5818 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-848-7722

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  For Release, May 11, 2018
CIP Incoming Director Announcement
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Dear Friend & Supporters,

It is with mixed emotions we announce that after fifteen years of exemplary service at the helm of the Center in the Park Senior Center located in northwest Philadelphia, Lynn Fields Harris our Executive Director has tendered her resignation to commence the next chapter of her life, effective June 29, 2018. The mixed emotions are sadness at the Center’s loss of an amazing leader, and of excitement and congratulations for the opportunities ahead for Lynn and her family.

Lynn leaves CIP with a firm foundation as a true beacon of light for the entire positive aging community.

Under Lynn’s leadership the Center has gained recognition nationally as a model health and wellness center, engaging older adults, with the primary emphasis on promoting healthy aging and fostering community connections.

Through these fifteen years, the Center has weathered challenges much like other nonprofits as the funding stream climates are constantly changing, along with typical management issues related to staffing and building infrastructure tests, and so on. These hurdles keep the focus on maintaining consistent fundraising strategies, and strengthening community & partnership supports, as the Center continuously provides the necessary services key to our mission to promote positive aging for the community we serve.

Now here we are at 50! With the support of staff, CIP members, the Advisory Council, and with the Boards of Directors over the years Lynn has successfully led the Center to enhanced (and emulated) award winning programming that has increased outreach and has positioned CIP as a sought after active presence and partner in key aging issues!

Lynn leaves CIP in a secure position ripe for future growth, with over 6,000 members; a solid leadership team and committed staff; a full complement of dedicated volunteers, including a strong Board of Directors; and, solid partnerships with funders, members and the community, all working toward economic development and strategic planning, ready for the Center’s brilliant next chapter.

So, we thank Lynn for her dedicated service and extend our very best wishes and heartfelt blessings to you as you embark on the new chapter of your life.

Now, having referenced the solid leadership team, we are also excited to announce that Renee C. Cunningham, the current associate director has been unanimously nominated and has accepted the position as the new Executive Director effective July 1, 2018.

Ms. Cunningham brings a wealth of professional experience including 17 years at CIP. She has served in leadership positions in every area of the Center, each one building toward her appointment as the Associate Director. Ms. Cunningham is well respected by colleagues, CIP stakeholders and funders, and also enjoys the robust support of CIP staff, volunteers, members and the Board of Directors. The board is thrilled to welcome Renee as the next Executive Director and looks forward to supporting her leadership as the Center enters the next 50 year chapter.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors please join us in thanking Lynn Fields Harris for her stellar leadership, and join us in welcoming Renee C. Cunningham as the next Executive Director of the Center in the Park.

Sincerely,

K. Leslie-Henry
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Center in the Park
www.centerinthepark.org


Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Like Center in the Park on Facebook.

For Release, May 7, 2018
Balancing Dollars and Sense - Day-Long Series of Housing and Financial Workshops And Community Resource Fair
Presented By Center in the Park, Mount Airy, USA, the LGBT Elder Initiative and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

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The More You Know, the Less You Owe!
By Connor Eckelmeyer
Housing Counselor, Center in the Park

It pays to be savvy when it comes to your finances. How can you make your dollar go further? How can you avoid scams? What’s right for your financial situation? Get answers to these questions and more at a FREE Balancing Dollars and $ense workshop (BD&$) series on June 15th at Center in the Park.

Balancing Dollars and $ense is an annually held, day-long educational workshop series, geared to increase financial literacy and provide advice to older adults. BD&$ sets out to establish stability financially, which has an undeniable influence on well-being. The workshops get participants "in the know", enabling them to live more comfortable and healthy lives as they age.

Balancing Dollars and Sense will feature a series of housing and financial education workshops in two morning sessions designed to provide individuals age 55+, and their caregivers, with expert advice, resources and tools critical to maintaining finances and housing in later life. Balancing Dollars and $ense will include:

  • A Breakfast with registration starting at 8:30am
  • Morning Concurrent Workshops Session 1 from 9:30-10:45 am
  • Morning Concurrent Workshops Session 2 from 11:00-12:15 pm
  • Lunch - for pre-registered participants from 12:30-1:30pm
  • An Afternoon Resource Fair from 1:30-3:30pm - followed by Raffle Prize Drawings

BD&$ will consist of 10 educational workshops including Understanding Reverse Mortgages, Lien the Right Way, Attitudes and Habits, Entrepreneurship and Personal Business, Healthy Homes, Renters Rights, Planning for the Future, Community Connections and Cyber Security.

This year, BD&$ will be held on Friday, June 15th at Center in the Park so save the date and register now, as space is limited! The center is located at 5818 Germantown Ave. right in Vernon Park (Convenient parking lot located on Rittenhouse St.) Participants who register in advance will be served FREE continental breakfast (9AM) and catered lunch (11:30AM)!

In today’s day and age, access to knowledge is power, time is money and the more you know, the less you owe!


About Center in the Park
Established in 1968, Center in the Park (A Gem in Germantown) is a non-profit community center located in Northwest Philadelphia primarily focused on the needs of older adults. The center fosters respect, independence and personal growth for each individual. As a community resource, it provides access to supportive services and activities. The programs at Center in the Park are meant to provide opportunities for older adults to participate in social, recreational, health, fitness, arts and lifelong learning activities. Members are encouraged to make their voices heard at the center and in their communities through a variety of volunteer opportunities and educational services including "Balancing Dollars and $ense."

For Release, March 12, 2018
Wonders of Women Summit
Set for Friday, March 23, 2018

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Plans for the second Wonders of Women Summit – focused on topics key to the lives women – were announced today by the Center in the Park, a Germantown-based agency in its 50th year of promoting positive aging, located in Historic Vernon Park in Northwest Philadelphia.

The WOW Summit 2018 will begin at 10 am Friday, March 23 at the Center in the Park (CIP), 5818 Germantown Av., closing with a luncheon. The program will be intergenerational, including students from The Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School’s Female Leader Committee. The theme for the event is: Ageism: #Bridging the Gaps!

Lynn Fields Harris, Executive Director, said that a panel of women leaders will discuss their careers and interests touching on topics including women’s rights and advocacy and activism.

Serving as moderator will be Cherri Gregg, the community affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio 1060. She reports on a variety of public affairs and social justice related issues, producing news reports, podcasts and other materials for KYW Radio, CBS-3 TV and CBSPhilly.com. But Cherri is a rarity within the world of journalism-she is also a licensed attorney.

    Joining Cherri Gregg will be:
  • Anna Maria Chávez - chief strategy officer and senior vice president of external affairs for the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s leading service and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and economic security of older Americans, especially those who are struggling. She oversees NCOA’s policy and advocacy, marketing and communications, fund and strategic partnership development, and community network.

    Prior to joining NCOA, Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was the first woman of color to lead the iconic organization. Chávez also worked for nearly a decade on aging issues while serving in Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s administration.

  • Kristen Kiefer serves as a principal aide to the NCOA President & CEO, collaborates on strategic integration initiatives and manages the implementation of the Good-to-Great change management model across the organization. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Kiefer served in various capacities in the benefits access area at NCOA.

    Before joining NCOA, Kiefer was a Research Associate at the Institute for the Future of Aging Services at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), a Research Assistant at the National Academy on an Aging Society at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and as Staff Assistant in the Office of Senator John Glenn on Capitol Hill.

  • The Reverend Canon Betsy Ivey joined the staff of the Offices of the Diocese of Pennsylvania in February 2017 as the part-time Director of Family and Young Adult Ministries. At Eastertide, Bishop Gutiérrez named Reverend Ivey to the full-time position of Canon for Resources and Support. As Canon, Rev. Ivey ministers to parishes that desire to renew their ministries with strategic planning, asset and resource assessment and budget alignment. Under the Bishop’s leadership, Canon Ivey’s ministry is woven into the ministries of the other Canons of the Office. Maintaining the position of Director of Family and Young Adult Ministries, Canon Ivey has direct supervision of the City Camp and the Diocesan Youth Ministry, and oversees the Servant Year program.

  • Yulan "Mimm" San is a certified yoga teacher in both Kundalini Yoga and Vini Yoga. She is also trained in MBSR Mindfulness, Reiki, Ayurveda, and Shiatsu. Mimm has developed programs to meet the special concerns of older adults, people with mental and physical disabilities, and for cancer wellness and stroke recovery. Other interests include origami, haiku, folk art, cooking, gardening, modern art, and Eastern philosophy.

  • In 2016, Cleo Smalls became the Program Director for Center the Park (CIP), nationally accredited community senior center, where she develops and evaluates short and long-term goals and objectives; Produces effective and efficient programs and provides exceptional customer services aligned with CIP’s mission for older adults. In addition to her career as Program Director for CIP, Cleo is the CEO for Precise Princess and newly acquired adviser for Youth Action, assisting with the Program & Curriculum Design.

    Prior to joining CIP, Cleo worked with The Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, first as a customer care representative and then moving up to a Troop Support & Experiences Specialist (2010-2015).

To register free for the Wonders of Women Summit, call CIP’s Program Office at 215-848-7722. Extension 225. Or, e-mail: info@centerinthepark.org The deadline to register is Friday, March 16.


Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Like Center in the Park on Facebook.

CIP is celebrating Women's History Month. Join us for our second Wonders of Women (WOW) Summit. The WOW Summit is being held to acknowledge phenomenal women in our community, to discuss relevant topics that effect our everyday lives, and to celebrate women and their role in combatting ageism and promoting intergenerational dialogue by bridging the gap.

For Release, November 9, 2017
Center in the Park Presents its 5th “Music for the Spirit”
Gospel Concert to Benefit Programs & Services for Older Adults

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On Sunday, November 19, 2017 the Center in the Park (CIP), a nationally accredited senior community center located in Germantown’s historic Vernon Park, will present its 5th Music for the Spirit Benefit Gospel Concert, from 3:00-5:00pm, at the Corinthian Baptist Church at 6113 N. 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA. There is no admission fee for Music for the Spirit. A free will offering will be taken, with all proceeds to support programs and services for older adults.

The Concert this year is coordinated by Jerome H. Lang who is the Minister of Music Education at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mr. Lang has directed the Center in the Park Songsters Unlimited Choir since 2008. As a member of the Martin Luther King High School’s Creative and Performing Arts Department, Mr. Lang teaches, directs the choir and oversees instrumental music due to a unique partnership between the School Director of Philadelphia and Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Often the Songsters and students from Martin Luther King perform in intergenerational concerts under Mr. Lang’s direction, carrying out his Pastor, Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller’s vision to give back to the community.

Special performances by local gospel singers and musicians who are contributing their time and talent to the benefit concert include: Center in the Park Songsters Unlimited; The Corinthian Baptist Church Combined Choirs, C.R.O.S.S. Mime Ministry; The Philadelphia Catholic Gospel Mass Choir; Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Male Chorus; and the Keystone State Boychoir. Also on the program will be expressions of support from members of the clergy including from Corinthian Baptist Church; Liberty Transformation Worship Center; Canaan Baptist Church; Mt. Airy United Fellowship; and, the Christian Church in Philadelphia.

The public is invited to attend Music for the Spirit. All proceeds from the free will offering will support programs and services for older adults. Those performers who are recorded will have CDs available for purchase. For information on upcoming events, please visit the Center’s website: www.centerinthepark.org and like Center in the Park on Facebook.


Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging, as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its membership of more than 5,000 and 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org - Like Center in the Park on Facebook.

For Release, July 14, 2017
CENTER IN THE PARK ELECTS BOARD OFFICERS AND WELCOMES NEWLY APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS
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Center in the Park, a nationally accredited senior community center, located in historic Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA recently welcomed incoming officers and members to its Board of Directors. Karen Leslie-Henry, Director, Continuing Education & Community Outreach, The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, was elected President and Emilee Taylor, Art Educator, was elected Secretary.

Newly elected officers and members, Gary E. Simkus; Keith A. Anderson; Marvetta E. Coleman; Patricia Smith and Andre C. Wilder, are joined by continuing directors: Dr. Sanul Corrielus; Parri L. Frazier; and, Maurice J., Houston, Esquire.

Gary E. Simkus,
Regional Director of Finance-Acute Division,
United Health Services of Delaware, Inc.,
was elected Treasurer/Finance Chair.
Keith Anderson, Manager,
IT Operations,
ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)
Marvetta E. Coleman,
Senior Community Engagement & Growth Specialist,
Gateway Health
Patricia Smith,
Real Estate Professional,
Weichert Realtors, McCarthy Associates
Andre C. Wilder,
Center in the Park Advisory Council President

Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

For Release, June 09, 2017
Senior Savings
Financial literacy workshops promote elder abuse education - From The Philadelphia Inquirer - Erin Arvedlund

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For Release, June 5, 2017
Balancing Dollars and Sense – Day-Long Series of Housing and Financial Workshops And Community Resource Fair
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Presented By Center in the Park, Mount Airy, USA, the LGBT Elder Initiative and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Center in the Park (CIP) and Mount Airy USA (MAUSA), two of Philadelphia’s most recognized and successful housing counseling agencies, the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present the annual collaborative housing and financial education event, Balancing Dollars and Sense, on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 8:30am-4:00pm in Northwest Philadelphia at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue.

This year’s event will feature a Breakfast Keynote speaker, Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. who serves as the Managing Attorney of the Landlord-Tenant Housing Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). She began her career at CLS in 2008 as a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow in the Community Economic Development Unit, providing legal advice, representation, and resources to low-income child care businesses and non-profit, community organizations. As a staff attorney, she also worked in the Consumer Housing unit at CLS for two years, representing low-income homeowners at risk of foreclosure. A recipient of the 2013 Next Generation of Women Leaders: Rising Stars, Rasheedah received her J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2005. Ms. Phillips is expected to address the City’s rental housing eviction crisis in her remarks.

Center in the Park (CIP) and Mount Airy USA (MAUSA) are partnering with the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) in an effort to broaden outreach efforts to provide financial and housing education to a diverse group of Philadelphia’s older adults. Additionally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, a public service sorority, will again provide volunteer support the day of the event.

Balancing Dollars and Sense will feature a series of housing and financial education workshops designed to provide individuals age 55+, and their caregivers, with expert advice, resources and tools critical to maintaining finances and housing in later life. Balancing Dollars will include:

  • A Breakfast and Keynote Address with registration starting at 8:30am
  • Morning Concurrent Workshops from 10:15am – 12:30pm
  • Lunch – for pre-registered participants from 12:30 – 1:15pm
  • An Afternoon Resource Fair from 1:30-4:30pm - followed by Raffle Prize Drawings

Workshop topics will include: Understanding Benefits if Reverse Mortgages; Aging Mastery – Financial Fitness; Planning for the Future; Money Management; CyberSecurity; Lien the Right Way; and Health, Homes and Resources – participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshops.

Currently confirmed speakers include individuals from: Mt. Airy USA; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; PNC Bank; Jerner & Palmer, P.C.; PA Department of Banking and Securities; Community Legal Services; and, the Health Rowhouse Project.

The afternoon will feature a community resource fair and an opportunity for participants to engage in Dash for the Stash, poster contest, an investor education and protection program from the Investor Protection Institute.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be available free of charge and will be limited to those persons who have pre-registered, no later than June 15th by calling CIP’s Program Office at 215-848-7722, ext. 225; calling the LGBT Elder Initiative at 215-720-9415; or, online at www.centerinthepark.org

This activity is made possible through funding from the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Housing and Community Development(DHCD); the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA); as well as support from sponsors, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA); TD Bank; Yorkhouse Apts. – Lindy Co.; and Satchell Consulting Services.

A limited number of vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please e-mail info@centerinthepark.org or call Orisha P. at 215-848-7722.

Center in the Park is located at 5818 Germantown Avenue, in historic Vernon Park, with off-street free parking on the lot at Rittenhouse & McCallum Streets. www.centerinthepark.org

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Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

For Release, April 7, 2017
Germantown: Leader Advocates Programs For Older Adults, “No More Bingo!” - from PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com
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For Release, March 31, 2017
Senior Programs Could Be Cut Under Budget Proposal - from NBC10 Philadelphia
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For Release, March 10, 2017
Wonders of Women Summit Set for Friday, March 24
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Plans for the first Wonders of Women Summit – focused on topics key to the lives women – were announced today by the Center in the Park, a Germantown-based agency approaching its 50th year of promoting positive aging in Northwest Philadelphia.

The WOW Summit 2017 will begin at 10 am Friday, March 24 at the Center in the Park (CIP), 5818 Germantown Av., closing with a luncheon sponsored by Gateway Health.

Ernest Freeman, President of the Board of CIP, and Lynn Fields Harris, Executive Director, said that a panel of leading women will discuss politics and advocacy, civil rights, relationships and self-image, women and economic security, and women and gay rights activism.

The program will include keynote remarks by Dr. Lucille W. Ijoy, certified therapist and mediator. Dr. Ijoy has authored books on cultural diversity in the workplace, successful parenting and family therapy. She has served as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy and Chief-of-Staff for the Philadelphia City Council.

Marvetta E. Coleman, who serves as a Senior Community Engagement and Growth Specialist for Gateway Health, will serve as moderator.

Joining Dr. Ijoy and Ms. Coleman will be:

  • Hon. Marion B. Tasco, who served for 28 years in Philadelphia City Council, capping a 50-year career as a community organizer, U.S. Congressional staff director and political leader;
  • Ada Bello, who came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1958 and worked as a chemist at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and serves on the board of the Lesbian/Gay/BiSexual/Transgender Elder Initiative;
  • Leslie R. Fletcher, President and owner of Concierge d’Amore, Inc., and coach on healthy self-esteem and power;
  • Wilmarie Gonzalez, Director of the Bureau of Quality Assurance and Program Analytics for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Ms. Gonzalez also served as Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman; and,
  • Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Director of Social Impact at the National Council on Aging. Ms. Dowd Eisenhower is a former Assistant Director of the Office for Older Americans at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

    To register free for the Wonders of Women Summit, call CIP’s Program Office at 215-848-7722. Extension 225. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 14.


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.
  • For Release, March 10, 2017
    Pennsylvania's governor slams GOP replacement plan - from NewsWorks.org
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    For Release, January 30, 2017
    Center in the Park is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer Spirit Award until April 3rd, 2017.
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    2017 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATION FORM


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, September 8, 2016
    2016 Marguerite L. Riegel Award for an Individual and an Organization
    AND, THE CENTER IN THE PARK AWARDS GO TO . . .
    PA State Senator Art Haywood and The Beech Interplex, Inc.

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    Center in the Park is a nationally accredited senior community center located in historic Vernon Park in the Germantown community of Philadelphia, PA. Center in the Park’s (CIP) 2016 Marguerite L. Riegel Awards will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of its Annual Open House event held in recognition of National Senior Center Month, “Find Balance At Your Center” is this year’s theme, on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10:00am.

    The 2016 CIP Riegel awardees are PA State Senator Art Haywood and The Beech Interplex, Inc., Larry Griffin, Treasurer. Both are being honored for the work they do in the community, locally and statewide, in keeping with the Center’s focus on “community connections; and, especially their work in support of innovative and transformational programs and services for older adults.

    In 1986, the Award, named for Marguerite L. Riegel, one of Center in the Park’s (CIP) founders, was initiated. At the same time, the endowed Emergency Cash Fund was named in memory of CIP’s other founder, Laura Drake Nichols.

    Past recipients of the award: Individuals: Doris Schall, an art teacher and community service activist; Harry Levitan, who started a free law office for seniors at CIP; Virginia Dreby, a CIP Board member, and volunteer with Germantown Settlement and the Women’s Y; Clarice Herbert, former Board President of CIP and former Director of the YWCA of Germantown; Frank X. Delany, a community activist and advocate for non-profits; Rennie Cohen, former Executive Director of CIP; Mary Fallon, Unitarian Universalist Outreach Program Director; Nora Dowd Eisenhower, former Secretary of the PA Department of Aging; and, C. Richard Cox, Former Vice President, the William Penn Foundation, past CIP Board President; Celeste Zappala, Former Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Aging; Sheila MacMaster, RN, BSN, Supervisor of Catholic Care Options for the Elderly of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Elizabeth Shay, Esq., Homeowners Assistance Program Coordinator/Attorney, SeniorLAW Center; William Campbell, Executive Director, New Journey in Recovery; The Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church; and, Honorable Derek S. Green, Esquire, Member of Philadelphia City Council.

    Organizations: Germantown Hospital and Medical Center; Northwest Victim Services; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA); Germantown Relief Society; Center for Applied Research on Aging & Health (CARAH), Thomas Jefferson University; the Hannah & George Bricker Memorial Trust, BNY Mellon Corporation; the Green Tree Community Health Foundation; Chestnut Hill College; The SeniorLAW Center; The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey; Friends of Vernon Park; and, The National Council on Aging.

    The award recognizes a person who: Affirms the dignity and potential of older adults; fosters respect, independence and personal growth for older adults; has a record of continuous service on behalf of older adults; and uses creativity in uncovering new solutions to challenges and opportunities involving a growing older population.

    It also goes to an organization which: Supports and identifies issues that have a positive effect on the quality of older adults’ lives; provides a valuable service to older adults; and demonstrates the ability to adapt to the changing needs of an aging population.

    The public is invited annually to join the Center in the Park family in nominating individuals and organizations for the awards. The nominations are approved by the members of the Center’s Board of Directors. The public is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony. Convenient off street parking lot is located at Rittenhouse & McCallum Streets.


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, July 14, 2016
    Thank you to Sue Getman for her service!
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    Many thanks to Sue Getman as she completes her two year term at NISC Chair!

    "Thank you very much for your outstanding leadership of NISC and for your role in helping to grow NCOA's economic security and health initiatives."
    - Jim Firman, NCOA President

    NISC welcomes our new Executive Committee Chair

    Welcome to Lynn Fields Harris as she begins her tenure as the NISC Executive Committee Chair. Lynn is the Executive Director of the Center in the Park, Philadelphia, PA, and an NCOA Board Member. We also welcome Elizabeth Bernat as the NISC Chair Elect. She is the Executive Director of Lowcountry Senior Center in Charleston, SC, and also serves as Chair of the NISC Improving Health Team, and is a NISC Accreditation Peer Reviewer.


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, June 01, 2016
    Center in the Park, BB&T team up to conduct major Spring Cleaning - inside and out - for older adult community center located in historic Vernon Park
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    Philadelphia - Center in the Park is teaming up with volunteers from BB&T to clean, maintain and beautify its Germantown Avenue center, located in historic Vernon Park. Associates from BB&T in the Delaware Valley will volunteer 8 hours of their time on June 2 to help landscape outside of the Center, as well as clean and paint several rooms used for art and pottery classes; meals and other activities, including health and wellness classes and activities.

    The Center’s Executive Director, Lynn Fields Harris says, “Volunteer support is absolutely critical to maintaining a welcoming and vibrant environment for older adults in our community. We could not do all that we do without volunteer support throughout the year. We appreciate the corporate support from BB&T and each individual BB&T employee who chooses to participate in this spring cleaning and sprucing up project. ”

    “BB&T is extremely proud to support Center in the Park through our annual Lighthouse Project. Center in the Park’s mission of serving our elderly population and providing them with an outlet for social, recreational, health and fitness, arts and learning activities should be applauded. Their mission to foster respect, independence and personal growth for each individual is vital to the community”, said Mike Rainone, BB&T Market President. “We’re proud to team up with them and help in any way we can.”

    The BB&T volunteers are taking part in the company’s eighth annual Lighthouse Project. The teams have each selected a project to assist a nonprofit agency to complete between April and June to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support organizations such as Center in the Park.

    Since the inception of the BB&T Lighthouse Project in 2009, BB&T associates have completed more than 7,700 community service projects, donated more than 385,000 hours in volunteer service and touched the lives of more than 11 million people. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year. For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to www.bbt.com/bbt/lighthouseproject.


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, April 12, 2016
    Now connecting: social media and elders at Germantown’s Center in the Park - from Germantown Beat
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    For Release, April 6, 2016
    Art Haywood speaks to seniors on state budget - from The Philadelphia Tribune: Metros
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    For Release, March 14, 2016
    Balancing Dollars and Sense – Day-Long Series of Housing and Financial Workshops Presented By Center in the Park, Mount Airy, USA, and the LGBT Elder Initiative
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    Center in the Park (CIP) and Mount Airy USA (MAUSA), two of Philadelphia’s most recognized and successful housing and financial counseling organizations, and the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) will present a collaborative housing and financial education event, Balancing Dollars and Sense on Friday, April 15, 2016 in Northwest Philadelphia at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, in Vernon Park. This year’s event will feature a Breakfast Keynote speaker, Jeff George, Community Liaison, Councilman Allan Domb’s office. Brandy Bauer from the National Council on Aging’s Economic Security Team will present the Luncheon Keynote.

    Center in the Park (CIP) and Mount Airy USA (MAUSA) are partnering with the LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) in an effort to broaden outreach efforts to provide financial and housing education to a diverse group of Philadelphia’s older adults. Additionally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, will again provide volunteer support the day of the event.

    Balancing Dollars and Sense is an all day series of housing and financial education workshops designed to provide individuals age 55+, and their caregivers, with expert advice, resources and tools critical to maintaining finances and housing in later life. Balancing Dollars will include:

    • A Breakfast and Keynote Address on April 15th starting at 9:00 a.m.
    • A Luncheon and Keynote Address on April 15th starting at 12:30 p.m.
    • Balancing Dollars and Sense Concurrent Workshop Series Friday, April 15th from 10:15 am until 4:00 pm
    Workshop topics will include: Planning for the Future; Budgeting and Financial Management; Keeping Money in Your Pocket: Saving and Maximizing Benefits; Financial Fitness: How to Protect Yourself from Scams; Get Your Benefits Check-Up; Downsizing and De-cluttering; Understanding Reverse Mortgages; Technology, Money Management and Internet Security; Affordable Rentals: What Are My Options?; and, Ask the Experts: Your Questions Answered.

    Currently confirmed speakers include: Jeff George, Community Liaison, Councilman Allan Domb’s Office; Brandy Bauer, Economic Security Team, National Council on Aging; Liz Farinas, Surrey Consignment Shop Manager, Surrey Services for Seniors; Tiffany Palmer, Attorney; Etrusia Gibbs, Financial Exploitation Specialist, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Liz Green, Nelson Acevedo, Jonathan Clark, and Sami Ayoub, all from PNC Bank; and, Center in the Park and Mount Airy, USA Housing Counselors.

    Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be available free of charge and will be limited to those persons who have pre-registered, no later than April 8rd, by calling CIP’s Program Office at 215-848-7722, ext. 225; calling the LGBT Elder Initiative at 215-720-9415; or, online at http://bit.ly/2016dollarsandsense.

    A limited number of vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please e-mail info@centerinthepark.org or call Nicole B. at 215-848-7722, before April 1, 2016. Center in the Park is located at 5818 Germantown Avenue, in historic Vernon Park, with off-street free parking on the lot at Rittenhouse & McCallum Streets. www.centerinthepark.org

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    Lynn Fields Harris
    Executive Director
    Center in the Park
    Brad Copeland
    Executive Director
    Mount Airy USA
    David Griffith
    Director of Programs & Outreach
    LGBT Elder Initiative

     


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, March 14, 2016
    CENTER IN THE PARK SONGSTERS PERFORM 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT - “KEEP ON SINGING”
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    This year, Center in the Park (CIP), a nationally accredited senior community center, located in historic Vernon Park in the Germantown community of NW Philadelphia, specifically and quite literally, honors the voices of its choir, The CIP Songsters Unlimited. The Songsters will perform in a 30th Anniversary Concert to be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 1:00pm at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

    Founded 30 years ago by the late Dr. Eddilera Kinzer, the Songsters are currently under the direction of Jerome Lang, the Minister of Music Education for the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Mr. Lang’s experience in music dates back to his early participation in school and church groups. His passion is for teaching music across the generations. Mr. Lang has directed the Songsters since 2008 and says, “The choir continues its rich tradition of uplifting the community through song. The students at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School enjoy the intergenerational experience of participating with the Songsters Unlimited in concerts presented at Center in the Park.”

    The Songsters is one of CIP’s largest member groups and perform both at the Center and also in community venues including long term care facilities and churches. There are currently 56 choir members, and membership has grown over the past 5 years, increasing from 34 members at the time of their 25th Anniversary.

    “Keep on Singing” 30th Anniversary Concert (May 18, 2016 – 1:00pm) Center in the Park Auditorium: The Spring 30th Anniversary Concert at CIP will be free and open to the public. In order to accommodate anticipated attendance and overflow, CIP will arrange to have audio/visual support to also show the concert remotely in CIP’s lunchroom. Former Songsters members will be remembered through memorial tributes.


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.

    For Release, February 3, 2016
    Center in the Park is accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer Spirit Award until March 30, 2016.
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    2016 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATION FORM


    Center in the Park is a community center that promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults (55+) whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. CIP is accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging as a provider of excellent programs, activities and services for its active membership of more than 5,000 and its 1,000 homebound clients. www.centerinthepark.org Visit us on Facebook.