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February 22, 2017

Pa. awards $2 million in grants to senior centers, including four in Philly

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Four Philadelphia senior centers will receive a share of a $2 million grant aimed at benefiting older Pennsylvanians, state officials said.

Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Wilson Park Senior Center in South Philly on Wednesday to announce the recipients of this year's Senior Community Center Grants, which were made possible through revenue generated by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The funds will be disbursed to 38 centers throughout the state.

“Senior community centers play a vital role in providing older Pennsylvanians with a safe place to gather, and they offer programs that enable them to stay healthy and remain engaged with their community,” Wolf said. “These grants give senior centers the resources needed to revitalize and expand the services that enrich the lives of our senior population.”

The following centers in Philly will receive a total of $93,278:

• Lutheran Settlement House Senior Center in Kensington, $46,945
• Philadelphia Housing Authority – Wilson Park Senior Community Center in South Philly, $22,280
• West Philadelphia Senior Community Center in Belmont, $19,053
• On Lok Social Service Center for Seniors in Chinatown, $5,000

The grants will allow senior centers to continue offering nutritious meal programs, educational opportunities, exercise programs and recreational activities. State officials also urge senior centers to develop new programs to attract the next generation.

A full list of awardees can be found here.