Mission

 

Our mission is to promote the well being of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers. 


 

Vision

PASSi will be the premier provider of supportive services for Asian American seniors and other adults for their personal healthcare, vocational training and other beneficial programs.  We will expand employment and economic opportunities for the region’s immigrant population and will respond to emerging needs in the designated community.  We will strengthen service programs and always be responsive and focused on the community needs with humanity, respect and compassion.

Values

We respect each of our clients and the communities we serve.
We build sustainability in programs that have a lasting impact on our community.
We continuously seek to improve services and build up trust with other organizations in the same field to maximize mutual collaboration.

History

PASSi was established in April 2004 as Korean American Senior Services of Pennsylvania (KASSP) by Im Ja Choi, the current Executive Director.  Based on her experience caring for her then 88-year-old mother who had stomach cancer, Ms. Choi identified an urgent need for Korean speaking Home Health Aides.  At that time, the State of Pennsylvania lacked a home health agency capable of providing home health aide training in Korean.  To bridge this gap and enable other seniors to receive care in an Asian language, Ms. Choi created an agency to cater to the specific needs of frail Korean seniors.  

In December 2005, realizing that other Asian American seniors faced similar gaps in available home care services, the Board of Directors decided to expand the program to all Asian American communities and changed the agency name to Penn Asian Senior Services.  PASSi is now the largest home care agency in the state of Pennsylvania specializing in the care of English limited Asian seniors, providing services in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, and Lehigh Counties.

PASSi headquarters started as 500sqft office space in Abington, given by the Abington Hospital rent-free in January 2005. Continued growth lead to expansion a little more than a year later to a larger 3,500sqft office with space for a training room in Jenkintown. By 2006, PASSi established a vocational school, the Penn Asian Vocational Institute (PAVI) to develop an Asian bilingual workforce for the healthcare field with Home Health Aide (HHA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and CPR training courses.

Through increased staff support and funding, PASSi served more than 100 clients in one year for the first time in 2008. Diverse funding sources were crucial as PAVI received national funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for $850,000 total support for 3 years from October 2010 to September 2013, which substantially boosted PASSi’s ability produce more graduates. PASSi’s story received national exposure when Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognized Im Ja Choi with a 2011 Community Health Leader Award, providing funding of $105,000 to continue her organization’s work.

With the continually rising demand for services, an expansion was again needed. In May of 2013, PASSi purchased a two building property located on 1.75 acres in Philadelphia and started extensive renovations on the North building of the property. In December of that same year, PASSi moved into its current facility in East Oak Lane. This expansion not only pertained to the physical property, but more importantly, PASSi was able to expand its services to offer adult day care with the May 2014 opening of the Penn Asian Jubilee Center. The Center offers free transportation so the clients can receive hot, nutritious ethnic meals, participate in fun and structured activities, and receive assistance with activities of daily living. It also allows seniors the very important benefits of socialization with peers that share a common language, an opportunity lacking in most other day care programs.

Throughout PASSi’s history, partnerships with joint programming and resource sharing have been crucial to the organization’s success. With visionary leadership, passionate staff, and quality programs, PASSi has the recipe for success for many more decades to come.

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