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Founded in 1968, Center in the Park is a non-profit community center in Northwest Philadelphia primarily focused on the needs of older people. 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 and fitness, arts and humanities and lifelong learning activities. Members are encouraged to make their voices heard at the Center and in their communities through service and volunteer opportunities.

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Long Term Care Ombudsman Service Provider! Center in the Park through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) – Philadelphia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (PLTCOP) - provides services in Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia.

Please Call! Residents of long term care facilities, homes or participants of older adult daily living centers or their family members or loved ones . . . Center in the Park has trained staff available to answer your calls. All communication with the Ombudsman is free and confidential. We can answer questions and address concerns about issues, including:

  • Residents Rights
  • Quality of Care
  • Admissions, Transfers or Discharges

Volunteers are also welcomed to apply for ombudsman training and positions.

Call: Center in the Park - Phone: 215-844-1829
Address: 5818 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144

The Commonwealth of PA also has a Long Term Living Helpline: 866-286-3636

Please click here for additional information on Center in the Park's Ombudsman Program.


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This month at Center In The Park...

Dear Center in the Park Friends,

The past eight months have been unlike any others over the past decade. Pennsylvania was without a state budget and payments for aging programs and services were not authorized. Therefore, Center in the Park was not getting reimbursed by its major funder for months. So, I start out this year’s annual campaign message by thanking you for helping to keep Center in the Park’s doors open – literally! Other senior centers across the state actually closed. We were able to continue to offer essential services, daily hot meals and a limited number of programs.

Although state funds have begun to flow, the Center is in the process of recovery. Sixty-two percent of the Center’s funding had been held up month after month. So, you can imagine that living on less than forty cents, instead of a dollar, meant that in order to keep the doors open, we had to borrow, seek funding advances and delay payments to many of the individuals and businesses which provide goods and services to keep the Center running. Now, we have to move slowly and deliberately in getting back up to speed.

The Center is an important foundation in the community and you will not let it fold! The Center in the Park has been a proud fixture of the Germantown community for nearly 50 years. Over 6,000 older adults from all over the Philadelphia region are signed on as members of the Center and actively partake in the many, many services and benefits of our programs. The dedicated staff of 29 and our extensive league of volunteers, exemplify the very best of the community and service to the community. I am honored to lead this organization that promotes positive aging in so many ways for so many older adults, including:

  • Provides meals for 180–200 members daily at the Center and for another 200 older adults who are homebound
  • Hosts 780 older adults annually in our Health Promotion Activities
  • Offers 50+ Education/Life Long Learning Classes
  • Conducts over 270 visits to Long-term Care Facilities
  • And much more – please visit to see our annual report

To continue the Center’s mission, it is with a sense of urgency and an imperative to fully recover from the impasse that I ask you to make an annual gift to the Center for the 2016 Annual Campaign, which runs through June. Thank you.


Lynn Fields Harris
Executive Director

As Older Americans Month drew to a close - these Center in the Park PLTCOP Ombudsmen Volunteers and Staff continue blazing trails!
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2016 Music For The Heart Jazz Concert Photos

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January 1st , 2016
New Year’s Day
January 18th , 2016
MLK Jr. Observance
March 25th, 2016
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May 30th, 2016
Memorial Day
July 4th, 2016
Independence Day

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