In 1976, a group of dedicated individuals volunteered their time and expertise to begin a facility for the Senior Citizens of Houston County to congregate, participate in educational and recreational programs and enjoy the fellowship of old and new friends. A Board of Directors was established and the work was begun. Vernon Knight, County Executive, applied for a grant to repair the Arlington School House, J. D. Lewis, Former County Agent, with the assistance of Attorney William Knott, prepared the Charter and Verna Lou Kizer Lewis, HREC Neighborhood Service Center, recruited participants and Board members. The Board consisted of Dewain Pryor, Chairman; Olive Averitte, Ralph Boone, Irene Carter, Donnie Lewis, Rev. Paul Moody, Laura Richardson, Bob Shores, Thomas L. Smith, Katherine Brown, Volunteer Secretary and Director of Accounts and J. D. Lewis, Volunteer Project Director.
The Center was not open every day until another grant was received from the Tennessee Commission on Aging for the fiscal year of July 1, 1976 through June 30, 1977. This grant allowed Ms. Brown to be compensated for her duties.
The Mid-Cumberland Nutrition and Transportation Programs began in October 1976 allowing hot meals to be provided each day and transportation to and from the center. Homebound meals were delivered each day to many residents in the county who were unable to leave their homes.
Upon completion of the renovations, in recognition of his hard work and service the Center was dedicated to J.D. Lewis in 1980.
The following staff has served admirably:
Katherine Brown May 1976 to November 1976
Iris Steed Browning November 1976 to June 1996
Betty Alsobrooks August 1978 to June 1996
Sally Koridish July 1996 to April 2003
Kathy Weatherspoon July 2003 to May 2005
Janet Rowlson August 1996 to Present
Pattye Harris July 2005 to present