COA has exciting plans to improve senior facilities at 180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, in the coming year! COA’s Shelter & Shade Project will improve life and bring enjoyment and comfort to St. Johns County seniors who participate at COA’s Coastal Community Center and Sunshine Center. The plans began with a generous gift from local retiree, Inez McDonald – and will take the involvement of the whole community to bring to fruition. Please join us in making this a reality! You can read more about that story here.


Plans include the construction of a portico at the entrance to COA’s facility, a covered walkway along the length of the front of the building, and improvements to the front elevation of the building. Once completed, vulnerable seniors will no longer be subject to the rain, wind, or hot sun while they access COA’s life-affirming programs. COA also plans to add a shaded, outdoor seating area with a water feature on the southeast corner of the building, so that seniors who utilize the parking lot will have a place to sit and rest while walking to the front entrance. In addition, COA is drafting plans to screen the Sunshine Center’s outdoor deck, so that participants might sit outside year-round in the shade and enjoy the views of nature in COA’s garden no matter what the weather.


To see this vision fully realized will take the generosity of additional community members who want to help make life better for seniors in St. Johns County. COA is asking members of the community and local businesses to join in the effort.


“As in everything we do, it takes the entire community to serve our elders,” Yanni explained. “We hope Inez’s gift will inspire others to join us in seeing this wonderful vision through to its completion.”


If you would like to join us in making a lasting difference in the lives of seniors for generations to come, please contact COA’s Tom Torretta at 904-209-3700. Donations may be made directly by clicking here, or may be mailed to COA at 180 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL 32084. Please include the note “COA Shelter and Shade Project” with your donation.

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Click here to learn more about Inez and her contribution to COA.


To make a contribution today, please click here!


Thank you on behalf of the seniors and caregivers we serve in St. Johns County!