History of Senior Assistance Center
Senior Assistance Center (SAC) was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit organization to assist in meeting the emergency needs of Denver‘s older adult citizens living below poverty level. We continue to assist low income older adults today from our beautiful north Denver neighborhood.
Our Founder – In 1981 Lily Morgan was moved by seeing older adults digging in trash bins and maneuvering hesitantly through busy city intersections. She decided to do something and founded the Senior Assistance Center. At the time SAC’s approach to helping clients was unique in the non-profit community. Lily believed that dignity and respect are the foundation of delivering services to the needy. For many, being as self-reliant as possible is essential to dignity. Lily felt that “a hand up is better than a hand out.” In 1986, Lily founded Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care.
Senior Assistance Center today
Today a much broader-based SAC continues its mission, providing needed services to our clients. In the last few years SAC has seen many changes in the demographics of its clients. Seniors are the fastest growing segment of homeless as housing costs continue to rise. Grandparents are often bringing up the grandchildren. Seniors who never lived in poverty find themselves needing help. SAC is dedicated to evolving as an organization to meet the changing needs of our clients.
2023 – a fresh start in a new space! working to address changing needs of older adults
2020 – working to provide information and outreach through the COVID-19 pandemic to Denver area older adults
2019 – partner with Rebuilding Together to offer more services to clients
2017 – re-organized to provide professional quality services to clients
2015 – selected by Kroenke Sports for a fundraiser with the Colorado Mammoth
2014 – nominated: Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for outstanding small non-profit
2013 – semi-finalist: BBB’s Torch Award for outstanding small non-profit
2012 – won Sawaya Trust Award for compassion and commitment to the community
2006 – won Outstanding Service Award
2002 – named a National Point of Light by President George HW Bush
1981 – founded