Adults aged 60 and older, both Jewish and non-Jewish, receive the support they need to live and thrive in their Northeast Philadelphia homes while staying connected to the community.

More than 65,000 of Philadelphia’s older adults live in this area. The neighborhood suffers from a lack of service providers, and its aging buildings are in need of maintenance and renovation, but the area remains vibrant and optimistic.

Why It Matters

A NORC is a community that has a large proportion of residents over 60 but was not specifically planned to meet the needs of older adults living on their own. The residents face various obstacles that make it hard for them to perform daily activities like shopping for food and taking care of their homes. Despite these challenges, they prefer to remain in their own homes.

How the NORC Works

This innovative initiative, operated by the Jewish Federation in partnership with Catholic Health Care Services, helps 1,600 older adults living within the ZIP codes of 19111, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19149 and 19152. The NORC provides home assessments, maintenance and repairs; chore services; transportation to medical appointments and grocery shopping; monthly lunch and learn gatherings; and friendly visits and phone calls.

NORC staff help clients access other critical community services like home-delivered meals and home care. A neighbor-helping-neighbor model moves this project beyond traditional social services, leveraging community resources to connect older adults to the services they need.

How to Get Help

If you would like to enroll in the Northeast NORC program or know someone who would benefit by joining us – please click here to fill out our intake form.

How You Can Help

Volunteers are a key ingredient in the NORC’s success, pitching in with everything from raking and changing light bulbs to making minor repairs, installing shower grab bars, and winterizing homes by covering windows with plastic. If you’d like to help out with home maintenance tasks or simply make a home visit or phone call to an older adult, contact us to find out how to get involved.

Where to Find Us

Our office address is 8546B Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Contact us at 215­.320­.0351 or