2615 Portland Road NE, Salem, OR 503-588-6303
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Center 50+, the City of Salem senior center, serves as a gateway to senior citizens and their families to local programs and services. It's the only designated full-service focal point senior center in Marion County. Senior users report they use the Center because of meals, recreation, volunteer opportunities, and education. The Center represents a unique collaborative partnership between the City of Salem, concerned citizens, and the 501(c)3 nonprofit Friends of the Salem Senior Center. Founded in 1992, Friends exists to support the Center with gifts of time, talent, and money.
More than 700 seniors use the Center daily, and more than 500 senior citizens annually utilize the health screening clinics at the Center. Partnerships generate over $500,000 of added value programs and services at the Center, which also leverages community support. Some of those programs and partnerships include:
- Partner Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels, serves more than 48,000 meals annually through this congregate meal-site and home delivery program.
- Over 40 Chemeketa classes are held monthly at the Center.
- The Center is home to the only social activity model group day Alzheimer Respite Program in Salem.
Cherriots buses stop at the Center six days a week and over 2,000 times a year.
Salem Senior Center Receives National Accreditation
The City of Salem Senior Center received accreditation by the National Institute of Senior Centers. Of more than 15,000 senior centers across the country, only 120 are accredited. Center 50+ is the first senior center in the state of Oregon to receive this recognition.
National accreditation is the end result of a rigorous process including an agency self-assessment and on-site inspection by a peer reviewer from the National Institute of Senior Centers, a division of the National Council on Aging. The accreditation process is a quality assurance program that examines nine different standards and requires community involvement in the self-assessment process. The standards reviewed include:
- Records and reports management
- Purpose and planning
The Administration on Aging and the National Council on Aging recognize that focal point senior centers are operating in an increasingly complex environment. Centers must serve the fastest growing population of both well and frail older adults; reach out to the under served, low income, and minority older adults; provide information and access to services; raise and manage funds from multiple sources; and be responsive to a broad range of community needs.
"Being nationally accredited is quite an accomplishment and makes an important statement to our community that Center 50+ offers quality programs and services with accountability. This achievement is the result of many years of dedication and support from senior center patrons, community partners, and Center leadership," stated Bob Wells, City of Salem City Manager.
Center 50+, the Salem Senior Center opened its doors in 1976. Today the Center offers more than 100 programs and services for adults age 50 and older. Approximately 600 older adults participate in programs on a daily basis. The Center employs five full-time staff and part-time staff to manage the 20,000-square-foot, ADA-accessible facility that contains a licensed commercial kitchen, hobby rooms, classroom, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and offices.
The Center’s $970,000 budget is funded 50% by the City of Salem general fund and 50% by donations from area businesses, individuals, fund-raising activities and grants. For more information about the Center 50+, call 503-588-6303.
Center 50+ has a very small paid staff, so most tasks are done by volunteers from the community. Volunteer work can be very rewarding, both for the volunteer and the Center. Anyone with a little extra time and/or expertise is encouraged to contact the Center and offer their services. If you want to do some volunteer work at the Center, call the Center 50+ Career Center at 503-588-6303.
The NEW Center 50+ is located about half of a mile northeast of Salem's city center at 2615 Portland Rd NE. The new facility opened October 6, 2008.