If you have been reading our newsletters or Facebook posts, you know that your District 1 team has been conducting weekly conversations at local spaces in the community, meeting with you at your neighborhood association meetings, and having regular contact with neighborhood organization officers. We have been working on developing a non-profit entity to harness the collective voice of our neighborhoods with the goal of continually improving our community. I want to thank you for attending these meetings and taking the time to speak with me. Your input, whether large or small, civic or personal, has been immensely valuable in helping me determine the direction to take on the many issues before City Council.
“A win for the community and a win for our family.”, is the way that Bosler homeowner Jan described the purchase, restoration and stewardship of the designated landmarked home in Northwest Denver.
The Bosler House is one of the first and finest of the stately homes to be built in North Denver. The house was constructed in 1875, the same year as the incorporation of the Town of Highlands, which originally governed this portion of Denver. It was built in the Italianate style by one of the Town’s Founders, Ambrose Bosler, a key player in the Denver Union Ice Companies.
The Senior Assistance Center (SAC) provides valuable services to vulnerable senior citizens in Northwest Denver and beyond. Since 1981, SAC has devoted itself to the mission of promoting the self-sufficiency of all seniors in Colorado and to ensure that no senior goes without the necessities of life, including food, shelter, and public services.
In 1995, the organization purchased its building in Northwest Denver where it serves clients, stores food for its pantry, offer three food banks per week and serve five communities including the onsite food bank at 2839 W. 44th Avenue. Through our partnership with ArtReach, Inc., SAC has provided 1,645 tickets to clients for sporting events, museums and the arts at no charge. SAC has a small thrift store available for clients to do some shopping when they visit the food bank.
This year, SAC provided financial assistance to seniors to prevent eviction, utility shutoff and for medical equipment, in addition to food, clothing, blankets and other services. By the numbers, SAC kept 22 families from becoming homeless; kept utilities connected for 324 families and provided emergency food assistance to 355 families. It further distributed 8,561 bags of food; 2,596 bus tokens, delivered 2,193 Meals on Wheels, and provided wheelchairs and other medical equipment.
In addition to its other services, SAC’s on-the-job training programs and job assistance programs allow its over 365 volunteers and 19 staff members to provide the senior community with the resources they need to make their years all the more golden.
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