Meet Towers Resident Lorraine Anderson

Lorraine is spending her retirement giving back to others generously donating her time and talents to fellow residents and the greater Boulder community.

Lorraine was born in South Africa and was the Office Administrator for the South African National Council for the Deaf for 28 years. A friend who was also a Catholic priest held services for deaf parishioners and referred Lorraine to the job. She started out very part-time but enjoyed the work so much she ended up running the entire office, handling all correspondence, and managing five social workers full-time until her daughter living in the United States convinced her to move.

Lorraine and her daughter relocated to South Dakota and for 25 years. She did not slow down, continuing to work into her 80s until a friend convinced her to actually retire. Her daughter agreed and they moved to Colorado. She chose The Towers at Golden West for the security and services it offered.

Lorraine may be retired but she still stays very busy, tirelessly knitting hats to donate to area homeless shelters and to the cancer ward of a local hospital. Last year alone she knit 300 hats!

“In all the time I have lived here I have never had to buy one skein of yarn. Residents donate any leftover yarn they have from their knitting projects. This is such a wonderful community,” Lorraine said.

Lorraine also serves as a Towers floor representative and volunteers with Cultivate, an organization that packages and hauls grocery orders placed by residents from a local King Soopers to Golden West. Weekly, Lorraine, and another volunteer meet the delivery drivers and unload around 65 bags and deliver them to residents throughout the Towers community.

When she is not volunteering, Lorraine stays active by walking a lot and she enjoys going to community fitness classes four days a week. She is also an avid reader and makes frequent use of the resident library saying it has a good selection of books, including her favorite author, Michael Connelly.