Aging Well

Aging WellComprised of 20+ organizations, the Aging Well Collective Impact Workgroup is aiming to make Weld County a place where more older adults are aging well in community.

These are the Aging Well community-wide goals that no one organization can reach on its own.
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A community capacity building entity is led by United Way of Weld County to help reach the goals.
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The Volunteer Recruitment Initiative (VRI) recognizes the invaluable role that volunteers play in ensuring that organizations serving older adults are able to provide their services to the community. Whether an organization needs administrative or direct service assistance, the work does not get done without committed volunteers. The VRI uses a combination of social media and in-person marketing techniques to reach potential volunteers. The VRI then screens them for their specific interests and skills, and refers the potential volunteers to the best fit organizations. The information on the participating organizations, links to sign-up forms and volunteer opportunities, and statistics on older adults in Weld County is all available at www.UnitedWay-Weld.org/agingwellvr.

In addition to recruiting volunteers, the VRI is also open to new participating organizations. Any older adult serving organization that provides service in Weld County is welcome to explore if the VRI is a useful resource to their ongoing work. As more organizations join the VRI, there is a larger pool of opportunities for interested volunteers, helping to increase the likelihood of finding a good fit for community members.

Who We Serve
How We Impact
United Way invests in programs at other Weld County organizations to help reach the goals.
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60+ Ride’s volunteer drivers and staffed minivan transport Weld County’s aging population (60 years old and older) door through door to medical appointments, grocery stores, financial and government institutions, social events, houses of worship, and personal grooming appointments free of charge.  This program is the only free transportation program available in Weld County targeting the very low income population.  Not only do these services directly increase older adults’ ability to maintain their health and independence through consistent availability of medical care, but these same services reduce rehospitalization, offer a way to increase nutrition quality through fresh food, and decrease social isolation and the resulting depression.  This translates into both quality of life for Weld’s 60+ population and the financial benefit of fewer people depending heavily on government social services.

While the majority of rides provided are in the Greeley/Evans area (about 75%), 60+ Ride has actively expanded to the Carbon Valley area of south Weld County (Frederick, Firestone, and Dacono) over the past several years, and the agency is in the early stages of offering services in nearby Fort Lupton, as well.  A major three-year strategic goal is to build capacity (through volunteer drivers with staff support), to be able to cover many more areas of rural Weld County.  The organization is also developing plans to seek federal funding to add a handicapped-accessible van program to its services within the next 18 months.

In 2018, SRS provided 8605 rides to 243 unduplicated riders utilizing both part-time van drivers as well as over 125 volunteer drivers to keep this critical resource free to at-risk aging adults in Weld County. 60+ Ride provides services to all older adults regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.  The target population is elderly and frail individuals who do not drive and do not use public transportation because of cost or accessibility.  The majority of registered riders are women (90%) and 16% are Hispanic (although 40% of rides are made by Hispanic riders who have a higher dialysis treatment need).  Approximately 90% of riders are living at or below 50% ($22,900) of the Area Median Income for a single person ($45,800). 

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • Carbon Valley (Berthoud, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Northglenn, Thornton) : 17
  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 168
  • Outback (Briggsdale, Grover, New Raymer): 1
  • Poudre River Corridor (Severance, Windsor) : 3
  • South County (Brighton, Fort Lupton, Hudson, Keenesburg, Lochbuie) : 2
  • Thompson River Valley (Johnstown, Milliken) : 4
  • US-85 Corridor South (Platteville, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Kersey) : 11
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn) : 16 

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

Marge is a new client who called for grocery delivery in March when she heard about our program through AAA. She “hadn’t gotten anything" for two weeks. Those of us who have the financial resources to keep extra food on hand would find that difficult enough, but for Marge it meant nothing to eat, literally, and her Social Security payment was a week away. We were able to deliver Weld Food Bank Emergency Boxes and order groceries online to be delivered early the next week. Payment for her groceries was funded by a grant from Weld Recovers, organized by United Way of Weld County and Weld Community Foundation. Yay for teamwork and meeting needs in an emergency! For many of our clients, we are their safety net and lifeline to vital community resources and services. Access to transportation can be a matter of life and death!

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Catholic Charities' Older Adult Case Management and Outreach Program focuses on at-risk seniors who are poor, frail, isolated geographically or socially, homebound, or have language or cultural barriers.  These characteristics make it difficult for them to know about and access needed services and benefits.  The program works to provide these older adults with knowledge, advocacy and assistance so that they can age in place safely, maintain or improve their health, have access to resources/ benefits, remove or lessen barriers to being self-reliant, and maintain their maximum functional potential. Services are provided in the senior’s home, our office, doctors’ offices or in the community when needed.  Information and referral services are provided out of our Greeley and Fort Lupton offices. There is no cost for any service provided by our agency.  The Quality of Life Case Management Improvement Plan encompasses four major steps: 1. Person-Centered approach to listening to the expressed or observed needs and desired goals 2. The Case Manager, an expert on community resources, presents possible solutions; benefits and disadvantages are explored.  3. Development of the client-preferred Care Plan including assistance on completing applications for services and programs.  4. Follow-up monitoring and advocacy regarding delivery of services including outcome assessments.  A major barrier to older adults having their needs met is their lack of awareness of eligible services, inability to complete applications alone that can improve their health and financial resources to support their nutrition, medication needs or daily existence.  Older adults are known to suffer in silence. Just one example of how case management services can dramatically improve their lives: The case manager applies to 3 or 4 resources for dentures or cataract surgery.  Older adults can now eat healthy foods & see to manage everyday life in/out of their home.

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • Carbon Valley (Berthoud, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Northglenn, Thornton) : 25
  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 228 
  • Poudre River Corridor (Severance, Windsor) : 8 
  • South County (Brighton, Fort Lupton, Hudson, Keenesburg, Lochbuie) : 140 
  • Thompson River Valley (Johnstown, Milliken) : 6 
  • US-85 Corridor South (Platteville, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Kersey) : 10
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn) : 11 

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

An older adult (100 years old) that resides in one of the senior housing complex in Ft. Lupton, needed some assistance. During the quarantine, her family became ill and couldn't help her with grocery shopping and cleaning. Our case managers were able to step in and assist with grocery shopping and helping with other personal items. They were able to help to secure some sanitizer to be used to wipe down the the in-home oxygen tanks that came into the home weekly which could have been exposed to COVID. The case managers check-in weekly with her to give her support that helps reduce her loneliness and isolation, as the result of not having the interaction with her family.

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2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 156
  • Poudre River Corridor (Severance, Windsor): 2
  • US-85 Corridor South (Platteville, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Kersey): 3
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn): 3
  • Outside Weld County: 4

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

Words from two clients:

  • "I cant' express my gratitude enough for this program (Blended Support Group) being made available to us all. I was truly lost in my grief and I found a path to help me through the pain."
  • "There is hope for the future and I loved this group very much!"
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This fund will be available to those 60+ in Weld County who are below poverty level but would like to
participant at the Greeley Active Adult Center (AAC). 60+ seniors want to purchase a membership and have
the ability to attend fee-based programs in existence at the AAC. The Senior Assistance Fund would allow
interested seniors to apply for the scholarship therefore being able to stay active in the community by
participating in programs at the AAC. Available programs at AAC would include a broad base of appealing
activities especially those relevant to everyday lives (nutritional meals, educational classes, sports, travel,
exercise, general wellness services, hobbies, social opportunities and lifestyle physical activity). The annual
membership and scholarship monies would help to ensure that participants are active in programs long
enough to create lifestyle changes in physical fitness /functional parameters (weight, strength, flexibility)
and overall well-being. Surveys, attendance and registrations will be used to evaluate the outcomes and
assess the impact of the Senior Assistance Fund. This fund will ideally encourage program participation,
reduce social isolation, encourage volunteering and create a sense of belonging with a significant group or
activity. Collaboration with other agencies such as Area Agency on Aging for exercise and classes,
Alzheimer/ Parkinson’s Associations for educational/ support and Senior Resources to help get participants
to the AAC is a critical piece for success.

87% of older Americans indicate they want to age in place; our community will need to adopt strategies to
enable this choice. Colorado’s aging population will require communities to adapt to accommodate to
these changes. Many seniors in our community believe they cannot afford to attend the AAC or its
programs. With this Senior Assistance fund it would provide a scholarship to seniors to make it possible to
attend activities at the AAC.

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 13
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn) : 1

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

No stories at this time participants were just beginning to apply and use funds.

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St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity is requesting resources specifically for Critical Home Repairs to allow low income seniors to age in place.  Critical Home Repairs are part of the Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Programming that serves the Glens Neighborhood of Dacono, Colorado.  The ultimate goal of Neighborhood Revitalization is to improve quality of life, defined as a sense of well-being and happiness experienced by individuals and communities. St. Vrain Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program includes a Critical Home Repair Program and facilitates a growing coalition of residents, “The Pride of The Glens”.  In 2019, The Pride of The Glens coalition is focused heavily on community building by engaging residents, establishing strong relationships, and leveraging connections to bring about actionable and positive change across all social determinants. In addition, the coalition works toward key focus areas driven by residents and their aspirations, including amenities and beautification, housing, and transportation. St. Vrain Habitat partners with home owners and volunteers to complete Critical Home Repairs when homeowners are physically or financially unable to make repairs on their own. 10 Home Repairs are anticipated to be completed in 2019.  St. Vrain Habitat was selected as one of 10 communities in the nation to participate in a 5-year Learning Cohort to implement and evaluate the Quality of Life Framework.  The Quality of Life Framework is a data driven, customizable approach that delineates how multiple elements work together to achieve an improved quality of life.  Building foundational outcomes of Sense of Community, Social Cohesion and Collective Action that are led by resident’s dreams, gifts and concerns has meaningful impacts on sector outcomes such as amenities, economic opportunities, education, health, housing and transportation.  

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • Carbon Valley (Berthoud, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Northglenn, Thornton): 282

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

When Josefina and Hector reached out to ask about the Critical Home Repair program, their main concern was the sunken spot of the floor in the living room and fixing the heat before winter. A coffee table placed over the sagging floor prevented the family from walking over it, but it was her great grandson’s favorite location for his play fort. Despite their high heat bills, twice what they should be for a home their size, the home was cold and drafty. After we assessed the home for the repair, we agreed on the strategy together. Homeowners participating with Home Repairs contribute 10% of the project cost as well as sweat equity and inform the priorities and extent of the project. The rotted floor would be replaced with new subfloor and laminate. The tub in the bathroom would be replaced with a walk-in shower to allow her disabled husband to bathe safely. The leaky roof would be replaced to prevent further water damage. The solution to the problem of the house being so cold was unexpected. None of the three of the air ducts below the home were connected, so the heat was escaping before it ever entered the house! A referral to the weatherization program resulted in Josefina receiving a new furnace, connected ducts and insulation under the home. Her heat bills are now less than half what they were previously. Throughout the time that our small teams of volunteers worked, Josefina, Hector and their extended family and friends worked together and shared homemade burritos and tamales. Josefina greeted the volunteers with generosity and kindness every day they worked. She prepared meals and snacks and expressed gratitude for the work they offered. Sadly, her husband Hector passed away before the repairs were completed. She shared that he was glad that they could fix what needed to be repaired and even though he wasn’t able to enjoy the new shower, all the work was necessary and will serve Josefina and her family. She often hosts family and friends in need and says they wouldn’t have been able to do the work on their own. 
 
Home repairs in the Glens are part of St. Vrain Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts to work in partnership with residents to improve quality of life. Eleven repairs have been completed in The Glens since the program began four years ago. Four more repairs are currently underway and in need of volunteers.

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Our program was founded to meet the needs of the elderly unable to prepare/cook food for themselves by providing hot nutritious noon meals delivered by caring, trained, and vetted volunteers.  In our effort to assist the elderly population of Weld County to remain in their homes and age in place, Meals on Wheels of Greeley, Inc. (MOW) has over the years expanded the service to include breakfast bags to clients who are in need of more than meal per day and frozen meals for weekends. The need for our services continues to grow as the population ages.  We are forecasting an increase of the number meals for 2019 to be approximately 5,000.  This would be a total of 65,000 meals up from 60,000 meals delivered during 2018. Of the seniors receiving our services, over eighty (80) percent are low income unable to pay the actual cost of the food each receives.  On average, our clients contribute about 33% of the cost of preparing a meal.  Therefore, we must continually raise external funds to provide the meals we deliver.  MOW uses funds received to continue to keep costs low for each of our clients so they do not have to compromise nutrition for another essential need such as medication.  Our “suggested donation fee” system makes meals affordable. We do not suspend meals or stop delivering meals for a client’s inability to pay the suggested donation.  Approximately one third (1/3) of our clients cannot make any donation toward the cost of the meals received. The $50,000 requested will be used for food ingredients, supplies, and equipment for the meals. Therefore, all of the grant monies will be directly applied to the meals provided to the clients.  With this grant, we can continue to nourish the bodies and souls of the elderly of Weld County. 

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • Carbon Valley (Berthoud, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Northglenn, Thornton): 40 
  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 373
  • Poudre River Corridor (Severance, Windsor): 36
  • South County (Brighton, Fort Lupton, Hudson, Keenesburg, Lochbuie): 29 
  • Thompson River Valley (Johnstown, Milliken): 14 
  • US-85 Corridor South (Platteville, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Kersey): 19
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn): 17 

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

We received a referral from a Weld County Area Agency on Aging case manager of an older adult who was in need of our service. In contacting Jane, she was in poor health and struggled to live alone with her two dogs. She could no longer drive, go out for groceries, nor stand for a period of time to make a nutritious meal. We got her set up with 5 hot meals a week and 2 frozen meals for the weekend. In the two years she has been eating with us, her health has stabilized, she is stronger and more confident to age in place at home safely. 

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Weld Food Bank is dedicated to provide healthy, perishable food items (produce, meat, and low-fat dairy) to adults 60 years and older. Currently WFB provides the Emergency Food Box program, Senior Food Box program, and Mobile Food Pantry program to provide perishable product to this vulnerable population. 

Who We Serve

2019-2020 People Served by Area of Weld County

  • Carbon Valley (Berthoud, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Longmont, Mead, Northglenn, Thornton): 348 
  • County Seat (Evans, Garden City, Greeley): 3456 
  • Outback (Briggsdale, Grover, New Raymer): 60
  • Poudre River Corridor (Severance, Windsor): 216 
  • South County (Brighton, Fort Lupton, Hudson, Keenesburg, Lochbuie): 696 
  • Thompson River Valley (Johnstown, Milliken): 228
  • US-85 Corridor South (Platteville, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Kersey): 60
  • US-85 Corridor North (Eaton, Ault, Pierce, Nunn): 348 

View most recent annual report for this program.

How We Impact

A manager of one of the low-income senior housing facilities told us how much the residents appreciate and need the perishable food items we are delivering. She said the residents have started sharing meals and recipes together and socializing more as a result of receiving these food items. 

The activity domains and near-term measures create synergy and a sense of shared progress.
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