Whether it’s those who have walked through our doors, called us, or accessed our services in their homes, countless lives have been touched by the work that’s been done for more than 40 years through our agencies. The first Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging programs launched in Lewistown and Mifflin in 1975. The inaugural Board of Directors was organized in 1981 when M-J AAA obtained nonprofit status. From there, the Home Delivered Meals program got its start in 1982, and Call-A-Ride Service (CARS) was introduced two years later as the transportation department of M-J AAA.

As the various programs and services expanded over the years, the M-J AAA Board decided to  restructure the organization’s framework. In 2005, the Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services Corporation (M-J RSC) was officially formed and incorporated as a parent organization over the existing programs. At the same time, the M-J CARS and M-J Food Services programs were incorporated as separate corporate entities, and along with M-J AAA, the three entities became Affiliates of M-J RSC.

M-J RSC currently offers a comprehensive and coordinated service delivery system to meet the needs of people across our two county region. With one call, we connect individuals to the services or support they’re seeking with a wide range of available resources and opportunities. We also provide administrative functions and strategic planning for the Affiliated Agencies.

Together the M-J RSC Agencies ensure that the homebound elderly are not isolated or struggling to survive on their own. We provide basic services such as regular, nutritious meals delivered to their door. We provide peace of mind for the loved ones of those we serve when they are not able to be there themselves. We provide a community of connections with the incredible support of hundreds of volunteers. We work in close partnership with the family members of our consumers, other community organizations, and professional caregivers.

Collectively, we have managed tremendous growth in the range of services available to meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents in Mifflin and Juniata counties. The M-J AAA now operates five senior centers. M-J Food Services has broadened its scope to serve low-income children in summer lunch programs. M-J CARS offers free shared rides for people who qualify as well as fee-for-service rides to the general public. We are already positioning the affiliates to respond to shifts in government and health care systems. Our agencies are preparing to provide case management services to consumers through a managed care organization.

As our highly dedicated team of employees and board members look to the future, M-J RSC envisions capitalizing on technology to enhance existing programs and to find innovative ways to serve people. As the hub of connection for these services, we anticipate coupling new initiatives with the expansion of existing services, all in an effort to better meet the changing needs in the local community.