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Emergencies may arise that involve an individual or the Center. In such cases, the Senior Center staff person on duty should be immediately notified. This person, in consultation with the proper authorities and the person affected, will decide what course of action to take. A written record of all such incidents shall be filed with the Director.

Registration for all classes, trips, and special events is to take place at the front desk of the Senior Center. The first day of registration for new activities will be published in the Newsletter.

Fees and charges for activities are due on the day of registration. Events are for people 60 or older, unless otherwise stated.  Friends cannot reserve for friends.

Inappropriate behavior at the Senior Center (such as verbal, physical, alcohol or drug abuse) directed toward senior participants, volunteers, or COA staff is not allowed and will not be tolerated. Appropriate action will be taken, in keeping with Town of Fairhaven policy.

Persons running for political office are not allowed to campaign in the Senior Center, nor will they be allowed to distribute campaign materials on Town of Fairhaven premises. In the event that seniors express interests, a forum conducted by a nonpartisan organization, to which ALL CANDIDATES are invited would be allowed.  Petitions are not to be circulated, nor are campaign contributions to be solicited within the Center.

Non-governmental organizations, private businesses, nor individuals are allowed to promote or sell their products and services at the Senior Center.

If the Senior Center sponsors a private business or service to give an educational seminar or to supply items for an event, the business will be recognized for its contribution but will not be allowed to solicit business. Speakers may distribute informational handouts on their topic. Their business stamp may be on the handouts. Distribution of business cards is prohibited.

When the Fairhaven Schools are closed because of storm or road conditions, all activities scheduled at the Senior Center are also canceled for the day including meals.  The office is open and staff available by phone.

If the drivers, in consultation with the Council on Aging Director, decide that driving conditions are difficult or dangerous, the shopping van will not go out. The same policy applies to trips for medical appointments.

Senior Center property, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes we have for loan, are not to be loaned to organizations, businesses, or private citizens. The furniture and equipment owned by the Fairhaven Council on Aging is for the use of the Center.

For inquiries contact the Fairhaven Senior Center at 229 Huttleston Avenue, call 508-979-4029, or email

40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
ph: 508.979.4023    fx: 508.979.4079
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