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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood City’s Senior Center Gains Rare National Accreditation as it Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Redwood City, CA - November 27, 2007 – Concurrent with its 25th Anniversary, Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center is celebrating its recognition as the first nationally-accredited senior center in San Mateo County, only the third center in California to reach this status, and just the 148th to be accredited out of the 15,000 senior centers across America. The senior center’s accreditation status is bestowed by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) a unit of the National Council on the Aging.

Accreditation is the official recognition that a senior center is meeting its missionin a nationally-accepted professional fashion. It is based on compliance with nine standards of senior center operations developed by the NISC. Accreditation is unique to the senior center field and demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to quality programs and services to older adults. With this recognition, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center is considered to be in the top one-percent of all senior centers nationwide, and is commended for its vision, collaborative relationships, volunteer programs, outreach programs, wide range of health and fitness programs, and other supportive services.

On December 1st, 2007, from 7 to 10 pm the Veterans Memorial Senior Center will celebrate its 25 th Anniversary, with the theme of “Honoring Our Legacy and Looking Into Our Future.” This free gala celebration event is open to the public, and will be an evening filled with entertainment, film, displays, silent auction, special speakers and of course wonderful food and beverage. RSVPs are requested by November 29, to 650-780-7273.

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is the only nationally accredited senior center in San Mateo County. Its mission is to provide inclusive programs that enhance the body, mind and spirit focusing on health and wellness through a variety of social events, expressive arts, nutrition, fitness, educational, and recreational classes; plus social services support.

If you would like to find out more about how you can become involved at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center contact Linda Griffith at 650-780-7276.

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Linda Griffith
Senior Center Manager

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