TCOG receives funds for area aging programs

CHRIS JENNINGS / HERALD DEMOCRAT The Texoma Council of Governments recently received $99,410.36 to be used in area aging programs. - See more at: http://heralddemocrat.com/news/local/tcog-receives-funds-area-aging-programs#sthash.McEdaBAU.dpuf

TCOG receives funds for area aging programs

By William C. Wadsack
Herald Democrat
The Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation recently gifted the Texoma Council of Governments with $99,410.36 for use in area aging programs.

“These were funds that had been accumulated over several years,” Randy McBroom, TCOG’s Regional Services Department director, said. “They were being held by the Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation and several of them were designated funds for programs only our AAA (Area Agency on Aging) programs could deal with.”

McBroom said the Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation voted to transfer those funds directly to TCOG to be used to further AAA programs, as well as the activities of TCOG’s recently revitalized Texoma Regional Council on Aging Committee.

“We know several of them are targeted for specific purposes, but how we’re going to use them and actually when even, is something we have to consider,” McBroom said. “We agreed with the Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation that we would use those funds as they were originally designated for.”

The Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation earmarked $60,989.72 of the funds to be used for benefits counseling, $32,863.95 to be used for TCOG local funds and $5,556.69 to be used for medication assistance and/or emergency medical expenses. The Texoma Regional Council on Aging Committee will oversee the funds.

“We are so appreciative of the Texoma Senior Citizens Foundation for releasing that money where we can now use it, even more effectively with our new tract,” McBroom said. “I don’t think all of it will go into direct services, but a very large part of it will. But these funds will provide additional benefits to the senior citizens of the Texoma region.”

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