History of Senior Services
The Warren Senior Community Center was started in 1982 by the South Haven Housing Commision. It occupies the lower level of the River Terrace Senior Apartment building, which is HUD, subsidized. The senior Center was named after Robert N. Warren, a South HAven City Council and Housing Commission member who worked extensively for senior housing in South Haven.
In February of 1995, the Warren Senior Center program was turned over to the newly created South Haven Area Senior Services, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, serving the City of South Haven and the townships of Geneva, South Haven, and Casco. South Haven Area Senior Services is located at 220 Broadway St., and the Warren Senior Center is 540 Williams Street, both in the same building with different entrances. Senior Services has other satellite locations through out its service area as well. Please check out our contact page and Senior Centers for more information.
South Haven Area Senior Services went before the voters in August of 1998 and received a 1/4 mill millage from the 3 townships and the City of South Haven. In 2002, South Haven Area Senior Services expanded services through millage funding to the City of Bangor and the Townships of Bangor, Arlington and Columbia. In 2006, Senior Services expanded the services to Covert Township when the voters approves a quarter mill tax millage to fund services to seniors.
In 2010, Senior Services received a federal grant to implement the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. In 2010, Senior Services went before the voters in every township and City in Van Buren County and requested the millage be placed on the ballot in an expansion area that would cover the entire county and went for renewal in its existing areas. Millages passed in all locations, overwhelmingly in most. Senior Services changed its name in 2011 to Senior Services of Van Buren County, more than doubling its service area!
How can SSVBC help you?
Any person age 60 and over living in Van Buren County is eligile to receive services provided by SSVBC at any of our locations.
Any person age 55 and over interested in volunteering, or already volunteering, in Van Buren County, can sign up with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Check out our Care Watch Care Management and In-Home Care services, Support Groups, MMAP, Tax Assistance, RampAge and Project Fresh. Also take a
look at our Senior Centers, Active Living Every Day program or volunteer through RSVP.
Stay tuned for more fun and exciting events!