Benefits in Action was founded by Kim Powers, Jane Barnes and Debbie Showalter in 2015. From previous work in the nonprofit arena focusing on low-income older adults, we realized that, even with all current nonprofits and organizations in Colorado that serve this population, there are still many Coloradans that are in need of benefit assistance.
The founders applied and were accepted for fiscal sponsorship by the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) in November 2015. Additionally, Benefits in Action was accepted as a Certified Application Assistance Site (CAAS) in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Jefferson and Broomfield Counties, as a SHIP (Medicare) Site for Adams, Denver, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Otero, Prowers, Kiowa, Baca, Bent, and Crowley counties, and as a Consumer Assistance Center for Connect for Health Colorado. These are key steps for the long-term success of the organization.
Benefits in Action has grown exponentially since our opening in November of 2015. In 2019, Benefits in Action served more than 2800 individuals by providing navigation and application assistance for Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Connect for Health Colorado, and more. Additionally, we launched N’ Balance, an evidence informed program designed to reduce the fear and risk of falling. We piloted The Academy, a leadership program for older adults designed to discover solutions to gaps in community services.
Benefits in Action works together with other community organizations to form collaborative groups. These groups include Mental Health is Golden, Jeffco ProBono Mental Health Program, Council to End Hunger in Lakewood, and Jeffco Food for Life.