New Director

Greetings! I began my journey as the new Director of Buckham West on Tuesday, April 4th. In the past week, I have met many members & volunteers and continue to learn the workings of the center. With Mona’s retirement after working at Buckham West for 20 years, it’s obvious I have big shoes to fill! I hope to be a great addition to the Buckham West team and look forward to expanding programs & services to enhance socialization for those over 50.


Meet and Greet the Sheriff

Join us for a Meet and Greet with Rice County Sheriff, Jesse Thomas.  On Monday, April 17th from 9 to 10 a.m. Sheriff Thomas will be visiting in the coffee shop, then from 10 to 11 a.m. he will be in the conference room to share information related to public safety and law enforcement in Rice County. We can expect to have an update on the new Public Safety Center project.  This program is open to the public; no pre-registration is needed.



Fashions on Central

Have you been there lately? Fashions on Central, our second-hand clothing store in downtown Faribault, is preparing for spring and open for shopping! We are busy replacing the winterwear with the spring and summer fashions. There is so much to offer, please come in while the selections are good. The store is open Tuesdays- Fridays from 11:00am-5:00pm.

In addition to shopping, we are now looking for additional donations to our store. At this time, we are especially looking for donations of women’s purses and jewelry. Please remember that all profits from the sales at Fashions on Central, are used to support that programs and services at Buckham West.



News on Support Group

An Aging Eyes Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 a.m. This support group aims to help people feel less alone as they navigate changes due to vision loss. People attending the group can expect to participate in helpful conversations with others coping with a similar situation, discover resources available locally, and expand their circle of friends while learning and sharing strategies for daily living.

This free program is open to the public and facilitated by Betsy Shallbetter, a volunteer with the Aging Eyes Initiative and a retired MN State Academy for the Blind teacher. We ask people to pre-register for this free program; call Buckham West 332-7357.


Plastic Recycling

The Faribault Lions Club will be at Buckham West to accept your donation of household plastic bags. On Wednesday, April 19th between 9:30-11:00am, volunteers from their group will be on hand to accept a variety of household plastics.  This Plastic Recycling Project is a fund-raiser for community projects.

The plastics must be clean, dry and free from food and another residue. Please do not bring bags in on other days, as we will not be storing them here


Nice to Know         

  • Buckham West Book Club meets on April 27th at 9:30 a.m. Call Buckham West and ask for Brenda for book information.
  • On the 4th Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., you are invited to gather with other caregivers for a time of learning, sharing, and friendly discussion.