SENIOR ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER OF THE PHOENIXVILLE AREA

aka Phoenixville Area Senior Center   |   Phoenixville, PA   |  www.phoenixvilleseniorcenter.org

Mission

The mission of the Center is to serve, support, and enhance the lives of all adults, 55 years and better, by providing opportunities, programs and activities that promote active, independent, healthy lifestyles.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Julie Morgan Gaudan

Main address

153 Church St

Phoenixville, PA 19460 USA

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EIN

23-2107124

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Phoenixville Area Senior Center exists to serve, support and enhance the lives of all senior citizens, 60 years of age and older by providing opportunities in the way of programs and activities designed to promote active, independent, healthily lifestyles. The center's goal is help people stay in their own home as long as possible. A University of California, San Francisco study found that participants 60 years & older who report feeling lonely see a 45% increase in risk of death and a 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline than more social counterparts. The programs and activities offered at the Center keep seniors active both physically and mentally; they bring people together to support their emotional needs and prevent loneliness.

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?

Information and Assistance Services

The center’s I & A Counselor has APPRISE Counseling certification which enables her to advise seniors when choosing a Medicare supplement insurance. Often seniors who come to the center are challenged by the paperwork that is required for some of the programs they desperately need. The center’s I & A Counselor has experience in completing this paperwork and is able to assist seniors to insure they receive the necessary services.
Specific activities incorporated under information and assistance services include:
• APPRISE Counseling (Medicare and Plan D)
• Assistance with completing forms such as rent rebate forms
• Tax preparation assistance (in collaboration with AARP)
• Farmer’s Market Vouchers
• Fans distributed during summer months.
• Transportation
• Home Health Care Assistance

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Socialization programs address the overall well-being of seniors to help them stay active, involved and emotionally healthy. While some of these programs are organized, other activities are available throughout the day for seniors to join in. Groups they participate in include: arts and crafts, sewing, duplicate bridge, pinochle, Scrabble groups, singing, birthday lunch celebrations, movie days, travel club, and volunteer opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Wellness programs address the physical, emotional and mental health of seniors. They include grief counseling group therapy sessions (a collaboration with Tri-County Home Health and Hospice that meets monthly), blood pressure checks and various health screenings. Also included in this group are the various exercise classes held at the senior center. The center tries to offer the seniors a wide variety of classes to meet individuals at their level of ability. Classes range from a Zumba type class to Chair Exercises.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Educational programs stimulate and maintain the cognitive skills of seniors. Periodically, the senior center will present special topics/events. Over the past year topics have included flower arranging, narrative travel videos, identity theft, and presentations from the Historical Society.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Nutrition – The Nutrition Program supports healthy nutrition and food insecurity in our community by providing access to healthy food, coordinating food donations and education.

•Noon Meal Program: The Center serves lunch Monday through Friday. The hot lunch is provided by the Chester County Department of Aging Services (CCDAS) this meal provides 1/3 the Recommended Daily Allowances. A cold alternative (funded and prepared by the Center) provides another choice for those menu items that seniors, either cannot or prefer not to eat; some for religious purposes and some for health reasons.

•Community Breakfast Program, open to anyone regardless of age. Hot breakfast options vary each day but the basic menu always includes a hot entrée with protein, hot and cold cereal, toast, a selection of pastries and fruits, coffee, tea, and a selection of juice. 210 people enjoyed over 4500 breakfast meals.

•Food Security - The center collaborates with the Chester County Food Bank to distribute food to seniors and the local low income community. The Center participates in the Commodity Supplemental Food Box Program, weekly distributions of fresh produce, Fresh2You truck. Each summer the Center distributes PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers provided by the PA Department of Agriculture to qualifying seniors to purchase fresh produce from local approved farm markets.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Phoenixville Senior Center is a gateway for seniors in our community to access services, find an inviting place to gather, and an access point for multiple services in one location. In a culture centered on youth and the young, the Senior Center is the one place in our community focused on the “60 and better” demographic. A one stop shop for seniors; meals, exercise and information that focuses on the seniors FIRST. We do this because isolation is a major cause of premature death. The National Institute of Health recently equated isolation to smoking five packs of cigarettes per day. By coming to the Center, our participants exercise their minds, bodies, and enrich their souls, giving them a reason to thrive not just survive.

The programs and services of The Phoenixville Area Senior Center are divided into three major categories– Nutrition, Information & Assistance/APPRISE and Daily Programming.

The Nutrition Program supports healthy nutrition and food insecurity in our community by providing access to healthy food, coordinating food donations and education. Over 500 clients (42%) participate in a food program of some type.

Information and Assistance/APPRISE Counseling – Staff assist with Medicare supplements, rent rebates, LIHEAP, prescription drug plans, transportation, information on home health organizations and other health care organizations. Often seniors who come to the center are challenged by the paperwork requirements for programs they desperately need. The center’s I & A Counselor helps them complete their paperwork so they can access necessary services.

Daily programs in socialization health and wellness and education help seniors active, involved and emotionally healthy

Eating a meal together is one of the most basic building blocks of society. Seniors come to the center to eat a meal together, attend an educational workshop, exercise, paint, play cards or just hang out with their friends. While they are here, an Information and Assistance Counselor helps with rent rebates, prescription drug plans, transportation assistance, navigating the Social Security system, advice in choosing a Medicare supplement, or getting someone to help them at home. All of these services are developed to help seniors stay at home and live healthy, active lives.

Excellent staff is key to our program. For instance, our Kitchen Supervisor is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. The center owns its 8500 square foot building with its own parking lot in the heart of Phoenixville which is currently undergoing a renaissance.

The Community Breakfast Program has grown beyond our expectations. Open to anyone regardless of age, the program started in 2010 as a unique outreach to the area’s needy population and to provide low income seniors with a hot breakfast. Hoping to feed an average of 20 people a day twice a week, the Community Breakfast Program has grown to serve an average of 36 people each day, three days a week.

Collaborations – The Center partners with a diverse group of organizations to maximize services and programs. One example is the Grandfamilies Support Group with Communities that Care, Phoenixville YMCA and Diversity in Action, supports seniors raising their grandchildren.

The Baby Boomers have entered the 60 to 100 year old demographic and are just starting to learn how much The Center can offer. This year the Center offers a variety of programs once a month via a “Second Thursday” programing and looks to expand the offerings as demand increases and funding is secured.

Financials

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Operations

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SENIOR ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER OF THE PHOENIXVILLE AREA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Austin

Senior Pathways

Term: 2019 - 2022

Ken Buckwalter

Buckwalter Galleries, Ltd

Allen Kramer

Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust

Nefri Rosa

BB&T

Peter Urscheler

235 Bridge

Ronald Williams

Fox Rothschild LLP

Kathy Johns

retired

Tom Wright

retired

Mary Peffal

West Chester University

Mary Austin

Senior Pathways

Monica Kresserer

Phoenixville Area School District

Megan Valencia

Traffic Planning Design

Dan Green

Dentist

John Pell

retired

Board leadership practices

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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