Neighborly opened in 1966 with a group of concerned citizens in Pinellas County who came together to brainstorm ways to create services to meet the needs of the growing senior population. The Neighborly Center, Inc. was created as a nonprofit agency, with a mission of studying and fulfilling the needs of seniors in Pinellas County.
In 1968, Neighborly began providing direct services for Adult Day Services and Home Meal Delivery (Meals on Wheels) - two areas research discovered was essential. Neighborly served more than 108 people in these two programs that year.
Home Meal Delivery services started in the back of a van. Currently, Neighborly provides nutritious meals to more than 1,000 homebound seniors and Adult Day Center clients each day, thanks to dedicated volunteers and donors.
Neighborly soon recognized the need for a place where adults 60 and older could not only receive hot, nutritious meals, but could also meet new people and remain active. In 1973, Neighborly opened its first Senior Dining site in Dunedin. Today we have several Senior Cafes throughout the county where individuals can socialize and enjoy a delicious meal.
Neighborly further expanded its services by creating a transportation program. Vans began transporting seniors to medical appointments, Adult Day Centers, Senior Dining sites, and grocery shopping. Today transportation provides more than 100,000 trips for individuals annually, utilizing a fleet of specially equipped buses, vans and cars with drivers trained in elder care.