Our Mission

The Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee, SAGA’s, mission is to improve the lives of older adults by advocating for seniors, caregivers and families through community education, collaboration and identified causes. 

Have a Heart for Seniors!

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SAGA's Members

SAGA’s membership consists of people with a passion for
a growing senior demographic.  Members are:

❖ Area residents

❖ Local businesses

❖ Faith based groups

❖ Civic organizations

 Governmental agencies

❖ Senior focused nonprofits 

Open Your Heart to Honor our Seniors

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Chair Derrick Johnson
Derrick listens to the concerns of those working with seniors.
Derrick listens to the concerns of those working with seniors.

 Throughout the years I have always enjoyed the company, wisdom, and humor of seniors. Their experiences and insights about life are truly enlightening. I have been involved with SAGA for several years. I have been truly blessed to partner with caring and generous individuals and organizations. Together we believe all seniors have tremendous lives to share with the community. I invite you to support the goal of SAGA and open your heart to honor the wonderful lives of our seniors.

What SAGA Does

Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee (SAGA) is a 501 (c)(3) designated nonprofit.  SAGA advocates for older adults and their families through community education, collaboration and identified causes.  SAGA addresses the needs of local seniors by:  

❖ Identifying needs

❖ Adopting causes after assessing needs

❖ Assisting families, neighbors, faith-based and civic organizations

❖ Bringing together local nonprofit and for-profit organizations

❖ Providing useful resource information

❖ Collaborating with organizations to provide or enhance services

❖ Funding programs

When SAGA Meets

SAGA meets from 8:30 am to 10:00 am the first Tuesday of every month except January and July at the Pecos Senior Center. Contact SAGA for more information:

Email: admin@sagaseniors.org
Phone: (480) 270-8276

Where SAGA Meets

SAGA meets the first Tuesday of every month except for January and July from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at:
The Pecos Senior Center is located inside the Pecos Community Center
17010 S 48th St
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Ahwatukee Seniors

Ahwatukee and the Ahwatukee Foothills comprise an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona.  They are the southernmost portion of Phoenix.  The Ahwatukee neighborhood encompasses four zip codes:  85040, 85044, 85045, and 85048.  The nation’s largest city park, South Mountain Park, lies between Phoenix and its village, Ahwatukee.  In the Phoenix metro area, Ahwatukee is considered to be part of the East Valley.  The population of the Ahwatukee neighborhood is approximately 137,539, based on 2000 – 2020 state data.  The Ahwatukee Village’s population comprising zip codes 85044, 85045, and 85048 is approximately 87,425, including 19,703 adults 55+  according to the Statistical Atlas of 2018.  The senior population continues to grow because people have moved to Ahwatukee and stayed.  SAGA also serves seniors, caregivers and families in the surrounding areas of Chandler and Tempe.  

SAGA Connecting Seniors with Resources

Derrick Johnson, First Responder, explains on Phoenix Business Radio how Ahwatukee’s unique characteristics as an urban village has an impact on its older residents.  SAGA addresses this impact through community education, collaborations, and its causes of senior safety, connections, education, and transportation.  

Helping Seniors Since 2011

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SAGA, Inc. Organizational Meeting - 2014 (Pictured L to R) Christine Mahon, Kevin Carpenter, Adam Potash, Annlouise Ferguson, Gregg Powell and Mark Young

On September 21, 2011, a group of seven individuals representing businesses and organizations sharing a passion for seniors converged after an Ahwatukee Connecting to Serve Meeting. The concept of the senior group emerged from a greater movement to make Ahwatukee an even better place to live.  

 Those seven individuals invited colleagues who shared the dream of starting a volunteer organization for the benefit of area seniors.   On October 12, 2011 over 20 people came together for a first meeting at the Ahwatukee Board of Management and dreams became reality.  

 In considering names, the volunteers wanted to make their work about people. They felt a proposed acronym, “SAGA”, would remind them of the importance each senior’s unique life history is to the group’s mission. Thereafter the group of volunteers became known as the Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee, SAGA. SAGA incorporated, was designated as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), and classified as a private foundation.

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