Originally published in the March issue of  50 Plus Marketplace News

With a new year on the calendar, the residents of Golden West, a nonprofit independent senior living community in Boulder, wanted to give back. “The residents here wanted to do something positive for those in need in Boulder,” explains John
Torres, President and CEO of Golden West Communities. “For more than 50 years, Golden West has been a part of the greater Boulder community, something we take great pride in. It is important for people to know that as a nonprofit organization serving primarily low income seniors, we strive in many ways to support and give back.”

With giving back in mind, the “Share Because We Care” program was created. The program was spearheaded by Nina Bennett, the leasing and marketing coordinator at Flatirons Terrace, and residents enthusiastically participated. Monetary donations were collected and items such as socks, gloves, hats, non-perishable food and personal care items were purchased to assemble care packages. A total of 40 care packages were assembled by Flatirons Terrace residents and delivered to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless was an easy choice when deciding which organization to support. Residents were drawn to the core values of the Boulder Shelter, including dignity, stewardship and support.

“Everyone had such a great time. This is the first year we’ve done this, but we intend to continue in the future,” Bennett said. “We have so many residents and staff who wish to support and invest in the community in various ways. This is a great example of the community spirit we foster at Flatirons Terrace.”