Im Ja Park Choi Named a 2014 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania

PASSi Founder and Executive Director, Ms. Im Ja Park Choi, was recently named a 2014 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvaina. On Wednesday October 15th, Ms. Choi was one of a select group of women who were invited to the Govenor's mansion in Harrisburg, PA to receive their awards and celebrate during a luncheon.  Click the Read More button below  to read the official press release for this event.

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Pictured from left to right: Im Ja Choi, Margaret (Peggy) Duckett, Janice McLaughlin, Alba Martinez,

Gov. Tom Corbett, Carolyn Duronio, Carmen Twillie Ambar, Sylvia Hill Fields, Anne Lewis.

 

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center clients go Apple Picking!

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center went Apple Picking with around 30 participants at Styer Orchard in Langhone, PA. Aside from apple picking, everyone went for a hayride and ate lunch at the picnic tables on the grounds. The trip was blessed with perfect weather and was super fun!!! 

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Im Ja Choi Featured in AARP Magazine Article

PASSi's Executive Director, Im Ja Choi, was recently featured in an AARP Magazine article focusing on four 50-plus aged workers who reinvented themselves in second careers in the non-profit nonprofit sector. See the full article here:
www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-2014/nonprofit-second-career-entrepreneur.1.html

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the Philadelphia Senior Chorus

On Friday, September 26th, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the Philadelphia Senior Choir. The choir members gave a lovely performance that all of our adult day care clients and PASSi staff enjoyed immensely!

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PASSi receives Federal Grant as Navigators to Assist Asian Americans with Health Insurance Education and Enrollment

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $255,000 Navigator grant to PASSi to assist English-limited Asian Americans navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. PASSi was one of six awardees selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The Affordable Care Act provides increased access to affordable health insurance plans for the uninsured through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many Asian Americans with limited-English proficiency struggle with the selection and enrollment processes because almost all resources are only available in English.

According to the 2010 Census, the Philadelphia region has 106,720 Asian Americans, 47% of whom have limited English proficiency. There is an urgent need for culturally and linguistically appropriate information and service delivery. Currently, 21% of Asian Americans in Philadelphia are uninsured, creating various health disparities from a lack of primary and preventative healthcare.

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Vanguard Day of Caring at PASSi

On Saturday, September 6th, PASSi was host to local representatives from The Vanguard Group, Inc. who volunteered for a United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Day of Caring. Seven Vanguard representatives headed by team lead Louis Esposito together with a few PASSi staff members worked to complete a yard cleanup of PASSi’s east side of the building that has been largely untouched for many years prior to PASSi purchasing this building. The volunteers all worked tirelessly for four hours and did a great job to revitalize that portion on the property.

PASSi would like to send our thanks and gratitude to The Vanguard Group, Inc. and its volunteers for doing such a great job!

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Pictured in Front Row:                                                                                 Rebecca Fregeau, Jenny Bedin, Louis Esposito, John Rahmlow 
Middle Row:                                                                                                Joseph Martosella, Stephen Horvath, Theodore Jeong
Back Row:                                                                                                   Praveen Chand, Brandon Swartout, Brendan Heron 

 

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center celebrates Chuseok

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center had a Chuseok celebration (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival or Korean Thanksgiving) on Monday, September 8th.  To start our celebration, Mr. TaeSoo Shon gave a brief demonstration on stretching techniques. From there, the seniors were treated to lovely musical selections on the Ocarina. We also invited a Korean folk music/dance team from the Korean Traditional Music Institute to entertain the seniors in our adult day care program. Mr. SaeYoung Jung played the Janggo while Millyang Arirang, YoungSoon Lee, HaeRan Shim, & JongHyn Kim lead the group in a variety of traditional Korean songs and dances. Singing along with old Korean folk songs exhilarated many of our clients to join in dancing together, including our executive director, Im Ja Choi. After the entertainment, clients dined on traditional Chuseok treats such as songpyeons and japchae along with their lunch. 

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers"

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers" on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heaven Flowers tells the story of two Korean seniors who meet and fall in love and even through a life changing event, the play shows that it is never too late to love.

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The Huffington Post Recgonizes Im Ja Choi

 

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The Huffington Post has recgonized Im Ja Choi for her outstanding work in the Asian American senior community. The article describes the trials and tribuations she endured while taking care of her mother who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2002, and the success that she has gained through building PASSi to be the organization it is today. To read the article please click the following link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tarnoff/reinvention-boomers_b_5545993.html

PASSi Was Featured By New York Times

Used on FlyerPASSi has been featured by the New York Times about the organization's significant work with aging Asian American seniors with limited-English proficiency and cultural barriers. The article points out the rapidly growing need for better services and support system for this growing population. It also provided examples of two of PASSi's clients' families, describing the struggles in caring for their elderly parents.  PASSi's Founder/Executive Director Ms. Im Ja Choi was also covered as a leader in this field.

The article appeared on January 15, 2014, on page A11, titled "As Parents Age, Asian-Americans Struggle to Obey a Cultural Code".
To read the article, please link the following:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/us/as-asian-americans-age-their-children-face-cultural-hurdles.html?hp.

 

PASSi Home Health Care Services in Montgomery County (2)

Penn Asian Senior Services is excited to announce that it has been selected as a 2012-2015 Program Investment/Community Impact partner by the North Penn United Way.  This support will allow Penn Asian to reach Asian seniors, especially the Asian Indian and other South Asian communities, in the North Penn and Indian valley area.  To learn more about the North Penn United Way's Program Investments, click here.

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PASSi's Executive Director Named "Citizen of the Week"

PASSi's executive director Im Ja Choi was featured as "Citizen of the Week" in the Montgomery Media newspaper for her work in establishing a home health care agency to better serve ailing Asian-American seniors with language and cultural barriers. Read more about the story here.

Im Ja Choi Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Ellis IslandPASSi's Executive Director, Im Ja Choi, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, along with 97 other outstanding Americans at a ceremony on historic Ellis Island.  Ms. Choi was selected to receive a medal for her work as founder and Executive Director of Penn Asian Senior Services, a nonprofit home care agency that serves Asian seniors and disabled adults in southeastern Pennsylvania.


Collaboration between PASSi and the Korean Senior Association of Greater Philadelphia

Check out the recently published article in Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal about PASSi's collaboration with the Korean Senior Association of Greater Philadelphia!  The article can be accessed here.

PASSi is Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer!

PASSi was recently featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer!  Check out the story here.

Aide Ly Bui of Penn Asian Senior Services cares for Bach Do in Philly from other Asian nations as well as clients born in the United States.Home Health Aide, Ly Bui, and PASSi client, Bach Do, were featured in the Inquirer article.

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Latest News

HHA Class Information

PASSi is now accepting applications for our Home Health Aide classes. The classes will be taught in various languages including English, Korean, Chinese, Khmer/Cambodian, and Gujarati.  This two-week program offers 80 hours of instruction. Please call 215-572-1234 for more information. 

 

Nurse Aide Class Information 

Competitive Tuition Rates

Seven Week Program

(120 hours of training)
Classes held in English
Classes are Evenings:  

5:00pm – 9:30pm
Weekend Clinical:  

7:30am – 2:30pm

The next NA class is scheduled in the beginning of 2015 (course calendar coming soon). 

For more information or to make an appointment call Jenny Bedin at 215-572-1234 ext. 10.

 

Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese Home Healthcare Aides Needed!

Penn Asian Senior Services is currently hiring Home Health Aides.

  • Qualifications: HHA certificate preferred. Training will be provided to applicants who do not have prior HHA experience
  • Qualified applicants can start work immediately.

 We offer fringe benefits, including paid vacation, health insurance, 401K retirement plan, as well as comparable salary based on experience and capability.

Call 215-572-1234 for more information.

 

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