The Philadelphia Senior Center Tioga Branch has been serving and housing community seniors for the past 38 years. It is located at 1531 W. Tioga St. The center was previously housed at Broad Street and Roosevelt Boulevard until relocating to its current location in 1996.
The building was formerly a Presbyterian church. The church sold the land to the Presbyterian Apartments, who took on the Senior Center as a tenant. The building holds 114 one-bedroom apartments. Most of the residents are single African-American woman, but there are five or six senior couples living in the complex, according to Tioga Branch Director Julie Nelson
“About 50 percent of people in the apartments are members of the Senior Center. A lot of people come in from the community. We offer transportation to help get people here, and transportation out if people need to get to medical appointments,” said Nelson.
Anyone 55 years old is invited to join the senior center. However, Nelson estimates that most of the Presbyterian Apartment residents are 65 years or older. The center offers multiple programs and activities, such as sewing lessons and exercise classes.
“Our goal is to help out the seniors of the community, whether they live here or somewhere else,” said Nelson.