History of the Senior Assistance Center

Senior Assistance Center (SAC) was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation to meet the emergency needs of Denver‘s elderly citizens living below 125% of poverty level. It began with one volunteer, one office and one telephone and since then, has grown consistently. In 1995, the organization purchased our building in northwest Denver at 2839 W 44th Ave where we serve clients.

Our Founder

In 1981 Lily was moved by seeing elderly people digging in trash bins and maneuvering hesitantly through busy city intersections. She decided to do something about making life easier for the area senior citizens and founded the Senior Assistance Center (SAC). At the time Lily founded SAC, its approach to helping vulnerable senior citizens was unique in the Denver non-profit community. Lily always believed that dignity and respect, including self-respect, are the foundation of delivering services to the needy. For many, being as self-reliant as possible is essential to dignity. Therefore, in order to help as many seniors as possible, those who received assistance were encouraged to repay SAC through cash donations, if their situations made that possible, or through in-kind donations of volunteered time at SAC. Lily has felt that “a hand up is better than a hand out.” After 28 years of service with SAC, Lily now runs Lily Organics in Brighton, Colorado.

Today, a much broader-based SAC continues its charitable mission, providing needed services to senior citizens. In the last few years, SAC has seen changes in the demographics of its senior clients as the number of homeless seniors grows, grandparents raising children and seniors who had never lived in poverty found themselves needing help. SAC is dedicated to evolving as an organization to better meet the changing needs of our clients.

 

Time Line

1981 – Founded as Association for Senior Citizens by Lily Morgan

1995 – Purchased building at 2839 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

2002 – Named National Point of Light by President George H.W. Bush

2006 – Finalist for Ethics in Business Samaritan Institute Award

2006 – Outstanding Service Award

2011 – Changed name to Senior Assistance Center

2012 – Sawaya Trust Award for compassion, generous heart and commitment to the community

2013 – Nominated as a semi-finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for outstanding small non-profit

2014 – Nominated for the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for outstanding small non-profit

2015 – Selected by Kroenke Sports to participate in a fundraiser with the Colorado Mammoth