SWIRCA & More was designated as an Area Agency in July, 1974, to serve Gibson, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties, known as Area 16. Area Agencies are designated by the Indiana Division of Aging as focal points responsible for planning and coordinating a system of services for Older Hoosiers in each of the sixteen regions of Indiana.
SWIRCA & More's network was built by establishing Councils in each county of its area. The Councils serve as assessors of 60+ needs, clearing houses for proposed projects in that county and deliverers of services when necessary. SWIRCA & More's mission is to develop a comprehensive array of services which will prevent inappropriate institutionalization and encourage self sufficiency among adults 60+ and disabled youths or adults. Establishing this network and building bridges between it and other agencies with already existing services has been the primary goal of SWIRCA & More and the County Councils.
Federal funding sources for these services are through the Older Americans Act, the Social Services Block Grant, Medicaid, and the USDA. The state funding sources include CHOICE and the Older Hoosier Fund. In addition to these Federal and State dollars, funds are raised locally to further develop the network of services.
All services provided are non-sectarian in nature and are provided without regard to race, religion, or ethnic origin. To be eligible for some services, persons must be sixty years of age or older. Eligibility for others does not include a minimum age, but is based on a need for assistance due to health impairments and risk of institutionalization. Some funding sources have income eligibility requirements. All services are targeted to those with the greatest social and economic needs, especially minorities.