History

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) was founded by the current CEO, Im Ja Choi, in 2004 as Korean American Senior Services of Pennsylvania (KASSP) in order to help her own mother, who was recovering from stomach cancer. As the first Asian-focused homecare agency in Pennsylvania, KASSP’s work began January 2005, inside a 500 sq. ft., rent-free space in Abington, PA, generously provided by Abington Memorial Hospital. Towards the end of the first year, KASSP was able expand its operation to a larger 3,500 sq. ft. facility in Jenkintown, PA.


During this time, Ms. Choi came to learn that seniors and aging adults within other Asian communities, such as the Chinese and Vietnamese populations, also had limited access to culturally and linguistically appropriate long-term aging services. In September 2005, she requested the Board’s approval to change KASSP to PASSi, to be inclusive of all Asian seniors in Southeast Pennsylvania who are in need of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to comfortably age at home. Her request was granted in December 2005.

 

In 2006, PASSi established a State licensed vocational school, Penn Asian Vocational Institute (PAVI). PAVI provides quality training for PASSi’s Home Health Aides and also produce bilingual Certified Nursing Assistants for local health institutions. PAVI’s trainings are all conducted by bilingual RNs, with certified HHA training offered in several Asian languages (Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, and Khmer) and English.

 

In 2008, PASSi surpassed 100 clients with increased funding and staff support. PASSi received $850,000 over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substantially boosting PASSi’s financial capacity to produce more qualified entry level home and health care workers. By 2019, PAVI has produced 877 Home Health Aides and 388 Certified Nurse Aides.

 

In 2011, PASSi’s story received national exposure when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognized Ms. Choi with the Community Health Leader Award. Ms. Choi gave $105,000 of the $125,000 award to University Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, to support statistical research for Asian seniors in the Greater Philadelphia region.

In 2014, PASSi purchased a two building property and moved it’s headquarter to Philadelphia. The added space allowed PASSi to establish an adult day care center, Penn Asian Jubilee Center (PAJC). With capacity to serve 100 clients daily, PAJC offers culturally and linguistically respectful center-based programming for Asian seniors to continuously live within the community of their choice.

In January 2017, PASSi opened the PACE Center under the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) Program from the State Department of Aging. PACE Center provides education and application assistance for public benefit programs to limited-English proficient Asian seniors, aging adults and families. In 2018 alone, PASSi’s PACE Center assisted over 200 households to help them better afford their prescription, food, heat and more.

In September 2017, PASSi’s committed work and achievement for underserved Asian seniors received international recognition from the Global Ageing Network (GAN). PASSi was selected as the 2017 recipient of the “Excellence in Aging Service Award” at GAN’S bi-annual conference, held in Montreux, Switzerland.

In April 2019, PASSi opened Evergreen Center, a long awaited culturally appropriate senior community center for active Asian retirees. Evergreen Center brings together isolated seniors to its state of the art facility, featuring a commercial kitchen equipped to prepare Asian ethnic meals, heated swimming pool and sauna, auditorium, garden café, fitness room, and other activities rooms to accommodate a wide array of physically and mentally engaging programs.

Currently, PASSi is one of the most renowned homecare agencies in Southeast Pennsylvania, and the largest among Asian-serving agencies, by providing care to over 600 seniors and homebound adults annually. PASSi matches client’s with Home Health Aide(s) who share their language and culture, effectively providing homecare services in 17 different Asian languages and four European languages. Our 540-plus well-trained Home Health Aide caregivers serve clients every day, including weekend and holidays, in the five-county region of Greater Philadelphia.

Mission

PASSi's mission is "to promote the well-being of Asian American seniors and other adults

who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers."


Vision and_Values

December, 2019 

 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 Holiday Party 
Staff Appreciation Party
Holiday Photo Contest 2019
Census 101 Workshop (Korean and Chinese)
Registration open for upcoming HHA Training 
 Call 215-572-1234 for detail.
 
  

 

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri:  7am - 6pm

Sat:  8am - 2pm

 (215) 572-1234

 


 

Lunch Menu

 


 

Learn about PASSi!

 PACE Program 


  

PASSi JOBS:

Home Health Aide - Bilingual 

(Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, and other Asian languages)

Call our Homecare Supervisor Jae Kim at 215-572-1234 x121 for more info.  

 


 
 

Evergreen Center

Evergreen Center Program Brochure

Korean Music Program Flyer


 

2-1-1 SEPA

 

 

 
 

 
Health Insurance Options for College Students
 
 
 
 

 

Upcoming Trainings

 HHA training in February
 

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PASSi's Founder and Executive Director, Im Ja Choi, was honored as the keynote speaker for Penn State Abington's Fall 2014 Commencement on December 19, 2014, in front of an audience of over a thousand people. 

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