Human Services

RALSTON HOUSE

We Care. We Move. We Educate.

aka Ralston Center, Ralston My Way   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.ralstoncenter.org

Mission

Ralston Center's mission is to provide supportive services and programs to older adults in West & Northwest Philadelphia.

Ruling year info

1934

Executive Director

Ms. Lynette Killen

Main address

3615 Chestnut St

Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA

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Formerly known as

Society for Indigent Widows and Single Women

Ralston Network

EIN

23-1387107

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ralston Center, a pioneering advocate for older Philadelphians for more than 200 years, provides supportive services and programs to older adults in West and NW Philadelphia. The problem our organization is seeking to address is how best to support the needs of older adults in our region who want to stay in their communities as they age, in good mental and physical health. In 2019 Ralston Center embarked on an organizational strategic planning process to clarify our mission and ensure our programmatic priorities match our capacity and fit into our larger business model. As a result, Ralston Center has reaffirmed its commitment to Wellness and Home Care. We will continue our focus on Education and Fitness programs for seniors in the Philadelphia region, as well as continue to provide affordable Home Care services for older adults in NW Philadelphia, with a goal of expanding our Home Care Program’s reach to West Philadelphia in 2021.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ralston Wellness

Ralston Wellness provides affordable, high-quality fitness classes for adults aged 55+ including Stretch and Tone, Chair Yoga, Feldenkrais, and Tai Chi. Participating in these programs increases flexibility and balance, reduces discomfort and supports performance of everyday activities. Classes run at Ralston House and at partner community locations in Philadelphia. Ralston provides education programs to empower seniors with the correct information to advocate for themselves, develop healthy behaviors, and cope with the issues and challenges that come with aging. Wellness programs provide socialization and decrease isolation.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$87,019

Ralston My Way is a licensed non-profit home care agency serving anyone 55+ in Northwest Philadelphia, with the mission of helping improve the quality of life for seniors “aging in community.” My Way is a “one-stop-shop”, with caregivers performing a variety of in-home services for members, including home care (assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, respite care), transportation, house cleaning, handyman repairs, yard work, and more. We offer a broad range of services at affordable prices and a place to call when you are not sure who can provide the help you need. If you are actively retired, still working, or spending your time close to home, Ralston My Way can offer services to enhance your quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$948,051

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults engaging in regular physical activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Ralston Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unique attendees to fitness programs held at Ralston House (does not include community partner locations)

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Ralston Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of participants in community education programs in selected year.

Hours of programing delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Ralston My Way

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of home care (including cleaning, organizing, errands, etc.), transportation, and home repair service hours provided in given year.

Number of unique adults served annually with affordable home care, home repair, and transportation services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Ralston My Way

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unique clients served through Ralston My Way

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Ralston Center is aiming to improve the quality of life for those age 55+ in Philadelphia by providing affordable home care, transportation and home repair services through Ralston My Way as well as fitness and education programs through Ralston Wellness. Ralston My Way will achieve it's goals of reaching 1,000 individuals annually by offering the following services: • Non-medical home care focused on activities of daily living (such as dressing, bathing, and mobility) and medication reminders; • Transportation to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and for socialization; • Housekeeping and household services such as yard work, snow shoveling and handyman repairs; • Errands and chores, e.g., meal preparation, grocery shopping, and other household tasks; • Companionship, pet-sitting, and technology assistance. Ralston Wellness will achieve it's goal of reaching 400 seniors with our educational series and 300 seniors with our fitness classes by offering the following programs: • Eight (8) education programs annually which provide older adults with the information they need to to advocate for themselves, develop healthy behaviors, and cope with the issues and challenges that come with aging. • Regular fitness programs including Stretch and Tone, Chair Yoga, Feldenkrais, and Tai Chi at Ralston Center and additional programs at our Community Partner Locations, in order to increase flexibility and balance, reduce discomfort while supporting performance of everyday activities.

Ralston Center is deeply rooted in its community, with a long, storied history in our physical location at 3615 Chestnut Street in University City. We have been a trusted, reliable source of support for older adults in Northwest Philadelphia for over 10 years with our Ralston My Way services in Northwest Philadelphia, centrally located in Mt. Airy on Germantown Ave. Ralston has a reputation as "the neighbor who takes care of everything" for older adults who want to stay connected to their city, socialize with friends, and connect to wellness programs that help them to age in good mental and physical health. We will continue to provide affordable Home Care, Home Repair, and Transportation services for older adults in Northwest Philadelphia, with a goal of expanding our Home Care Program’s reach to West Philadelphia in 2021, while continuing to offer Wellness Programs in West and Northwest Philadelphia.

Ralston Center is supported by a strong Board, a full-time staff of eight employees, and roughly 40 part-time caregivers who are thoroughly vetted and trained. We work hard to ensure all our staff are trained in geriatric competencies, and that we are actively responding to the needs of our communities.

Our organization measures our impact and progress based on the following: 1. Number of constituents served through our programs and hours of service provided through Ralston My Way 2. Evaluation of programs through regular surveys/evaluations completed by our Ralston My Way Members and participants in Ralston Wellness programs

Ralston Center has accomplished so much in its long legacy. Most importantly, we have gained the trust of our community and have become one of the most well-beloved service providers for older adults in the region. We do this by creating a people-centered approach, catering our services to each individual and providing them with the resources they need to age well. Since Ralston My Way opened its doors in 2010, we have served more than 5,000 members through 160,000 hours of service. In 2019 we have continued this success with nearly 1,000 active members and more than 24,400 hours of service to date, more than 55% of which were for non-medical home care services. Our Wellness programs have also had great success. Our educational series have served fore than 1,200 participants since we began them in 2017 and our Fitness Classes reach more than 300 participants annually.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RALSTON HOUSE

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Neville Strumpf

School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Term: 2011 -

Elise Pizzi

Villanova University College of Nursing

Mary Ann Forciea

Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Catherine Gillespie

Montgomery, McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Elizabeth Keech

Villanova University

Sharon Turner

Retired, City of Philadelphia

Larry Daniels

Edward Jones

U. Hayden

Perelman School of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania

Benjamin Hoyle

Retired, Pennswood Village

Therese Narzikul

APN Strategies; Villanova University

David Nagel

Schubert, Gallagher, Tyler & Mulcahey

James Scott

Colliers International

Anne Callan

Public Health Management Corporation

Mike Wassil

Mercer Management Associates, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

aging, older adults, age-friendly, aging in community, social isolation, fitness, wellness, education, home care, transportation, home repair