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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.

Our Fall Programs

Tea, Scones & Work with Your Phones III
 How To Select Your Medicare Prescription Plan

Fairmount Park Houses at Christmas

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, go to  

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 because only purchases made on this site will count.

Programs To Nourish Our Bodies & Spirit

In July we viewed and discussed the new film “Jersey Boys” directed by Clint Eastwood and August off for R&R with Penn’s Village programs beginning anew in September.


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.

HealthPals Coming This Fall

We are targeting September for a full roll out of our health care support program.
HealthPals is supported by Centennial Health Services and based on research conducted by graduate students from Penn's School of Nursing,  Most importantly the program is designed for you:  In May, we conducted two focus groups, one to hear from members, the second potential volunteers.  

Our goal  is to work with interested members as they navigate the health care system and make their own, informed decisions.

Note:  Our partner Centennial will come to your home for medication consultations!

Building 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


Centennial Health Services

267 324 5347

Centennial Health Services

267 324 5347

Frog Commissary Catering

215. 448.1100

Home Instead Senior Care


HomeCare Associates

Presby Inspired Life

610 834 1001

Prudential Savings Bank


Silver Lining Home Health


Warwick Cleaners
250 So. 22nd Street


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.