Community Stories

Heart2Heart Welcomes New Staff — in a New Space!

February 14, 2024

New staff, new space

You might have noticed a few changes at Heart2Heart. 

In case you missed meeting them at a recent event, we wanted to introduce you to the new members of our team and celebrate some new roles for existing staff.

Have you visited our brand new office since we moved in the fall? Come visit Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida at our new location: 5251 NW 33rd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale

The new staff and roles

We are pleased to welcome a new addition to our staff. Rosevel “Rosie” Castro is our new outreach coordinator. She’ll be working closely with Antonella to recruit volunteers; onboard and train new volunteers; and organize events.

Heart2Heart also has welcomed Peighton Stone, a new intern with us from Nova Southeastern University for eight weeks. She’s a dietitian and will be advising seniors on healthy eating while she conducts research. She also writes a blog on diet and nutrition

Last year, we added Stephanie Nunez to our team as an administrator as well as Shirley Ramos and Maria Purgavie as our patient advocates.

As we mentioned, Antonella, previously the volunteer coordinator, has been promoted to program manager. She’s now charged with ensuring all of Heart2Heart’s programming runs smoothly, maintaining our social media accounts, and planning events and expos. 

Rounding out the team is Melissa Lopez, our operations manager, and Marlyn Guevara, the programs director. 

The new space

Our new location gives us the space to hold community events and special activities for seniors. 

“It’s been great. We’ve had more people coming out just to visit,” said Antonella Salerno, our (newly promoted!) programs manager. “The extra foot traffic creates a great community feel.” 

Earlier this month, we invited our volunteers and partners for a grab-and-go lunch so they could tour the new offices, and meet the team. 

“It’s nice that we have the space now to invite people in and let everyone mingle all over the office,” Antonella said. 

Speaking of events… 

Age My Way is Friday

On Friday, Feb. 16., we will host the first of ongoing Age My Way events, right in our office event space! 

Jackie Polanco from Palm Medical Center will host this Valentine’s Day-themed event with us. We’ll serve lunch and refreshments along with resources for the aging population. 

The February Age My Way will include a free Zumba Gold class. Seniors will be invited to participate in trivia and brain games. Team members from Palm Medical Center will offer raffle prizes. 

Our Age My Way events cater to people in the community who are aging. We often partner with local churches or businesses to host the event and help us make it a success. 

The event goes from 1 to 3 p.m. Seniors, please RSVP to enjoy the fun! 

Volunteers, please call us if you are able to drive seniors in nearby Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods to our office for the event: 954-315-2218.

Age My Way events will be hosted every month. Antonella said she was preparing a calendar of the upcoming events, to be made available during the event on Friday.

Read more about: age my way, H2H events, staff

Join the Team!

Becoming a Heart2Heart volunteer means that you are dedicated to serving the aging community. It means you want to connect in a meaningful way to a specific individual or to several people. It means you are committed to a consistent amount of time per month – whether that’s several hours a week or just a few hours per month.

Heart2Heart volunteers must be background checked and trained. Our training can be completed from your home on your computer or device, through the online Volunteer Portal. We run fingerprints in our office in Fort Lauderdale, and you can schedule an appointment with us after you finish the training.

The first step is to create an account on our Volunteer Portal. To get started, click here!

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