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Community Action Team is the local Area Agency on Aging of Columbia County which is a national service organization by Congress to provide services to Older Americans in the United States.

Some of the more familiar Older American’s Act funded programs in Columbia County are Meals on Wheels and the Senior Nutrition Program. However we do offer Preventative Health Workshops, Legal Aid, Money Management and Options Counseling management with OAA funds.

The Senior Program also provides a trained case manager specialist to provide direct senior client contact and support for in-home services programs such as respite care and Oregon Project Independence Programs. The in-home services programs places a trained care provider to help the senior with activities of daily living to help them stay in their own home.

Options Counseling – provides seniors over 60 and people with disabilities over 18 years of age with the information they need on both current and long-term care services and supports in order to live independently in their community, regardless of disability or income. Options Counselors are trained to work with you, family members and/or significant others to connect you to vital resources and services that fit your current situation and preferences and allow you to stay in your home. Options Counseling is FREE service.

Oregon Project Independence – The purpose of the program was to provide a “safety net” for those individuals 60 years of age and over who did not qualify for Medicaid because of income or resources but still needed help in their homes because of inability to perform daily tasks.

Want to help?

1.  Your gift of only $ 12 would provide one hour of respite care for a family care provider who is caring for a family member with a serious disease or disabling condition.

2.   Your gift of $120.00 would buy 10 hours of respite.

3.  Your gift of $576.00 would prove and average of four hours a month of respite care for one full year to a family care provider caring for a family member with a serious disabling condition.

4.  Your gift of $350.00 would pay for 10 hours of in-home help per month to one vulnerable senior through our Oregon Project Program

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1.     Mail:      U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2     Fax:         (202) 690-7442; or
3.    Email:     program.intake@usda.gov

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender