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04/25/2019

Wolf Administration Attends Penn Asian Evergreen Center Grand Opening

Philadelphia, PA – Today, Department of Aging Acting Secretary Robert Torres spoke at the grand opening ceremony for Penn Asian Senior Center Services (PASSi) Evergreen Center in Philadelphia, applauding its contribution to increasing cultural and linguistic accessibility to underserved Asian seniors and aging adult populations. The Evergreen Center is an Asian-focused senior community center.

"Pennsylvania's senior population is growing in both size and diversity at a rapid rate, and that is why places like the PASSi's Evergreen Center are so important," said Acting Secretary Torres. "The Department of Aging is committed to supporting programs and services for marginalized populations inside the older adult community."

Following opening remarks by PASSi founder and CEO Im Ja Choi, staff participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the center to the public. The official event emcee, CBS Philly reporter Trang Do, kicked it off inside by introducing PASSi's Board Vice Chair Oscar Vance, Jr., to give a welcome speech to guests. Next, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney addressed attendees and acknowledged the milestone it was for the city as a whole to have the center open. The event featured several more speakers and the center was presented with a Governor's Office proclamation, delivered by Mohan Seshadri, Executive Director of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. The ceremony concluded with closing remarks by founder and CEO Im Ja Choi, and guests were able to have a guided tour of the facility.

The new center features a commercial kitchen designed to prepare nutritious Asian meals, a heated swimming pool, sauna, fitness area, garden café, a large auditorium and additional spaces for accommodating program activities. PASSi aims to promote socialization, health, and wellness through culturally and linguistically focused programs to isolated, English-limited Asian seniors and aging adults, their families, and the surrounding community.

"This is an exciting and meaningful milestone for PASSi and the communities we serve," said PASSi founder and CEO Im Ja Choi. "We will continue to build and grow a holistic health system that's culturally and linguistically accessible to the Asian American and immigrant community, and beyond."

PASSi is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to serving Asian and other English-limited seniors, aging adults, and their communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania through home care, adult day care, and educational and social support services. With a mission to promote the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other disadvantaged adults, PASSi provides social service programs to assist English-limited seniors and families enroll in public benefit programs for affordable food, heat, prescriptions, and more.

To learn more about Penn Asian Evergreen Center, click here.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit www.aging.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Wrigley, 717-783-6210

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