Sylvania Senior Center Receives its Second National Accreditation

Julie Graf
Julie Graf

“We have received National Accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging for the second time!” announced Julie Graf, Sylvania Senior Center executive director.

The Sylvania Senior Center has received national accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging for the second time.

Of the approximately 15,000 senior centers in the country, only 120 or less than one percent, are accredited by this board. To obtain the accreditation, the Sylvania Senior Center was required to meet the standards of excellence in nine areas: purpose and planning; community connections; overnance; administration and human resources; program development and implementation; evaluation; fiscal and asset responsibility; records and reports; and facility and operations.

Pat Branson was the National Reviewer who visited the senior center from Kodiak, Alaska, the end of June. She recommended full accreditation for the next five years, which was approved on Aug. 4.

Bronson cited stong community commitment and involvement with the board, participants and staff. She received unsolicited testimony on how programs have changed peoples’ lives and cited the Home Maintenance Program as a Best Practice and efficiently designed. She also noted the facilities, classrooms, community gardens and facility design as top notch.

“We are proud to bring this award back to our community and will continue to strive to meet the expectations and standards that are now set,” Graf said.