History (1974 – 2020)

Aging & Family Services of Mineral County
46th Anniversary

This year, at Aging & Family Services, we are celebrating 46 years of serving the elderly, disabled and their families of our local area. In honor of this historic occasion, our 44th Anniversary is a time to remember all that has been accomplished through YOUR support of A&FS over these last 46 years and to look forward to all we will accomplish as we continue to work TOGETHER!

Aging & Family Services of Mineral County began providing services for the people of our community in 1974 as the Mineral County Committee on Aging. Over time, our agency has become a diverse organization administering many programs that provide nutrition, home-based care, basic living needs, and important referral and networking services to assist residents in locating resources that can serve their needs.

Our mission is broadening to address the total needs of local families, particularly as they relate to the physical and emotional well-being of older residents in Mineral County. Over 6,900 senior citizens call Mineral County home.

At Aging and Family Services of Mineral County, we offer the senior citizen programs to fit their individual needs. The purpose of Aging and Family Services is to provide the senior citizen with a full range of services structured to enhance the quality of their lives, maintain independence, and prevent premature nursing home placement.

 TIMELINE

Nov 1973 Steering Committee for the Aging in Mineral County Meets initially

Nov 1973 Melvin Heiskell elected first Chairman of the Mineral County Committee on Aging

April 1974 Agencies first budget set at $7556

June 1974 Doris Nield hired as Executive Director

Oct 1974 Committee on Aging offices established at the city building

Feb 1977 Signed lease for the Lincoln School Building on Church Street

Feb 1981 Meal Programs begin and MCCOA

Aug 1984 MCCOA celebrates 10 year anniversary with Open House

April 1989 In Home Programs begin with 21 workers and 25 clients

Oct 1989 Nutrition Program opens in Fort Ashby

Oct 1993 Agency began a computerized accounting system

1994 Celebrated 20 years and changed name to Aging & Family Services and introduced a new logo

1994 Seniors and staff began working on Santa letters for the first time

1995 Purchased Dr. Montgomery’s home and office on Main Street

1996 Administrative Office and In-Home Care staff moved to building on Main Street

1997 Doris Nield retires as Executive Director

1999 Began offering tours through our agency

2000 Moved nutrition program out of Wiley Ford Fire hall

2001 Distributed Senior Farmers Market Coupons for first time

2002 Hosted first Senior Olympics at Potomac State College

2003 New Senior Center in Short Gap Opened

2004 On The Move Walking Program Started

2004 Purchased Home on Overton place to house Health/Wellness programs, trainings and other activities

2006 Constructed a walking track around our Frankfort Senior Center

2006 The State began funding an Alzheimer’s Respite Program

2006 Opened a clothing pantry

2007 State funded In-Home Care Lighthouse Program began

2008 Purchased 5.5 acres of land behind the new BB&T bank for future senior center

2008 Agency began Case Management services

2008 Received first Hot Cold Truck for Meals on Wheels program

2009 Participated in “March for Meals” Rally in Charleston for the first time

2010 Agency served its one millionth meal

2012 Hosted our first “Conquer the Dam” 5K race at Jennings Randolph Lake

2012 Partnered with the Mineral County Energy Express program to sponsor their Children’s Summer Food Program

2013 Started serving one evening meal per week at each Senior Center

2016 Sold the property on Overton Place

2017 Opened administrative offices at 875 S. Mineral Street (rt 220)

2019 Sold previous administrative building on Main Street


Proud Past, Bright Future

Aging & Family Services has come a long way since 1974 when Doris Nield first brought services to seniors of Mineral County. Today, Aging & Family Services also offers a wide range of social services, including meals, in-home care and case management and other various activities. And so Aging & Family Services 44h anniversary– Proud Past, Bright Future – today is a great way to acknowledge and thank everyone who has contributed to our long-lasting success.

From the days that Doris worked a four day work week in the two small rooms donated by the city of Keyser, through the expansion to the former Lincoln School Building on Church Street, until today the focus of our agency has remained consistent; to help improve the quality of life for the areas seniors and their families.

Over the years clients, programs, and staff have changed, but the purpose and direction of Aging & Family Services have remained the same.