Bamberg County
on Aging

The Bamberg County Office on Aging began in 1975 under the direction of Vista Volunteer Chessie Rhoad and provided limited transportation and homemaker services.  Over the years, Medicaid funds were acquired to expand the transportation services for the growing elderly population, and the agency expanded to provide a Nutritional Program.  The center was located in the same building as DSS and DHEC, yet services failed to meet the needs of potential clients.

With the passing of the Senior Citizens Centers Permanent Improvement Bond Bill, the vision of a Senior Center for Bamberg County became a reality.  Through additional monies provided by the Liveable Communities Development Block Grant and land, matching funds, and in-kind donated by Bamberg County, the Rhoads' Senior Center was built and an open house was held on January 20, 1995.  The building was dedicated and named in honor of Representative Thomas Rhoad and his wife Chessie Rhoad.

The approximately 5,000 square foot facility features a multi-purpose meeting room, kitchen, exercise/fitness room, conference room, and office space with break room and storage rooms.

In May 2006, we debuted a new transportation service called Handy Ride.  Through 5311 and 5310 funding, along with matching monies from Bamberg County, we are able to provide access to medical appointments, shopping, work, etc. for those people not eligible for Medicaid transportation.  There is a small fee of $2.00 per ten miles charged for this service. As of the beginning of 2018 we are now equipped with almost 30 vehicles for transportation. 

The agency has a seven member Advisory Board appointed by Bamberg County Council representing each member district.  The board meets once quarterly unless otherwise needed more frequently to discuss agency needs and concerns and provide support to the director.
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