Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2016-17 Statewide Senior Community Center Grants

Philadelphia, PA – Today at the Wilson Park Senior Center in Philadelphia, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Senior Community Center Grants which total $2 million from the Pennsylvania Lottery and will be distributed to 38 centers throughout the commonwealth.

“Senior community centers play a vital role in providing older Pennsylvanians with a safe place to gather, and they offer programs that enable them to stay healthy and remain engaged with their community,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources needed to revitalize and expand the services that enrich the lives of our senior population.”

Senior community centers serve as a gateway for connecting older adults to vital community services. They have a wide variety of offerings that may include: nutritious meal programs; educational opportunities; transportation services; financial and insurance counseling; exercise programs; and social and recreational activities.

There are over 500 senior community centers across the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and these grants are designed to help centers increase participation and provide innovative programs that attract a new generation of older Pennsylvanians.

“It is critically important for senior community centers to be accessible and available to older Pennsylvanians so they can live and age well,” Osborne said. “These grants ensure that our seniors will continue to benefit from programs and services that promote active community engagement and enjoyment of life.”

“We thank Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for this generous grant. The funds assist senior centers to help them to stay active, in touch, and healthy in many ways,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “A thoughtful investment in seniors such as this pays long term dividends to the community.”

“The senior center grant provides a valuable resource to help centers maintain safe and accessible buildings,” said Holly Lange President and CEO of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. “It also provides opportunities for innovative and creative programming to attract and serve multiple generations of older adults. PCA appreciates Governor Wolf announcing that these grants will be continued in the proposed budget.

For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov

Below is the list of the Senior Community Center awardees and grant amounts:

Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh, Inc. – Stephen Foster Allegheny $70,000
Plum Senior Community Center Allegheny $15,000
Kittanning Senior Community Center Armstrong $107,160
Hyndman Senior Center, Inc. Bedford $82,420
Berks Encore Berks $150,000
Neshaminy Activity Center Bucks $54,029
Pennridge Community Center Bucks $50,084
Snow Shoe Senior Resource Center Centre $39,450
Bloomsburg Senior Center Columbia $40,450
Jewish Community Center Senior Club of Harrisburg Dauphin $57,387
GECAC Erie West Senior Center Erie $15,960
John F Kennedy Senior Center Erie $129,239
Bullskin Township Senior Citizens Inc. Fayette $36,076
Mountain Citizens Action Group Inc. Fayette $100,169
Chestnut Hills Social Center Indiana $11,625
Mid Valley Active Older Adult Community Center Lackawanna $69,070
Spanish American Civic Association – Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center Lancaster $23,500
Lincoln Street Center for Healthy Aging Lycoming $41,856
Lewistown Senior Center Mifflin $34,652
Encore Experiences Montgomery $150,000
Bethlehem Old York Road Senior Center Northampton $125,000
Lutheran Settlement House Senior Center Philadelphia $46,945
On Lok Social Service Center for Seniors Philadelphia $5,000
Philadelphia Housing Authority – Wilson Park Senior Community Center Philadelphia $22,280
West Philadelphia Senior Community Center Philadelphia $19,053
Oswayo Valley Senior Center Potter $20,327
Beaver Springs Senior Center Snyder $40,451
Conemaugh Township Senior Center Somerset $76,573
Meyersdale Senior Community Center Somerset $75,351
Somerset Senior Community Center Somerset $35,940
Wellsboro Senior Center Tioga $5,610
Cranberry Place Venango $6,670
Hamlin Center Wayne $75,056
Latrobe Center for Active Adults Westmoreland $76,717
Falls Active Adult Center Wyoming $48,692
White Rose Senior Center York $8,565
Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc. York $18,669
Yorktown Senior Center York $14,975

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