Our Mission

Who We Are

Area Agencies on Aging were established by a federal law called the Older Americans Act. We are one of thirteen (13) Area Agencies in Illinois.

Our Mission

We promote the well-being of individuals by assisting them to maintain their independence in the community.

Who We Serve

We serve senior adults, family caregivers of senior adults, families raising the children of their relatives, veterans, people with disabilities, and community volunteers in the southernmost thirteen counties of Illinois.

Our Goals & Objectives

Funding Services: We administer federal and state funding that supports the programs and services provided through county senior centers and regional service agencies in southernmost Illinois. Nearly all of the services we sponsor are without charge, although there may be a voluntary suggested donation. Use this link to view the services we fund.

Planning: We develop an Area Plan every three years with information gathered from senior adults, community leaders, and service agencies. Our Plan describes the senior programs and services we intend to fund within our area.

Development: We create new programs and refine existing programs and services to meet the needs of our customers.

Coordination: We foster connections with other agencies to order to improve our customers' access to services. Our staff are involved in many activities such as serving on various Boards and Councils that make policy that affects our customers, providing information and technical assistance to organizations, and conducting surveys.

Advocacy: We promote the interests of our customers by advocating for improved policies for new and existing programs.

Senior Employment: We assist individuals aged 55 and older with information about training and employment opportunities.

Information: We publish information for social service agencies including our Aging and Disability Resource Guide, and are available to discuss services with other agencies and the media. We respond to requests from our customers for information and to make referrals.

Our Legal Purpose

pyramidTo serve as an advocate by representing the interests of our customers.

To conduct, coordinate, and implement social service programs in the southernmost thirteen counties in Illinois.

To improve the quality of life for our customers in southern Illinois by determining their needs, providing a mechanism to determine and establish priorities, and coordinating the development of service programs designed to meet such needs.

To receive funds from the Illinois Department on Aging, from all governmental agencies, and from non-governmental sources necessary to implement the purposes of the agency.

To make grants and execute contracts for the operation of service projects.

To monitor, evaluate and require reports and accountings by Subrecipients of grants and subcontractors.

To own, or otherwise acquire, use, convey, or otherwise dispose of, or to deal in real and personal property, or any interest therein, necessary to effectuate the purposes of the agency.

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