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SRC center moves to new location

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Partnership with Light of the World Church helps nonprofit continue to provide services to seniors

By Ramsey Scott

The Seniors’ Resource Center moved into its temporary new home last week in South Jeffco in the Westridge Square Shopping Center at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. 

The SRC relocated its southwest branch from Southwest Plaza as the mall undergoes renovations, said SRC president John Zabawa. He said the center will return to Southwest Plaza once renovations to the mall are complete, in about 18 months. 

The new outreach center, which helps connect seniors to multiple resources along with advice on applying for government benefits, opened with the help of Light of the World Catholic Church. The church, located across from Westridge Square, is paying a third of the rent at the new location.

The original location was provided free by the mall, Zabawa said. 

“Now that we’re going to work with the Seniors’ Resource Center, hopefully we can collaborate there with our time, talent and treasure for the glory of God,” said Light of the World Deacon Rick Montagne. “We’re going to give it a shot, and hopefully it will flourish and we can take care of the people of South Jefferson County.”

Light of the World and the SRC are collaborating on more than just rent. A church program called A Circle of Care will work with the center to identify area seniors that need assistance, said the SRC’s southwest branch coordinator, Shirley Sadowski.

About 42 people from the church have offered to volunteer with the center, Sadowski said. 

“We’re enabling people to find their neighbor to be able to help them,” Sadowski said. “It’s not that we’re going to become a Catholic or any Christian religious organization, but we’re working with their own outreach program in the area.”

Along with providing referrals and help navigating applications for government benefits, the relocated SRC branch will provide transportation services to area seniors. Zabawa said the Red Cross ended its transportation services in the area and transferred the vehicles to the SRC. 

The collaboration with the church is part of a larger strategy to find ways to expand services while dealing with a tight budget, Zabawa said. After its county funding was cut in 2013, the SRC decided it needed to establish long-range financial stability. 

“We’re open to looking at new partnerships and create collaborations to help maximize the level of resources we have,” Zabawa said. “It has great potential for future expansion of services.”

The new center, at 10181-B W. Bowles Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and can be reached at 303-979-6173.

The Seniors’ Resource Center, a nonprofit, is dedicated to independence and quality of life for seniors in the metro area, according to the SRC website. Programs include transportation, adult day care and respite services, in-home services, and mental health outreach.