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!
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
Derrick Johnson, ChairSenior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee
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
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
17010 S 48th St
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Ahwatukee and the Ahwatukee Foothills comprise an urban village of Phoenix, Arizona. 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 is 77,288, including 19,703 adults 55+ according to the Statistical Atlas of 2018. 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
On September 21, 2011, a group of seven individuals representing businesses and organizations sharing a passion for seniors converged after a 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 in 2013 and became tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) in 2015.