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2013 Arnie Abrams Volunteer of the Year

During an awards ceremony celebrating the contributions of more than 450 statewide volunteers, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program announced Joseph "Joe" Schuerger, a Brevard volunteer, as the award winner for the Arnie Abrams Volunteer of the Year. 

Joe serves as the Local Coordinator for Brevard County, assisting with the management of over 25 volunteers.  He was instrumental in reaching out to local Faith-Based Organizations to build essential partnerships in Brevard County.  Joe consistently goes well above and beyond expectations.  He is always willing to do more.  He is a highly skilled and productive counselor and a personable, conscientious, and effective leaders.

This award is named for long-time SHINE volunteer, Arnie Abrams, and recognizes volunteers for their dedication to clients and the program, reliability, compassion for clients and local community, and persistence with resolving each SHINE client's situation.  Nominations can be submitted from anyone associated with the SHINE program. 

The qualities of Arnie Abrams, considered for the award named in his honor, include:
  • Consideration of time spent as a SHINE counselor and experience in serving Florida's beneficiaries;
  • Dedication to both clients and the SHINE Program;  and
  • Demonstrated history of taking on difficult client cases or complex client issues.
Joe we thank you for your leadership, devotion, reliability and kindness. Congratulations!

Elder Interior