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Cultivate Safety Net Services

Cultivate Safety Net Services

Status: Ongoing


Boulder County United States of America
Print this page City population: 80015% over 60Practice started in 2018


Boulder County is facing a boom in its aging population. According to the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (BCAAA), Boulder County’s population is aging at one of the fastest rates in Colorado. With the senior population aging exponentially faster than younger populations, Boulder County struggles to meet seniors’ needs for nutrition, transportation, and engagement with the community.

Our ongoing Safety Net Services fill these gaps by annually providing an average of 13,500 direct services. Ninety-five percent of seniors who provided income documentation and are enrolled in Cultivate’s services live near or below the poverty level. Our direct services provide them with free access to: 1) healthcare, through escorted rides to and from medical appointments; 2) nutrition, through the shopping and delivery of grocery orders; and 3) safety, through grab bar installation, simple home repairs, and seasonal yard and snow cleanup services.

Our services are informed by the biennial Age Well report released by BCAAA. The Age Well report includes current information regarding demographics (the highest rate of growth in the senior population is those individuals age 80+), best practices in aging services, gaps in services, and recommendations from the aging community. We engage in continuous conversation with stakeholders including the individuals we serve, program volunteers, professionals in the field, and our organization’s funders while evaluating the effectiveness and necessity of our programs. We will continue to seek effective partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, corporations, and community organizations to expand our outreach without stretching our staff resources beyond capacity.

In 2017, 85% of our clients reported feeling a greater sense of independence and social support as a result of our programs and volunteers. Cultivate’s goal is to increase our overall client base by 10% each year while maintaining these satisfaction levels and expanding our demographic and geographic reach.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Sector(s): Health, Information and communication, Other, Transportation

Other sector(s): Nutrition, Safety, Community Engagement

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Ageing in place
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Britt, Chrysti

Email address:

Preferred language(s): English

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