How did the Center get started?

cropped-dsc06621.jpg In October of 1982, a task force consisting of interested community citizens and member of the First Christian Church of Stillwater was formed to study the feasibility of establishing an adult day center in Stillwater, Okla.  The targeted population would be those persons over sixty who might be disabled, recovering, or isolated.  A needs survey and a public hearing were conducted in cooperation with the Area Agency on Aging.  The positive response to both of these activities produced convincing evidence of a need for adult day services in Payne County. Papers of incorporation were filed, and the task force proceeded with solicitation of funds, equipment, and personnel.  Space for the Center was donated by the First Christian Church in Stillwater.  Following the appointment of a voluntary Board of Directors and the hiring of staff, the “Life Center” opened on February 15, 1983 and provided services two days a week.  The program expanded to five days a week in September of the same year.  In 1992, the Center became licensed through the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Life Center has expanded its program through the years.  While the majority of Participants are over the age of 60, the Center also serves a sizable number of younger adults.  Currently the Center serves over 50 individuals and has an average daily attendance of between 30 and 40. Initial funding for the Life Center came from Eldercare, donations, and Participant fees.  Additional funding sources through the years include United Way, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, and ADvantage Waiver.  In 2003, the Life Center was the recipient of  the first Bennett Basore Award, which is given by the Stillwater Area United Way to a United Way agency which exemplifies excellence in financial planning, stewardship, and service.

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