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Commission on Aging to Host “Open Mic” Nights

With restrictions easing in relation to COVID-19, the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging wants to celebrate by offering something fun and different for its members, and really for any senior in the county who is eager to get out of the house and socialize with others. This desire led to working with a local family known for its “Open …

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Commission on Aging Hires Kelley as Life Enrichment Coordinator

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is pleased to announce that Alex Kelley is the new Life Enrichment Coordinator for the COA. Kelley, a Sherwood resident, is a familiar face to COA members as she has been the receptionist at the Oaks Enrichment Center in Sturgis since May 2018. Kelley, who attended Burr Oak High School and Glen Oaks …

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COA Arbor Day celebration

In honor of Arbor Day, the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging invited Carolyn Grace from the St Joseph County Conservation District and Ashley Ives, a Farm Bill Specialist from the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to visit our Enrichment Centers on Thursday, April 29. In addition to giving away white pines to our COA members, Carolyn …

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SJC COA – In-person activities are available

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging has reopened in-person activities at its centers in Sturgis and Three Rivers. COA executive director Pam Riley said the sites re-opened March 15 and so far, all is going well, she noted. Limited activities include exercise classes and bingo at both locations. The agency is adhering to a limited capacity of 25 percent per …

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COA plans July reopening

Both enrichment centers of St. Joseph County Commission on Aging plan to reopen July 1, following adoption of a plan Wednesday by the COA board. Due to safety and health concerns, guests will be asked health-screening questions and have their temperature checked. All seniors and staff members will be required to wear a mask if medically able. Also, class sizes …

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COA offices are closed

St. Joseph County Commission On Aging offices are closed to comply with the governor’s executive order. The measure also affects COA’s enrichment centers in Three Rivers and Sturgis, as all activities and programs will continue to be canceled at both centers. COA will be providing critical services of Meals on Wheels delivery once per week and personal care once per …

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St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Coronavirus (COVID 19) response

Effective March 16th, 2020, COA offices will be closed, including Enrichment Centers in Sturgis and Three Rivers. All activities and programs will be canceled at both centers. Services to clients in their home will be limited to once per week meals on wheels delivery and limited support to seniors who require personal care. Seniors who use these services will receive …

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COA crowdfunding effort reaches goal

A crowdfunding effort by the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging reached its $50,000 goal. COA director Tim Stoll said as a result of meeting its goal, the agency qualifies for a $50,000 match through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Stoll said the funds will help with development of a park at the newly opened Rivers Enrichment Center at the …

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Donations sought for COA matching grant

The St. Joseph County Commission On Aging is close to reaching its goal set through a crowdfunding campaign to help create an outdoor park as well as a public space inside the former Three Rivers Inn. Above and beyond the $4.6 million in renovations to the hotel itself, which led to the creation of a senior center and 46 independent-senior …

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New COA building at capacity

Less than two weeks after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to commemorate its opening, the Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence is at capacity. County administrator Teresa Doehring announced during Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting that all 46 residential units are no longer available. The Broadway Street location, which also serves as the new headquarters for the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging, …

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