In October of 1982, a task force consisting of interested community citizens and members of the First Christian Church of Stillwater formed together to study the feasibility of establishing an adult day center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The targeted population would be those persons over 60 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 5 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 continued to expand its program throughout the years. While the majority of participants are over the age of 60, the center also serves a sizable number of younger adults who are dealing with the loss of independence due to illness or disability. The center is licensed to serve up to 40 people a day.
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.
Vision & Mission
Vision Statement: Restoring quality of life, one person at a time. Mission Statement: The Life Adult Day Center enhances life and encourages independence for adults through health, social and supportive services.
The Board is made up of volunteer citizens from the Stillwater community. Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. in the months of January, March, May, July, and September. The Annual meeting is held in November. All meetings are open to the public. Our 2019 board members are: Shelley Gladden Cindy Melancon Valerie Zayat-Bloodgood Margaret Keener Kendra Moreland Patty Armbruster Gladeen Allred Keri Bruce Brandee Hancock Meg Busteed Emily Roberts Mike Schaller
Meeting Agenda: Director’s Report Financial Report Old Business New Business Adjournment
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