History

Serving Older Adults through Changing Times was founded by Sandra M. Jones and the late Sandra L. Massey.  They both felt a desire and need to develop an organization geared towards serving older adults, regardless of their disabilities.  SO-ACT was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501C-3 organization to serve the elderly.

SO-ACT is a member of several community councils, aging organizations and committees which service the aging community.

 Sandra Jones has over twenty seven years of experience working in social services.

  • At age fourteen worked for the Cincinnati Commission on Youth preparing hot meals for senior citizens for local senior centers.
  • The next several summers worked at the Cincinnati Veteran's Administration Hospital, assisting older adults in various areas.
  • In 1986, worked as an activity coordinator at one of the local nursing homes.
  • In August 1993 co-founded Serving Older Adults Through Changing Times, a nonprofit organization concerned about the conditions many older adults were forced to deal with alone.
  • - In 1994, received the Unsung Hero Award from WIZF-FM Radio Station, for the outstanding service that SOACT provides for African American Senior Citizens.
    - In 1994, received a proclamation from former Governor Richard Celeste. Received national recognition for Invested In Neighborhood, Inc. out of Altanta, GA.
  • In 2000, SOACT, and several other organizations banded together to prevent falls and injuries to older adults. The Hamilton County Fall Task Force was recognized for our efforts in 2003 by the Association of Professionals in Aging.
  • Sandra has conducted several presentations and training on aging with older adults, families and churches' senior ministries.
  • In 2003, Sandra Jones received a B.A. in Gerontology from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. Sandra's goal is to obtain her Ph.D. in the field of Aging. Aging well is a global concern and Sandra feels her expertise can be shared with others.
  • -In 2006, Sandra Jones was the Cincinnati Herald Nefertit award winner: for her wisdom, inner beauty, and positive contributions to the community.
    -In 2006, Sandra Jones received the Dara Rafiki award: celebrating the spirit of positive women through art.
  • -In 2007, Sandra Jones conducted the Caring Workshop for Caring for Aging Parents.
    -2007-2008, a $10,000 Anomaloise Donor.
  • 2009, 16th annual celebration of Older American Month/Proclamation by Congressman Steve Driehaus, remarks from State Senator Eric Kearney.
    August 22, 2009, save this date, SO-ACT's 16th year of service.