To assist elderly persons of Hardy County in identifying
and effectively developing their skills, potential
abilities and personal resources so they may continue
to life an independent, purposeful, safe and healthy
life style in their own home.
In the fall of 1973, a group of Hardy
County citizens met to form a committee on aging.
Meeting with a representative of the
West Virginia Region VIII Planning and Development
Council, the group subsequently filed an application
with the Secretary of State for a Charter. Citizens
signing the application were Phoebe Fisher, Ralph
Bean, Winston Teets, Bruce Macbeth and Leslie
Barr. A Charter was granted on November 15, 1973.
In 1974 Phyllis Helmick of Moorefield
was employed as Director of the newly established
Hardy County Committee on Aging. She continues
service as Executive Director and as a county
leader in the continuing endeavor to improve both
the quality and quantity of sevice to all senior
citizens of Hardy County.
One year later, in 1975, two surplus
trailors were obtained and located on a vacant
lot at 400 Spring Avenue in Moorefield to serve
as the Hardy County Senior Center.
Following the opening of the new Hardy
County Public Library, the old building was purchased
and in 1978 this building on Winchester Avenue
in Moorefield became the new Hardy County Senior
It served until the fall of 1990 when
the construction of the new Committee on Aging
building was completed on Spring Avenue. The state
grant of $386,300 was supplemented with funds
raised by Hardy County Citizens for the construction
and furnishing of the new building.
Senior Citizens of Hardy County were
most generous in donating their time and energies
in a multitude of activities such as bake sales,
yard sales, craft sales, entertainments and donations
to assure the construction and opening of the
new Hardy County Committee on Aging building at
409 Spring Avenue in Moorefield.
The new Senior Center was dedicated
and ready to service Hardy County Senior Citiezens
on September 10, 1990.
The Hardy County Committee on Aging will
continue to strive to improve and to grow as they
continue to meet the needs of our Hardy County
To attract people with ideas, talents
and energies will always be a goal of the Hardy
County Committee on Aging. With new people, the
Committee on Aging can continue to face the challenges
of the future with expanding services, new programs
and funds to meet the continuing changes in the
needs of our people.