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Senior Centers


 
SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTERS RECEIVING GRANTS FROM THE 2013-14 STATE BUDGET
 
 
 
Senior Community Center  Amount County Description
Allegheny Community Center $74,094.00 Warren Allegheny Community Center (ACC), located at 42 Clark St. in Warren, was awarded $74,094 to enhance the Walkable Warren program, including establishing a pedestrian/pedacycle path to aid in health and wellness. The project should also help boost economic growth for the City of Warren. The grant will also fund ACC’s continued involvement in Coming of Age, an initiative to help increase 50+ civic engagement by maximizing the skills, talents, and passions of people 50+. Both projects will help local seniors to remain in better health and better connected to their local communities. The ACC (formerly known as the Warren Senior Center) has a long and rich history of providing services to the senior community since the 1960s.
Bellefonte Senior Center $13,317.00 Centre Bellefonte Senior Center, located at 203 N. Spring St., was awarded $13,317 to launch the Bellefonte Center Adventure Club, a recreational and social club based out of the center’s current home at First Presbyterian Church. The club will take full advantage of the beauty of state parks in Centre County, offering kayaking, fishing, bird watching and hiking. The grant will help help local seniors continue to pursue a well-balanced and active lifestyle.
Berks Encore Reading $70,216.00  Berks  Berks Encore Reading, located at 40 N. Ninth Street in Reading, was awarded $70,216 to renovate the kitchen that will serve as the single largest meal packing and congregate program for Berks County Meals on Wheels. The renovations will allow the center to provide approximately 350 meals a day for Berks County seniors. Berks Encore, known as the Berks County Senior Citizen’s Council until 2008, was built in 1975 and was the first center in the state dedicated to serving seniors. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Reading residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
The Center at at Spring Street in Boyertown $84,723.00  Berks  The Center at Spring Street in Boyertown (Boyertown Area Multi-Service Inc.), located at 301 West Spring St., was awarded $84,723 to purchase an industrial dishwasher and recarpet a portion of the facility. Since 1987, the center has been located next to the YMCA and has provided the senior community with recreation, social activities and volunteer opportunities. The center also offers a case management assistance including information on Medicare Part D, PACE, tax assistance, healthcare and medical insurance as well as resources for rent, fuel and food requests. The center serves between 120 and 160 seniors per day and provides more than 100 daily meals to Meal on Wheels recipients. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Boyertown residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Casa Guadalupe Center $111,058.00 Lehigh Casa Guadalupe Center, located at 218 N. Second St. in Allentown’s 1st and 6th Wards, was awarded $111,058 to undertake extensive facility renovations. In its 45th year of existence, the center provides approximately 12,000 warm meals and  provides 9,000 hours of recreational, educational activities, and other social services per year. The staff is bilingual and reflects a wide range of specialties and services, including a regular menu that is approved by a licensed nutritionist. Providing community resources such as those funded by the grant will better equip local seniors to live and age well – key requirements to allowing seniors the freedom to age in place in a setting of their choice.
Windber Senior Center (Center for Life) $58,619.00 Somerset Windber Senior Center, located at 700 Fifth Street in Windber, was awarded $58,619 to renovate the facility with new flooring, bathrooms and design enhancements including signs to help advertise the center and its relationship with Windber Medical Center. Every year, the center estimates that it serves approximately 450 participants. Estimates indicate this figure could swell by 30 percent as result of the upgrades. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Windber residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Center in the Park $120,425.00 Philadelphia Center in the Park, located at 5818 Germantown Ave. in Northwest Philadelphia’s historic Vernon Park, was awarded $120,425 to undertake an Aging Mastery Program. As one of five senior centers in the nation to be chosen by the National Council on Aging for the program, Center in the Park will eventually mentor other area senior centers on the 16-week program, which is designed to enhance seniors' health quality by focusing on lifestyle changes and chronic disease management. Every year, CIP offers more than 100 activities and serves nearly 23,000 meals to area residents. The grant will allow local seniors to continue to hone their skills and talents in the pursuit of a well-balanced and fulfilling life.
Elderton Senior Community Center $10,815.00 Armstrong Elderton Senior Community Center, located at 11329 US Route 422 in Elderton, was awarded $10,815 to bolster the center’s technological capabilities with internet access, a Wii gaming center and by installing Co-Pilot, a web-based application that uses state-of-the-art touchscreens to streamline data reporting on attendance, meals, exercise programs, transportation, volunteer services and more. The senior center is operated by Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging, which the Pennyslvania Department of Aging has designated as the program and service provider for Armstrong County. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Elderton residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Fairchance Senior Center $62,767.00 Fayette Fairchance Senior Center (Fayette County Community Action Agency), located at 67 W. Church St., was awarded $62,767 to renovate its kitchen areas, which will allow the center to more efficiently cook and serve meals. Fairchance Senior Center, along with three sister senior centers in Fayette County, allow FCCAA to serve approximately 20,000 meals per year to center visitors in addition to approximately 60,000 delivered annual meals through the Meals on Wheels program. Providing community resources such as those funded by the grant will better equip local seniors to live and age well – key requirements to allowing seniors the freedom to age in place in a setting of their choice.
Falls Township Senior Center $100,000.00 Bucks Falls Township Senior Center, located at 282 Trenton Road in Fairless Hills, was awarded $100,000 to perform extensive renovations including replacing and modernizing the floor, roof and reception area. The modernization will enhance the senior center environment to appeal to a wider range of younger seniors, creating a more pleasant atmosphere will encourage people to want to come visit the Center. Center visitors can participate in many activities and programs, such as health and wellness  classes, exercise classes, intergenerational programs with area schools, an on-site library and learning center, social and recreational gatherings, and the more than 40 Meals on Wheels that the center delivers daily area seniors. The Falls Township Senior Citizens Center has been serving the senior population of Falls Township and the Lower Bucks area since in 1978. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Fairless Hills residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Friendship Senior Center $44,326.00 Dauphin Friendship Senior Center, located at 5000 Commons Drive in Harrisburg, was awarded $44,326. The grant will be used to purchase new exercise surfaces for line dancing and aerobic exercise classes, establish a new Seniors Healthy Eating Program under the direction of a local doctor, create a language lab offering instruction in at least three languages, and enhance the center’s website with a “knowledge database” of the estimated 115 skills that members already possess in order to connect them with those seeking to learn new skills. All projects will help local seniors continue to hone their skills and talents in the pursuit of a well-balanced and fulfilling life.
R. Benjamin Wiley Central City Senior Activity Center
Corry Senior Center
Erie West Senior Center
North East Senior Center
Northwestern Senior Center
Tri-Boro Senior Center
Union City Senior Center
$64,365.00 Erie Central City Senior Activity Center (Greater Erie Community Action Committee), located at 823 Peach St. in Erie, was awarded $64,365 to install Co-Pilot, a web-based application that uses state-of-the-art touchscreens to streamline data reporting on attendance, meals, exercise programs, transportation, volunteer services and more. Although Central City Senior Activity Center will serve as the lead installation site, Co-Pilot will also be rolled out to six other area GECAC senior centers in Corry, Erie West, North East, Northwestern, Tri-Boro and Union City. The enhancements will allow more efficient program administration to maximize the number of seniors who can benefit as well as allowing better feedback on seniors' response to the programs. When combined, the seven GECAC senior centers serve more than 1,000 local seniors per year.
Greenville Senior Community Center $83,500.00 Mercer Greenville Senior Community Center, located at 339 E. Jamestown Road, was awarded $83,500 to relocate to a more central location. The grant will also fund renovations at its proposed South Main Street destination including the addition of a kitchen and multipurpose room. The new renovated location will attract more seniors and strengthen the center's financial sustainability as well as improve the health and wellness program offerings.
Hopewell Senior Center
Bricktown Senior Center
Bedford Senior Center
Everett Senior
Juniata Valley Senior Center
Hyndman Senior Center
$50,100.00 Bedford Hopewell Senior Center, located at 305 Mifflin St., was awarded $50,100 to boost its technological capabilities and those of five other senior centers in Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton Counties: Bricktown Senior Center, Bedford Senior Center, Everett Senior Center, Juniata Valley Senior Center and Hyndman Senior Center. The grant will fund the installation of Co-Pilot, a web-based application that uses state-of-the-art touchscreens to streamline data reporting on attendance, meals, exercise programs, transportation, volunteer services and more. With Co-Pilot in place, the center will be able to better serve the seniors in the community, developing more effective and enriching programs.
Indiana Social Center $44,272.00 Indiana Indiana Social Center (Aging Services Inc.), located at 1001 Oak Street, was awarded $44,272 to expand and remodel their facilities. The enhancements will create a more welcoming environment with cosmetic and durability improvements to the outside as well as open up the inside by tearing down several walls to make rooms more conducive to instructional classes. After the renovations, the center expects to serve more than 400 seniors per year with a wide range of programs and services. The improvements will benefit local seniors for years to come by helping them remain in better health and better connected to their local communities.
Klein Active Adult Center in Montgomery County $104,254.00 Montgomery Klein Active Adult Center in Montgomery County, located at 7763 Old York Road in Elkins Park, was awarded $104,254 to create a hub for local senior services. By partnering with local hospitals, non-profits and social service organizations, the center will be able to create a one-stop shop of coordinated senior services. The resulting enhanced care will address holistically the importance of socialization, nutrition and chronic disease self-management empowering local seniors to remain in better health and better connected to their local communities.
Lehigh County Senior Citizens $50,000.00 Lehigh Lehigh County Senior Citizens, located at 1633 W. Elm St. Allentown, was awarded $50,000 to convert existing senior center space to allow new programs, including those focused on exercise and music. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Allentown residents to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Loder Senior Center $27,500.00 Monroe Loder Senior Center, located at 724 Phillips St. in Stroudsburg, was awarded $27,500 to install Co-Pilot, a web-based application that uses state-of-the-art touchscreens to streamline data reporting on attendance, meals, exercise programs, transportation, volunteer services and more. Although Loder Senior Center will serve as the lead installation site, Co-Pilot will also be rolled out to several others including senior centers in Barrett Center, Chestnuthill Center and Pocono Pines Center. The enhancements will allow more efficient program administration to maximize the number of seniors who can benefit and allow better feedback on seniors' response to the programs.
Lutheran Settlement House Senior Center $132,991.00 Philadelphia Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) Senior Center, located at 1340 Frankford Ave. in the Fishtown-Kensington-Port Richmond area  of Philadelphia, was awarded $132,991 to create a teaching kitchen, develop an internet café and enhance volunteer recruitment. Expanding upon the center's popular “Hungry 2 Healthy Initiative” that partners with area foodbanks and growers to deliver a fresh produce-rich diet to seniors in need, the grant will allow LSH to move beyond growing and distributing food to actively engaging seniors and other constituents in educational programming about healthy food choices and how to prepare and preserve fresh, healthy food in a proposed teaching kitchen. The grant will also allow LSH to expand current adult education programs to include an internet café that, with a welcoming atmosphere, coffee and healthy snacks, will teach the senior community to access the internet through their personal devices or those at the center. Finally, the grant will expand upon existing volunteer programs at LSH to recruit future seniors, ages 55-64, to serve in the teaching kitchen, internet café and in other knowledge- and service-based volunteer programs. All three program areas will combine to help ensure local seniors remain in better health and better connected to their local communities. The center estimates that they serve more than 1,400 seniors every year. The center has roots dating back more than a century to when it was a Settlement House Program.
Maple Street Senior Community Center $13,000.00 Lebanon Maple Street Senior Community Center, located at 710 Maple St. in Lebanon, was awarded $13,000. The grant will be used to repair the center’s front entrance and parking lot entrance, which will also help modernize the center’s exterior. The center serves approximately 400 seniors each year in a wide range of programs including yoga, tai-chi, Zumba and line dancing. By funding vibrant and successful senior centers such as MSSCC, more older Pennsylvanians will be able access resources to help maximize their health and well-being for years to come.
Meadville Senior Community Center
Canadohta Senior Center 
Guys Mills Area Senior Center
Lakeland Valley Regional Senior Center
Bricktown Senior Center
$39,968.00 Crawford Meadville Senior Community Center (Active Aging Lifelong Learning Institute with Allegheny College), located at 1034 Park Ave., was awarded $39,968. The grant will fund the creation of a lifelong learning project along with Allegheny College. The center will be the lead center in a five-center collaborative including Lakeland Valley Regional Senior Community Center (Linesville), Canadohta Area Senior Community Center (Union City),  Cambridge Springs Area Senior Community Center and Guys Mills Area Senior Community Center. With more than 40 college-led senior classes being scheduled in the afternoon and evenings, the centers hope to enroll approximately 1,700 seniors annually. Lifelong learning is vital to ensure that local seniors continue to hone their skills and talents in the pursuit of a well-balanced and fulfilling life. The five Active Aging senior centers have partnered with the liberal arts college for approximately 40 years.
Neshaminy Activity Center $91,755.00 Bucks Neshaminy Activity Center, located at 1842 Brownsville Road in Trevose, was awarded $91,755 to perform extensive renovations including installing a new heating and air conditioning system. The grant will also fund a modernization of the center’s kitchen, which serves the approximately 250 members and also provides Meals on Wheels to nearby residents. Because of the renovations, the center will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering Trevose residents to remain remain in better health and better connected to their local communities.
Newport Senior Citizens $8,489.00 Perry Newport Senior Citizens, located at 2 N. Second St., was awarded $8,489 to install Co-Pilot, a web-based application that uses state-of-the-art touchscreens to streamline data reporting on attendance, meals, exercise programs, transportation, volunteer services and more. The enhancements will allow more efficient program administration to maximize the number of seniors who can benefit and allow better feedback on seniors' response to the programs.
Northern Cambria Senior Center $86,640.00 Cambria Northern Cambria Senior Center, located at 908 Tracy Drive, was awarded $86,640. The grant will be used to expand the center’s parking lot. By greatly expanding the current parking lot, the center will be able to serve more seniors and offer new programs including classes in healthy cooking, senior fitness, finance management, senior technology, scam prevention and crafts. Lifelong learning is vital to ensure that local seniors continue to hone their skills and talents in the pursuit of a well-balanced and fulfilling life.
Pennridge Community Center $35,108.00 Bucks Pennridge Community Center, located at 146 East Main St. in Perkasie, was awarded $35,108. The grant will fund computer upgrades and additional senior classes in computer literacy and nutrition. The center, which already serves nearly 700 members, anticipates being able to attract new members – particularly in the growing demographic of younger seniors. The computer classes will be taught by professional and volunteer educators and technology experts. Nutritional classes include a nine-session program called "Growing Stronger/Strong Women," which is offered in partnership with Penn State University Extension, in addition to a more general course on nutrition. Encouraging seniors to be lifelong learners helps them stay vibrant and better connected to their local communities.
Red Lion Area Senior Center $105,272.00 York Red Lion Area Senior Center (RLASC), located at 20 Gotham Place, was awarded $105,272 to renovate the facility and create new program space to accommodate a computer lab, counseling rooms and meal services. The planned enhancements are the result of a 2013 survey conducted by RLASC that showed local seniors overwhelmingly valued the center’s existing nutritional program for both the health benefits and the social opportunities it creates. By providing community resources such as those proposed by RLASC, local seniors will have the opportunity to remain in better health and better connected to their communities – both key requirements to allowing seniors to age in place in a setting of their choice.
Schuylkill Haven Senior Community Center $41,349.00 Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven Senior Community Center, located at Main and Dock streets at the rear of the church, was awarded $41,349. The grant will be used to relocate center and renovate its future home, including the addition of a commercial kitchen technology center, as well as to enhance current wellness programs. Once the new kitchen is up and running, the center anticipates being able to serve additional seniors with meal services including the harvest from a proposed garden at the new site. Providing community resources such as those proposed will enable local seniors to remain in better health and better connected to their communities – both key requirements to allowing seniors to age in place in a setting of their choice.
Chester Senior Center $35,000.00 Delaware Chester Senior Center (Senior Community Services), located at 600 Swarthmore Ave. in Folsom, was awarded $35,000 to replace flooring at the center.  In all, the center estimates that more than 1,700 seniors will benefit from the renovations. Because of the renovations, SCS Chester will remain as a focal point in the community for health and wellness activities, empowering the residents of Folsom to remain in their communities where they can age and live well.
Shippensburg Senior Center $112,381.00 Cumberland Shippensburg Senior Center (Messiah Lifeways), located at 47 E. King St., was awarded $112,381. The grant will be used to relocate the center and renovate the proposed new location, which is on South Fayette Street in the borough. The center already serves nearly 300 local seniors per year and anticipates that number to grow once it obtains a new, more permanent location. Providing community resources such as those at the new proposed location will enable local seniors to remain in better health and better connected to their communities – both key requirements to allowing seniors to age in place in a setting of their choice.
The RiverWalk Center $112,500.00 Lycoming The RiverWalk Center (STEP Inc.), located at 423 East Central St. in South Williamsport, was awarded $112,500. The funds will be used to relocate the center to a larger and now-vacant building in the borough as well as to renovate it and create additional recreational opportunities including a better connection to the Susquehanna Riverwalk. Funding projects such as the one proposed by STEP Inc. empowers Pennsylvania seniors to remain in better health and better connected to their local communities. Center officials estimate that they can serve nearly 300 seniors per year after relocating and renovating.
Southern Blair Senior Center $2,500.00 Blair Southern Blair Senior Center, located at 15229 Dunnings Highway in East Freedom, was awarded $2,500 to establish a community garden, which will be hosted by the Southern Blair Senior Center’s neighbor Thorough, Inc. on two donated acres on the former East Freedom Elementary School. The produce grown at the community garden will be used to promote healthy eating habits as well as in cooking classes at the senior center. The produce  will also be available to the food pantry operated by Through, Inc., which was founded in November of 2008 alongside a free medical clinic and counseling services. Gardening provides older adults moderate exercise that improves strength, mobility and fine motor skills.  The community garden will include elevated gardening spaces that eliminate the need to stoop and bend, making gardening easier for those with limited mobility.  In addition to improving the physical fitness of older adults, gardening improves mental health.
Sunbury Senior Action Center $18,465.00 Northumberland Sunbury Senior Action Center, located at 601 Pennsylvania Ave., was awarded $18,465 to acquire a new furnace and hot water system. The grant will allow for more efficient and affordable heating and improved meal services, which already include nearly 2,000 meals per year. The center also offers more than 4,000 recreational opportunities annually. The enhancements will allow more efficient program administration to maximize the number of seniors who can benefit from community resources.
Tuscarora Senior Activity Center $88,491.00 Franklin Tuscarora Senior Activity Center, located at 11300 Fort Loudon Road in Mercersburg, was awarded $88,491. The funding will be used to expand current program offerings with the addition of evening activities as well as to expand the center’s meal services program. Among the upgrades, the center will create a modern exercise area including treadmills, exercise bikes, stretch bands, dumbbells and exercise mats. The grant will also pay instructors to lead newly proposed exercise classes. Meals services upgrades have the potential to serve double the number of seniors the center currently serves. Giving local seniors more opportunities to be lifelong learners helps them stay vibrant and better connected to their local communities.
Vintage Senior Center $99,941.00 Allegheny Vintage Senior Center, located at 401 N. Highland Ave. in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, was awarded $99,941 to renovate a large meeting room, allowing the center to provide additional health and wellness activities to its growing membership. In applying for the grant, Vintage listed nearly 20 weekly activities that will be available including aerobics, yoga, soul line dancing and tai chi as well as instructional classes focused on computers, crafts, drama and more. Vintage estimates that approximately 120 older adults visit the senior center on the average day. The grant will help local seniors continue to hone their skills and talents in the pursuit of a well-balanced and fulfilling life.
West Chester Area Senior Center
Coatesville Area Senior Center
Kennett Area Senior Center
Phoenixville Area Senior Center
Downingtown Area Senior Center
Oxford Area Senior Center
$69,658.00 Chester West Chester Area Senior Center (Chester County Senior Center Collaborative), located at 530 E. Union St., was awarded $69,658 to develop a series of workshops for baby boomers on lifestyle planning for the senior years. The new programs will explain common issues facing seniors such as long-term care options and estate planning. Some of the workshops will also be available online, which the grant will also help fund. Giving local seniors more opportunities to be lifelong learners helps them stay vibrant and better connected to their local communities.
West Side Senior Center $105,500.00 Lackawanna West Side Senior Center (United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania), located at 1004 Jackson St. in Scranton, was awarded $105,500 to modernize their fitness area, extend the hours that programs are available and establish additional on-site health resources. The fitness area will be expanded to include large dance and fitness studio, an exercise room with new gym equipment. Also covered by the grant, program hours will be extended in response to a 2014 survey of members, which indicated demand was growing for afternoon/evening classes on topics such as cooking, gardening, and painting. Lastly, the grant will fund an expansion of UNC’s Community Health program, which offers preventative health resources such as chronic disease self-management programs. As a result of the grant’s educational and health programs, local seniors will be better equipped to remain to age in place in a setting of their choice.
 
 
 

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