SOURCE: Senior Assistance Center

Senior Assistance Center

April 05, 2012 13:08 ET

Senior Assistance Center Helps Donald and Others Remain Independent

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) - Donald* came to the Senior Assistance Center in northwest Denver last year when health conditions caused him to get behind on his mortgage and utility payments. A retired veteran, he describes himself as "a strong independent man," who never imagined he would have to ask anyone for help.

Donald and many other Denver area seniors find the right environment for them from the first moment they come to the Senior Assistance Center (SAC). SAC takes care to hire those 55 and older, many of whom know firsthand the courage it takes to ask for help after a lifetime of self-sufficiency. Clients find people and services at SAC that focus on maintaining their pride and affirming their return to a sound state.

Under its Emergency Financial Assistance program, SAC helps Denverites 55 years and older on limited incomes to prevent residential eviction and utilities shutoff, and help cover medical, food and other emergency needs. Clients such as Donald are eligible to apply for financial assistance once a year.

In its fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, SAC's Emergency Financial Assistance program kept nearly 20 families from becoming homeless, kept utilities connected for 324 families and provided emergency food assistance to 355 families.

The financial assistance program is one of a dozen programs offered to Denver area seniors by SAC, which has for more than 30 years existed as often the last safety net to keep a needy senior from going hungry or becoming homeless. Over the last several years, the nonprofit has seen around a 14 percent annual increase in clients it serves.

"Senior Assistance Center is a small-sized local charity doing great work to help a population often invisible due to our clients' hesitancy to ask for help," says Carol "CJ" Johnson, executive director. "We're extremely grateful for our friends and supporters who contribute their dollars and in-kind services to SAC, knowing that what they give stays here in Denver to deliver needed services to low-income seniors with respect and dignity."

For more information about the Senior Assistance Center, please visit www.seniorassistancecenter.org.

* Fictional name to protect privacy.

Senior Assistance Center is a 501(c)3 organization which provides Denver low-income seniors with emergency financial help to prevent eviction and utility shutoff. SAC also provides support for medical, dental or optical needs, as well as a weekly food bank, emergency food pantry and other necessities, plus referral services. SAC is often the last safety net to keep a needy senior from going hungry or becoming homeless.

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