Ken Schwartz is in the spotlight as Santa Clarita Valley’s Unsung Hero. Schwartz has lived in Saugus since 1990 and has given his all into this community through his experience, expertise and heart. Schwartz became visually impaired due to retinitis pigmentosa and was inspired to advocate transportation issues related to seniors and the disabled. He serves on the Advisory Council for the SCV Senior Center.
“As Director of Volunteers at the SCV Senior Center, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many special volunteers. Ken Schwartz is a rare person who stands out even in this elite group,” said Robin Clough, Director of Volunteers and Recreation. “I deeply admire and am even in awe of his extraordinary mind and heart, not to mention his uniquely hilarious sense of humor!
Ken is a JPL retiree, a literal rocket scientist, who elevates heroism to a whole new plane. With his incredible technical expertise and compassion, Ken is a champion for seniors and the disabled. The fact that he is visually impaired has amazingly not been a deterrent. He is dedicated to disaster preparedness and set up ham radio terminals linking the Senior Center and other strategic locations throughout Santa Clarita. He is very involved with transportation issues and his advocacy and ideas have resulted in better service for seniors and the disabled. Moreover, he has served as Chair of the SCV Senior Center Advisory Council and the steering committee for the Visually Impaired Support Services at the Senior Center and at Veteran’s hospitals in Los Angeles. He has also served on the Community Advisory Committee on Access Services for Los Angeles County. Ken has made an enormous impact on the safety and quality of life for seniors, the disabled, and the entire community.”