Our History

Landmark federal legislation was established in 1965 to address the well-being of all our older citizens. The momentum carried to Central Florida when a group of individuals formed the Orange County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging in 1966 as an advocacy and information & referral organization. The Orange County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging is the ancestor program of Seniors First. In 1973, the Meals on Wheels program began in Orange County as a fledgling volunteer program of the Christian Service Center which operated in church kitchens. At the same time, the Orange County Public School System began the Neighborhood Lunch program for seniors. Both of these nutrition programs were funded, in part, through the Older Americans Act of 1965. In 1989, Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Lunch programs were consolidated with the Orange County Citizens Advisory Council on Aging. These events laid the foundation for the organization that would later undergo a name change to Seniors First, Inc. in 1993. In 2009, Community Care for the Elderly/VNA, a state funded program, was merged into Seniors First, adding in-home supportive services for Orange and Seminole counties. Today, Seniors First is the largest social services organization in metro Orlando helping senior citizens through a combination of public and private funding. Evolution of Programs and Services: 1966 Information & Referral Service 1972 Guardianship for Senior Citizens 1973 Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Lunch 1982 Community Care for the Elderly 1992 Stepping Stone Medical Equipment Bank ancestor program 1993 Agency name change to Seniors First, Inc. 2004 Emergency Meals on Wheels 2009 Seniors First merges with Community Care for the Elderly/VNA 2016 50th anniversary

Seniors First, Inc., 5395 LB McLeod Road, Orlando, FL 32811 | Phone 407-292-0177 | Fax 407-292-2773 | info@seniorsfirstinc.org