Age Of Excellence

Real Services

Real Services has the responsibility of planning, developing, implementing and administering a network of services that are of high standards, are known, available and used by older adults and low income households in north central Indiana (Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties).

The ultimate objective of REAL Services is to assist in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives.

The services are funded in part by a Social Services Block Grant; Titles III of the Older Americans Act; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Older Hoosier’s Act; Community Development Funds; Low Income Energy Assistance Block Grant; U.S. Department of Energy; Corporation for National Service; Community Services Block Grant; St. Joseph County Government; designated Estates, Trusts and Gifts; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Indiana’s CHOICE Program; the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County; the Weinberg Foundation; Wells Fargo Trusts; and Voluntary Contributions.

Vision Statement: Adding Quality to Life Today and in the Future.

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2017 Age of Excellence Awards

The purpose is to recognize those individuals who quietly support their loved ones and their communities through daily acts of kindness, compassion and selflessness. They remind us, in the most fundamental way, that which is most meaningful in life; and how we truly serve a higher purpose when we serve our fellow man.

Nomination Categories
Category Description
Business of the Year
A business that displays a strong commitment to the elderly.
Caregiver of the Year
An individual who unselfishly provides unpaid care to someone who is 60 years of age or older.
The Wyatt Mick Volunteer of the Year Award
An individual, 60 years of age or older, who has displayed a commitment to volunteerism in service to the elderly.
Professional of the Year
An individual who, throughout their career, has provided dedicated service to older adults. (ex: nurse, police officer, home health aide, doctor, etc.)
The Les Fox Hoosier Lifetime Award
An individual, 60 years of age or older, who has demonstrated a lifetime of service to his or her community (paid or unpaid).
Agency/Program Serving Low – Income of the Year
An agency/program that has a deep commitment and gives outstanding service to low-income persons while supporting independence.
Change Agent of the Year
An individual who made a difference in the lives of low-income populations.
Sgt. Shriver Lifetime Achievement Award
A person who has spent the majority of their life in service to low-income populations.