Is Buckham West part of the Faribault Parks Department?2019-09-03T18:15:52+00:00

Buckham West is a 501c3 private, nonprofit organization. It is membership based and operates with its own elected Board of Directors. Although it receives financial support from the City of Faribault, it also receives money from a variety of other sources.

Buckham West is often confused as being a city run department, because in many communities that is true. But even more confusing is that our location is attached to the Faribault Community Center! Although we share a wall and can be accessed via a common hallway, we also have our own entrance. But outside of having some financial assistance and a great relationship with the Buckham Center tenants, we are a separate agency.

What is the Senior Center’s Closing Policy for Winter Weather?2019-09-03T18:22:18+00:00

Living in Minnesota, we all know that a snowstorm can shut down our normal activities in a hurry. But because every storm can look differently, this year we no longer automatically close our  Center when the schools close. You will need to listen to the local radio station, KDHL, for an announcement about our closing status. If you don’t hear anything on the radio, you can assume that we are open and the noon meal and all scheduled activities will go on as planned. You are always welcome to call Buckham West at 332-7357.

May I advertise on your bulletin board?2019-09-03T18:21:26+00:00

Any nonprofit organization may post a flyer advertising their fundraising or community interest event; however, it must be approved by a staff member before it can be posted. No flyers promoting businesses or items for sale are allowed.

How do I register for a Buckham West program?2019-09-03T18:20:05+00:00

Registration for programs that have no cost may be done over the phone. For those that have a fee, you must generally register and make payment before your name may be added to the sign up.

Do I have to be a member to come to the Buckham West?2019-09-03T18:19:01+00:00

The Senior Center is open to all individuals and has an equal opportunity policy it adheres too, but the programs and services are geared towards older adults age 50 and older. Membership is encouraged, as the financial support it provides is important to the sustainability of the organization, but is not required for all programs and services. The membership dues are minimal and we even have a Scholarship Program now to help offset the cost. Any members-only events are clearly noted in any promotion given.

How do you determine which Buckham West activities and services are free, and which have a fee?2019-09-03T18:18:12+00:00

It is our intention to provide as many of our programs and services as possible at low or no cost. We break them down in the following ways:

  • A program or service that has no expenses relating to it will be offered to participants at no charge.
  • A program or service that has expenses tied to it (instructor fee, materials, etc.) will have a fee for participants based off of a minimum class size.
  • For services offered by an independent contractor for a fee, we generally arrange that the money be paid directly to the contractor.
  • Fundraisers will always have a fee attached to them, as a way to raise money for the organization.
There are many businesses and organizations who are “partners” with Buckham West. What does that mean?2019-09-03T18:17:26+00:00

Labeling an agency or individual a “partner” indicates a relationship that can happen in various ways. Those relationships can include things that we receive from others or something, whether it is space or volunteer time, which we provide. It may be:

  • A presenter for a program that we are hosting
  • An agency or business that provides a service for us
  • A financial supporter
  • A musical group that entertains for us
  • Space we provide for another nonprofit or governmental agency as a meeting site or a drop off location

Programs and Services

What is Neighbors Helping Neighbors?2022-10-26T16:17:58+00:00

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), a  Rice County resource, provides services to seniors or those with disabilities in Rice County by helping them to continue to live independently in their home.  Services include yard work, lawn mowing, snow removal, housekeeping, handy worker projects, grocery shopping, friendly visit calls, and transportation.  There is a cost for the service which is based on your ability to pay.

If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer, contact NHN staff member, Anne Pleskonko at 507-339-1094 or at Buckham West 332-7357.

What is Senior LinkAge, and what services does it provide?2019-09-03T18:25:29+00:00

The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging’s free statewide information and assistance service that can help seniors, Baby Boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers or someone trying to reduce their prescription drug costs. The Senior LinkAge Line® service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps connect you to local services. The Faribault area is served by the Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging (SEMAAA) office in Rochester. A single call to 1-800-333-2433 provides assistance with looking at a situation to determine what service(s) might be helpful. The Senior LinkAge Line® is answered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day.

Buckham West makes money by providing funeral escorts. Who are they, and what do they do?2019-09-03T18:24:49+00:00

The funeral escort program is an innovative partnership with the Faribault Police Department and the local funeral homes. In many communities, a funeral escort from the church to the cemetery is provided by the local police department. This often takes away from the other calls that the department needs to make.

But in Faribault volunteer drivers from Buckham West are trained to do the escort. This service is optional for the family of the deceased and there is a minimal charge to them. This fee then in turn is passed along to Buckham West.

Do the folks who offer those free clinics provide their services for free to Buckham West?2019-09-03T18:23:47+00:00

Yes! When there is no charge for a clinic, class or service that means that the agency providing it is volunteering their time.

Are the free services offered at Buckham West mainly intended for low-income, or for all Senior Center members?2019-09-03T18:23:08+00:00

These services have no income guidelines. They are provided for any older adult in our service area, whether they are members or not. We do not ask for any income information at our center.

Dining Program

Do I have to be a Buckham West member in order to eat lunch there?2019-09-03T18:27:07+00:00


Do I have to make a reservation if I want to eat lunch?2022-10-26T15:47:38+00:00

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance in order to receive a lunch at Senior Dining and may be done by calling Buckham West at 332-7357. Both curbside and congregate meals must be registered in advance in order to have food prepared for everyone.

What options are there for having a meal?2022-10-26T15:56:19+00:00

SEMCAC Senior dining offers two meal options: curbside pickup and congregate (which is eaten with others in our dining room).

Pre-registration is required for both options by calling 332-7357 24 hours in advance.

Fashions on Central

Who, what, where, when and why of the Fashions on Central.2022-10-26T15:43:33+00:00

Who– Fashions on Central is the second hand clothing store owned and operated by Buckham West. It is run by volunteers.
What-Fashions on Central receives donated, gently-used women’s clothing which it resells to raise money for the operations of Buckham West.
Where– It is located at 325 Central Avenue in downtown Faribault and is the building directly north of the Paradise Center for the Arts.
When– The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Clothing donations are also accepted during those hours.
Why– As the largest fundraiser of Buckham West, Fashions on Central profits are used to support the programs and services of Buckham West and the older adults that they serve.

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