The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc.

A Description of our Agency

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc., (SCOA) is a non-profit agency which directs services to the elderly of the parish to promote and prolong maximum independent living. We keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of aging. We address the unique concerns and needs of the elderly. We provide information to the elderly about other agencies and governmental bodies.

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc., was organized in 1972 and then chartered in 1973. The Council on Aging operates Monday through Friday, except on holidays. The office hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., but because we provide non-emergency medical transportation, our hours of operation actually begin at 4:00 a.m. and often do not end until 8 p.m.

The Sabine Council on Aging is designated by the Federal Administration on Aging (AoA) and the State of Louisiana through the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA) as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), to administer a comprehensive four-year plan designed to meet the needs of the senior population of Sabine Parish. Seniors are those individuals who are sixty years of age or older; however, priority for service is given to those seniors with the greatest social or economic needs.

An eleven member Advisory Council representing a cross section of the parish guides the functions, activities and programs of SCOA. The Advisory Council provides support to the Executive Director who is responsible for implementing the Area Plan and to the agency’s Board of Directors who approve the Plan. The Advisory Council meets quarterly to monitor the plan and to make adjustments as needed.

Our Board of Directors is made up of 15 members of the community who have been elected by the general membership of the organization. These individuals have shown a genuine concern for the seniors of Sabine Parish and a willingness to oversee the activities of the Council. The Board of Directors meet on a monthly basis.

The staff of 8 full time employees and part-time employees is responsible for implementing the objectives of the Council and the goals of the Area Plan. All staff members, both full-time and part-time, are trained in their particular fields to help offer the best service possible to our clients. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors, serves as the administrative officer of the agency, serves as the personnel department and is responsible for its day-to-day operations. The Office Manager handles the bookkeeping and payroll of the agency. Three coordinating supervisors direct the field operations of the agency, i.e. Transportation, Area Services and Nutrition.