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Empty Stocking Fund: Silver Key rides help woman maintain independence

By: Ellie Cole Special to The Gazette
November 28, 2013 Updated: December 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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This is one of a series of stories about the nonprofit agencies that receive money from The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking campaign that runs through the holidays.

 

For 84-year-old Mary Harold, life wouldn't be possible without Silver Key Senior Services.

In 2005, Harold developed atrial fibrosis and had a reaction to general anesthesia in the hospital.

"I came to them (Silver Key) after I died - code blued in the hospital - recovered and came home but couldn't drive," she said. "Someone suggested that Silver Key would be available for transportation. I contacted them, and they have been taking care of me ever since."

According to their website, Silver Key Senior Services helps senior citizens with medical, housing and personal care through its assistance programs and provides transportation.

Harold said that she could no longer live in Colorado Springs if she hadn't discovered Silver Key Senior Services. She moved with her husband to Colorado in June 1989 after retiring from IBM after 27 years. Now, Silver Key takes her to the doctors, the dentist and any other important appointments she has.

"It is an enormously beneficial organization to our city and to new people coming into our town," she said. "I wouldn't have a life without them."

Harold has had to call for emergency help several times.

After she nearly died in the hospital, she later fell on her stairs when she was dehydrated. She was able to hit an alert on her wrist and firefighters came and helped her.

"It has been just a tad scary," she said. "Silver Key is my one and only way."

She said that all she has to do is simply call and make an appointment, and they will show up at her door, take her to her appointments, pick her up after and drive her home.

"Everyone is gracious, concerned and caring," she said. "That is the aura they give out and the message that they send. I can't say enough about their attitude and the gracious manner they exhibit to the people who are users of their transportation. They are an organization well worth supporting and a great asset to the city of Colorado Springs."

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