The Herndon Senior Center is open for membership to adults aged 50 or older.
The Senior Center is community-based and serves as a focal point for senior adults by providing a continuum of services in a supportive environment and by serving as a link for participants, their families, and the community at large to resources offered by other agencies.
Services are designed to be prevention and intervention oriented to meet the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the older adult.
Senior Centers fulfill a unique need both by recognizing the diverse needs of the older adult and by understanding that seniors contribute lifelong experience, interests, and skills to their communities.
1. What are the eligibility requirements for membership at Herndon Senior Center?
The Herndon Senior Center is open for membership to adults aged 50 and older. Individuals must be members to utilize center membership programs and activities.
Individuals must be able to take care of all personal needs, be able to orient to time and place, and must abide by the Code of Conduct. Individuals must fill out an application form, which may be done at any time during the center's operating hours.
2. What are the eligibility requirements for the lunch program?
Registered members who reside in Fairfax County and are 60 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the grant-funded congregate meal program by filling out a Universal Assessment Instrument (UAI), the Nutritional Health Score, and the Adult and Aging Information System form (AAIS). Registered members who are ineligible (age 50-59, or are not County residents) may participate in the lunch program by paying the guest fee of $8.50 per meal. Also see question and the answer to #5.
3. What paperwork do I need to fill out, and how do I get the forms?
Adults aged 50 or older must fill out an application form and pay the applicable fees to the center to become members.
There is a membership fee (see question # 4 below).
For those over the age of 60 and eligible for the congregate meal program, there are 3 additional forms: 1) a Virginia Uniform Assessment Instrument, 2) a Nutritional Questionnaire, and 3) an Income Scale. If transportation is needed, then a FASTRAN intake form is also necessary.
All of these forms must be filled out in the center by the prospective member, and assistance with the congregate meal paperwork is available.
4. What is the cost to participate at the senior center?
An annual membership fee was implemented in October 2009. See senior center membership fees. Also, there are some classes that have a small semester fee. If a class has a paid instructor, then the cost to the member is explained in the Newsletter, or you can ask about class costs at the Center or by telephone.
5. Do you provide lunch at the senior center?
Lunch is available by registering with the Congregate Meal Program and by making a reservation before 8 a.m. on the day you wish to eat. Payment is donation based upon income. All lunch monies go directly to support the quality of the lunch program. See the lunch donation schedule.
6. How do I order a lunch, and can I order a lunch if I haven't signed up for the lunch program yet?
You can order a lunch by calling the center at 703-464-6200 before 8 a.m. on the day that you wish to eat lunch. You may also order your lunch up to 2 weeks in advance. If you are unable to make it to the center for your requested lunch, you must call the center to cancel your reservation prior to 8 a.m.
If you have not yet submitted the paperwork for the lunch program, you can still order a lunch. Your name will be added to the guest list, and you will be required to pay the guest fee of $8.50. If you submit the required forms before your lunch reservation, then you will be able to pay a donation from the income-based sliding scale.
7. Do you provide transportation to and from the senior center?
Transportation by FASTRAN bus may be available to the senior center closest to your home. You must come to the center to register for this program. FASTRAN riders are picked up at their home between 9 and 9:50 a.m. in order to arrive at the center at approximately 10 a.m. Riders are then picked up from the center at 2 p.m. and returned home. The cost for the round-trip ride is one dollar.
8. How do I get a calendar of events at this senior center?
The calendar of events is in the Newsletter which can be seen on the Home and the Programs & Events pages of this website.
You can also come to the Center at 873 Grace Street, Herndon to pick up a copy of the Newsletter.