Creating Confident Caregivers

The COA and Area Agency on Aging are sponsoring a six week Creating Confident Caregiver class on Mondays, March 16 – April 20 at the Lowe Center in Cassopolis. For this spring session, there are two different times choices, a morning time from 10 a.m. till noon or an afternoon time from 1 till 3 p... (read more)



Appointments for Preparing Tax Returns

The COA’s volunteer AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team will be preparing tax returns from February 3 until April 10. The returns are prepared Mondays through Wednesdays at the Lowe Center in Cassopolis and on Thursdays at Front Street Crossing in Dowagiac. The team’s focus is preparing returns for... (read more)



Scaling the Mountain

Mount Everest is the tallest peak on Earth, standing at a towering 29,029 feet above sea level. Each year hundreds of people attempt to scale Mount Everest as well as other staggeringly tall peaks. As you can imagine, this is no small feat. The costs can be just as staggering as the mountain itself... (read more)



Did you know that you can support the Cass County COA when you shop?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice... (read more)



Meal Leads to Prizes

During the entire month of January, every time you eat at either COA location you will be given a ticket to fill out and enter into a drawing for a prize. The COA will be drawing names at the end of the month and you will have a chance to win prizes donated by area businesses and local residents... (read more)



Lyons Industries Donates to the COA

Lance Lyons (left), President of Lyons Industries, Inc. presents Kelli Casey, FSC Manager and Marty Heirty, COA CEO with a check for $5,000 to help support the COA’s Meals on Wheels Program. This donation will go to greatly help the program which delivers about 15,000 nutritionally-balanced meals... (read more)



Project Lifesaver: The Cold Truth

The cold of winter is harsh – especially if you’re not prepared for it. But every year vulnerable people wander into the cold and many times the story turns tragic.   Project Lifesaver is intended to save lives by decreasing the amount of time it takes to find someone who wanders away from safety.... (read more)



Uphill Battle

During the holidays it seems like we are faced with endless opportunities to gorge ourselves. We go to all those holiday parties and get-togethers and eat one too many cookies, candies, or desserts, or maybe one too many drinks. Then once January comes rolling around we are kicking ourselves for... (read more)



Take precautions during severe winter weather

Winter months often provide some of the most beautiful outdoor scenes, but winter is also unpredictable. Winter storms can occur quickly and without warning, causing power outages, stranding people in their homes or cars, and creating unsafe driving and walking conditions.   Seniors and people with... (read more)



Peg Cook and her daughter, Annette Ilowiecki

Writing Their Dream

Walking through the doors of the Cass County COA was a lifechanging event for Peg Cook and her daughter, Annette Ilowiecki. Their shared passion for creative writing found a home with the Stormy Night Writer’s Society, a group that meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Lowe... (read more)