Evangeline Council on Aging

Who We Are

Evangeline Council on Aging was established in 1971.  It is private, non-profit organization that provides social services for socially and economically needy, low-income, minority, handicapped, disabled, and at risk elderly resifents of Evangeline Parish.  ECOA receives fereal, state, and local funds, and donations to provide various services.  ECOA is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of 15 citizens of Evangeline Parish.

ECOA is a community focal point where older persons can receive services and participate in acitivies which enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in, and with, the community.  ECOA provides activities that reflect the experience and skills of our elderly citizens and respond to their diverse needs and interests.  As part of a comprehensive community strategy to meet the needs of older adults, ECOA not only offers services and activities, but also links participants with resources offered by other agencies.

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What We Do

ECOA follows all the guidelines and restrictions of the Older American Act programs.  The Older American Act programs are not entitlement programs.  Although a person 60 and older is eligible to receive services, he/she is not entitled to them as in other programs.  Servicer providers must determine which eligible applicant would benefit most from the service, and utilize the available funds to service as many people as possible.  ECOA not only provides action on behalf of the elderly to secure needed services and benefits, which is called advocacy, but also provides the following services:

Congregate Meals, Nutrition Education

Home Delivered Meals

Home Maker Services


Information and Assistance


National Family Caregiver Program, Sitter, In-Home Respite

Utility Assistance

Community Choice Waiver Program, L.T.P.C.S.

Senior Center, Recreation, Arts, Crafts, Travel, Games, Physical Activities, Wellness, Health Care Information

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Contact Information

Address Information
1012 N. Reed St.
PO Box 312
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Office Hours: Office: Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm
Contact: Lisa DeRouen
Contact Title: Executive Director
Phone: 337-363-5161
Fax: 337-363-3834
Email: lisaecoa@centurytel.net

Senior Center - 1001 N. Reed St.

Meal Sites: Pat Killen Building, Ryan St., Basile

                 Savoy Heights Apartments, 909 Cherry St., Mamou

                 Village De Memoire, 1001 N. Reed St., Ville Platte

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