Incorporated in 1975, the Steuben County Council on Aging, Inc. became a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We have been providing services to the Steuben County senior community for over four decades. The SCCOA is operated by a dedicated board of directors and staff who are committed to assisting our senior community to remain active, involved and independent while providing a place for socialization, networking and learning.
Milestones Through The Years
- 1960 - 1968 Steuben County Seinor Center Formed
- First Constitution and bylaws were implemented and a slate of officers wer chosen. The mission was to study problems of aging seniors, work with state and federal legislators and act as a central location for the senior community. The first recorded meeting was held.
- 1975 - Steuben County Council on Aging was Formed
- On May 15, 1975 the Steuben County Council on Aging, Inc. was incorporated and registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The first physical office was opened and Executive Director was hired.
- 1992 - The Big Move to the Community Center
- The COA moved to a larger location in the basement of the County Community Building where senior progams were implemented. The Activity Center for seniors was established and the center opened for seniors to attend regularly.
- 2008 - STAR Public Transportation Formed
- The Steuben County Council on Aging, Inc. partnered with County Commissioners and INDOT to bring public transportation to all Steuben County residents.
- 2015 - Campaign To Relocate
- A capital campaign was kicked off to begin the search for a new location that offered accessiblity and visibility to the senior community. The first fundraiser was held and a $5,000 donation was made to kick off the campaign.
- 2019 - Ground Breaking for New Center and STAR Public Transportation
- With the generosity of the Sheets Family and Trine Family the relocation campaign was kicked into high gear. Donations from the community, grants and foundations allowed for the Steuben County Council Aging, Inc. to aquire land and funding to build our new facility. On October 2019 a ground breaking ceremony was held and construction started. On December 3, 2019 the foundation was poured.
- 2020 - Dreams to Reality
- In August of 2020 the Senior Center and STAR Transportation moved into their new home on Wohlert Street. The Senior Center name was changed to the Heritage Club and membership grew from 60 to 280 in less then six months.
The Steuben County Council on Aging, Inc. relies on the following funders for its success:
- Older Americans Act
- INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation)
- County Commissioners
- City of Angola
- County Trustees
- Church Groups & Service Clubs
- Foundations and Grants
- Endowments held by the Steuben County Community Foundation
- Private Donations
- Steuben County United Way
- Fund Raising and community supports