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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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Ribbon cutting held for new COA

A significant moment in the history of the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging was celebrated last week. Friday’s ceremonial ribbon cutting to recognize the agency’s new headquarters in Three Rivers attracted several dozen people. In addition to COA’s new headquarters, the remodeled Three Rivers Inn includes 38 one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom residences. COA director Tim Stoll welcomed State …

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COA plans ribbon-cutting event

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is celebrating the opening of its new home in Three Rivers with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event. The fanfare takes place at 2 p.m. Friday at Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence, 1200 W. Broadway St. The residential units and COA headquarters were remodeled from the former Three Rivers Inn. The residential component features 38 …

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County commission allows COA director to approve leases

Members of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week approved a motion to allow the head of the Commission On Aging to sign off on apartment leases. Commissioners granted COA director Tim Stoll signatory authorization for leases at the Rivers Enrichment Center and Residence, the former Three Rivers Inn that is being converted to a 46-unit residence for …

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COA considers PACE agreement

St. Joseph County Commission on Aging Advisory Board last week discussed the possibility of approving a PACE program expansion agreement. The agreement outlines details of COA’s relationship with Senior Care Partners to bring PACE to St. Joseph and Branch counties. If approved, PACE would be housed at the COA’s Enrichment Center in Sturgis. The agreement states the north and south …

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County commission re-appoints several to COA board

Five people were re-appointed to the St. Joseph County Commission On Aging Board last week. County commissioners agreed to renew the two-year terms of Three Rivers resident Al Balog, Sturgis-area resident Lee Austerman, Charles Thompson of Sherman Township, Lockport Township’s Jim MacTavish and Deborah Davis of Colon. Three Rivers-area resident Al Heivilin did not seek re-appointment to his one-year, at-large …

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