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Seniors First History

    • 1965

Landmark federal legislation emerged to prioritize the well-being of older citizens is passed.

    • 1966

A group of dedicated individuals in Central Florida establishes the Orange County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging, serving as an advocacy, information, and referral organization. This Council is the precursor to Seniors First.

    • 1972 

The addition of Public Guardianship for Orange and Seminole Counties expands the services and care Seniors First offers to individuals and their families in our community.

    • 1973

The Meals on Wheels initiative launches in Orange County as a grassroots volunteer program under the Christian Service Center. Concurrently, the Orange County Public School System launches the Neighborhood Lunch Program for seniors.

    • 1982 

The Council adopts the Community Care for the Elderly program, a visionary initiative that addresses the evolving needs of the elderly, enabling seniors to age in place rather than in institutional settings.

    • 1989

The Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Lunch Program initiatives are unified with the Orange County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging, setting the cornerstone for the organization.

    • 1992 

Stepping Stone Medical Equipment Bank is established, providing free or deeply discounted medical equipment to those in need.

    • 1993 

Council name is changed to Seniors First, Inc.

    • 2004 

Emergency Meals on Wheels launches to address the emergency nutritional needs of seniors.

    • 2009

Seniors First expands its impact by merging with the state-funded program, Community Care for the Elderly/VNA, enriching in-home support services for Orange and Seminole counties.

    • 2015

Seniors First expands the Community Care for the Elderly program by opening a satellite office in Polk County as the lead agency.

    • 2016 

Seniors First celebrates its 50th anniversary serving Central Florida’s senior community.

    • 2019

Seniors First Community Food Pantry opens to serve all in need.

    • 2022

Special Projects Program rolled out to combat loneliness and isolation utilizing technology.