Silver Key Senior Services Acquires Another Organization in El Paso County, Holds Free Senior Expo Wednesday | The gallery

MONUMENT • In pursuit of its goal of becoming the go-to organization for seniors in the Pikes Peak area, Silver Key Senior Services has acquired a smaller non-profit organization in Monument.

Silver Key has legally merged with the Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance, said Derek Wilson, chief strategy officer of Silver Key.

The alliance will continue operations under its new name, Silver Key at the Tri-Lakes Senior Center, and is preparing to move to a larger building across town.

“I think we can be stronger together,” Wilson said.

The idea for a merger arose by chance last year, when Wilson learned that Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance had begun raising funds for a new building.

Leaders of the two high-level organizations discussed goals, wants and needs as they considered what the combined effort might look like, he said, and decided it was something to pursue.

“Silver Key is looking to establish itself as the one-stop-shop for all things senior-related in every neighborhood in the area,” Wilson said. “It strengthens our position in providing much-needed services across the region.”

Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance struggles with cramped quarters in a modular building in the Lewis-Palmer High School parking lot, said Penny Hauser, vice chair of the organization’s board of trustees.

“We’re all excited because we’re getting a bigger space, which means more services, more activities, more classes,” she said Monday. “Silver Key doesn’t want to change anything; they just want to help us.

Hundreds of seniors from Monument, Palmer Lake, Woodmoor, Gleneagle and other areas in northern El Paso County use the Monument Senior Center and its programs each month, Wilson said.

These will stay and grow, he said.

Before the pandemic, in November 2019, the center was overcapacity, with 300 unique visitors and 450 total visitors per month, officials said at the Monument’s board, which funded 17% of the organization’s budget. Monthly unique visitors are expected to double by 2025.

The organization is financially strong, Wilson said.

The alliance board of directors overseeing the organization will become an advisory board to the Silver Key board of directors once the merger is complete.

The merger will be a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s senior exhibit that Silver Key is presenting.

The event will take place Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, in the Summit Ballroom.

It is free and open to everyone. Registration is requested at silverkey.org.

More than 80 vendors will have booths and seniors will be able to participate in health screenings, speaker sessions, raffles, giveaways, refreshments and information throughout the day.

Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance was established in 1996 as the Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership and became the alliance in 2002. Volunteers primarily run the organization, which also provides meals for seniors.

About 25 elderly people were at the senior center on Monday afternoon. Some concentrated on chess games, others played cards. Several people participated in an exercise class and a group was in a meeting. There is a clothing bank, free pantry, lending library, potlucks, food drive, and other programs.

Some items, including shelves of puzzles, are being packed for the move across town to Grace Best Education Center, a former school building that Lewis-Palmer School District 38 also owns and is now home to a cluster of homeschoolers. , the district science center and a special needs program.

Tailored renovations to the senior center are underway, Wilson said.

Silver Key will add 52 years of experience working with older adults in El Paso County on a larger scale to the table and bring tools for fundraising, grant writing, management, technology and development. other tools to help the program at Monument grow, Wilson said.

“There’s so much to capitalize on,” he said. “It’s a real win-win-win.”

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