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Senior Center Gets Center of Excellence Recertification
Congratulations are in order for one of Garner's most beloved institutions.
The Garner Senior Center recently was re-certified as a Center of Excellence by the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services. This prestigious designation was the result of a five-year process that involved documenting achievement in five different operational areas: outreach and access to services; programs and activities; planning, evaluation and input from older adults; staffing; and operations.
“This certification means a lot to all of us. It acknowledges the outstanding efforts of our volunteers, partners, participants and staff,” Senior Center Director Torrey Blackmar said.
Certification is a voluntary process that senior centers can use to be recognized in their communities and across the state. The purpose of the certification process is to strengthen the capacity of senior centers by providing a set of measurable indicators of best practices. Centers of Excellence have proven they provide exemplary services and opportunities to their communities and serve as mentors and models to developing centers.
The excellence certification enables the center to receive additional state funding that can be used to enhance services and to purchase equipment, furniture and other items as needed.
The Garner Senior Center is owned and operated by the Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and works in cooperation with Resources for Seniors and Meals on Wheels to offer a full service facility to adults 55 and older. Most basic services are free of charge and available to residents of Garner and surrounding area.
Since it first opened in 1991, the Garner Senior Center has provided a variety of physical, social, leisure and educational opportunities for older adults. Now boasting 2,500 registered participants and offering over 150 classes and programs each month, the Garner Senior Center is another example of why Garner is a great place to be for people of all ages.
For more information about the Garner Senior Center, please visit the center's webpage.