Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. was organized in 1974 and is designated as the area agency on aging and public transit provider for Wise, Lee, and Scott Counties and the city of Norton. In addition, MEOC directs Healthy Families for Southwest Virginia, The Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center, Mountain Empire PACE, and The Southwest Virginia Children's Advocacy Center. In 2007, MEOC became the Aging and Disability Resource Center for the region.
MEOC's mission is to prevent the unnecessary and inappropriate institutionalization of at-risk persons, to provide support for families in caring for their family members at home, and to serve as a responsible advocate on issues affecting elderly persons and their families.
MEOC is further committed to intergenerational programming and to the prevention of abuse of both the young and the old. Wellness and health promotion are emphasized as part of its mission to promote a quality life for all. MEOC is guided by the African proverb "Let us take care of the children, for they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, for they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, for they are doing the work."