Duxbury Senior Center has been awarded national accreditation through the National Institute of Senior Centers.  The Senior Center is the tenth in Massachusetts to become nationally accredited and is the 173rd in the country that has achieved this status.

“Our senior center has completed a rigorous process of an agency self-assessment review by a trained peer reviewer,” said Joanne Moore, Senior Center director.  “Out of the 15,000 senior centers across the country only 175 are accredited.”

The accreditation process is a quality assurance program that examines nine different standards and required community involvement in the self assessment process.  Those reviewed standards include: Community, administration, records and reports, fiscal management, governance, evaluation, facility, purpose and planning.  An agency must receive a 75 percent minimum score in each standard to be accredited.

“Our Board of Directors and staff were greatly involved in the self-assessment process in serving as chairs of each standard committee, noted Moore.  “We invited leaders in the community with specific expertise to sit on each committee. They were scheduled to meet and go through self-assessment worksheets and examine policies, budgets, files, operations, procedures and our facility.  They made recommendations that have been reviewed and adopted in many cases.  We began the process in January 2008 and completed the 328 -page self-assessment manual in March 2009.

Dianne Stone from the Newington Disabled and Senior Center came to Duxbury on June 22 to review the self-assessment manual, interview staff and board members as well as participants and community members.

“Being nationally accredited is quite an accomplishment,” said Moore.  “It makes a significant statement to our staff, board, participants, community and funders that we offer quality programs and provide them in a comfortable setting with accountability.  We are very proud to have a team that took on this challenge and accomplished it!”  

The agency will celebrate their achievement in a community celebration on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hors d’œuvres and refreshments will be served.

The Duxbury Senior Center will receive their official accreditation plaque at the National Council on Aging annual conference in Chicago in March.