John Zabawa to retire after decades of service to seniors

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Date: January 31, 2017

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After more than 35 years of serving and advocating for seniors in Colorado, John Zabawa, Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) President & CEO, announced his retirement today.

“It was a difficult decision to make,” said Zabawa. “When you do what you love, and derive such fulfillment in helping others, it does not seem like work.”  Zabawa plans to retire at the end of July, 2017.

SRC provides an array of individualized services to seniors and caregivers. Its mission is clear: To help seniors stay in their homes as long as possible.

“As people age, they prefer to live at home,” said Zabawa “They are happier and healthier and it’s much less expensive for families and society than assisted living facilities or nursing home care.”

For over 35 years, Zabawa has grown SRC to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population. From its simple beginning in 1978, SRC now has an operating budget of $10.3 million. With its headquarters in Wheat Ridge, SRC has locations in Evergreen, Littleton and Lakewood and its service area now spans 10 metro area counties including the foothills. SRC services include transportation, adult day and respite, in home care, volunteer services and care management.

For many seniors, SRC services are what allow them to stay in their homes. “SRC has helped tens of thousands of seniors and eased the burden for so many caregivers,” said Deborah Brackney, Chair of SRC’s Board of Directors. “John has brought together so many people and partners to make SRC’s mission successful – clients, other organizations, funders, elected officials and staff.”

The SRC Board has formed a CEO Search Committee comprised of board members and community leaders.  Once a candidate has been hired, SRC’s Board of Directors will introduce the new President/CEO to the community.

In honor of John’s lifetime commitment to seniors, the SRC Board has established The John Zabawa Legacy Fund Campaign through Community First Foundation to help secure SRC’s future.

“John’s steadfast and focused leadership of Seniors’ Resource Center has helped thousands of older adults remain independent with dignity and quality of life,” said Marla Williams, President and CEO, Community First Foundation. “Gifts to the John Zabawa Legacy Campaign not only honor John and his good work, but also ensure that our growing senior population will continue to receive person-centered care and quality services for years to come.”

The John Zabawa Legacy Fund Campaign begins February 1 and runs through June 1, 2017.

“We are fortunate to be able to work with John over the next six months to ensure a smooth transition,” said Brackney. “Be assured that all of us at SRC will continue to fulfill our mission and the growing needs of our clients and their families,” said Brackney. “The organization is expanding services and establishing partnerships with community organizations to ensure that as a community, we can provide the solutions needed to make it possible for everyone to age with dignity.”

As for Zabawa’s future plans, “We have a great Board of Directors and we work closely with many community partners to serve our seniors. SRC’s Mission is in very good hands.” Zabawa adds, “I will remain involved and will continue to support SRC, but there are also some adventures that I look forward to exploring with my family during this next chapter of my life.”

About Seniors’ Resource Center

Seniors’ Resource Center is a non-profit community partner providing coordinated services to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life for older adults. Seniors’ Resource Center works to help older adults through services, advocacy and leadership to meet the needs of the community and enable individuals to age in the place they call home. www.SRCaging.org