Philadelphia Senior Center achieves National Accreditation

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Center on the Avenue of the Arts (PSC-Arts) for achieving National Senior Center Accreditation on September 28, 2017.

The Philadelphia Senior Center is located in the center of Philadelphia. Center City is the heart of the city and region geographically, historically, culturally and economically.  PSC- Arts location is also unique in that it stands on the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia’s signature street, alongside landmarks such as City Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and the University of the Arts. This is one of the most vibrant and successful performing arts, residential, educational, commercial, and tourist destinations.

The center is a member of the NewCourtland Senior Services Network, a subsidiary of the Presbyterian Foundation for Philadelphia. NewCourtland is a non-profit provider of affordable housing, home and community based services, and skilled nursing care for seniors of Philadelphia. The main funding source is the local area agency on aging, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging as well as NewCourtland Senior Services.

PSC-Arts serves seniors with an emphasis on those most in need; women, minorities, those with functional disabilities, those who live alone, and the elderly with incomes at or below the poverty level.  As the third oldest senior center in the United States and one of the largest, members come to the site from Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The center has an average of 211 participants daily.

The Peer Reviewer observed many strengths of the Philadelphia Center on the Avenue of the Arts, these included:

  • It is a great center doing good work with diversity, outcome and affecting seniors’ lives.
  • The NewCourtland merger in 2009 was beneficial and provided a strong foundation with added financial and administrative stability.
  • A beautiful facility with lots of art, activities, a wonderful courtyard and big windows. It is an inviting space and well utilized.
  • The large amount of volunteers, many long-term, which provide a strong asset since they assist in and increase the number of activities being offered.
  • The center recently successfully transitioned the Coffee Cup participants to the PSC-Arts facility. The manager, along with a united and dedicated team, was noted as being instrumental in this success.
  • The center draws participants from a wide area.
  • The center accommodates a large number of participants by offering meals at two sessions per day and also offers afternoon tea and snacks.

The reviewer noted the following participant’s comments during her tour:  “I go to this center because it is the best! It’s a pleasure to be here! I do things I never did before. This center changed my life!” Those statements were memorable even to the center director of 30 years.  Heighten the value of your center’s work through the NISC National Senior Center Accreditation process.  Visit www.ncoa.org/national-institute-of-senior-centers/standards-accreditation to learn more.