CEO & Founder, Ms. Imja Choi, established Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) in 2004 in response to the daunting process of finding linguistically capable and culturally attuned direct care providers capable of caring for her mother at home. Over the last 15 years, PASSi has become a leading nonprofit organization in Pennsylvania dedicated to serve vulnerable, limited English proficient older adults by providing a diverse array of important services. Ms. Choi was recently recognized as one of the AARP Purpose Prize winners on November 13, 2019 in Washington D.C. at National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. This recognition exclusively illustrated her hard work and genuine devotion to promoting the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers.
On April 25th, over 250 people attended the Grand Opening of the Penn Asian Evergreen Center! Secretary of Aging Robert Torres, Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh and other VIPs joined us for this special occasion.
Watch a video of the Grand Opening at: https://youtu.be/5EPrC0OXwvA!
A moving opera concert was given as part of PAJC's Annual Parent's Day Celebration
On April 30th, Faculty from Jeju University in Korea gave a seminar at the new Penn Asian Evergreen Center
On April 26th, Cass Jendzurski performed a series of musical pieces for a packed audience at the Boo Nam Park Memorial Hall with her Harp and beautiful voice.
Penn Asian Senior Services receives the "Outstanding Nonprofit Service Award" from the Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia at their annual banquet in celebration of APA Heritage Month!
(Pictured front row L to R: Pearl Lee, Im Ja Choi, Pat Modafferi;
back row L to R: Jimmy Chong Esq., David Weston, David Miller, Dr. Binh Le)
Penn Asian Senior Services' Board of Directors met on Wednesday, February 20th. Home care clients and
seniors at our adult day care (PAJC) continue to grow. The new Penn Asian Evergreen Center will be opening
next month. 2019 is looking to be an exciting time of tremendous growth and new opportunities for PASSi!
On SEPT 29th, PASSi had over 250 people come to its 2nd Annual Autumn Festival. There were diverse Asian cultural performances and food items included Indonesian, Filipino, Korean and Chinese. We hope to grow the festival every year and use the Autumn Festival as way to bring the local community together for this wonderful cultural celebration of thanksgiving! Thank you everyone who helped make this event a huge success!
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations Pennsylvania Chapter held its State Conference at PASSi on Saturday, June 21st. The theme was "Tayo Na! Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Filipino American Community" There were panels on "Small Business" as well as "Health & Aging." PASSi CEO Imja Choi gave welcoming remarks.
PASSi's Vocational ESL graduated 11 students who gave brief presentations about themselves and then received certificates. Classes are taught by Penn State ESL teachers. This program is designed to help build their English proficiency so that they can prepare for jobs in the healthcare field.
Penn Asian Senior Services christens two new wheelchair accessible vans with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation!
The two new vans will provide much needed transportation to seniors from PASSi’s adult day care program, Penn Asian Jubilee Center. Seniors served through Penn Asian Jubilee Center are low-income, primarily English-limited Asian Americans residing in Greater Philadelphia. Language barriers inhibit these seniors from utilizing public transit services including CCT Connect.
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Penn Asian Senior Services
6926 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19126, 215-572-1234