NORCs Provide Resources & Connections for Aging Adults in Their Own Neighborhoods

One of Rose Community Foundation’s grantmaking priorities is to support programs that allow people in the Greater Denver community to age in place — or stay in their own homes and neighborhoods — and live independently for as long as possible. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities or NORCs are one important avenue for ensuring that people have access to and are aware of resources in their own neighborhoods they need as they age. One of the NORCs the Foundation funds is in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It sits alongside RTD’s busy 15 bus line.

NORCs are communities that, while not originally designed for older adults, have a significant amount of residents over age 60. When these communities are identified, often a nonprofit organization will work to identify needs and coordinate care and social services to meet those needs. In the Capitol Hill NORC the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) Community Center of Colorado and Capitol Hill Care Link work to establish connections with older adults in the area and then make sure they know where and how to access services and resources available to them.

People over 60 who are aging in place face many challenges, but among the most daunting and difficult to solve is isolation. While the Capitol Hill Care Link works to connect the older adults in the neighborhood to resources to age in place, it also helps residents connect through social events and volunteer opportunities, including yoga classes, lunch and learns, and support groups. The organization also convenes a Resident Advisory Board regularly to stay in touch with residents’ needs and interests.

Rose Community Foundation, along with The Colorado Health Foundation and Daniels Fund also support organizations that work in NORCs in Wheat Ridge and Edgewater.

What’s New at Mile High Connects

As we move into 2015, you might notice a few changes here at Mile High Connects.  In addition to our brand new website, we’ve spent the past few months honing and refining our workplan to be able to provide a more targeted, coordinated set of efforts to the community for even greater impact in the coming year.  Our work over the next twelve months will focus on four main priority areas:

  • Affordable Housing and Community Facilities
  • Business, Local Workforce and Middle Skilled Jobs
  • Affordable Transit and Meaningful Service Routes
  • First and Last Mile Connections

For more detail about our strategies, view our 2015 Annual Workplan: 2015 Workplan External.

We’ve also brought on some great new folks to help facilitate each priority area.  Help us welcome Jennifer Billig, Stephen Moore, Brad Weinig and Zoe Williams as our Priority Area Coordinators for the coming year.

As you take a look through our new site and see what our workplan has to offer in the coming year, please be on the lookout for ways we might support your work or that you might connect to ours.  We’re always in search of new partners and people aligned with our mission of ensuring that our transit system helps offer access to opportunity for everyone in our community.  Reach out – we’d love to hear from you.

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