–by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough
PUBLICATION DATE: 10.04.16
Congratulations to the Sylvania Senior Center on again receiving National Accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers/National Council on Aging. Only 120 senior centers, or less than one percent of the 15,000 senior centers in America, have been so recognized.
Accreditation is based on excellence in nine areas: purpose and planning, community connections, governance, administration and human resources, program development and implementation, evaluation, fiscal and asset responsibility, records and reports, and facility/operations.
The Sylvania Senior Center has been in operation for 38 years – the first 24 years of which were in the basement of the old and now demolished Burnham Building. The last 14 years have been in their beautiful newer building on Sylvania Avenue next to Tam-O-Shanter.
In 2001, the city of Sylvania reached out for help and received financial support from the state of Ohio Capital Improvements Fund, the Lucas County Area Office on Aging and Sylvania Township to join in paying for the new center’s construction. Bonds were issued by the city and are being paid down by regular payments from the city and the Township.
Prior to authorizing construction, the city required a senior operating levy be approved by Sylvania city and township voters to support the ongoing operation of the center. The .32 mil operating levy was first passed 16 years ago, was renewed in 2005 and 2010 and increased to .42 mil last year. The center also receives about $90,000.00 of support annually from the Lucas County Area Office on Aging.
The Senior Center annually serves nearly 3,000 area seniors, and about 265 on a daily basis, with a staff of four full time and seven part-time staff and volunteers. The programs it offers help seniors remain independent in their homes, decreases isolation and provides transportation. Programming includes health and wellness, education opportunities, outreach, supportive services and recreation.
Our award winning Senior Center is an asset to the Sylvania community. Their slogan is “nationally accredited and locally committed.” The Center improves the quality of life for our senior citizens, while at the same time making our community more desirable and keeping our property values higher.
Congratulations to the Sylvania Senior Center!