Thomasville Senior Center and Lexington Senior Center achieve National Accreditation

Congratulations to the Thomasville Senior Center and Lexington Senior Center, NC, for achieving National Senior Center Accreditation on June 29, 2017.

Led by the Davidson County Department of Senior Services , both centers are also accredited “Centers of Excellence” by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The Lexington Senior Center is found in the town of Lexington, NC which is the county seat of Davidson County.  It is known as the “Barbecue Capital of the World.”  The population is 18,931 (2010 census).

The Senior Center opened its doors in 1975.  They are located in a suburban area just outside the center of the city. The center is located in a modern, one-story building.  It operates programming in two different buildings at this location.

They serve an average of 450 participants monthly through a variety of ongoing activities and special events. The Center’s average daily attendance is 146 participants.  The center serves a population of 55 and older with 50% between the ages of 65 and 74.

The Thomasville Senior Center, Thomasville, NC, opened in 1995 and is found within the Davidson County Campus. The population of Thomasville is 10,944 (2010 census). The center offers special events and 32 ongoing activities and services.  The Center is open 40 hours a week, with occasional evening or weekend special activities.

The Center is 5,000 sq. ft. located in a building with other services.  They serve 274 participants monthly. The average daily attendance is 81 participants.  They serve a population of 55 and over with 50% between the ages of 65 and 74.

The two senior centers work in partnership to serve the Davidson County residents. They are independent, but plan event and activity calendars together to prevent duplication of programming within the county.

The peer reviewer noted these strengths at both of the senior centers:

  • They have a well thought out plan of work and report on it regularly to the Advisory Board.
  • Their Conflict of Interest document spells out how to handle any conflicts of interest.
  • The staff is very skilled in making the best use of the resources they have.
  • They have a needs assessment that is done by non-participants at various events where non-participants attend.
  • They have a well-developed sponsorship program for local businesses that has brought in extra funding to the organization.
  • Their Volunteer Handbook is written clearly and concisely and provides the information a volunteer would need.
  • Numerous very attractive bulletin boards with information for participants line the hallway.
  • Their Policy and Procedures handbook for programs at the senior centers is well thought out and would be considered a best practice.

A few comments from the self-assessment committee included that the accreditation process allowed them to look at “where we have been, where we are and where we want to be.  The Standards give a template for achievement.  The process encouraged change and helped develop partners.”

Find your path to the future through the NISC National Senior Center Accreditation process.    Visit www.ncoa.org/national-institute-of-senior-centers/standards-accreditation to learn more.