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19 West Division Street
Faribault, MN 55021

Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am-4:00pm

Phone: 507-332-7357
Fax: 507-332-0244

Email: office@faribaultseniorcenter.org
501c3 nonprofit organization

Welcome to the Faribault Area Senior Center

This handbook contains information that will help to familiarize you with our programs and services, including general information policies.

We look forward to working together to provide a positive experience in your Senior Center participation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Faribault Area Senior Citizens, Inc. (FASC) is to promote the physical, emotional, intellectual, economic and social well being of older adults and to promote their participation in all aspects of community life in Faribault and the surrounding area.

Table of Contents

Welcome
Contact Information
Employee Roster
Programs and Services
Policies
  Bulletin Board Posting Policy
  Confidentiality Policy
  Facility Usage Policy
  Grievance Policy
  Harassment Policy
  Code of Conduct Policy
  Membership Dues Scholarship Policy
  Non-Discrimination Practices Policy
  Political Neutrality Policy
  Research Policy 

Contact Information

Faribault Area Senior Center

19 West Division Street
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-7357
Fax: 507-332-0244
Email: office@faribaultseniorcenter.org
Website: www.faribaultseniorcenter.org
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Clothes Closet

325 Central Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-332-9242
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Senior Center Employee Roster

Mona Kaiser
Executive Director
director@faribaultseniorcenter.org

Jennifer Bimberg
Sr. Dining /Business Office/Special Events
office@faribaultseniorcenter.org

Brenda Johnson
Caregiver Support Services/Programming
respite@faribaultseniorcenter.org

Kathy Dodds
Clothes Closet Manager

Isaac Bimberg
Custodial Employee

Gayle Watters
Clothes Closet Employee

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Senior Center Programs and Services

1. AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
A Defensive Driving class for drivers 55 years and older designed to help them stay safe on the roads by tuning their driving skills and updating their knowledge of the rules of the road. The initial class is for 8 hours & every 3 years thereafter one can take a 4-Hour "Refresher" course.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

2. AARP TAX PREP
The Senior Center hosts trained AARP volunteers in providing tax preparation during each tax season. Those eligible to use the free tax assistance are taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

3. ALZHEIMER'S CARE CONSULTATION
A "Care Consultation" is a service of the Alzheimer's Association designed to assist those who are dealing with Alzheimer's or related dementia. The Alzheimer's Association Southern MN Director, offers one-to-one assistance that helps to better manage care and make informed decisions regarding services and treatments.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

4. BALANCE SCREENING
In order to assess balance and reduce the risk of falling, the Faribault Senior Center, along with Faribault Commons hosts a quarterly balance screening assessment.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: No

5. BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A monthly birthday party is held in the FASC's dining room on the last Tuesday of each month. There is cake and ice cream, along with special music. This party is in conjunction with Senior Dining's daily noon meal.

Fee: included in lunch cost, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: No

6. BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS
Each Wednesday at noon, the FASC offers blood pressure checks. This service is provided by staff from St. Lucas, Brookdale Senior Living, Keystone and Faribo Commons.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: No

7. BONE BUILDERS
Bone Builders is an exercise program that improves strength and balance, enhances energy and well-being, increases socialization and includes a brief discussion about topics pertaining to health, nutrition, or exercise. This class is held off site and is taught by trained instructors from the RSVP program.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

8. BOOK CLUB
This group meets on the last Monday of each month at 9am to discuss the monthly book of choice.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: Yes

9. BOOK SALES
A fundraiser in which the FASC accepts donated books and resells them at a low cost. All proceeds benefit Senior Center.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: NA, Membership required: No

10. CALLS FROM SANTA
Volunteers from the senior center make pre-arranged calls to Kdgn. and 1st Grade students posing as Santa and Mrs. Claus. A partnership with Faribault's Park and Rec Department

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

11. CARD MAKING CLASS
Class participants meet monthly to make special occasion or seasonal greeting cards using the latest techniques and supplies.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

12. CARD RECYCLING
Utilizing donated, used greeting cards, volunteers cut and glue parts of them to new card stock. They are then re-sold as a fundraiser.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: NA Membership required: No

13. CARDS AND BRIDGE
Every day the FASC offers a place for its members to join in a card game. The games include: 500, Pfeiffer, Euchre and Bridge.

Fee: Yes, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: Yes

14. CHECKBOOK BALANCE SERVICE
The Senior Center has a volunteer available to help with balancing your personal checkbook.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

15. CLOTHES CLOSET
The mission of Senior Center's Clothes Closet is to provide essential financial support for the Senior Center through the sale of donated, gently used clothing. It also provides volunteer opportunities for its members, donates clothing through the voucher system and is environmentally responsible in encouraging the reuse of serviceable items.

Fee: Items individually priced, Pre-registration required: NA Membership required: No

16. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
A service for people who need help in their own home setting up a computer, email, or have other questions.

Fee: $12/hr. for members, $18/hr. for non-members, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

17. COFFEE CHAT
An informal program held every other month which features area community leaders who will give a brief presentation and then open the meeting up to your questions and conversation.

Fee: No, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: No

18. COMPUTER CLASSES
Computer classes designed for older adults. Classes available include: Intro to Computers, Intro to Word, Intro to Internet, Intro to Email, Digital Camera Workshop, and Intro to Excel.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

19. COMPUTER OPEN LAB
A time when members can check email, type documents, or perform internet searches.

Fee: No, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: Yes

20. ENCORE ACADEMY
A program for adult learners, promoting life-long education and personal enrichment. Offered in a visiting lecture style with topics that will appeal to a broad audience, classes encourage questions and discussion.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

21. FLOWER BASKET WATERING
A fundraising activity where volunteers provide service to the Senior Center by applying water to city owned flower baskets in the downtown area utilizing a FASC owned golf cart.

Fee: NA, Pre-registration required: NA, Membership required: Preferred

22. FOOT CLINIC
Diane Rech, LPN, offers professional care and treatment of the feet as a way to improve their appearance and keep the feet healthy.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

23. FUNERAL ESCORT SERVICE
A fundraising activity in which trained Senior Center volunteers utilize a city owned vehicle and provide safe transit of funeral procession from funeral service to cemetery site.

Fee charged, which is paid by funeral home, Pre-registration required: NA, Membership required: Preferred

24. HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES
Formerly called a Living Will, this document describes your health care wishes. A volunteer will assist you in writing your health care directive.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

25. HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING
Individuals can meet with a trained volunteer for help with health insurance and Medicare questions.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

26. HOLIDAY BAKE SALE
A fundraising activity where donated baked goods are requested from FASC members, are tagged and sold during the Annual Buckham Center's Hometown Holiday.

Fee: Items individually priced, Pre-registration required: NA Membership required: No

27. ITALIAN DINNER
An annual fundraising event in which tickets are sold for a lasagna meal. This event is held at the local Eagle's Club.

Fee: tickets sold, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

28. KITCHEN BAND
FASC members meet monthly and perform as scheduled, making music using kitchen utensils.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: Preferred

29. LEGAL EDUCATION CLASSES
Seminars offered on legal topics and issues of interest. The classes are coordinated by Southern MN Regional Legal Services (SMRLS).

Fee: No, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

30. LIFE WRITING GROUP
The group writes stories and anecdotes from their life experiences utilizing a simple technique for recording family stories.

Fee: Free, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: Yes

31. OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
This group is for Senior Center members who are interested in trying different restaurants in the Faribault area.

Fee: Dutch Treat, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: Yes

32. PROVIDER EDUCATION
The Senior Center, in partnership with Rice County Public Health, offers a series of topics that are pertinent to family and professional caregivers.

Fee: Costs covered by RCPH, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

33. RED HAT GROUP
A social group of ladies that meets monthly for lunch and/or another outing.

Fee: Dutch Treat, Pre-registration required: NA, Membership required: Yes

34. SENIOR DAY AT THE FAIR
An annual event which is held on Senior Day during the Rice County Fair. The activities include: a noon meal, special music and the presentation of the Outstanding Senior Volunteer award.

Fee: lunch only, Pre-registration required: lunch only, Membership required: No

35. SENIOR DINING
Senior Dining serves up a home-cooked daily meal that is nutritionally balanced for older adults. The program is collaboration with SEMCAC's Senior Dining program.

Fee: suggested donation, Pre-registration required: No, except for special events, Membership required: No

36. SNOUSE CARD PARTY
The FASC hosts a monthly SNOUSE Card Party. Snouse is a card game similar to 500 or Euchre.

Fee charged, Pre-registration required: No, Membership required: No

37. STYLE SHOW
A fundraising event that showcases the clothes from the FASC-owned Clothes Closet. Tickets are sold in advance and a meal is prepared and served by Faribault Eagle's Auxiliary.

Fee: tickets sold, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

38. TRIPS
The FASC, along with Friendship Travel, hosts group travel with day and extended trips.

Fee: individually priced, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

39. WILL ADVICE CLINIC
The FASC, along with Southern MN Regional Legal Services, sponsors quarterly Estate and Will Advice Clinic at Senior Center. During the Clinic, each participant will be provided with a private consultation with an attorney who will answer basic questions about wills and estate planning.

Fee: No, Pre-registration required: Yes, Membership required: No

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Policies

Bulletin Board Posting Policy

It will be the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to provide space on its bulletin
boards for any advertisement of fundraisers, programs and special events only to approved
organizations. Those include: non-profit agencies, governmental entities and churches. Others
may be added upon approval by the Executive Director.

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Confidentiality Policy

It will be the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to maintain confidentiality
concerning staff, members and volunteers.

  • All information contained in Senior Center files and records, as well as information learned in performing duties, is confidential. It may not be shared, released or discussed with unauthorized persons but is only to be used by personnel authorized to perform duties relative to these files and records.
  • Individual identities or information concerning specific staff, members or volunteers may not be released without their permission.
  • Media or other inquiries of a general nature are referred to the Executive Director.
  • Inquiries concerning current or former employees are referred to the Executive Director or the President of the Board of Directors
  • Violations of the confidentiality policy are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination or membership expulsion.
  • All FASC members will have opportunity to "opt out" of having their name printed in the Sympathy and Get Well section of the newsletter and of having their picture used in Senior Center related media releases. (Effective with 2010 membership year)

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Facility Usage Policy

It is the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to make space available in the building in the following ways:

  • Any governmental agency may use a room, upon availability, at no charge.
  • Any non-profit agency may use a room for a meeting, upon availability, at no charge.
  • Special requests with approval from the Executive Director.
  • All requests must be approved by Executive Director.

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Grievance Policy

The purpose of a grievance policy is to provide a procedure to assure that a grievance raised by a Senior Center member will be reviewed and resolved in a timely manner.. The following steps will be taken:

The affected member should notify the Executive Director of their complaint. A discussion will be held in attempt to find a resolution to the complaint. The meeting will be documented and all parties attending will sign the document. If a resolution has not been agreed to, then move to the next step.

If the concern is not resolved, a request can be made to meet with a committee representing the FASC Board of Directors in attempt to find a resolution to the complaint. The meeting will be documented and all parties attending will sign the document. If a resolution hasnot been agreed to, then move to the next step.

If the concern is not resolved, a letter of grievance should be written by the affected member explaining the situation and requesting a hearing with the Board of Directors. The BoardChair may then call a special meeting of the Board of Directors after which a hearing may beordered. The decision of the Board of Directors is final.

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Harassment Policy

The Faribault Area Senior Center will not tolerate any form of harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment, intimidation or any offensive conduct that has the effect of severely interfering with an employee’s work performance or creating a pervasive, intimidating, hostile, offensive work environment is unlawful. An employee who harasses others will be disciplined. Disciplinary action can include suspension, dismissal, or any other action that is appropriate under the circumstances.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, verbal or physicalconduct of an offensive nature, pornographic material, or requests for sexual favors.

An employee who believes that he or she has been the victim of harassment, in any form,should report it immediately to the Director, or a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, any employee who observes harassment of any type is to report it to the Director or a member of the Board of Directors immediately. The Director or Board member is expected to take appropriate action.

All employees are expected to cooperate with an investigation of any type of harassment. Failure to do so may lead to discipline, including termination. Information provided by an individual will be treated as confidential and only provided to those who have the need for the information or when it is required in the course of an investigation of the complaint. False information provided in the course of an investigation may lead to discipline, including discharge. Employees accused of harassment may be suspended, (with or without pay), pending the outcomeof the investigation. Employees who claim to have been harassed may be given time off under the leave policy.

Our employees are not to harass our customers, suppliers, vendors, or visitors.

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Code of Conduct Policy

It is the mission of the Faribault Area Senior Center to offer programs and services to all older adults age 50 and over. Sometimes, however, a small percentage of people may cause difficulties. For this reason the following Code of Conduct policy has been created.

Suspension or expulsion of a member or visitor may be initiated and enforced by the ExecutiveDirector or his/her representative following the Member/Visitor Expulsion procedure.

Conduct causing such action may include one or more of the following violations, but may not necessarily be restricted to same:

  • Profane language
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Disregard for fellow members, staff and/or volunteer leadership
  • Willful destruction of property (building and/or furnishings)
  • Excessive drinking
  • Inappropriate touching of staff, volunteers or another member or visitor
  • Inappropriate comments that are derogatory or demeaning and comments of a sexual nature that are not welcomed
  • Constantly "picking on" or badgering another
  • Smoking anywhere inside the building
  • Inappropriate dress
  • Lack of personal hygiene or wearing of clothing that constantly is in need of cleaning (This is a particularly sensitive area and there may be extenuating circumstances. Finances maybe a problem or there may be certain health issues, etc. Referral to the Social Services or Public Health may be necessary)
  • Coercing others to give him/her money or rides
  • Bringing weapons, alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs onto the premises
  • Threatening someone with bodily harm

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Membership Dues Scholarship Policy

It is the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to provide financial assistance for any disadvantaged individual age 50 and over to become a Senior Center member.

In order to access this scholarship the individual must complete a standard membership form, indicate how much of the current membership fee they can afford to pay and submit the completed paperwork to the Executive Director.

The intention is not to ask for personal financial information, but rely on the honesty and real need of the requesting individual.

This is an annual scholarship only and may be offered only if there are sufficient funds inthe Scholarship Fund.

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Non-Discrimination Practices Policy

It is the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Citizens, Inc. to provide service to all older persons age 50 and over and to any one seeking service on behalf of an older person without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and disability.

The Faribault Area Senior Center, Inc. complies with all state and federal antidiscrimination laws, including but not limited to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, the Faribault Area Senior Center will comply with any legislation protecting the individual rights of employees, members and the general public that may subsequently be enacted.

The person designated to coordinate the compliance of these antidiscrimination laws is the Executive Director who can be reached at the offices of the Faribault Senior Center, 19 W.Division St, Faribault, MN 55021. Complaints of unlawful discrimination, questions, and comments should be directed to the Executive Director.

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Political Neutrality Policy

It is the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to remain neutral on any political topic and candidate. In order to achieve this objective, Senior Center staff is directed to refuse entrance to any campaigning politician or supporters of one side of a political issue.

Upon approval by the Board of Directors a forum may be hosted by the Senior Center where opposing candidates or supporters of both sides of an issue may be invited to debate or present information to all attendees.

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Research Policy

It is the policy of the Faribault Area Senior Center to inform participants in any research study conducted at or through the senior center have a right to:

  • Be provided specific information in writing about the study: why it is being conducted,what the eligibility requirements are, and what is expected of the participant.
  • Expect that all information about the participant is kept confidential.
  • Know that the participant’s involvement is at no cost to them.
  • Withdraw from the study at any time. Withdrawal or participation in the study willnot affect the participant’s access to senior center activities or services.
  • Receive contact information for the study’s project coordinator.
  • Receive and sign a consent form specifically for each study.
  • The Center will receive a copy of the final research findings.
  • The researcher must receive approval before proceeding with project.

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