Lee County Council on Aging studies and serves the needs of the Senior (60+) population in Lee County and provides services to better allow these people to live independently. Outreach programs such as Medicare advice and prescription drug planning, as well as tax relief, license fee reduction and more help seniors afford to live independently. Additionally, support is given to caregivers for older parents and relatives and for the rising number of Grandparents raising Grandchildren.
Our programs link these individuals to state and local programs that can assist them. We also supply ample social activities and have many programs such as nutritious lunches, blood pressure and health clinics and other educational programs. LCCOA is a public transportation provider for all residents of Lee County, providing resources to allow residents to meet their medical, employment, educational, domestic and social needs in the absence of other means of transportation. This, in turn, prevents isolation and promotes independence. Our agency is open from 8:00 – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, with Public Transportation provided from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM M-F
I was born in Rockford and raised in Cherry Valley, IL. When I finished high school, I moved to Belvidere where I raised my two oldest boys. I lived in Rockford for about 6 years before coming to Dixon in 2012. I attended public schools in Cherry Valley and then in Rockford for 7th through 12th grades. While living in Rockford, I attended Rock Valley Community College and after moving to Dixon, I was able to transfer many of my credits from RVCC to Sauk Valley Community College. Although I do not yet have my associate’s degree, I am still planning on attending more courses at SVCC to hopefully complete my college schooling.
I have five sons. My oldest boys live in Rockford and Loves Park. My three youngest boys live with me and attend Dixon Public Schools. I have two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
Much of the work I have done has been office work, much of that being in a medical setting as receptionist and in medical records. I have also worked in the Financial Aid Department at Sauk Valley Community College. Prior to being hired in the Outreach Department, I worked as the receptionist for LCCOA through BEST, INC. While greeting our clients coming through the front door, I knew that this would be a wonderful place to work.
My name is Samantha Harazin, and I have been with Lee County Council on Aging (LCCOA) since November 2010, working as an Outreach Caseworker, SHIP certified counselor and ITAC Specialist. Aiding individuals aged 60 and over as well as those disabled on/going on Medicare with Medicare counseling, state and federal programs, and general assistance.
Before I came to work with LCCOA I was working with Lifescape part time, through the kitchen at the LCCOA, serving our seniors of Dixon. This brought this great, Lee County, community into my life and I am so grateful to this path I’ve discovered and those I’ve met along the way. I believe some of the best people come into this center and I love that I’ve gotten to know many of them through the years so well.
I currently reside in Polo, IL and have been married since 2005. We have two wonderful and energetic boys who keep me plenty busy on top of a direct sales business that I own, as a Founding Curator, through a company called The Cocoa Exchange. If you’ve ever been to one of our Quarter Madness event’s here at the Post House Ballroom you have probably seen me there at my own vendor table.
Since starting my career at LCCOA I have found a great love for what I do, I have found my calling. Casework is what I feel I am meant to do with my life. I’m passionate about helping people and enjoy working with this demographic. I love to help make changes in others’ lives, let me see if I can help you in your journey.