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Celebrating 35 years of service to senior citizens

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By Sandy Barnes

The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen was filled with people celebrating the organization’s 35th anniversary of service to the community on the evening of Sept. 25.

 

Among the guests was 92-year-old Edna Stuver Webster, a retired Denver doctor who said the most important thing in life is having good health. Known as “Dr. Edna” to those acquainted with her, she is a longtime supporter of the organization dating from 1978.

John Zabawa, SRC president and CEO, talked about the organization’s beginnings in response to residents’ requests to provide services to the elderly.

“We had more than 160 residents come together to talk about the need for a senior center,” Zabawa said.

The Seniors’ Resource Center now assists more than 20,000 people in 10 counties in Colorado. The Evergreen SRC provides services to nearly 5,000 individuals annually.

At the Yellow House in Evergreen, there is an adult day care program for seniors, as well as services for the developmentally disabled. People in need of in-home care also can find help at SRC-Evergreen, which offers affordable non-medical care given by personal care providers.

There are also care managers at the Evergreen facility who can provide assessments, referral services, counseling and home visits, along with nutritional services and emergency financial assistance to senior adults.

The center has a Senior Reach program that provides mental health services and a low-income heating assistance program.

SRC is a nonprofit agency that receives funding from more than 60 sources, including state, federal and municipal governments. The Older Americans Act also supports the organization.

SRC board member John Treiner said the answer to the question of what agency does the best job for the elderly is: the Seniors’ Resource Center.

For more information, call 303-674-2843 or visit  www.srcaging.org.