and STAR Transportation. . .

Steuben County Council on Aging • 317 S. Wayne St., Suite 1 B • Angola, IN 46703

C.O.A. Office (260)-665-8191  STAR Transportation (260)-665-9856

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Mission Statement

The Steuben County Council on Aging is a community leader in advocacy and services, including transportation, for older adults and others to empower independence and enhance well-being.

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Welcome to the Steuben County Council on Aging  Community Center!!!


The Steuben County Council on Aging is staffed with dedicated people who are committed to assisting older

adults and persons with disabilities so that they are able to remain independent in the home of their choice

with dignity, thus preventing premature institutionalization.

The SCCOA is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by: Title IIB Older Americans Act, Medicaid,  

Trustees/County Commissioners, City of Angola, Churches and Civic Groups,

Steuben County United Way, Foundations & Grants, Private Donations and Fundraising.


The SCCOA acknowledges and supports the rights of all individuals and is actively involved in

serving older adults & persons with disabilities, as well as low-income families without any discrimination.

We believe all   persons have the right to know what is available to help them care for  themselves.  

The Council on Aging staff can help provide this information to you.  

We provide a wide range of information from all over Steuben County and the region.

If we can be of help, let us know — we are here to serve you!

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Who are YOU going to bring to the Senior Center?

Recently, I took a call from a woman who lives in California  regarding a relative who just moved to our area.   She was trying to find things to suggest for her to do to get  involved in so that she could “fit in”.  She described her relative as single, alone, active, in good health and outgoing.    Of course, I suggested our Senior Center and was happy to share with her all the neat things that we are offering – and then turned her contact information over to our Activities Director, Pam, who reached out to her immediately.   That phone call got me to thinking – Who do I know that lives right around here that fits that description???   So, I pose that question to each of you – Who do YOU know?


I had the privilege of attending the April Birthday Bash at Ruby Tuesday’s and what a blast those folks do have.   It doesn’t have to be your birthday to attend – we just celebrate whoever has one (although, they get a little gift) – and if no one has one – we just celebrate anyway.  The camaraderie and fellowship are so  enriching to enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch and visit with everyone.  I must admit, I am still learning and am getting better at putting names with faces – but it is so neat to run into some of our senior center folks at the grocery store or the drug store – and chat with them.   So, who are YOU going to invite to the next Birthday Bash???  (note:  my birthday is in June – so please come).  Check the calendar in this newsletter for the date – Be there!!


I was so bummed out that I couldn’t attend the Painting Class today at the Senior Center (my husband needed me at our office) – but I did sneak down there to just say hello and see what they were doing.   What fun they were having with the Lakeland  Nursing Home activities directors giving the instructions.  Laughter was plentiful as they developed their new found artistic abilities.   Thank you, Lakeland folks for sharing your time, energy – and maybe patience with our budding artists.  So, who are YOU going to invite to the next painting class (I sure plan on being there).

We all know SOMEONE who could use a little encouragement.  SOMEONE who is alone; has lost a spouse; has no children close by; who enjoys cards, games, music, exercise or just being with other people.  Just maybe they are waiting for SOMEONE to invite them to do something.  There is no better place to get to know others than being with other folks at the Senior Center.   Is it a neighbor?  A friend?  A relative?  Someone new to town?  I am confident there is SOMEONE just waiting to be invited – YOU can make a difference in that person’s life.


Now, for my “commercial” regarding our NEW Senior Center:  WHEN we get our new center and we have a place that is easier to get in and out of; we plan to have a warm, inviting, comfy senior lounge area for all our folks to come and “hang out” and have fun.   Honestly, I wake up in the night thinking about how nice it will be to have our place to call “home”.  Someone told me once – “Don’t quit before the miracle happens” – I’m not a quitter and I believe with all my heart we are on the brink of “our miracle”.

Who are YOU going to invite to join you this month?


Karen Shelton, President

Board of Directors