Twice per year, The Sarah Ralston Foundation awards grant funding to qualified nonprofits who serve vulnerable, underserved older adults in Philadelphia. (Visit our 2023 Impact Report.) Grants for General Operating Support are awarded each spring, and grants for Innovative Project Support are awarded each fall.  The following directory provides critical information on our nonprofit partners to-date. 

African Family Health Organization

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides culturally sensitive health, human and education services to African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in greater Philadelphia.

Website: afaho.org
Address: 2420 S. 54th St. /2nd Floor/Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 546-1232
Volunteer: Contact Ms. Odochi Akwani – odochi@afaho.org

The Wisdom Villageprogram aims to positively impact the lives of African and Caribbean Immigrant and Refugee elders (ACIR) in the greater Philadelphia area by combatting loneliness and offering financial and other assistance, while creating a collective support system. This program is designed to emulate the village that these elders were used to in their home countries that made aging a joyful process through strong social supports, mutual assistance and compassionate care. Wisdom Village will provide weekly programming, intergenerational activities, mental health support and other assistance to 20 ACIR elders in the greater Philadelphia area during the 12-month period of this grant project. 

ARTZ Philadelphia

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Opens doors to people living with dementia by looking, listening, and engaging with the arts. 

Website: artzphilly.org
Address: 1229 Chestnut Street / Suite 188 / Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (610) 721-1606

The pandemic has taken, and continues to take, a tremendous toll on people living with dementia and on their care partners. It has challenged the capacity of small non-profits like ours to serve. This grant will ensure that in ARTZ Philadelphia's 11th year, we will be able to continue providing in-person and online programs that enhance the quality of life of people affected by dementia in our region and are of, by, and for those we serve.
ARTZ Philadelphia

Broad Street Ministry

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Helps Philadelphians living in deep poverty to stabilize.

Website: www.broadstreetministry.org
Address: PO Box 22656 / Philadelphia, PA 19110
Phone: (215) 735-4847
Volunteer Information

Broad Street Ministry emphasizes hospitality in its model serving Philadelphians impacted by poverty. This grant award from the Sarah Ralston Foundation represents a new partnership which will drive transformative, life-sustaining services offered without barriers to thousands of our neighbors.
Broad Street Ministry

CARIE

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elders promotes the well-being, rights and autonomy of the Elders.

Website: carie.org
Address: 1650 Arch Street / Suite 1825 /Philadelphia. PA 19103
Phone: (215)545-5728

We are so grateful for the support of the Sarah Ralston Foundation. This grant will help strengthen our advocacy efforts over the next year and reach even more older adults.
CARIE

Caring for Friends

2024 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Shares food and friendship with homebound, homeless and hungry people in greater Philadelphia.

Website: caringforfriends.org
Address: 12271 Townsend Road / Philadelphia, PA 19154-1288
Phone: (215) 464-2224

In 2022, Caring for Friends began offering family sized, casserole style meals to meet the growing number of families who were reaching out to them for food. Currently, they are operating their warehouse only two days per week due to lack of funding, which prevents them from operating within the hub and spoke model. The Hub and Spoke” program focuses on installing freezers onsite at agency partners facilities to store frozen individual and family sized, casserole style meals. The caring community freezers would allow their pantry partners, food cupboards, community-based organizations, and senior centers increased access to their “heat and eat” meals, which are critical for senior and disabled clients who can no longer cook for themselves and cannot afford to purchase protein.  

Center in the Park

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Promotes positive aging and fosters community connections for older adults whose voices are critical instruments in shaping its activities and direction. 

Website: www.centerinthepark.org
Address: 5818 Germantown Ave / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 848-7722

Center in the Park has been on the forefront of testing and implementing Evidence-Based Programs (EBPs) within senior center settings. CIP’s role in these projects was particularly important given that 91% of CIP’s members are African American older adults, a population that is often left out of research and program development. This venture, the soon-to-be released Bell Age Guidance Service(BGS), is a confidential digital service designed to measure 12 aspects of an individual’s health and wellbeing, along with their personal priorities, social determinants, and barriers to improvement. Upon completion, individuals receive evidence-based information and guidance to help them improve in the areas that matter most to them. The BGS service will be free to use and can be completed by older adults, family members, caregivers, and professionals. 

What a breath of fresh air it is to have a new foundation dedicated solely to supporting Aging Services! The funding climate is challenging for nonprofits working with older adults, as foundations continue to change their funding priorities and narrow their scope, never to the benefit of aging services providers. We are thrilled to see the Sarah Ralston Foundation form and create this space, and we are thrilled to be a partner.
Center in the Park

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Delivers nutritious meals and warm greetings to homebound neighbors. 

Website: www.chestnuthillmow.org
Address: 1710 Bethlehem Pike Flourtown, PA 19031
Phone: (215) 233-5555
Volunteer Information

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels exists to help ensure that no senior in our community goes hungry and forgotten. The grant from the Sarah Ralston Foundation will allow us to say yes to those low-income neighbors who most need healthy meals and caring connection.
Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels

Council for Relationships

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides expert therapy.

Website: councilforrelationships.org
Address: See website for locations
Phone: (215) 857-5968

By investing in mental health services, Council for Relationships (CFR) seeks to reduce healthcare costs, increase workforce productivity, and add to the overall 

well-being of older Americans, thereby positively impacting society. The “Older Adult Program” will enhance their capacity to provide high-quality care to more seniors through: 1) Program development 2) Psychoeducational workshops for older adults in assisted living communities, veterans organizations, and other community organizations 3) Communication and outreach through in-person and virtual programming 4) Subsidies for direct therapy services, including psychiatric evaluation fees, as needed 5) Specialized continuing education and professional development for therapists, psychiatrists, and clinically supervised interns. 

Face to Face

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides a safe environment and practical tools, which enable the people of the community to confront personal challenges, empower their lives and fulfill their unique potential.

Website: facetofacegermantown.org
Address: 123 E Price Street / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (267)575-7103

Face to Face has provided a range of critical resources and programs in the Germantown community for forty years, focusing on issues in the areas of health, legal, social, and food. Two new areas of focus address mental health and housing needs. The goal of this innovative support project is to serve seniors more comprehensively at Face to Face by providing 1) A housing navigator 2) Mental health supports in both group and individual settings 3) Expanded medical/legal services. All of the services offered by Face to Face are provided at no cost to their guests. 

Support from the Sarah Ralston Foundation comes at a critical time for Face to Face and the guests we serve in Germantown. In a rapidly changing community, elderly residents can be especially vulnerable as housing and other basic needs become more limited. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the foundation in addressing these challenges in Northwest Philadelphia.
Face to Face

Feast of Justice

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides food distribution, senior boxes, baby supplies and community programs to meet the needs of people in Northeast Philadelphia and beyond.

Website: feastofjustice.org
Address: 3101 Tyson Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19149
Phone: (215) 268-3510

Feast of Justice is a unique food pantry serving 2700 total households each year. Increased demand led them to seek support for their established programs, which will be scaled up. This innovative project support will benefit Philadelphia seniors who are aging in their homes through: 1) Increased access to culturally relevant, nutritious, fresh and shelf-stable foods that specifically support a senior population (e.g. nutrition drinks). 2) Expansion of their home delivery program. 3) Partnership expansion to provide monthly senior-centered programming and socialization opportunities. 4) Intentional recruitment and support of seniors for volunteer programs on site. 5) Expansion of their case management program that provides ongoing assistance to seniors.  

Federation Housing, Inc.

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Develops, builds and manages affordable independent housing.

Website: federationhousing.org
Address: 8900 Roosevelt Blvd. / Philadelphia, PA 19115
Phone: (215) 673-6446

Federation Housing is honored to be a recipient and partner of the Sarah Ralston Foundation’s inaugural General Operating Support grant cycle. This generous grant will greatly impact our low- income seniors as we will be able to expand our meal programs, transportation services and enriching social programs that enable our residents to continue to live independently and with an enhanced quality of life.”
Federation Housing, Inc.

Generations on Line

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Reduces isolation and provides easy, fast, free digital skills for elders.

Website: generationsonline.org
Address: 1017 Clinton  Street / Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215)922-3244

The wonderful advantage of this unrestricted grant is allowing us to dream, experiment, and explore! We will examine emerging needs and have the time to explore solutions.
Generations on Line

Health Federation of Philadelphia

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Promotes health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high quality, integrated and comprehensive health and human services

Website: healthfederation.org
Address: 123 S Broad St. / Suite 650 / Philadelphia, PA 19109
Phone: (215) 567-8001

The Health Federation of Philly promotes health equity for marginalized communities by advancing access to high-quality, integrated, and comprehensive health and human services. The focus of the “Philadelphia Model” initiative is to create a scalable framework to address residential care needs for older adults diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) requiring 24/7 nursing and personal care (needs which have been systematically, unintentionally neglected for decades). The initiative leverages existing reimbursement strategies, entitlement programs, and best practices, including provider and staff training addressing historical trauma and systemic racism and ableism. The model is designed in compliance with all state and federal regulations. They will design and implement a high-quality evidence-based program for 48 vulnerable older adults with SMI that need long-term skilled nursing services, which will improve quality of life and health scores among participants, while increasing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nursing facility staff as it pertains to care of this population. 

Health Promotion Council

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Promote health and prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations, through community-based education, outreach and advocacy.

Website: hpcpa.org
Address: Centre Square East / 1500 Market St / Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 731-6150

Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HPC) has a mission to prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations through outreach, education, and advocacy. HPC focuses efforts on racial/ethnic minorities and vulnerable and low-income populations. Project Significance Caregiving (PSC) addresses an important public health issue As Philadelphians age, their need for caregivers increases. Caregiving responsibilities can change in response to the recipient’s needs, often requiring more emotional and physical support and placing additional strain on the caregiver’s health. The primary goal of the PSC initiative is to ensure that caregivers have access to evidence-based programs and learn and implement self-care behaviors to address their own emotional, physical, and social needs. The target population for this proposal are adult caregivers who are providing care for underserved and vulnerable older adults living in the Philadelphia region. 

Intercommunity Action, Inc

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Helps people live fulfilling lives by providing resources for aging, behavioral health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Website: intercommunityaction.org
Address: 6012 Ridge Ave / Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone: (215) 4870914

Intercommunity Action, Inc addresses the mental health needs of older adults, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and an increasingly aging population. They are one of the few mental health providers equipped to provide geriatric mental health care in Philadelphia and they will be allocating this Innovative Project Support funding toward expanding their roster of services. Their staff has specific training and experience for addressing comorbid mental health, cognitive, and medical issues among seniors. Services include outpatient therapy, mobile mental health therapy, and peer counseling. The Intercommunity Action approach to preventive care to boost older adult mental wellness includes mitigating isolation, improving access to mental health support/services and reducing mental health stigma. 

Intergenerational Community Alliances and Program

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Focuses on palliative and hospice related issues in Black and Brown communities.

Website: www.icap-inc.com
Address: P.O. Box 34775 / Philadelphia, PA 19101
Phone: (215) 221-4249

Intergenerational Community Alliances & Programs Inc. (ICAP INC.) is appreciative of being selected as a grant recipient. It will assist with operational expenses to enable us to continue workshops to motivate seniors to engage in "The Talk" or conversations about life issues and end of life planning.
ICAP

Inglis

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Enable people with disabilities – and those who care for them – to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.

Website: inglis.org
Address: 2600 Belmont Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: (215) 878-5600
Volunteer: Contact Patricia.Veltri@inglis.org

Volunteer Information: Visit website

Inglis Community Services (ICS) operates programs that enable older homeowners and renters with disabilities to remain independent by staying in their homes. They conduct in-home assessments that result in modifications, including grab bars/railings, tub/shower transfer bench, accessible kitchen/bathroom features, access ramps, motorized chair lift, raised toilets, fall prevention/safety features, etc. ICS is expanding its existing Home Modifications for Independence (HMI) program through additional home modifications and their critically important Inglis Assistive Tech Solutions (IATS) services. This expansion will allow them to serve more older adults throughout Philadelphia County who are ageing in place by enhancing their independent function and improving their quality of life. These IATS integrated modifications will enable them to remain in their communities and avoid or postpone institutionalization. This program will serve renters and homeowners ages 50+ in Philadelphia County.  

Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Strengthen families and individuals across generations and cultures to achieve stability, independence, and community

Website: jfcsphilly.org
Address: 
Phone: (866)532-7669
Volunteer: www.jfcsphilly.volunteerhub.com Or contact Brianna Torres btorres@jfcsphilly.org.

Many older adults struggle with stigma associated with mental health concerns, often leading to symptoms of mental and physical health conditions. Many avoid or refuse treatment altogether. As a result, many older adults are ill-equipped to navigate life transitions, including loss of social networks or loved ones, declining health, addressing hoarding disorder, and feelings of loneliness and depression. COVID-19 only intensified social isolation and the need for mental health services. They will be allocating their innovative project funding toward their Mobile Mental Health (MMH) program. The MMH program bolsters the mental health safety net for low-income older adults through the provision of evidence-based, in-home mental health interventions and group-based supports. The program aims to reduce barriers to seeking mental health services for older adults caused by stigma and mobility/access concerns while providing them with in-person support to combat social isolation. They also link older Philadelphians to support groups and networks for further connectivity. 

JKPPA

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Elevate the patient’s voice in their healthcare concerns, experiences and decision-making – an individual and collective voice that will be heard. 

Website: jkppa.org
Address: 610 Harper Ave / Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 886-4357
Volunteer: Contact Heleneehrlich-cohen@jkppa.org Phone: 215-886-4357 

JKPPA is a forward-looking organization that recognizes the ever-expanding role of technology in health care and daily living, with a mission to empower seniors by providing them with essential knowledge, skills, and tools to confidently navigate the digital landscape. TheirTech for Seniorsinitiative represents an unwavering commitment to improving the well-being and quality of life for members of our senior community by helping them adapt to the ever-expanding role that technology plays in daily life, especially in the area of health care. This initiative is designed to be accessible through several senior-serving organizations across the Philadelphia area. The meticulously crafted 13-week program will teach seniors the skills needed to access and effectively use digital health care resources, so they can manage their healthcare conveniently from their homes. It will also help them participate in digital social activities, which connects them with loved ones and cultivates a sense of community while promoting cognitive well-being 

Joseph J Hill Ralston/Mercy- Douglass House

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides a place where older adults can go to receive services and socialization. 

Website: wwww.mercydouglass.org
Address: 3817 Market Street / Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 382-5110

Receiving this grant means that we have been recognized for our continued efforts to contribute to the improvement of housing and the quality of life for our senior community at large. It also means that we can now offer more services and activities that will focus on keeping the residents at the Joseph J. Hill Ralston/Mercy Douglass House moving, involved, and engaged. This will combat feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and worthlessness. We make every effort to support the overall well-being of our residents and this grant will allow us to do just that.
Mercy-Dougass House

Kiths Integrated and Targeted Human Services

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Serves the needs of Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees.  

Website: kithservices.org
Address: 4923 Old York Road, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone:(215) 278-6222

This grant will support KITHS with continuing to serve the Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee older adult population. The grant will help secure additional resources such as access to low-income benefits, healthy and sustainable food access, and education about various community supports.
Kiths

Lutheran Children and Family Services of Eastern Pennsylvania

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides vulnerable people with care, shelter, education and advocacy. 

Website: lutheran.org/community-services/senior-community-center
Address: 1016 N. 41st Street /Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 386- 0379
Volunteer: Contact Dana Barnes at dbarnes@lshphilly.org.

I love what I do because I have the opportunity to impact lives.” This is extremely important to Lutheran Children and Family Services. This grant will allow us to meet costs that are not covered by current funding. Ultimately, the grant money is not just supporting a business, but a vision.
Lutheran Children and Family Services

Lutheran Social Mission Society

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Empower individuals, families and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational and advocacy services. 

Website: lutheransettlement.org
Address: 1340 Frankford Ave / Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 426-8610

Lutheran Social Mission Society serves Fishtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. In a rapidly changing community, they offer essential resources for residents hoping to age in place. Their innovative project support will pilot a neighborhood-specific heath coaching program for older adults, combining their health/wellness and food access/nutrition programs. It will also increase their capacity for member-led research and evaluation. EnhanceWellness (EW) is their evidence-based program that connects participants with a personal health coach to improve their physical, emotional, and social well-being. This new initiative will be a robust version of EW—complete with a full-time Health Coach and part-time Nutrition Coordinator focused on providing nutrition-specific coaching and linkage to food related needs. They will also implement a Research Advisory Board to evaluate EW and other programs, while building their infrastructure for member-engaged program evaluation. This will meet the needs of members, who have expressed a desire to better understand how to manage the dietary aspects of their chronic conditions, interfacing with healthcare providers, building strength, and avoiding falls. 

Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provide expert geriatric care management so that seniors can remain safe and healthy in their own homes for as long as possible.

Website: abramsonseniorcare.org
Address: 261 Old York Road Suite 630 / Jenkintown, PA 19056
Phone: (215) 371-3400

Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center has been committed to providing exceptional care to seniors for over 157 years and addressing inequities in senior healthcare. Their goal is to provide a cost-effective and replicable model for aging in place by advancing the role of geriatric care management as an essential and successful component of healthcare while impacting the greatest number of vulnerable seniors. This will improve health outcomes while addressing inequities for disadvantaged communities. This innovative project will involve utilizing cutting edge technology to expand the scope of their care management and Nurse Practitioner model by including an IT specialist on the team. This will infuse the model with the expertise of information technology and improve the delivery of person-centered health care for vulnerable seniors that are dealing with chronic illness/disease. The aim is to focus on healthcare access by increasing medical providers’ ability to treat patients in the home through virtual technology. By implementing innovative technology solutions on a micro level, it will influence health and quality of life while bridging the gap to lack of access to healthcare in community-based settings for vulnerable, low-income seniors. 

Masjid Al-Wasatiyah

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides a safe haven for Muslim American family constituents we are predominantly older adults.

Website: www.alwasatiyatu.org
Address: 5727 Hoffman Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 747-1700

Mazzoni Center

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in a LGBTQ-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve.

Website: mazzonicenter.org
Address: 1248 Bainbridge St / Philadelphip, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 5630652

When Mazzoni Center was founded as Lavender Health Project over 40 years ago much of their focus was on the AIDS epidemic. Over four decades, HIV has become what is no longer a death sentence, but now a chronic condition. Mazzoni Center’s patients are living longer lives and as older adults, they are facing new health challenges and additional impediments in receiving the critical services necessary to detect and address those challenges. Those impediments include the same obstacles of time availability and mobility (both physical mobility and transportation) that face many seniors. It also includes other, more specific obstacles, such as discomfort with and distrust of the medical system, often due to past trauma, that are particularly prevalent in the LGBTQ+ (and especially transgender) community. The development of a Remote Patient Monitoring program at Mazzoni Center will create a game-changing innovative approach in addressing the needs of the LGBTQ+ seniors in their health center practice who are facing chronic conditions. It will also help them overcome many of the obstacles that have impeded care in the past. 

Morivivi Latino Cancer Support Group

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Supports Latinas in Philadelphia with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Website: grupomorivivicancer.org
Address: P.O. Box 14516 / Philadelphia, PA 19115
Phone: (267) 539-3446

Northern Living Center by North City Congress 

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides services to older adults at their community center, and provides behavioral health and wellness programs.

Website: northernliving.org
Address: 827 N. Franklin St. / Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 978-1300
Volunteer Information: Kamryn Bonds: Kbonds@North-City.org / (215)978-1300

This grant allows Northern Living Senior Center by North City Congress to extend our reach in service to older adults in Philadelphia to extend far beyond what we could have done alone. As a General Operating Support Grant recipient, our program will continue to combat social isolation, food insecurity, and unaddressed mental health and wellness needs. We will do so by engaging older adults with opportunities to learn, grow, and live full and enriched lives. We are tremendously grateful and eager to serve!
Northern Living Senior Center

Northwest Community Court Program

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides resources for families with food insecurities and assists older citizens with reentry who have served 15 years or more. 

Website: nid.org/northwest-community-court-program
Address: 2334 W. Hunting Park Ave. / Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (267) 528-9133

This investment enables the Northwest Community Court Program to realize our vision for the community and sustain our ongoing activities.
Northwest Community Court Program

Northwest Mutual Aid Collective

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Supplies nutritious and healthy food to seniors, disabled residents, cancer patients, and low-income families. 

Website: www.northwestmutualaidcollective.org
Address: 5608 Baynton Street / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone:(484) 640-2792

Your grant will be instrumental in sustaining our crucial efforts to nourish individuals in the Northwest section of Philadelphia. With the support of organizations like yours, we can effectively address and bridge the food insecurity gap among BIPOC communities in this specific region.
Northwest Mutual Aid Collective

Penn Memory Center

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

A single, unified Penn Medicine source for those age 65 and older seeking evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, information, and research opportunities related to symptoms of progressive memory loss, and accompanying changes in thinking, communication and personality.

Website: pennmedicine.org
Address: 3400 Civic Center South Pavillion/ 2nd Floor/ Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 316-5151
Volunteer: Contact Megan.Kalafsky@Pennmedicine.upenn.ed

Penn Memory Center (PMC) serves people living with a dementia disorder, and their family support systems, by providing education, emotional support, customized care plans, and a vast portfolio of social and supportive programs, free of charge. This innovative project support will be used to highlight two programs from their Caring Difference suite that support older adults with dementia and their family caregivers: The Caring Collective and Time Together. Goal #1 is the delivery of Time Together services to the West Philadelphia community to support older adults experiencing dementia and their caregivers. They anticipate being able to serve 100 families in the community. Respite/companionship will be provided by students trained to serve as companions for older adults with mild-to-moderate dementia while simultaneously providing relief to their caregivers. Goal #2 is to recruit and train 100 college students to serve as volunteer companions and provide them with training, ongoing support and supervision. Goal #3 is to deliver The Caring Collective training to 50 PMC caregiver dyads (mentors and mentees). Seasoned or former caregivers receive training on providing peer-to-peer mentoring/coaching on best practices for providing support for their Caring Collective match.  

Penn's Village

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Assists older neighbors to live independently in their homes by providing caring services and programs.

Website: pennsvillage.org
Address: 201 S. 21st Street / Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 925-7333

This grant is pivotal to our efforts to continue our outreach in central Philadelphia to older vulnerable and underserved adults who wish to stay in their own homes as long as possible, with services and programs that decrease loneliness and isolation and increase their quality of life.
Penns Village

Philadelphia Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Advocates and mitigates for the release of elderly men and women in prison.

Website: phillyappsrp.wordpress.com
Address: 5818 Germantown Avenue / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone Number: (202) 696-4718

The operating grant is very much appreciated as sometimes advocating on behalf of a population mostly invisible and hidden from society can be daunting as the task is mammoth and resources scarce in returning them back to their families and communities. But the Ralston Foundation just gave PhillyAPP-HRC the push to not give up on our work, our aging prisoners, and ourselves.
PhillyAPP-HRC

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Emergency Fund

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides support when all other resources have been exhausted for utilities, food, clothing, repairs, medication and other essential expenses. 

Website: pcacares.org
Address: 642 N. Broad Street / Philadelphia, PA 19130-3424
Phone: (215) 765-9000

Nutrition in the Community is a pilot program that will enable eligible older Philadelphians to enjoy a free, nutritious meal at participating restaurants as a complement to PCA’s traditional Senior Center Congregate Meal Program. By partnering with restaurants in the community, PCA intends to increase the availability of nutritious foods and social engagement for individuals who may not otherwise participate in congregate sites or senior centers. Participants will be able to visit a community restaurant and receive a free nutritious meal from a pre-determined menu. With the success of this pilot program, PCA hopes to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to gain flexibility in congregating meal funding to sustain this innovative program. This pilot project will: (1) Increase access to healthy and nutritious meals for older adults at risk for food insecurity. (2) Address social isolation. (3) Test the feasibility of the restaurant dining model to advocate for flexibility in the use of the Older Americans Act Title III funds to support the innovative program. The pilot program will provide 600-750 meals a month over four months. 

We are grateful to the Sarah Ralston Foundation for their grant of $50,000 to the Emergency Fund. The award of $50,000 will provide heat for over 50 households of older residents of Philadelphia next winter.
PCA Emergency Fund

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Repairs homes, revitalizes communities, and rebuilds lives. 

Website: www.rebuildingphilly.org/
Address: 4355 Orchard Street / Suite 2R / Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: (215) 967-0777
Volunteer Information

This grant enables us to deepen our work with senior homeowners living on low and fixed incomes to maintain their homes in healthy and safe conditions.
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

SeniorLAW Center

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Seeks justice for older people by using the power of the law, educating the community and advocating on local, state and national levels.

Website: seniorlawcenter.org
Address: 1650 Arch St / Ste 1820 / Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 988-1244
Volunteer Information (Or contact Joanna Jarzebowska, Esq., at jjarzebowska@seniorlawcenter.org.)

SeniorLAW Center: Their innovative project will expand their Housing/Homeownership Rights services project to help older homeowners in specific neighborhoods of Philadelphia retain their family’s home, prevent homelessness and enable them to age in place. Specifically, their innovative project will focus on remedying and preventing tangled titles. Tangled titles refer to the situation when a person lives in the home that they own (or have a right to own) but their name is not on the deed/title. The initiative will focus on the areas of Philadelphia where 3.5% to 6.5% of all houses have tangled titles (Upper North and North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and Southwest Philadelphia). It will involve legal rights education, intake clinics, and personal planning clinics. These neighborhoods are also among the poorest neighborhoods which places them at greater risk of having titles become tangled. Requests for tangled title legal assistance have recently skyrocketed  

SOWN

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Strengthens community support networks, reduces social isolation and improves the wellbeing of older adults.  

Website: www.sown.org
Address: 4100 Main St./ Suite 403 / Philadelphia, PA 19127-1623
Phone: (215) 487-3000

SOWN’s innovative project, Connect4Health (C4H) will aim to reduce social and health inequities for low-income, isolated older adults living in under-resourced neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Aging services providers and community organizations have programs designed to serve older people, but interventions to directly affect isolation and loneliness are limited. SOWN’s telehealth intervention does just this – their model is unique in targeting older adults at high risk of isolation. SOWN will create a pilot project to test the viability of collaborating directly with healthcare providers as a mechanism to help isolated older adults access and benefit from their telehealth group service. Their goal is for this model to be effective in enabling more older people in Philadelphia to build social connections and improve their health by forming sustained relationships and reducing social isolation. SOWN will create an integrated care model in partnership with acute and chronic health care providers in Philadelphia. They plan to collaborate with the health system and major home health providers that serve older residents of Philadelphia (e.g. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine Home Health) by providing them with their evidenced-based SOWN telehealth group model for older adults identified as high risk for social isolation, loneliness, and lack of social connection.  

Thank you to the Sarah Ralston Foundation! SOWN will utilize this grant to provide much needed services to reduce loneliness and social isolation for low-income older adults in Philadelphia.
SOWN

The Center-Philadelphia

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Connects people through creativity, compassion, and community engagement.  

Website: thecenterphiladelphia.org
Address: 55 N. Broad Street / Philadelphia, PA 19107

Funding from the Sarah Ralston Foundation will enable us to expand services with our most vulnerable neighbors experiencing homelessness, our seniors. Housing is a basic human right. We all deserve safe, affordable and accessible housing and even more so in our senior years. We are grateful for the support of the Sarah Ralston Foundation in partnering with us to make housing justice a reality.
The Center-Philadelphia

The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

2023 Innovative Project Support Grantee

Provides health and human services organization of the Asian American community. 

Website: www.jaisohn.org
Address: 6705 Old York Road / Philadelphia, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 549-5400

Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation (PJMF) helps older low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors navigate the challenges of aging, which include isolation, structural, language and cultural barriers which confine many first-generation immigrants to low-income senior apartments, increasing their vulnerability to depression and mental health issues. The goal of the proposed innovative project is to increase access to life altering therapeutic programs that help AAPI seniors live a life with dignity and independence by addressing social isolation issues and improving their mental and physical resiliency through therapeutic group activities. Social isolation is a serious issue amongst first-generation immigrants given their low English proficiency exacerbated by cultural and structural barriers. Various wellness activities will be offered to AAPI seniors through PJMF’s LIFE Academy program, including music and creative therapy, mindfulness, fall prevention, brain health, among many others.  

This grant means Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation will continue to serve the vulnerable AAPI seniors with its unique holistic healthcare and human services delivered with cultural competency in accessible languages. These seniors face many interrelated challenges stemming from poverty, cultural differences, language barrier and skills necessary to navigate the system.
Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation

Urban Affair Coalition - Grand Central

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Provides a place where older adults can go to receive services and socialization, support to families raising their grandchildren. 

Website: uac.org
Address: 1211 Chestnut Street / Suite 200 / Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 557-1554

What a blessing it is to receive funds from Sarah Ralston Foundation.This grant will allow us to serve and connect to more vulnerable older caregivers.It also means that we can offer more resources in a more meaningful way.
Urban Affairs Coalition

Urban Resources and Development Corporation

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Stabilizes housing and communities through the repair of homes for seniors and low-income people. 

Website: www.buildgermantown.org
Address: 6001 Germantown Avenue / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (267) 289-2159
Volunteer Information: Contact Joseph Waldo at executivedirector.urdc@gmail.com

The Urban Resources Development Corporation assists one senior each week in northwest Philadelphia with home repairs that they are unable to afford themselves. Operating grant support from The Sarah Ralston Foundation is instrumental in ensuring that these seniors not only “age in place” in healthier, safer homes but also not be displaced by the increasing gentrification that is occurring in our community.
URDC

UUH Outreach Program

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Supports the goals of people 60 and older in achieving independence, dignity and quality of life in their homes and communities.

Website: www.uuhoutreach.org
Address: 22 W. Rittenhouse St. / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 843-5881

This generous grant from the Sarah Ralston Foundation allows us to be creative in partnering with older adults to achieve their goals. It provides us with an extra cushion so we can use these funds in a meaningful, but also flexible, way.
UUH Outreach

Yoga 4 The World

2023 General Operating Support Grantee

Makes peace, love and healing accessible through yoga and meditation.

Website: www.yoga4philly.org
Address: 500 W. Chelten Ave. / Suite 305 / Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (347) 803-8583

Securing a partnership with the Sarah Ralston Foundation solidifies the impactful work we are doing in the lives of seniors. It is empowering to know that the foundation has our backs!
Yoga 4 Philly