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Seniors' Resource Center, Inc.
Seniors' Resource Center is a community partner providing person-focused, coordinated services to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life. Our vision: SRC will continue to ensure quality of life through a constellation of services, information, advocacy, and leadership to meet the needs of the community enabling individuals to age in the place they call home. SRC directs its integrated service delivery to implement innovative solutions that meet the needs of under-served seniors.
- The Seniors' Resource Center is a community partner providing person-focused, coordinated services to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life.
Our vision: The Seniors Resource Center will continue to ensure quality of life through a constellation of services, information, advocacy, and leadership to meet the needs of the community enabling individuals to age in the place they call home.
SRC helps older adults and adults with developmental disabilities maintain their independence with dignity and improve their quality of life. To accomplish this, SRC directs its unique, comprehensive and integrated services delivery system to fill gaps in service, create effective and efficient partnerships and collaborations, avoid duplication of services and implement innovative solutions that meet the needs of under-served seniors and communities.
The Adult Day & Respite Center, a 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at our headquarters in Wheat Ridge opened in September, 2011 and is proving to be a resounding success for our clients and their caregiving family members who seek quality care for their aging loved ones! The new center is part of a two-phase Capital Campaign. Phase 1 was dedicated to the construction of the new center and is completed. Phase 2 is focused on the renovation of the 94 year old headquarters, originally a four room school house. As of March, 2013 the SRC Capital Campaign fundraising is now complete! SRC greatly appreciates the tremendous community support of the Capital Campaign.
More about Phase 2: Phase 2 renovation will occur throughout 2013 - 2015 and will allow SRC to renovate the current headquarters, housed in the original Columbia Heights School (circa 1920.) This renovation will greatly help SRC with upgraded energy efficiency, and in turn will reduce overall operational costs. The old building will be streamlined to assist SRC as we provide programs for the vulnerable population served in the Denver metro area.
SRC in actively engaged in new projects, including the visually impaired services (within the care management program), and the collaborative Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities , AKA NORC program.
Seniors' Resource Center provides five core programs that can stand alone or be easily combined to deliver supportive services that help clients and their caregiving family members maintain a meaningful measure of independence, while enhancing quality of life.
In 2013, SRC provided direct services to 17,802 individuals and provided community outreach and educational information to over 130,000 older adults and their families throughout Jefferson, Denver, Adams, Gilpin, Clear Creek, Douglas, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Park Counties. In 2014, we experienced a 7% increase in numbers served, totaling 19,160 individuals. The organization's services help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.
SRC is unique because it offers comprehensive services in a one-stop setting, thus enabling older adults to access information, referrals and programs easily. Many of SRC's services are available at low or no-cost, depending on income limits and residency.
SRC has five primary program areas: Transportation Services, Volunteer Services & Opportunities, Care Management, In Home Care, Adult Day & Respite Services.The organization is headquartered in Wheat Ridge with additional locations in Lakewood (Starr Center), Littleton (Southwest site) and SRC-Evergreen.
Over the years, SRC has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in providing services to older adults. In 2008 we were selected as "Nonprofit of the Year" by the West Chamber. In 2009 SRC received a Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (CAHSA) award for the innovative partnership with Wheat Ridge Internal Medicine (WRIM.) In 2011 SRC was honored by LeadingAge with the national Outstanding Advocacy Award, which recognizes an organization for advocating for aging services at the local, state or national level. In 2014, SRC is being honored by the national organization, LeadingAge with the Not-for-Profit Excellence in Leadership Award. The state organization, CASTA honored SRC in 2014 with the Human Services Agency of the Year award.
SRC has been recognized as a national best practice organization for its innovative programs and collaborations by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. NCOA also selected SRC to be one of five test sites in Colorado for Benefits CheckUp, an innovative web-based system that allows seniors to monitor their eligibility for public assistance. In addition, SRC-Evergreen was identified as an innovative home and community-based service provider.
SRC was founded in 1978 through efforts of community groups and individuals committed to having one centralized agency that would be available to provide information and referrals for coordinated services for older adults and their families.
Seniors' Resource Center has earned the distinction of being one of Colorado's largest and most respected charitable organizations serving seniors and their families whose staff and volunteers create innovative, effective, and coordinated care for the particular needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. During these 37 years, SRC has grown into a recognized national leader in senior services, serving senior residents and their families in Jefferson, Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, Denver, Gilpin, Park, Arapahoe, Broomfield and Douglas counties.
SRC coordinates services and referrals using a one-call approach that significantly improves seniors' access to the range of resources they need, and eliminates having to conduct a confusing, protracted search for the services they require. SRC is enhancing and expanding services in order to meet the growing needs of seniors.
The Denver metro area's population of adults 60+ is estimated to more than double by the year 2020, according to the Denver Regional Council of Governments. In addition, seniors' life expectancies are expected to continue to rise. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the average life expectancy of a U.S. citizen will increase to 80 years in 2025 from 77 years in 2005. Thus, the 60+ population is not only growing substantially, but they are living longer.
With this rapid growth of the older adult population in the Denver metro area, SRC has significantly expanded over the last 36 years. SRC is a large, highly regarded provider of community-based senior services in the Denver metro area.Over the last several years the need for services has grown dramatically!
1. SRC knows that the percentage of older adults in the Denver metro area will increase from 2010 by 62% by the year 2020! Jefferson County has more seniors (age 65+) than any other of the state's 64 counties!
2. Building Program Capacity. As the population ages, SRC continues to find ways to keep up with this demand for services.
3. Expansion of Coordinated Care. We would like to work with even more partners in the medical community.
4. Expansion of Geographic Area. Making our services available to more of Colorado, especially Denver.
5. More Volunteers to support our mission and manage more volunteer driven programs which will increase our ability to help more individuals.
6. Development of new collaborative partnerships to enhance service delivery throughout the community, while reducing the likelihood of duplication of services.
Board Chair/President Statement
May 18, 2015
Seniors' Resource Center (SRC) fills a void in the lives of many elderly community members who could not continue to live in their homes without assistance. And, just as Colorado Gives Day is cherished in this community so is SRC. I am grateful that SRC has been able to do so much for the community.
The mission of SRC is why I serve as Board Chair. I know that there are many seniors to assist as they confront issues that occur from the aging process. SRC services provide supportive care, transportation and help with household tasks.
For most of their lives older adults have managed fine without any assistance. Once they reach a point where they could benefit from occasional help, where do they begin? The answer for thousands of seniors every year originates with one-call to the organization. SRC fills gaps in services, promotes sustained independence and provides comfort to elderly Denver area residents.
SRC's staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors' members combine our efforts to meet their challenges. To serve the nearly 20,000 who access SRC, the organization must rely on contributions from a wide range of supporters; governmental agencies, foundations, corporate sponsorships and our wonderful, caring individual donors.
For people who want to give back to the community, we welcome more than 800 volunteers annually with an impressive array of choices of how to help seniors.
I invite you to join SRC's efforts to provide improved quality of life to the clients who look to SRC for care; whether through contributions or volunteering. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Deborah Dale Brackney, Board Chair
Executive Director Statement
Letter from the CEO
Seniors' Resource Center (SRC) began in 1978 as a small Jefferson County non-profit organization. Throughout our 36 year history, the organization has grown in response to the increasing number of older adults needing help with a wide range of aging related issues. SRC has grown into a nationally recognized organization, known for delivering quality services to seniors and adults with developmental disabilities in the greater Denver metro area. SRC also provides supportive services to the family caregivers of our clients. In 2013 we served 17,802 individuals with direct services. Our services help make aging in place less daunting and far safer for our elders. We have added programs, expanded our service area, built a new Adult Day & Respite Center, led efforts for seniors through our advocacy, and "been there" when older adults thought they had nowhere to turn, so that they could experience relief from some weighty burdens. All this has been made possible through the generosity of our donors!
As the needs of aging adults have been recognized and more clearly understood, and as the number of individuals seeking help with long term or urgent needs has grown, SRC has continued to be here to serve the community. The vast majority of elders greatly wish to continue living in their own homes. For thousands of metro area seniors, SRC makes that possible.
Many seniors may struggle to live on their own and after a lifetime of managing well, must ask for help. I see seniors face that situation with dignity time and time again. It can be pretty overwhelming to sort through options, locate services, and continue with the follow through it takes to manage one's own care. SRC is the "go-to" agency for community members in need of transportation, care management, in-home care, adult day services and assistance from our hundreds of volunteers.
In the years ahead more older adults will reach out to SRC. The organization will continue to deliver customized care that will make the difference between living as independently as possible during the aging process vs. being prematurely placed in a long term care facility. Compassionate service goes hand-in-hand with cost savings to society whenever SRC delivers care to the elderly on fixed incomes.
Our expertise, multi-program approach and openness to invest time and resources in new collaborations to adjust to the changing times have kept SRC on the forefront of senior services. I hope you will join me in acknowledging the many advances being made in the field of aging, and join this movement toward quality of life for seniors; through learning about how you can be part of this greatly needed service right in our own community, by volunteering in ways that work well for you and by donating to SRC so that we can continue to make the Denver area a great place to grow older.