The history of the Central County Senior Center:

 The Central County Senior Center began in October, 1973 with 23 people attending an ice cream social sponsored by the Berrien Springs Jaycee's. In discussing the needs of the quickly growing senior population, that group of 23 persons decided to organize its solution to the many problems facing senior citizens into a structured center and opened its doors on July 31, 1974 as Central County Center for Senior Citizens. In July of 1975 it incorporated into a private nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors.

     The decided purpose of Central County Senior Center is to meet the documented needs of senior citizens over the age of 60 by providing solutions to their problems and activities for enjoyment to those living in their homes in Royalton, Sodus, Pipestone, Oronoko, Berrien and Baroda Townships, this equaling 164 square miles of Berrien County, Michigan. Through the years the Central County Senior Center has grown from that 23 people to 1298 members and many more who are participating in the center. For many of our senior citizens and their family problem solving help has become a necessity.

    Offering a diversity of social events and further learning experience, unparalleled by other senior service organizations in our area the Central County Senior Center is unique in Southwest Michigan.

     The Central County Senior Center moved to a bigger building in 1979 which is the Shawnee site!