Touchstone Energy Community Award
SACs Enrichment Center
Winner of ECE Touchstone Energy Community Award
Recognizing the outreach and innovation behind a growing success story, ECE recently named the SACs Enrichment Center in Cambridge, MN its 2016 Touchstone Energy® Community Award winner.
The Friendship Café in the City Center Mall is the welcome mat to SACs, a vibrant community that is blossoming by the day. Through carefully nurtured partnerships with local government, business and non-profits, the center is becoming the hub for Isanti County seniors across the age spectrum.
The Isanti County Commission on Aging (ICCOA), a mostly volunteer group of trailblazers with a passion to serve, provides the energy and ideas that fuel the SACs mission. “It’s like food for the soul,” said Mary Sarault, chairman of the ICCOA Board of Directors, when asked to describe SACs. “It’s people visiting, enjoying activities and making connections, plus they’re able to get home-cooked, nutritious meals at an affordable price.”
Housed for decades in an old parsonage that had little parking and was badly in need of repairs, the senior center was facing closure when the City of Cambridge offered space in the mall. The move occurred in July 2014, and the Friendship Café opened that August. This fall, nearly 1,000 people were being served each month.
“Our goal was to have a sustainable business that would help keep the senior center going,” Sarault said. They’re delighted to see it become so much more.
“It’s kind of like a family,” said board member Jeannie Winselman. “Last year one of the waitresses here gave a winter coat to one of the fellows who comes in sometimes. We notice if they have a need and we take care of them.”
To learn more about SACs Enrichment Center, visit their website, sacsmn.org.
ECE presents the Touchstone Energy Community Award annually to an organization that is making a difference in its community. As the local winner, SACs Enrichment Center will receive a $500 cash award, a plaque and will be entered in competition for the statewide Touchstone Energy Community Award.