L to R: John and Janice Ricco,
Geraldine Kruger, Ray Okonski,
Ken Pool and John Lepine
2016_Volunteer_Award_Winners
  • L to R: John and Janice Ricco,
    Geraldine Kruger, Ray Okonski,
    Ken Pool and John Lepine
  • John and Janice Ricco:
    Gold Award Winners
  • Ray Oskonski: Margaret Loridas Diamond Award Winner
  • Geraldine Kruger: Robert A. Eastman S.A.G.E. Award Winner
  • John Lepine: Loretta C. Conway Senior Division Award Winner
  • Ken Pool: Aldo Vagnozzi Spirit Award Winner

2016 Volunteer Awards Presented


The Farmington Area Commission on Aging and the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department Adults 50 & Better program hosted their annual Volunteer Breakfast on April 7. This year's theme was "We're Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Our Volunteers." The Honorable United States District Judge Terrence Berg delivered the keynote address to over 200 guests at the Costick Center. The event was sponsored by Heartland of West Bloomfield and Marvin & Betty Danto.

The Gold Award, given to individuals 50 years or better, was presented to John and Janice Ricco. They both work with Gilda's club and are leaders of a cancer support group at St. Fabian Church. John is active in the Knights of Columbus. The Margaret Loridas Diamond Award, given to an individual 75 years or better, was presented to Raymond Okonski. Ray is a member of the Xemplar Club, supports art, culture, education, human services, and is known for his wonderful magic tricks. Honorees are current active volunteers providing service in Farmington and/or Farmington Hills. These two awards provide the Farmington Area Commission on Aging the opportunity to recognize and honor the outstanding volunteerism exhibited in the community.

The Adults 50 &Better Awards are presented to individuals for outstanding volunteer work within the Adults 50 & Better Division. The Robert A. Eastman S.A.G.E. Award was presented to Geraldine Kruger for working with elementary school students; the Loretta C. Conway Senior Division Award was presented to John Lepine for volunteering in the Adult Day Program and helping out around the Costick Center; and the Aldo Vagnozzi Spirit Award winner was presented to Ken Pool, a dedicated Meals-on-Wheels driver.

Show More...The Annual Volunteer Breakfast serves as an opportunity to honor all the dedicated volunteers who are vital to the programs and services offered to Adults 50 & Better of Farmington and Farmington Hills. Programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, AARP Tax Services, S.A.G.E., Gift Shop, Sojourn Bears, Home Chore, and many other tasks depend on ...Show Less


COA's Mission


The Commission on Aging helps toward the betterment of daily living for older adults with the mission of promoting their well-being and dignity through education and advocacy.

The Commission examines social attitudes, creates community awareness, establishes a climate for living independently and encourages recognition for their contribution to the past and present.

A Consumer Protection Committee is an integral part of the commission keeping the community informed about potential fraud and scams.

Members of the Commission on Aging


The Farmington Area COA consists of the following:

  • City of Farmington Hills: (10) Members

  • City of Farmington: (4) Members

  • Special Services Liaison (Supervisor of the Senior Division of the Dept. of Special Services)

  • Recording Secretary

All of the members are volunteers appointed for a period of 3 years by the mayors of Farmington and Farmington Hills respectively.

  • Jeanne Atkinson
  • Mary Buchan
  • Carl Christoph
  • Chuck Collins
  • Nancy Cook
  • Richard Corey
  • Jane Frost (Chair)
  • Kevin Hammer
  • Josephine Hobson
  • Maureen McCarthy
  • Andy Schulist
  • Marian Schulte
  • April Yerge

Contact Us


Farmington Area Commission on Aging
Costick Center
28600 11 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Phone: (248 473•1830
Fax: (248) 473•1801

Safe City Ranking


Safe City Ranking

The Farmington Hills Police Department is pleased to announce that Farmington Hills has moved up in the Annual Safe City rankings compiled by CQ Press.

  • Of 437 cities ranked nationwide, Farmington Hills ranked 44th in the nation, moving up from 52nd safest last year compared to cities with a population of more than 75,000.

  • Of Michigan cities with populations over 75,000, Farmington Hills ranked second safest city, climbing from the fourth safest city last year.

Farmington Hills has been ranked one of the top four safest cities in Michigan for the past five years. During 2013, serious Group A crime decreased 5%. Farmington Hills has reported serious crime reductions in four of the last five years. Comparing last year"s data to five years ago, serious crime is down 22%.

"The Safe City rankings are our annual report card, which is a community source of pride," said Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus. According to the Chief, the rankings are a result of outstanding police officers, community partnerships, unique crime fighting strategies, specialized police units, and expansions of Crime Prevention initiatives. City officials support public safety and provide the Police Department with the funds and equipment needed to serve the community and accomplish "Safe City" results.