Recent COA News
COA Closed Monday, January 18
The COA will be closed on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our centers will re-open on Tuesday, January 19th at 8 a.m.

COA To Begin Offering Group Activities
Beginning Wednesday, January 20th the COA will begin to offer a few in-person exercise classes, with the goal to increase offerings slowly at each center. The class sizes are limited, so please call the COA to see if a spot is available. Click HERE to see our schedule for January 20-31, 2021. Look for more exercise classes to be offered beginning February 1 with all the details in the February COA Newsletter. Masks are required at all times in our Enrichment Centers, even while exercising. For those that prefer to exercise at home, we will continue to offer virtual exercise classes on our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and on Zoom. Click HERE to see the schedule of virtual exercise classes. If you need help navigating Facebook, Zoom or YouTube, please give us a call at 279-8083 and a staff member will be happy to help.

Senior Advisory Council Meeting
The COA is having a Senior Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19th at 11 a.m. at our Sturgis Enrichment Center. The meeting will be offered both in-person and on Zoom for those that may not want to come to the center. ANY senior, from ANY community is welcome to attend these informal meetings where we talk about what is happening at the COA and look for input from our seniors on anything related to our services and programs. If you would like to attend in-person, please come to the Sturgis Enrichment Center at 306 N. Franks Avenue. Space is limited and masks are required at all times in our centers. If you would like a Zoom invitation, please call the COA at (269) 279-8083 and ask for Ruth Mancina or email her at

AARP Tax Aide Not Providing In-Person Tax Preparation
The AARP Foundation Tax Aide will not be doing in-person tax preparation this year at our COA Enrichment Centers. If anything changes, we will immediately post that information on this page and on our Facebook page. If you would like more information, please call the AARP Foundation Tax Aide at 888-687-2277 or visit the AARP Foundation Tax Aide website at AARP Tax Aide

COA Welcomes New Executive Director
The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging is pleased to announce that Pamela Riley, Au.D., is the new Executive Director of the COA. Ms. Riley, a Centreville resident, brings a wealth of business acumen to the COA as a former CEO of a medical-based audiology private practice. With Ms. Riley’s leadership, the practice grew from two to seven private audiology clinics in Michigan and Indiana. Her more than two decades of expertise in financial oversight, public relations, personnel and program management are a perfect fit for the Commission on Aging as it continues to serve as the primary resource for senior citizens in St. Joseph County to help them maintain independence and healthy lifestyles. Ms. Riley started her new position on Monday, January 4 and will split her time between our Enrichment Centers in Three Rivers and Sturgis.

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