We are the first accredited senior center in Virginia!
To add a bit more perspective, consider that, of the approximately 12,000 senior centers in America, only about 1% have been accredited.
Offered through the National Association of Senior Centers (NISC), accreditation is based on standards of excellence in nine areas: programs, mission, community collaboration, administration and human resources (including volunteers), governance, planning, financial controls, reports and records, and facility.
What does this really mean? That the excellence for which we strive is real—we continue to prove it year after year, both in day-to-day operations and in positioning ourselves for a future of creating opportunities for healthy aging.
Accreditation is a rigorous, months-long process of self evaluation and a two-day, on-site review by representatives of NISC. Accreditation status is good for five years; we first achieved this milestone in 2002, and were accredited again in 2007. We are pleased to announce that our Center was accredited for the third time in June 2013, making us one of just seven senior centers in the country to have attained this distinction.
Many thanks to members of the Accreditation Committee for all of their work to help us prove, yet again, that we are one of the best senior centers in the U.S.
Thanks, too, to our accreditation sponsor, The Colonnades, a Sunrise Senior Living Community sponsored by Foundations of the University of Virginia.
NISC is a constituent unit of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Founded in 1950, it is the first and one of the leading organizations serving seniors that promotes dignity, self-determination, well-being, and the contributions of seniors.