will be contacted with the time your meals will be ready. The (AIF) is helping to bring a little bit of hope while observing social distancing. For more information about this local organization, please see: https://www.aif501c3.org/the-flash.
FOOD AND MEDICINE ASSISTANCE - MARY PETRO FOOD AND MEDICINE FUND
The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples. The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306.
FRIENDS OF THE CENTER 4LIFELEARNING
The Center 4LifeLearning (formerly Community Church College) has cancelled the 2020 Fall semester classes. We want to ensure safety for all who support the Center and attend our classes and trips. We plan to begin the Spring Semester classes around mid-January 2021. The catalog for the Spring Semester will be available the beginning December and can be picked up at the United Methodist Church and various popular locales around town. Trips will be offered when firm dates can be safely scheduled and include Myakka State Park followed by lunch at Linger Lodge; Windsor Rose Tea Room and shopping in Mount Dora; dinner at the Columbia Restaurant and entertainment by the Flamenco Dancers and many other exciting choices. Participants are transported by luxury bus coach to each event and all venues are providing the Center with a copy of their sanitizing procedures. We are always looking for new instructors. Most classes run 6 weeks for 1 ½ hours. Instructors may choose the number of weeks they would like to teach. The most requested classes are for subjects such as Apple iPhones and iPads, Languages, Travel, Health, Fitness, etc., however, we are open to all suggestions. If you would like to share your expertise or have questions, please contact the Center at 813-634-8607 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center 4LifeLearning is located in the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd, West.
GOLF CART ALLOWED ROADWAYS: Golf carts are to never to drive on SR 674 or 301 except to cross over to the other side. Designated Crossing allowed at Kings Blvd/Valley Forge, Winn Dixie/Plaza, N/S Pebble Beach Blvd., El Rancho Dr./Stonham Dr., and crossover 301 to Walmart off E. Del Webb. Golf carts should use the same roadway and lanes used by other motorized vehicles. Sensors in the roadway will be activated by the weight of the cart and driver and cause the traffic signal to change.
HONOR FLIGHT: First Hand Account by Sun City Center Resident, Bob Black: http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/Sun-City-Center-veteran-finds-honor-in-remembrance_168539486
LAMPLIGHTERS: The SCC Lamplighters goal is to make Sun City Center a safer and brighter place to live. If your street lamp at the foot of your driveway is burned out, they will come and replace it! There is no charge for their labor; if the homeowner can pay for a replacement bulb, they will ask you to do so, but if you cannot pay for it, they will supply it at no cost. How wonderful it would be to look down a street in Sun City Center and see those quiet lights at every driveway. Sound good? Call 813-505-5927 and they will make an appointment to come to your home to replace the bulb.
LIFELINE - The Men’s Club of Sun City Center provides Philips Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System as a community service to residents of greater Sun City Center. Our equipment is purchased from Philips, the leader in medical alert systems. The subscriber pays a small monthly fee — the Men’s Club trained volunteers provide free installation and service calls. Subscribers wear a waterproof “Personal Help Button” either on a neck cord or on a wristband. When the button is pushed or AutoAlert signal sent, help is summoned immediately. The may also receive service by pressing the button. GoSafe is the newest system available and can be used anywhere in the country where AT&T cell service is available. This system uses 6 different technologies to locate the subscriber, has built in fall detection, is waterproof and the wearer can talk with the Philips Response Associate using the GoSafe button. For more information, call the Men’s Club Lifeline office at (813) 633-7091, email us at email@example.com or drop us a line at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.
NEARLY NEW STORE OPEN!
Nearly New Store has RE-OPENED! Come Shop! The Nearly New Store in the Sun City Center Plaza (Behind Bon Worth Store) is now open on Saturdays thru August from 8 am to Noon, and By Appointment ((813) 642-9099) as a Personal Shopping Experience (suggested donation of $5.00) on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays for 30-minute periods from 10 am to 1 pm (limit 4 people in the store during one time period). Newly New has implemented FL and CDC Guideline practices, including cleaning procedures and directional signs and dividers to limit and control the flow of foot traffic on Saturdays. Our volunteers are wearing face masks and gloves, and hand sanitizer is readily available. We ask that you wear a face mask to shop and that children remain home. Small denominations of dollar bills ($20 dollar bills, tens and ones) are welcome in order to quickly complete a transaction. Donations are accepted Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm. Cash donations are especially welcome during this special time as the Interfaith Social Action Council of Sun City Center continues to use Nearly New proceeds for 2020 college scholarships and grants for education, health or human services projects. Thank you for shopping, donating, and supporting Interfaith and its Nearly New Store. 1515A Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 – (813) 642-9099
PARKINSON'S DISEASE INFORMATION OFFERED BY THE MEN'S CLUB OF SUN CITY CENTER
If you have been diagnosed or are uncertain of symptoms possibly relating to Parkinson's Disease, please visit this link for very useful information: www.sccmensclub.org/july_2019.pdf
PICKLEBALL - easy to play, quick to learn, and lots of fun for all ages. Sun City Center Pickleball Club welcomes everyone interested in playing. Courts are located behind the Community Hall in the Sun City Center Sports Complex off of South Pebble Beach Blvd. Those interested in learning can check the court bulletin boards for who to contact about lessons. You must be a current member of the Community Association to play on the courts. However, becoming a member in the SCC Pickleball Club provides you with full benefits including many fun-filled social events, lively tournament play, and members-only court time. Learn more about SCC Pickleball Club through our website SCC Pickleball Club Home Page
RADIO STATION - LOCAL SOUTHSHORE: Have You Heard? SouthShore has its own radio station! WPHX 101.9 "The Phoenix" The Firehouse Cultural Center is excited to announce a brand new project that promises to bring an innovative sound to SouthShore-WPHX 101.9 FM radio! We’ve completed installation of our antennae that broadcasts a signal throughout the community, and can even be heard as far as the Skyway Bridge. WPHX is in the formative stages of becoming one of the only local, listener-supported radio stations in the country that is connected to a cultural center. The Phoenix will provide a variety of arts, music, education and information programming to connect our community. We need your input and ideas! You can also follow our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wphx1019 or sign up to receive station updates at www.wphx1019.org. Tune in to 101.9 FM and hear the sounds of SouthShore! Firehouse Cultural Center | 813-645-7651 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.firehouseculturalcenter.org
SCAMS - INFO FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT REGARDING SCAMS!
Community Resource Deputy Jeffery Merry, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office: As you know, the residents of Sun City Center are continually victimized by scammers. These fraudsters prey on our residents just because of their age. Con artists seek out seniors for a variety of reasons, number one being their access to money in their retirement accounts. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Romance Scams accounted for more monetary losses than any other scam in 2018. And the losses are expected to be higher in 2019, with over triple the number of cases since 2016. For those victims over 70, the median loss was over $10,000.00. These scammers find their victims on social media sites, such as FaceBook, Instagram, Plenty of Fish, Meet me.com, just to name a few. They build trust and create the illusion of an actual relationship by chatting several times a day and crafting their stories and answers based on information obtained from the victim themselves. Then comes the request for money. The scammers often say they: Work on an oil rig, Are in the military, Are a doctor with an international organization, They ask for money to: Pay for a plane ticket or other travel expenses. Pay for surgery or other medical expenses. Pay customs fees to retrieve something. Pay off gambling debts. Pay for a visa or other official travel documents. The scammers will ask for the money to be loaded onto gift cards, deposited into mysterious bank accounts, and purchase bitcoin. NEVER send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person. If you suspect a romance scam: Get a second opinion, Stop all payment methods, Stop all communication with the personuBlock all communication methods with the person, Report the person to the social media site, Report to the Federal Trade Commission. Report to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
SENIORS VS CRIMES - HAVE YOU BEEN SCAMMED? HAVE FAULTY HOME REPAIRS? BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF?
If so, contact Seniors VS Crimes at 813-634-8666. Seniors VS Crimes is a special project of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. 940-D Cherry Hills Drive. (Pelican Room - former Photo Club Room) in the Old Town Hall Building. SENIORS vs CRIME is an advocate organization supported by the Florida Attorney General to protect seniors. They work closely work with our Resource Deputy and the HCSO and provide a tremendous service to our community.There is NO COST to use this service. Staffed by volunteers. Call for more information or to make an appointment.
SHINE MEDICARE COUNSELING
Free, unbiased help IS available! Turning 65 and getting ready for Medicare? Be prepared! Being uninformed of your Medicare benefits and options can result in delays in your coverage, financial penalties, and higher health care costs. To learn more, speak with a local Medicare counselor provided to you by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE Program. The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program provides free, unbiased, and personalized Medicare counseling assistance. For more information, contact the Florida Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337, or visit www.floridashine.org.
SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL CENTER FOR BREAST HEALTH OFFERING EXTENDED HOURS!
MAMMOGRAMS WEEKENDS & EVENINGS
The South Bay Hospital Center for Breast Health is expanding its schedule for providing mammograms to include:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month
8 a.m. - Noon on the 4th Saturday of every month
You must have a physician’s prescription, and then call 866-463-7002 to schedule a mammogram. The Center for Breast Health is at the South Bay Hospital, 4016 Sun City Center Blvd.
SOUTH SHORE COALITION FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND AGING CREATING SUPPORT NETWORK FOR GROUP LEADERS in the South Shore Area. If you run a support group and would like to be listed at no cost under the support group section in our annual community resource guide, please send your information to Office@MentalHealthAndAging.org. In your email, please include the information you would like listed in the resource guide (example: Name of Organization, meeting day and time, email, phone number, location and brief description of the support group).
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM For Those in Need of Financial Assistance
Did you know that the St. Vincent de Paul Society offers assistance to those in our community who have fallen on difficult times? Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are on hand to help those who are in need of financial assistance. All information is kept confidential. For more information, please call (813) 385-6110. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun City Center. For more information on our parish community, please visit: www.popcc.org
SUN CITY CENTER LIONS CLUB
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Boulevard. Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. For more information please contact President Gloria Rodzielowicz - 419-4187 or the McGovern's - 633-4202.
The Lions get questions as to where someone may drop off used eyeglasses. Here is an up-to-date list of where used eyeglasses may be dropped off in the Sun City Center area. Eyeglasses are sorted, cleaned, refurbished, and distributed to those in need, after a proper eye exam.
Angel's Attic -- 1424 East College Avenue, Ruskin, FL
Aston Gardens at Sun City Center -- 2421 Emerald Lakes Drive, Sun City Center
Aston Gardens at Courtyards -- 1311 Aston Gardens Court, Sun City Center
Boggs Jewelers -- 4852 Sun City Center Boulevard (King's Crossing Shopping Center), Sun City Center
Coastal Eye Institute -- 1515 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center
Elks Lodge -- 1630 South US Highway 41, Ruskin
Eye Associates of SCC -- 3884 Sun City Center Boulevard (next to Burger King, Sun City Center
Freedom Plaza -- 813 Freedom Plaza Circle, Sun City Center
Kauffman Eye Institute - Just Specs -- 4002 Sun City Center Boulevard, Suite 103, Sun City Center
Optimart -- 3830 Sun City Center Boulevard, #E1, Sun City Center
Plaza Barber Shop -- 908 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
Publix, 4854 Sun City Center Boulevard, Sun City Center
Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Drive, Sun City Center
Sam's Club, 10385 Big Bend Road, Riverview, FL
SCC Cataract & Eye Center, 1701 Rickenbacker Drive, #102, Sun City Center
SCC Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center
SCC Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center
SCC Library, 916 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
SCC Security Patrol, 1225 North Pebble Beach Boulevard, Sun City Center
Sunhill Optical, 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, Suite 103, Sun City Center
Sun Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center
Walmart, 4928 Route 674, Wimauma, FL
Winn-Dixie, 4445 Sun City Center Boulevard, Sun City Center
SCC RIDE IS BACK IN SERVICE
Samaritan Services and SCC Ride have started transporting services again. Residents are required to wear face coverings and have their temperature taken before being allowed in the vehicle. Please contact 813-634-9283 with any questions
SUN CITY CENTER WOMAN'S CLUB NEW MEMBERS
Looking for a fun club that loves to support projects in our community and surrounding areas? The Sun City Woman's Club, Inc. meets on the third Thursday from Sept. thru May at the SCC Community Hall on South Pebble Beach Blvd. We have a social hour, meeting, catered lunch and program. Some of our activities are Arts and Crafts, Conservation, Education, International Outreach, Public Issues, Meals on Wheels, Book Club, Bonco, and Birthday Lunches. For more information, email Linda Raymond Membership Chair at email@example.com or call 813-331-3108
THINK BEFORE YOU FLUSH!
IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Environmental Service Division, Public Utilities
An overflowing toilet can ruin your home in an instant!
Don't flush: Maxi pads & tampons/applicators, Cotton Swabs & hair, Dental floss & whitening strips, Kitty litter & condoms, Baby & Cleaning wipes, Bandages & OTC medications. FLUSHABLE WIPES CLOG PIPES! "Flushable" wipes are NOT flushable. They are THE #1 cause of sewer backups in your system. Questions? Email: Gotgrease@HCFLGOV.net and to learn more, visit www.HCFLGOV.net
VA CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM - Caring for those who care
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans, and caring for a wounded, ill, or injured Veteran is not easy work. Without family caregivers, many of these Veterans could not remain close to family and in their communities. VA knows that family caregivers who care for Veterans in their own homes have been putting Veterans first since the founding of our nation. That’s why VA’s Caregiver Support Program provides training and education to enhance the caregiver’s role. The program focus is to improve the care-giver’s understanding of the impact their work has on the health and well-being of the Veteran they care for and their families as well as how their work affects them, too. Caregivers who participate in VA’s Caregiver Support Program tell us that the program has helped them feel more confident in their role, that it has made them even more proficient in supporting the Veteran they care for in treatment and rehabilitation. To learn more about the VA Caregiver Support Program, visit the Caregiver Website or call the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. You can also contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator located at every VA medi-cal center across the United States.
VA CLAIMS DECISIONS FAST!
Since you last filed a VA disability claim, VA has improved the claim process by launching the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) Program.
When you file a DRC, you can get a decision on your claim in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO). Your VSO will help you gather and submit all relevant and required evidence so your claim is ready for VA to make a decision when you submit it.
You can now file a DRC for the following claim types: Direct Service Connection Claims, Presumptive Service Connection Claims, Secondary Service Connection Claims, Increased Disability Claims, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims, Pre-Discharge Claims. Don’t miss out on this important opportunity to get a faster claim decision. Learn more about the DRC Program, including eligibility requirements, what medical evidence you need to submit, and how to find an accredited VSO at https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/drc.asp. If you are a military veteran, dependent, or survivor and want to know more about the wide range of benefits and programs that are available to you, Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services can help and there is never a fee. For information, go to HCFLGov.net/Veterans, or call (813) 635-8316. Disabled Veterans can reach our local DAV at 633-0346.
VA VAN RIDE SERVICE TO SOHI VA RIVERVIEW CLINIC
VA Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN) Van will provide free rides to ambulatory veterans needing transportation to medical appointments at the South Hillsborough County (SOHI) Riverview VA Clinic. Initially, however, due to the COVID 19 threat, the van will be limited to only one passenger per trip to the VA SOHI Clinic and return to the pick up point. During weekdays we anticipate making multiple daily runs up to the SOHI VA Clinic for veterans with appointments between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This service is only to the VA SOHI Clinic. The Veteran must have an appointment at the SOHI VA Clinic during the above hours in order to be eligible to ride the van. After making your appointment at the VA SOHI Clinic, you must at least 7 days before the appointment call our dispatcher at: 813.522.1018 to reserve a ride. Face masks are mandatory. Be advised that "vented masks" and "neck gaiters" are not acceptable in VA facilities. The Veteran will meet the van at the scheduled time and pick up point (see below for pickup points).
ELIGIBILITY TO RIDE THE VA VAN TO SOHI: Veteran must have appointment at SOHI VA Clinic, Veteran must be ambulatory (van is not equipped to store wheelchairs) and Volunteer drivers are not able to assist Veteran with transfers or other mobility needs. Van cannot accommodate passenger with non-portable oxygen containers BE SURE TO BRING YOUR VA IDENTIFICATION CARD OR PROOF OF VETERAN STATUS WITH PHOTO ID WHEN BOARDING THE VAN!!! Veteran must wear face mask on boarding and during trip. Veteran must buckle up seeatbelt during ride. NOTE: when riding a VTN van the Veteran is not permitted to collect travel pay.
PICKUP POINTS FOR VA VTN VAN TO SOHI CLINIC:
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OFFICE - WIMAUMA
5608 FL HWY 674 WIMAUMA, FL 33598
SUN CITY CENTER LAWN BOWLING CLUB
10009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd Sun City Center, FL 33573
KINGS POINTE CLUB HOUSE
1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573
VALENCIA LAKES CLUBHOUSE
16003 Valencia Club Dr., Wimauma, FL. 33598
VALENCIA DEL SOL CLUBHOUSE
15580 Corona Del Mar Dr., Wimauma, FL 33598
SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC (SOHI)
12920 Summerfield Crossing Blvd. Riverview, FL 33579
CALL (813) 522-1018 FOR VTN VAN RIDE TO SOHI VA CLINIC - [NOTE: This is NOT a medical emergency service. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911]
VETERANS, DISABLED AMERICAN DAV CHAPTER 110 has two main services or programs.
One is to provide no cost transportation to ambulatory veterans who have medical appointments at the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa. Transportation is provided up to five days a week depending upon the veterans’ needs. The other service is to provide veterans or their spouses/families with information on services and benefits that they may be eligible for. That service includes the filing or assistance with filing the various VA claim forms, as well as helping them navigate the VA system. The Chapter Service Officers are available from 10AM to 2PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. To make an appointment, call 813-331-3871. Walk-ins are welcome. We are located at 1002 Cherry Hills Drive. If you need a ride to the James A. Haley VA Hospital, please call 813-642-0302 a week before you need a ride to ensure a seat on the van. The van starts its pick-up service about 6:45AM and usually returns to Sun City Center between 11:30-12:30. When scheduling your appointments at the hospital let your scheduler know that you are riding the DAV van and they will try to schedule your appointment so that you may avail yourself of the van service. DAV van (drivers and dispatchers) and Chapter Service Officers staff are all volunteers with no charges to the veterans. Monetary donations and volunteer help are always welcome and greatly appreciated. Everything received goes 100% to support the two DAV programs mentioned above in Sun City Center.
VETERANS WITH HEPATITIS C
Please pass on this important information about hepatitis C with Veterans you interface with on a daily basis. We have the latest treatment options available for Veterans that essentially cure the disease. Your help with sharing this information would be greatly appreciated. For additional information, please contact me. To read a Bay Pines Veteran's success story with hepatitis treatment, visit: https://www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES/features/20161012.asp - JASON W. DANGEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (00PA), U.S. ARMY VETERAN
VETERAN MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
For up to date information regarding Veteran's issues, be sure to read this month's MOAA newsletter written by award winning Capt. Frank Kepley, USN (Ret) https://moaafl.org/chapters/SCCMOAA/documents/Newsletters/Jun2021.pdf
YELLOW DOT PROGRAM!
Hillsborough County’s Yellow Dot program gives you a voice if you are seriously injured in a vehicle or experience a medical emergency while driving. You may be disoriented, in shock, or unconscious and cannot communicate when help arrives. A round Yellow Dot sticker on the driver’s side of the rear window alerts rescue personnel that vital personal and medical information is on a form in the glove compartment. The Form identifies who you are, your current medications, medical history and any conditions that affect your ability to communicate. This information is confidential in nature and helps rescue personnel in determining your treatment. The information you provide can help save your life. The sticker is placed on the driver’s side of the rear window and the filled-out form, with your attached photo, is placed in the glove compartment. More information and instructions are available on-line at www.HCFLGov.net and enter “Yellow Dot” in the Search Box. Presently, Yellow Dot stickers and forms are not available at County Fire Rescue Stations. You can send an email to HCFRPublicRelations@HillsboroughCounty.org and Fire Rescue Headquarters will mail these materials to you. You can also call Ferris Garrett (813-841-0532) for information and he has Yellow Dot Stickers & Information Cards available. If you are interested email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address and Yellow Dot materials will be mailed you. In the Email, please note if you have another vehicle and if there is a second driver or a frequent passenger in your vehicle(s), for example, a Spouse, other relative, or friend. Your yellow Dot materials will include a second Sticker and/or additional Information Card(s) to be filled out by another driver or passenger, to be stored in the glove compartment with your Card. These same guidelines would also apply if you send your email request to Fire Rescue Hq.
YMCA SUMMARY OF NEW VA Program
The YMCA and the VA have partnered to make programs accessible to Veterans. Veterans referred by their health coach at the James a Haley Veterans Hospital are eligible to attend the Y for 12 weeks. The purpose is for them to attend the “program” on their referral sheet a minimum of two times per week. The program options include, but are not limited to: Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Y Weight, Water Aerobics. Though the agreement is for them to come twice per week only for their program, we welcome our Veterans to come to the Y unlimited times during their 12 weeks. They MUST scan in each visit. According to the VA rules, they are only eligible for additional referrals to the program if they come at least 19 times during their 12 weeks. We track this by their gate swipes. For more info, contact James A Haley VA at 813-558-3969 and ask for Whole Health Program or visit Look Inside Whole Health for Life.
FURRY COMPANION COMMUNITY RESOURCES (All About Pets)
ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW COMPANION?
Kittie Corral offers a MEET AND GREET at your convenience! Rather than going to a pet store, we will come to YOUR home with a kittie or two of your choice!!! All it takes is a phone call and we will do the rest! From Devon Rex mixes to Lilac Seal Point Siamese, and everything in between, we are sure that we have a kittie that is just right for you! Take a look at our website page for all the kitties who are available for adoption! https://kittiecorral.org/pets-for-adoption/ Our adoption fees have been reduced through the end of the year and all medical expenses have been paid for already! Have a PAWSOME day and we look forward to hearing from you!! Angelite Bragg, Founder & President, Kittie Corral 813-634-5873 or 813-731-6303
FUR-EVER HOMES NEEDED – if you are thinking of adding a fur member to your family, please consider adopting one of the precious dogs/cats from CARE. The shelter is open Tues – Sat from 10am – 3pm. Thank you for your support. The shelter is located minutes from our community at 1528 27th St. S.E.., Ruskin, FL 33570. (813) 645-2273 - 3/30/17
C.A.R.E.S. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ C.A.R.E. our local animal rescue in Ruskin is looking for volunteers and donations. C.A.R.E. is a no-kill, volunteer run, animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs in Ruskin. Volunteers are always needed at the shelter - the hours are (mornings) 7:00 am - 11:30 am or (afternoons) 11:30 am - 3:30 pm and any combination of hours in-between. Our "animal volunteers" perform a multitude of tasks throughout their day to help with finding all of our animals a forever home. Volunteers are needed seven days per week rain or shine all year long. If you have any availability, please email us at email@example.com or call 813-645-2273
CAT DEPOT MESSAGE:
Prepare a plan for your cat’s future
The best way to assure that your wishes regarding the future care of your pets are fulfilled is to draw up a formal written arrangement, such as a will, trust or bequest, that specifically states the individual care needed for each animal. Seek out the advice and help of a professional who can assist in the preparation of legal documents. Cat Depot is committed to assist cat owners with a plan that will honor their cats for life.
For more information about the Lifetime Care Program, please email Claudia Harden, Director of Communications (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call (941) 366-2404.
FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE TO HAVE A PLAN!
Have a plan when rehoming your pet is necessary…“He was my friend and my companion, and giving him up was very difficult for me”
It is very difficult when life changes cause people to move into facilities that will not allow pets. Feline Folks is sensitive to this. We try to help but that is not the best option. The pet owner MUST plan for the unexpected. As veterinary Dr. Jones says, have a plan, it will be a real source of comfort. Some options include: Consider adoption by friend or family, Talk to a veterinarian, Allow for a smooth transition by helping the pet get settled in the new home by building trust and becoming familiar with the new environment. Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever. The new owner might be able to periodically visit the original owner with the pet. It is recommended that every pet owner have a plan. Like a will, it is good to periodically revisit the plan.
Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers. Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats. Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer or information table. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email email@example.com You can also visit our Facebook site - "Feline Folks of Sun City Center"
FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE:
Feline Folks is a group of caring volunteers having taken on the charge of the community cats of Kings Point, the Towers and other locations around Sun City Center. Daily, the group feeds the cats, assures they are spayed/neutered, and receive proper medical treatments. These efforts requires volunteers to: Feeders, training, food and support are provided free of charge. Transporters to drive the cats to Tampa for medical care. To learn more about this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our web site www.felinefolks.us. 1/25/18
FELINE FOLKS MESSAGE:
TO THE PERSON LEAVING LARGE AMOUNTS OF DRY CAT FOOD:
Feline Folks feed all the cats daily 365 days a year even in rain, shine or freezing weather.
We feed at 5:00 a.m. Watch each cat eat and NEVER leave food.
We know you are doing this for kindness to these lovely creatures but you are promoting the following problems:
1. Attracting raccoons and other wild animals.
2. Attracting birds and their poop which is unhealthy and unsightly.
3. Attracting ants and other insects.
4. Leaving soggy food for feline folks to clean up to avoid the above and so residents don’t feel we are doing this.
We are happy to have you join us or donate food. Lots to do including (or not) feeding the cats. Feline Folks is a 501(c)3, is totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers. Currently there is a need for help feeding the community cats. Contact us at email@example.com or better yet, stop by the Meow Mixer on March 5 in the Kings Point Culinary Room in the 2020 building. You can also visit our Facebook site - "feline Folks of Sun City Center"
HAVING A PLAN FOR YOUR PET
Have a plan when rehoming your pet is necessary…
“He was my friend and my companion, and giving him up was very difficult for me”
It is very difficult when life changes cause people to move into facilities that will not allow pets. Feline Folks is sensitive to this. We try to help but that is not the best option. The pet owner MUST plan for the unexpected. As veterinary Dr. Jones says, have a plan, it will be a real source of comfort.
Some options include: Consider adoption by friend or family, Talk to a veterinarian, Allow for a smooth transition by helping the pet get settled in the new home by building trust and becoming familiar with the new environment.
Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever. The new owner might be able to periodically visit the original owner with the pet. Talk to the facility where you will be moving. Debbie Caneen of Sun Towers states that it is possible they will accept your pet. It is recommended that every pet owner have a plan. Like a will, it is good to periodically revisit the plan.
Feline Folks is a 501©3, totally not for profit operating on donations and through the kindness of volunteers. During these challenging times Feline Folks is still feeding, neutering, vaccinating and fostering many cats. We operate from the kindness of your donation. Please consider donating by sending a check to P.O. Box 6294, SCC, FL 33571-6294
Contact us at Info@FelineFolks.us Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org - You can also visit our Facebook site - "Feline Folks of Sun City Center"