In 1972, the Senior Center formed as an umbrella of a United Way agency, "Family Counseling" of Spartanburg, SC. In 1975, Cherokee County Services to the Aging was chartered as a private, 501c3 nonprofit organization under the direction of the late Jim Ramsey. We now operate as the Senior Centers of Cherokee County, Inc. For several years, we operated a Senior Center on the east side of Cherokee County in Blacksburg, SC. In more recent years, we have consolidated our resources and staff to put all our efforts into one Senior Center which is centrally located in the Gaffney area of Cherokee County. We have provided services to 2,000 seniors aged 60 and older in Cherokee County.

​We are approaching almost 50 years in operation and are recognized as the Local Agency on Aging for Cherokee County, SC. Senior Centers of Cherokee County, Inc. works with the Office on Aging and the Appalachian Council of Governments to administer programs mandated by the Older Americans Act. We are responsible for providing advocacy, access, and shared funding for senior services within the boundaries (394 square miles) of Cherokee County. These services, integrated with others such as United Way of the Piedmont, the Department of Health and Human Services, the SC Department on Aging, Appalachian Council of Governments and Cherokee County, enable all of us to consider the value of research and probable replication of current "best practices" in the field of aging. Other affiliations we have include: The Gaffney Housing Authority, Cherokee County Meals on Wheels, The Department of Health and Environmental Control, AARP, GLEAMNS, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).

We have always had a dedicated and well-trained Board of Directors, who have a vision of excellence and who exemplify sound business practices to govern the Senior Center. The Board of Directors formulate key policies and strategic goals, focusing both on near-term and longer-term challenges and opportunities. The Board of Directors also oversees matters critical to the health of the organization which involve fundamental matters such as the integrity of its internal systems and controls, and the accuracy of its financial statement. ​

Senior Centers has been very fortunate to receive great financial support from the citizens of Cherokee County. Thanks to the support of Bernard and Freda Judy, who were frequent members of the Senior Center, a wonderful monument and park was created in their memory of their love for nature. Judy Park was established in 2006 and provides a peaceful 1/4 mile fenced, shaded, and paved walking trail, benches along the trail, and a covered shelter with benches for seniors to sit and enjoy. In recent years, the Senior Centers of Cherokee County, Inc. has built a partnership with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to provide a free medical clinic combined with diabetic exercise and education. Through the support of dedicated volunteer physicians, medical students, nurses, and community members, the Free Medical Clinic has been providing quality healthcare for the uninsured population of Cherokee County since 2014. Senior Centers of Cherokee County, Inc. feels very fortunate to be able to provide and house this clinic.