EATON — According to Shelley Ratliff and the staff at the Preble County Senior Center, sometimes being second is a good thing.
Last week, it was announced, of the approximately 450 senior centers in Ohio, the Preble County Senior Center is now only the second center in Ohio to receive certification from the Ohio Association of Senior Centers (OASC).
Certification validates a senior center’s programs, administration, facilities, organizational operations, community involvement and ability to serve the senior population, according to Ratliff.
OASC certification is the official recognition of professional achievement, expertise and operations success.
“It is a mark of excellence and demonstrates an organization’s commitment to maintaining the highest standard of practices, procedures and service delivery,” officials said in a press release.
“This certification benefits the Preble County community at large,” Ratliff, who is Executive Director of the Preble County Council on Aging. said. “It is an indicator that the senior center is qualified, experienced, and has met rigorous requirements to achieve the additional credential of a certification.”
The Preble County Senior Center serves approximately 375 older adults each week through recreational and wellness programming, congregate meals (breakfast and lunch,) and special events including dances and more.
“Our staff is what takes us from being a Senior Center to a Center of Excellence,” Ratliff added. “This is huge for Preble County.”
Additionally, OASC certification demonstrates professional recognition and credibility, professional achievement, service advancement, an indicator of quality, and a benchmark of success.
The Preble County Council on Aging (which includes the senior center) was established in 1973. In August of 2001, the agency moved to its current location at 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton. The agency also operates The Grange, a meeting and event facility located at 500 Nation Avenue in Eaton. To reach the Preble County Senior Center, call 937-456-4947 or 800-238-5146.
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