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About Us

 Mission Statement

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The mission of the DeKalb County Council on Aging, Inc., a not for profit agency, is:  To improve the quality of life of the seniors, disabled persons and others in our community through services and programs that meet their physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and mobile needs.

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History of Dekalb County Council on Aging and Heimach Senior Activity Center

In the early 1970’s Reverend Bill Heimach, then pastor of Auburn Presbyterian Church, realized there was a need for DeKalb County’s seniors to come together for food, fellowship and fun.  In 1978, that realization led to the development of the DeKalb County Council on Aging.
In 1978, the agency’s first executive director, Sandy Mafera, helped to facilitate the purchase, at auction for $30,000, of an old Baptist church at the corner of 6th and Jackson Streets.  Sandy went home that evening and husband, Steve, asked, “What did you do today?”  Sandy replied, “Bought a church!”  Gasping, Steve asked, “With what?”  A smiling, giddy Sandy stated, “Who knows, but it will work out – it is going to be the county’s first senior center!”  With the help of scores of volunteers, Reverend Bill Heimach, other community leaders and dozens of funders, Sandy’s dream became a reality.
Meg Zenk was hired in 1984 and the only other employee was a driver for the agency’s one van; the agency now has twelve vehicles and employs 30 people.  
The Current Director, Tracy Bell, stepped into the position in October of 2021.
In 1993, with the help of a Community Focus Fund Grant from the Indiana Dept. of Commerce and a little band of 8 to 10 Board members, employees and volunteers who raised over $200,000 in not much more than a couple of weeks, the agency was able to obtain its current location at 1800 E. 7th St., Auburn.  A former funeral home, the over 9000 sq. ft. Heimach Center is located on five acres east of DeKalb Health.  The acquisition enabled the agency the opportunity to operate the DeKalb Co. Council on Aging, a multi-functional senior center and a specialized transportation system.
In 2008, the Indiana Dept. of Transportation named our transit business as the county’s public transit system.  DART (DeKalb Area Rural Transit) serves all ages with a great many of their transit needs.

Heimach Center Video

Check out our video to see all that The Heimach Center and DART Transportation have to offer our community and surrounding area!

Tracy Bell,

Executive Director

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I was born and raised in Auburn. I lived a few short years with my parents at Pretty Lake, after they retired, before returning to Auburn to build a home and settle down. I met my husband, Brian Bell, in 2006 and went back to school. I graduated in 2012 from Harrison College in Fort Wayne, IN with a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management and then found a passion for the Non-Profit world. In 2013, I began this journey at Children First Center working in the family reunification program as a social worker. I became the Executive Assistant, Human Resource, and Marketing Manager with 9 years of experience before coming to the DeKalb County Council on Aging. I am inspired daily by my husband and 3 children and 3 dogs and have a new found love for Zumba, Yoga and fitness classes. In my free time I like to garden and spend time with my family & friends. Mostly, I love our small hometown community and have enjoyed growing up here and the relationships I have developed over many years. I encourage all to stop in and visit me at the Council on Aging!

Tracy Bell, Executive Director

Board Members

Current list of DCCOA Board of Directors


Current list of DCCOA Staff Members

Useful Links

List of websites that might be helpful

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