Connections Café

Connections Café

Westside Community Center (WCC) is proud to partner with Silver Key Connections Café to provide meals for our neighbors.

Effective June 1, 2021 the Connections Cafe at Westside Community Center will reopen for in-person dining.

Anyone 60 years of age or older. The spouse of an eligible diner is also eligible. Disabled persons under 60 years of age who reside in housing facilities occupied primarily by older adults and at which congregate nutrition services are provided.

Diners are asked to make reservations approximately 1 week prior to dining.

How to request meals:

  1. In person with the Café Staff at WCC 
  2. Call Silver Key (719) 884-2300 
  3. Go on the Connections Café website, and make a reservation for the following week. Select WCC as your pick up location.

Please Note:   

If you are a “first timer” at Connections Café, you will need to complete a short assessment form. Assessments are a necessary tool used to help Silver Key support the Community Center Programs throughout the El Paso County Region.  The staff at WCC Connections Cafe will provide you with the Assessment Form.  If you have questions or concerns concerning the privacy or use of your personal information please contact the Silver Key Silver Line at (719) 884-2300.


Cost: A suggested donation for eligible diners is $3.50 per meal; the WCC Café staff have an “Orange Box” for your meal donations.

Cash is accepted as are checks, payable to Silver Key Connection Café.

While a donation is requested, no eligible person is denied a meal because of the inability to give.

Silver Key gratefully appreciates your donation!

Westside Community Center

1628 W. Bijou Street     Colorado Springs CO 80904

(719) 385-7920

PLEASE NOTE: Changes have been made regarding Connection Cafe’s “Grab and Go” meals. Clients will receive 5 frozen meals for the week; Meals at this time must be requested in advance for the following week!

Connections Café, Age 60+

Silver Key  719-884-2300.

Silver Key Connections Café provides hot, nutritious meals in a social setting to eligible diners, promoting good health and offering the opportunity to enjoy friendship with others. Connections Café meal sites are located throughout the community and reservations are required. Diners receive nutritional information and education as well. Funding for this service is partially provided by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/Area Agency on Aging.

Anyone 60 years of age or older. The spouse of an eligible diner is also eligible. Disabled persons under 60 years of age who reside in housing facilities occupied primarily by older adults and at which congregate nutrition services are provided are eligible.

A suggested donation for eligible diners is $2.25, but no eligible person is denied a meal because of inability to give. The guest fee for a non-eligible diner is $7.50. Reservations are required.

Colorado Springs area, please call Silver Key at 719-884-2300.
Fountain Valley area, contact Fountain Valley Senior Services at 719-520-6472.

Phone: 719-884-2300 for reservations by 2 pm the day prior to dining.

Connections Cafe Information

Silver Key  719-884-2300.

For information regarding
Connections Café closures
during inclement weather,
call 719 884-2300,
watch KKTV news or
visit the KKTV web site



Our mission is to ensure that African-Americans are included as an integral part of the history of the Pikes Peak Region and our nation. Our goals are to instill a sense of pride in the youth and to expose the broader community to the culture and contributions of black people. Our objectives are to promote interest in African-American genealogy and to encourage the study of Black History, accumulate and preserve African-American genealogical materials, assist members with their research and to acquire and share African-American historical and genealogical information.


In September 1981, the Negro Historical Association of Colorado Springs (NHACS) was founded. Its first anniversary celebration was held in February 1982. The co-founders were Charlotte Banks Collins, John McDonald, Erna May Marshall McDonald, Lonnie Seymour Sr., Vivian Seymour, Lucius Washington, Genolda Vaughan Jones, Leonard Pollard and Lu Lu Stroud Pollard, Samuel Hunter, Jr., Minnie Ray Lane Hunter, Shirlee McFarland Darden, Andrew Darden, Eula Banks Andrews.

In 1997, Candice McKnight was invited to a family reunion and it sparked her interest in genealogy. Her first mentor was Will DeBoer, Sexton of Evergreen Cemetery. He directed her to the right places and people to see. On November 20, 1999, Candice met with five of the most knowledgeable genealogists, librarians, and historians in Colorado. They were: Katie Brown Bennett, genealogist and author of five family history books, Mary Davis, librarian historian and genealogist, Bonnie Yorganson, certified genealogist and director of the Latter Day Saints Library at The Family History Center, Betty Johnson, certified genealogist and John Palmer, author and genealogist.

These experts gave Candice a list of beginning genealogy classes specifically geared toward African-American genealogy to help get her started.

Candice sought out instructors to teach these classes from the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society, the Penrose Public Library, the Family History Center and volunteers from the community and all over the state. In 2000, Candice founded The African-American Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs (AAGSCS). In 2003, when Lu Lu Stroud Pollard became ill she asked Candice to take over NHACS. Something stirred within Candice’s heart and in spite of some objections, she promised Lu Lu that she could not let history die.

In light of the fact that the NHACS and the AAGSCS had many similarities, including many of the same members, it was decided that it would be best to bring both groups together. In 2005, NHACS and AAGSCS created a new board and re-named the new organization the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs (AAHGSCS), incorporating the names of both groups.  AAHGSCS has set up historical and genealogical booths for various events networking with countless organizations. In addition to this, members have given presentations, workshops, receptions and have sent newsletters all over the U.S.