Council on Aging of St. Lucie, Inc. (COASL)
was founded in 1973 by 25 volunteers dedicated
to providing a daily hot meal to seniors;
the predecessor to the Meals on Wheels
Program. Over the years, COASL has grown
in scope and size to now provide a number
of services including homemaking, respite
care, adult day care, social senior services
and other programs to reflect the agency's
mission of providing assistance in delaying
premature placement of seniors into long
term care facilities.
Today, COASL provides services to more
than 25,000 seniors annually. The agency
employs over 100 full and part-time employees
and utilizes the services of over 200
volunteers to successfully administer
COASL is the designated Lead Agency for
St. Lucie County for Community Care for
the Elderly (CCE) state funded programs.
COASL contracts with the Florida Department
of Elder Affair (DOEA) through the Treasure
Coast Area Agency on Aging (AAA), to provide
senior services within the county.
Community Transit, a division of COASL,
provides transportation for seniors within
the County for a myriad of senior programs.
Our service is also available to individuals
with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Providing service throughout the Treasure
Coast area, we are available I St. Lucie
County, Martin County, Indian River County,
and Okeechobee County, and we provide
trips for individuals, groups, and through
COASL operates one of the two facilities
within St. Lucie county. COASL administrative
headquarters is located at 2501 SW Bayshore
Blvd., Port St. Lucie. In addition to
administration, this facility has an adult
day care and a senior center. Community
Transit is located at 1505 Orange Avenue
in Fort Pierce, Florida. In addition to
the Transit operations is a senior care
and an adult day care.
Darrell J. Drummond, President/CEO of
COASL, is responsible for the day-to-day
supervision and administration of all
COASL operations. Under the direction
of COASL's Board of Directors, COASL continues
to lead the area in providing needed services
to an ever growing population of seniors
in St. Lucie county.