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Our History

1975

 

The Yellowstone County Council on Aging was formed by County resolution. A seven-member council was appointed by the County Commissioners to serve as a coordinating body for senior programs within Yellowstone County.

 

1977-1978

 

The Yellowstone County Council on Aging was staffed by a part-time director and seven staff.

 

Programs were expanded in the areas of nutrition, socialization and transportation and home health care was contracted with the City-County Health Department and Senior Helping Hands. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was transferred to YCCOA from the Human Resources Development Council and the Minor Home Repair Program was initiated.

 

During this time, the City of Billings built the Billings Community Center (BCC). BCC included a kitchen facility, where meals for the Billings Senior Dinner and Meals on Wheels Programs were prepared. Offices for RSVP and the Meals on Wheels Program were also located here. The YCCOA administrative office moved into BCC in 1983.

 

1978-1998

 

YCCOA focused on program and service expansion. Additional meal sites opened, YCCOA took over the operation of the Laurel Transportation Program and YCCOA assisted with the acquisition of facilities and funding for the Custer, Laurel and  Broadview senior centers.

 

 In November, Yellowstone County voters approved a one-mil levy for senior services, which secured a stable source of funding for aging services.

 

 1999

 

The Council on Aging moved from the Billings Community Center to 1501 14th Street West.

 

2000

 

The Council on Aging was awarded a grant from the Philip Morris Company in partnership with the National Meals on Wheels Foundation to start a Meals on Wheels Program in the Worden area.

 

2004

 

The Resource Center was established through a special grant from the Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Also during this year, the Council on Aging moved to 1309 16th Street West.

 

2006

 

In November, voters approved a second senior mill levy to assist in supporting programs and services for seniors across Yellowstone County.

 

2007 – 2009

 

A meal site was established at the Shepherd Feedlot. Two years later a meal site started serving meals in Lockwood at the Harvest Church.

 

2008

 

The Council on Aging moved to temporary offices at West Park Plaza (leased space at 1309 16th Street West was purchased and demolished.)

 

2009

 

In April, the Council on Aging moved to its forever home at 1505 Avenue D, made possible by a generous bequest left by a long-time supporter Blanche Vavra.

 

2010

 

In February, the Council on Aging’s new commercial kitchen at its new location prepared the first meal for the Billings Senior Dinner and Meals on Wheels Programs. A new meal site was established at 1505 Avenue D, replacing the First Presbyterian meal site. A deli menu was started in addition to the traditional Senior Dinner Program’s full course menu. Service hours at the new site were expanded to 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

2011

 

After extensive consideration, on December 1, the Yellowstone County Council on Aging became the Adult  Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County.  A new logo accompanied the name change.