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Welcome To Penn's Village

Penn’s Village is part of a growing national movement of community based non-profit organizations, now more than 145 villages across the U.S.

 

We link neighbor to neighbor to help residents of central Philadelphia neighborhoods continue to lead vibrant, healthy lives, and enjoy the activities of city life as they age while they remain in their own homes.

 
Read about villages in the Inquirer Op Ed Section
 

Upcoming Programs

   

Tour of Mother Bethel Church


 African Art Exhibit @ Phila. Museum

Generous Foundations Help Us Achieve Our Goals

Penn's Village belongs to and we want to serve all neighbors in our diverse community.  The Patricia Kind Family Foundation has recently awarded us $5,000 to this end, and another $5,000 next year if we make significant strides toward achieving this goal.

The Union Benevolent Association has granted Penn's Village $2,500 to help us provide services to neighbors who are unable to afford our annual dues and we have just been notified that the Philadelphia Activities Fund will donate $500 to support us. 
 
We are so pleased to announce that, with your significant help, we have raised  $10,000 of NEW monies and therefore have qualified to receive $5,000 from the Independence Foundation.  Thanks to all who participated.
 

Making New Friends Appreciating Old Friends

We gathered in the courtyard of the Academy of Vocal Arts for our third annual member and volunteer party. 
 Member and improv specialist Jean Haskell encouraged us to make new friends by finding someone who lives on the other side of Broad Street and telling them something special about our neighborhoods.  

 

Many thanks to Frog Commissary Catering for delicious refreshments and to Penn’s Village members who donated unique raffle items including a fly fishing lesson (Pat Harner and Curt Hill), a wonderful handmade quilt (Judith Coche), an original painting (Ed Bronstein) and a one-on-one iPhone intro (Ellen Rapsher).  


Carol Hutelmyer, a much appreciated volunteer, won a private tour of two historic Fairmount Park houses (Jill Raich) and member and staunch Penn’s Village advocate in the community Liz Martin won a two hour Photoshop tutorial (Janet Burnham).  We also introduced our new health care support program in partnership with Centennial Health Services; thanks to Centennial for contributing a very generous basket of goodies to our raffle.


Smile for Penn's Village

If you shop on Amazon, you can now direct .5% of your purchase dollars to Penn’s Village without paying more for your items.  Doesn’t sound like much but we did the math and it could add up!  Here’s what to do:   Instead of amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com.  

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charit
able organization and Penn’s Village will appear as an option.   Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. 
 
Please bookmark smile.amazon.com because only purchases made on this site will count.

Programs To Nourish Our Bodies & Spirit

In September we found out all that you need to know about vaccinations – what you should do now, what’s coming, myths and facts. We also had flu shots provided free of charge by Centennial Health Services.

 
Later in the month we were sincerely inspired by panel members who shared how they turned serious illness into an opportunity for self-discovery and growth, and a chance to live life more fully. Dr. Don Friedman ably moderated.
 
In October we learned to prepare (and tasted) healthy seasonal foods at the Reading Terminal and began November with a lively panel discussion with local artists, ably moderated by potter Lynne Berman.
 
 In November we met at the Cosmopolitan Club for our third "Tea, Scones and Work With Your Phones".  We need to keep up!  In our most recent program, we became more savvy about choosing a Medicare prescription plan. 

Introducing Health Pals


Health Pals, the Penn’s Village program that will support members in understanding and negotiating the health care system, is here!  

The initial team of Health Pals volunteers (Pat Harner, Ted Robb, Avalie Saperstein, Margo Villanova and Marianne Waller) have completed the required eight hours of training.  Eileen Glass, the Penn’s Village volunteer coordinator has generously agreed to take Health Pals under her wing as well.  

The support of our partner Centennial Health Services is greatly appreciated. Centennial will also provide one-on-one drug counseling and education, and home delivery of prescriptions.  



Community Through Partnerships

 
 
Based at Temple University’s Center City Campus,  OLLI offers a wide selection of non-credit classes to people 50 years of age and older.
 
 
 

Our Business Members


Bacchus Mkt. & Catering

2300 Spruce Street

Bayada Home Health Care

888-994-6811

Centennial Health Services

267 324 5347

Centennial Health Services

267 324 5347

Frog Commissary Catering

215. 448.1100

Home Instead Senior Care

215-925-4610

HomeCare Associates
215.735.0677

Presby Inspired Life

610 834 1001

Prudential Savings Bank

215.755.1500

Silver Lining Home Health

215.885.7701

Warwick Cleaners
250 So. 22nd Street


 

   
 
Slideshow
2013 Garden Party
  
Thank you to Home Health Care Associates and Silver Lining Home Health Care for increasing the amount of their business sponsorships to help us meet our matching grant from the Independence Foundation and to our newest business sponsors Presy Inspired Life and Prudential Savings Bank.