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There is a lot going on at Kavod! Check out our local news features, awards and other recognitions. Many feature our residents, programs or campus innovations.

2019 Winners – LeadingAge- Robert Wood Johnson Health Equity Award

G. Sanders with M. Klein
Posing for the camera at the Walk for Israel.

Michael Klein and Gabriel Sanders were chosen as the winners of the highly competitive 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – LeadingAge Health Equity Award. This award recognizes individuals who successfully implement a systems change approach to reduce health disparities regarding access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, or public safety. 

Klein and Sanders were selected for successfully decreasing social isolation and increasing mental stimulation in older adults with Kavod on the Road and Kavod in the City. Kavod on the Road engages 900+ older adults in the greater Denver area with social-emotional, educational and informational programs at partnering synagogues and other community agencies.  Kavod in the City provides programs centered on health, wellness and cultural diversity to 150 low-income seniors living in three specific senior sites with the Denver Housing Authority; this component is funded by the NextFifty Initiative. Klein is Kavod’s President/CEO and Sanders serves as the Outreach Coordinator.

“It is very humbling to receive this award,” said Klein. “Our approach in helping older adults living on our Kavod campus is the same we extend into the community to those living on their own or with the Denver Housing Authority.”

“Older adults are often marginalized or overlooked in our society,” said Sanders. “We are glad to provide services for this population to increase health outcomes and decrease obvious discrepancies.”

Specifically, the RWJF-LeadingAge Award distinguishes individuals who work hard to successfully to ensure that older adults, no matter their location or their socioeconomic background, have equal access to services, supports, and opportunities that will help them lead healthy lives and achieve overall well-being.  The Awards for Health Equity are part of RJWF’s efforts to build a national Culture of Health that improves lives and reduces health disparities by improving public safety, employment, housing and education systems. 

Klein and Sanders have been invited to the LeadingAge conference in San Diego to accept their award in October; each will receive a $1,500 prize that will be donated back to the organization. Klein, as Kavod’s President and CEO, will also be flown to the RWJF headquarters in New Jersey in December to meet the funders, share ideas with other Culture of Health award winners and collaborate on health improvement efforts. ble 5;\ls

Trailblazers, Artists, Psychologists, and Athletes: These are the People We Serve (Featured in LeadingAge Magazine)

July 12, 2019 | Breaking through barriers has been the life story of Clothilde “Clo” Sydnor, one of the vibrant residents at Kavod Senior Life.

When her family moved to Colorado, Sydnor was the first woman and person of color to operate heavy machinery at the company where she worked, building notable Colorado landmarks. She was also the first woman to join the union and even drove semi-trucks. While working, Sydnor not only raised her own 4 children but served as a foster mom to 36 additional youths. Read more.

Kavod Residents Interviewed at the 9News Health Fair about the Senior Companion Program

May 31, 2019. Kavod residents, pictured in the middle, were interviewed at the 9News Health Fair by Spark the Change about their Senior Companion Program. While both residents participate in the program–one as a companion and the other as a client–they have equally benefited, formed a friendship and enjoy similar activities. Watch the live stream on Facebook.

Kavod Senior Life Wins 2019 Top Workplaces Award

Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) has been recognized with a 2019 Top Workplaces Award by The Denver Post. This annual contest measures employee satisfaction and results in a list of 100 of the state’s top workplaces for the calendar year. Read more.

Kavod Senior Life Receives 2019 Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS)

Apr. 2, 2019. Kavod President/CEO, Michael Klein accepts the 2019 Jewish Programming Award at the AJAS Conference in La Jolla, CA. The award recognizes Jewish programs developed and implemented by AJAS organizations that are innovative, creative and specifically designed to enhance the spiritual well-being of the older adults they serve. Kavod Senior Life was one of 6 winners for its intergenerational programming as part of the LinkAGES Colorado initiative. Read more.

Kavod on the Road Featured in March AJAS Newsletter

Kavod Senior Life Reaches Out . Kavod Senior Life launched an outreach program into the community nine years ago that has grown leaps and bounds; today it reaches nearly double the number of individuals off site than those living at Kavod. Read more.

Kavod Senior Life Awarded A Grant from Rose Community Foundation

Feb. 25, 2019. Kavod was granted $68,000 to purchase exercise equipment to benefit the nearly 70 percent of their residents with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

The grant will also enable Kavod to replace the doorknobs on campus apartments with door levers to ease the pain of knob-turning for residents with arthritic joints.

Kavod Senior Life Wii Bowlers Featured on Daily Blast Live

Feb. 15, 2019. Kavod Senior Life Wii Bowlers were featured on KUSA Channel 9’s program Daily Blast Live Healthy Living Segment. Watch our champion bowlers take on host Brandon London and teach him a thing or two about technique.

2019 Eagle Awards Nominee

Kavod Senior Life Nominated for 2019 Eagle Award!

Feb. 8, 2019. Kavod Senior Life has been nominated for a prestigious 2019 Eagle Award! Established in 1990, the Eagle Award represents one of the highest achievements in the Colorado housing community – celebrating extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding leadership in housing and support services.

The awards honor the individuals and collaborative projects that soar to new heights in their work to ensure safe, decent, affordable housing for all Coloradans.