Meet SRC Client Nelda Bouvier

Nelda Bouvier, 82, has been using Seniors’ Resource Center’s (SRC) transportation services for a very long time. She uses SRC Transportation for just about everything she would have previously driven too.

“SRC has been a blessing for me,” said Nelda. “If it wasn’t for their transportation service, I wouldn’t be able to go grocery shopping, get to the doctor or attend my meetings. I don’t have any family that lives in the area so it wouNelda 1ld be hard for me to live at home.”

Nelda is very appreciative of our drivers and our team of dispatchers. She said that every single person she has dealt with at SRC is wonderful, especially Blanca Adkins, Intake Specialist, and Becky Ardoin, Transportation Operations Coordinator.

“They are so sweet, polite and very helpful,” said Nelda. “They are more than willing to talk to me and explain things to me.”

Nelda likes to go to Wal-Mart often. She calls it her home away from home and she loves it because they have everything you can possibly think of. Whenever she goes to Wal-Mart the drivers always load her groceries onto the bus, and when they safely arrive to her house, they carry every single bag inside for her. They also make sure that she gets on and off the bus safely since she has to use a walker.

Whenever she arrives home from a trip she is sure to be greeted by her 12-year old dog, Eleanor. Eleanor, a Chihuahua mix, always does a little dance for Nelda when she walks in the front door. “She is my best friend. We love to watch television and sleep together.” Our drivers also love seeing Eleanor when they bring Nelda inside because Eleanor is toothless and always has her tongue hanging out. It’s during these special moments that our drivers connect and truly feel the warmth of giving rides to the seniors in our communities.

“SRC transportation has helped me keep my quality of life more than just a little bit, it keeps my life together,” said Nelda. “It makes it so I don’t have to stress about something so small, like getting a simple ride to the places I need to be.”

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Get to Know Driver Cheryl Medina-Molden

 

Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) has a team full of drivers who are passionate, caring and dedicated to helping seniors in our community. As we age, driving and getting in and out of vehicles becomes more and more difficult. With SRC’s door-to door services, our drivers work hard to make the transportation experience smooth, comfortable and as effortless as possible.

Cheryl Medina-Molden has been working for SRC Transportation for six years. She recently received the Employee of the Month award because of her outstanding efforts developing relationships with our clients and her dedication to the job.

“I absolutely love my job and working for SRC,” said Cheryl. “The reward and the passion I get from my job is trulyheartwarming. I embrace something in my job every day because I enjoy doing what I’m doing.”Cheryl Driver Story

Cheryl was born and raised in Denver and drove for Jefferson County School District for five years before coming to SRC. She has her Class 2 CDL license, along with previous CPR and First Aid Certifications. She is one of two woman drivers on the team and considers herself to be strong-willed.

“It takes a special kind of person to do the jobs we do here at SRC. Everybody finds their niche, and mine was transportation,” said Cheryl. Cheryl has one daughter, a granddaughter and enjoys camping and riding motorcycles with her husband. She also partakes in motorcycle riding benefits for families who have been affected by motorcycle accidents, as well as many different charity runs.

When Cheryl was asked her favorite part of her job, she stuck out her hand to show a big silver ring around her index finger. “This ring is an old ring of one of my regular riders from Adult Day, given to me by his wife. When the time came for him to be moved into a facility, I went and visited his wife to let her know she was not alone,” explained Cheryl. “You have so many small moments with these people, going from door to door, and all these small moments add up to make you feel like you have known them forever. This ring reminds me every day how special it is to be doing what we do. When I talked to his wife, we laughed, we cried and we had a connection that was humbling and very special to me.”

This connection Cheryl experienced truly reflects SRC’s Transportation Department and our driving team. SRC strives to assure that our clients feel comfortable, have trust in our drivers and are receiving the best service possible. As Cheryl put it, “No one can put you on the top shelf but yourself, but I know myself and every one of our drivers is on the absolute highest shelf.”

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2013 Annual Report is here!

Check out our 2013 Annual Report! Click below to read stories about our amazing aging clients and see the past 35 years in review! Thank you for all your support!

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SRC’s Hidden Gem: The Starr Center

“The most rewarding part of my job is to see our participants progress, learn new skills, learn to become more independent, and learn how to change their own behaviors when they need to be changed,” said Patricia Kabot, Site Supervisor of Seniors’ Resource Center’s (SRC) Starr Center. “I love to see them get better. To see them progress is the best.”

SRC’s Starr Center provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the
Denver metro region to make new friends and learn new skills. It offers a variety of lively activities in a structured environment. Participants, ages 18 – 40, learn independent living skills, safety skills and community integration.

Patricia has been the Site Supervisor at the Starr Center since 2012. She worked with developmentally disabled adults in Florida for six years before moving to Colorado. Her passion has always been helping people.

Patricia and Nancy

Patricia and Nancy

The staff doesn’t just teach the participants skills for independence, they also teach them values.

“Recently we went to the Botanical Gardens for Earth Day and the purpose of the trip was to teach the participants about the environment and teach them how to respect it.  We also picked up trash the day before around the Starr Center for Earth Day.”

Patricia has the honor of working with Nancy Ramsey, Program Assistant. Nancy has been working at the Starr Center since they opened their doors in 2007. Nancy started out working at SRC’s Adult Day program 10 years ago.

“About seven years ago we had eight special needs participants at SRC’s Adult Day program who were separated from the seniors because their behaviors didn’t mix. One day Linda Johnston, Director of Adult Day, told me they were going to open a center for developmentally disabled adults,” said Nancy. “I told her that I would really like to work there, even though working with seniors was my first passion. It was and still is really on my heart to help the developmentally disabled.”

According to Nancy, the best thing to happen to her and the Starr Center was the hiring of Patricia. “It was a God Send,” she said.

“The smallest things make you happy working with this population,” said Nancy. “It’s amazing to actually see the participants learn a new skill and hold on to it. It’s just like WOW!”

All of the participants are so positive towards one another. Being around other developmentally disabled adults helps them out a lot. It helps them see there are other people like them that are doing well. They are always cheering each other on, which really helps them feel connected like a family.

Patricia and the rest of the staff always hear good things from the participant’s parents. They express to them how great their adult child is doing and what an awesome job the Starr Center does.

“The parents really love what we do. They love that we are always active, always out and about and always teaching new skills to their children.” Patricia said.

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“Colorado Senior Connections” -Wheat Ridge Top of the Hour (Wheat Ridge Channel 8)

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Saying Farewell to John Walsh

John Zabawa saying goodbye to John Walsh

John Zabawa saying goodbye to John Walsh

As Director of Volunteer Services, John Walsh contributed greatly to Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC). At the farewell party the positive impact he has made was evident as stories of his commitment and hard work were shared and a personalized poem dedicated to him and his time at SRC was read. Staff enjoyed baked goods and signed a banner thanking
John for his hard work, enthusiasm,and willingness to help whenever and wherever he could.IMG_2997

The SRC staff wishes John and his wife safe travels as they set off on a summer trip around the United States to visit friends and family.

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Senior Reach NREPP Celebration

 

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Community partners (Jefferson County for Mental Health, Mental Health Partners and Seniors’ Resource Center) came together to recognize and celebrate the amazing achievements of Senior Reach and being included on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs (NREPP). Congratulations everyone, what an amazing accomplishment.

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