Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the Senior Center part of the Faribault Parks Department?
The Faribault Area Senior Center, Inc. is a 501c3 private, nonprofit organization. It is membership based and operates with its own elected Board of Directors. Although it receives financial support from the City of Faribault, it also receives money from a variety of other sources.
The Senior Center is often confused as being a city run department, because in many communities that is true. But even more confusing is that our location is attached to the Faribault Community Center! Although we share a wall and can be accessed via a common hallway, we also have our own entrance. But outside of having some financial assistance and a great relationship with the Buckham Center tenants, we are a separate agency.
2. There are many businesses and organizations who are "partners" with the Senior Center. What does that mean?
Labeling an agency or individual a "partner" indicates a relationship that can happen in various ways. Those relationships can include things that we receive from others or something, whether it is space or volunteer time, which we provide. It may be:
- A presenter for a program that we are hosting
- An agency or business that provides a service for us
- A financial supporter
- A musical group that entertains for us
- Space we provide for another nonprofit or governmental agency as a meeting site or a drop off location
3. How do you determine which Senior Center activities and services are free, and which have a fee?
It is our intention to provide as many of our programs and services as possible at low or no cost. We break them down in the following ways:
- A program or service that has no expenses relating to it will be offered to participants at no charge.
- A program or service that has expenses tied to it (instructor fee, materials, etc.) will have a fee for participants based off of a minimum class size.
- For services offered by an independent contractor for a fee, we generally arrange that the money be paid directly to the contractor.
- Fundraisers will always have a fee attached to them, as a way to raise money for the organization.
4. Do I have to be a member to come to the Senior Center?
The Senior Center is open to all individuals and has an equal opportunity policy it adheres too, but the programs and services are geared towards older adults age 50 and older. Membership is encouraged, as the financial support it provides is important to the sustainability of the organization, but is not required for all programs and services. The membership dues are minimal and we even have a Scholarship Program now to help offset the cost. Any members-only events are clearly noted in any promotion given.
5. How do I register for a Senior Center program?
Registration for programs that have no cost may be done over the phone. For those that have a fee, you must generally register and make payment before your name may be added to the sign up.
6. May I advertise on your bulletin board?
Any nonprofit organization may post a flyer advertising their fundraising or community interest event; however, it must be approved by a staff member before it can be posted. No flyers promoting businesses or items for sale are allowed.
9. What is the Senior Center's Closing Policy for Winter Weather?
Living in Minnesota, we all know that a snowstorm can shut down our normal activities in a hurry. But because every storm can look differently, this year we no longer automatically close our Center when the schools close. You will need to listen to the local radio station, KDHL, for an announcement about our closing status. If you don't hear anything on the radio, you can assume that we are open and the noon meal and all scheduled activities will go on as planned. You are always welcome to call the Senior Center at 332-7357.
Programs and Services
10. Are the free services offered at the Senior Center mainly intended for low-income, or for all Senior Center members?
These services have no income guidelines. They are provided for any older adult in our service area, whether they are members or not. We do not ask for any income information at our center.
11. Do the folks who offer those free clinics provide their services for free to the Senior Center?
Yes! When there is no charge for a clinic, class or service that means that the agency providing it is volunteering their time.
12. The Senior Center makes money by providing funeral escorts. Who are they, and what do they do?
The funeral escort program is an innovative partnership with the Faribault Police Department and the local funeral homes. In many communities, a funeral escort from the church to the cemetery is provided by the local police department. This often takes away from the other calls that the department needs to make.
But in Faribault volunteer drivers from the Senior Center are trained to do the escort. This service is optional for the family of the deceased and there is a minimal charge to them. This fee then in turn is passed along to the Senior Center.
13. What is Senior LinkAge, and what services does it provide?
The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging's free statewide information and assistance service that can help seniors, Baby Boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers or someone trying to reduce their prescription drug costs. The Senior LinkAge Line® service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps connect you to local services. The Faribault area is served by the Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging (SEMAAA) office in Rochester. A single call to 1-800-333-2433 provides assistance with looking at a situation to determine what service(s) might be helpful. The Senior LinkAge Line® is answered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day.
14. What is the Senior Friendship Program, and who are the friends?
The Senior Friendship Program links volunteers 55 years and older with community members who need some assistance to live independently. Simply put, they do what friends do for friends. Activities could include visiting, going on errands, attending community events, working on projects together, getting information on community resources, or going for a walk. In other words, building a friendship!
Volunteers can serve from a few hours to up to 20 hours a week. There is no charge to participants. This program is sponsored by Common Good RSVP. Call the Senior Center for contact information.
15. Do I have to be a Senior Center member in order to eat lunch there?
16. Do I have to make a reservation if I want to eat lunch?
There is no reservation required to eat lunch at Senior Dining, except for holiday dinners and special occasion meals. Required reservations will clearly be marked for designated dinners.
17. Can I order a take-out meal?
Because Senior Dining is a congregate site, a take-out meal will only be available after all the diners have been served their meal and only if there are extra meals available to sell. Meals that need to be delivered to a homebound senior should be requested from the Meals on Wheels program. They can be reached by calling 1-800-277-8418 x328.
Fashions on Central
18. Who, what, where, when and why of the Fashions on Central.
Who- Fashions on Central is the second hand clothing store owned and operated by the Faribault Area Senior Center. It is run by volunteers.
What-Fashions on Central receives donated, gently-used clothing which it resells to raise money for the operations of the Senior Center.
Where- It is located at 325 Central Avenue in downtown Faribault and is the building directly north of the Paradise Center for the Arts.
When- The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Clothing donations are also accepted during those hours.
Why- As the largest fundraiser of the Senior Center, Fashions on Central profits are used to support the programs and services of the Senior Center and the older adults that they serve.