Senior Services



Senior Millage Allocation Committee (SMAC)

Bob Lyng, Diane Peters, Art Kale, Jim Powers, County Commissioner Rochelle Hatcher, Richard Lindsey, Yvonne Chapman, Tom Hunsdorfer, Willie Tabb

Front Row:    Michelle Hill,
County Commissioner Gary Tompkins, Chair & Jill Booth, Vice-Chair

(Teresa Schell not pictured)


 Calhoun County Senior Services

 315 W. Green Street
 Marshall, MI 49068
Phone:   (269) 781-0846       Fax:  (269) 781-0770
Hours:   8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday -  Friday
Dept. Head:   Helen Guzzo, LMSW, Senior Services Manager
  Kate Turner, Specialist
  Lora Stevens, LCHW, Administrative Assistant


      Calhoun County Senior Millage

Senior Services administers tax dollars raised through the Senior Millage. The Senior Millage was first approved by voters in 1996 to fill gaps in available services to help seniors solve life’s problems, and promote health, safety and wellness. The Senior Millage raises approximately $2.5 million in each year. It was last renewed in 2010, and will go before voters for approval in 2020.

Senior Millage funds a variety of programs that operate county-wide. It funds over 21 different programs (Click here for list) administered by 11 nonprofit organizations to provide services to Calhoun County residents, age 60 and older. Most Senior Millage funding is distributed through a Request for Proposal process through the County Purchasing Department. Funding is available for new programs through Program Grants and Mini-Grants.  Senior Millage-funded programs provide services to meet the needs of seniors that cannot be met by the resources of the individual, the senior’s family, volunteers, charitable organizations, or through other state or federal programs.

Community needs and funding priorities are decided by the Senior Millage Allocations Committee (SMAC) which makes recommendations to the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners appoints members to SMAC and approves funding decisions. SMAC is comprised of 13 community members (Click here for list of members) who serve three year terms and includes two or three Board of Commissioners.  SMAC meets the first Friday of every month except January. Meetings are open to the public.

Senior Services administers Senior Millage funds, monitors funded organizations, organizes special events for seniors, identifies senior needs, promotes collaboration and advocates for improved services in the community, provides Medicare and Medicaid counseling, and helps seniors connect to services. Services are mostly provided free of charge but some programs encourage a cost-share to help the funding go further. Some programs serve all seniors regardless of income, and some programs are targeted to serve those who are 200% of the Federal poverty level or less to help serve those most in need. Each program has its own guidelines and follows a minimum service standard approved by the Senior Millage Allocation Committee.

For more information or to arrange a presentation to your church or group, please contact Senior Services at 269-781-0846.

Senior Services Mission is to enhance, promote, and ensure the availability of needed quality services for Calhoun County seniors through effective and efficient allocation of County Senior Millage resources.


Vision: Calhoun County Senior Millage - Funding choices for seniors, age 60 and over, while promoting safety, dignity and independence


Core Values:

  • Seniors have access to the services they need because the delivery system is well-coordinated and collaborative.
  • Seniors are valued members of our community.
  • Seniors have choices about where and how they live in our community.
  • Seniors can live independently in the community as long as possible.


For a full list of Services provided by the Senior Millage
Click on SERVICES for a printable version.



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SMAC Meeting  Schedule

Most meetings are held on the first Friday at       8:00 a.m. in Garden Level Conference Room, Calhoun County Building, 315 W. Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068.                       


November 1
December 6


NO January Meeting
February 7 - YMCA, Battle Creek, MI
March 6

         March 20 - Strategic Planning,                    Miller Manor, Battle Creek, MI    April 3
May 1
June 5

July 10 (moved to 2nd Friday)
 August 7
September 4

October 2
November 6
December 4

Meeting place may be subject to change.
           Call Calhoun County Senior Services              
(269) 781-0846 to verify location

Agendas & Minutes

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
October 4, 2019 SMAC Meeting Minutes

Friday, October 4, 2019
September 6, 2019 SMAC Meeting Minutes

Friday, June 28, 2019
June 28,, 2019 for JULY SMAC Meeting Minutes

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Application for Appointment

Senior Millage Allocation Committee Application (select from list)


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