You heard it here first! From Abington to South Philly, read all about the great things that are happening in and around Presby’s communities. Here’s the latest news at Presby’s Inspired Life:

March 15, 2020

A Message from John Cochrane – CEO OF HumanGood

Note to our residents, friends and family members: Like you, I sometimes feel inundated with news, updates, and rumors about the coronavirus and steps companies and governments are taking to contain the spread. I know the constant barrage of updates can be confusing as new information is processed and responses are updated. I hope not […]

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March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Our healthcare teams are continuing to track the latest news and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health department directives. The health, security and safety of our residents and team members is our highest priority. As reported and confirmed by the CDC, there […]

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August 26, 2019


Presby will pay tribute to Judee M. Bavaria for two decades of compassionate service and leadership on Oct. 24 during the annual Inspired Service Recognition Dinner. Presby’s Inspired Life is pleased to announce that after 20 years of service to Presby’s Inspired Life and a total of 30 years of service in the field of […]

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June 17, 2019

Presby’s Inspired Life Announces Affiliation with HumanGood

– Affiliation to strengthen senior housing and services for older adults coast to coast- LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. (June 17, 2019) — HumanGood, California’s largest non-profit provider of senior housing and services, and Presby’s Inspired Life (Presby), a regional leader of continuing care and affordable housing for seniors in greater Philadelphia, announced today that the two […]

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May 21, 2019

Presby’s Annual Day of Inspiration Makes A Difference Across Greater Philadelphia

Presby’s fourth annual Day of Inspiration and its volunteer efforts made a difference all throughout the Philadelphia area this past Friday, May 17. Residents, team members and volunteers donated their time and skills to events and activities held throughout various Presby communities. Created by Presby team members to enhance the older adult communities they serve, […]

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May 16, 2019

Presby’s Rydal Waters Community Breaks Ground in Abington Township

On May 15, 2019, Presby’s Inspired Life, a leader in market-rate and Affordable Housing communities in greater Philadelphia, broke ground on Rydal Waters, a new cottage neighborhood for adults 55+ in Abington Township. The afternoon celebration included remarks from Presby’s Inspired Life President & CEO, Judee Bavaria as well as State Senator Arthur Haywood, Vice-Chair […]

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May 10, 2019

Presby leaders among those honored during PHFA’s Housing Forum

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today recognized three affordable housing leaders during its Housing Forum conference at the Hilton Harrisburg. Honored with the agency’s Housing Pioneer Award were: Judee Bavaria, president and CEO, Presby’s Inspired Life Vidhi Anderson, executive director of housing and land development, Presby’s Inspired Life William Gatti, president and CEO, […]

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May 3, 2019

New Mobile Therapeutic Sensory Garden at Spring Mill Engages Residents Cognitively and Creatively

Spring Mill, a Presby’s Inspired Life Community, has partnered with Seattle-based Eldergrow to create a mobile therapeutic sensory garden and indoor therapeutic horticulture therapy program for its residents. Today, the two organizations came together to host an event for Spring Mill residents to begin planting the garden with flowers and various herbs, including peppermint, basil […]

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April 24, 2019

City Block Revitalized with Low-Income Senior Housing Community in South Philadelphia

On April 23, Presby’s Inspired Life, along with Councilman Mark Squilla and residents, celebrated the grand opening of Cantrell Place in South Philadelphia. The site of the new buildings, located on the same street where Mayor Kenney grew up, has revitalized a city block by transforming 33 vacant lots into 61 units of Affordable Housing […]

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April 18, 2019

Presby’s Inspired Life Announces Agreement of Sale with Vintage Healthcare Group Regarding the Organization’s Rehabilitation and Skilled-Nursing Community in Broomall

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa (April 18, 2019) – Presby’s Inspired Life announces the sale of its full-service rehabilitation and long-term, skilled-nursing community, “Broomall Presbyterian Village,” located at 146 Marple Road, Broomall, to Vintage Healthcare, effective May 12, 2019. With more than six decades of service to the greater Philadelphia region, Presby’s Inspired Life made the strategic […]

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April 3, 2019

Team Members Honored for Distinguished Service at Annual Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Presby’s Inspired Life held its annual Distinguished Service Awards, which honor team members for commitment to exceptional service. This year saw 29 team members nominated by their colleagues for awards across seven different categories. All winners were chosen by members of Presby’s senior executive team. In addition to those awards, […]

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March 1, 2019

Presby’s Cantrell Place Community Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal

Presby’s Inspired Life was recently recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal for one of its affordable housing developments in South Philadelphia. Awarded as one of the Best of Philly Real Estate Deals of 2018, Cantrell Place, is a 61-unit community that offers housing to those 62 and better of low-income. Presby’s Inspired Life manages and […]

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February 12, 2019

Dining Plans Go In A New Direction

The following article published in Senior Living News features insights from David Stolzfus, corporate executive chef for Lifestyles by Unidine and Presby’s Inspired Life and Sarah Jolles, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Presby’s Inspired Life. “We’re offering global flavors. Plates have gotten a little smaller, more focused, healthier,” he added. “Everything’s farm-to-table, sustainable. We’re […]

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February 11, 2019

Postponed: 2/12 Grand Opening of Cantrell Place

Event Update: Please be advised that the Grand Opening celebration for Cantrell Place, scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019, has been postponed until a later date. For questions please call 610-260-1142. Cantrell Place is South Philadelphia’s newest contemporary affordable housing community for those 62 and better.

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February 1, 2019

Presby’s Inspired Life Revitalizes City Block with Low-Income Senior Housing in South Philadelphia

On Tuesday, February 12, Presby’s Inspired Life — along with Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilman Mark Squilla, and residents — will celebrate the grand opening of Cantrell Place in South Philadelphia. The site of the new buildings, located on the same street that Mayor Kenney grew up, has revitalized a city block by transforming 33 […]

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December 21, 2018

A special 2018 end-of-year message from Presby President and CEO Judee Bavaria

Presby’s Inspired Life’s President and CEO shares a special message with Presby’s Team Members Wow!! Here we are at the end of another remarkable year for the ministry of Presby’s Inspired Life. As I reflect on 2018 and the achievements that were realized, what I am most proud of is the way we came together […]

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December 13, 2018

Presby Holds Witherspoon Senior Apartments Grand Opening Celebration

Local leaders and residents joined Presby officials to celebrate the opening of the new Affordable Housing community in Southwest Philadelphia. On Thursday afternoon, Presby’s Inspired Life, along with local officials including State Representative Joanna McClinton and Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Jonshon, celebrated with residents as Witherspoon Senior Apartments, an adaptive reuse of a former nursing […]

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November 12, 2018

Presby to hold Witherspoon Senior Apartments Grand Opening on Dec. 13

  Presby will celebrate the opening of its newest community, which offers 61 units of affordable housing in Southwest Philadelphia. Mark your calendars — Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Presby’s Inspired Life is excited to announce the grand opening of Witherspoon Senior Apartments, the organization’s newest affordable housing community, at 2000 […]

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October 26, 2018

Presby honors 5 inspiring women during record-setting 10th Anniversary of Inspired Service Recognition Dinner

A record-setting crowd of friends, team members, benefactors, sponsors and honorees gathered at the Hilton City Avenue in Philadelphia on Thursday evening as Presby’s Inspired Life celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Inspired Service Recognition Dinner. This year, five inspiring women were honored for their for their civic leadership and works of charity that make […]

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October 12, 2018

Presby honors Team Member service milestones at 2018 Service Awards

Team members from all across Presby’s Inspired Life gathered together Thursday evening in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania for the annual Service Awards Dinner. Presby holds this event each year to honor team members who have reached yearly milestones in their service to the organization. This year, 82 team members, who combined for a total of 860 […]

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October 9, 2018

Colleen Tyrrell appointed Rydal Park’s Director of Dining Services

Colleen Tyrrell has taken the helm as the new Director of Dining Services at Rydal Park. Colleen will play an integral role in the organization’s day-to-day dining operations, namely delivering innovative dining experiences for the nearly 500 residents of Rydal Park, as well as the guests of the residents. She was most recently the General […]

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October 4, 2018

Moving Up and Making an Impact

  Senior Housing Manager Nyhema Thomas has made an impression on numerous communities and residents during her 15 years with Presby. Nyhema Thomas doesn’t even have to look at a chart or a spreadsheet or at any other program on her phone or computer. She knows the name and room number of each of the […]

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September 30, 2018

Presby holds Glorious Gardens Second Épisode Celebration at Rosemont

The event recognized generous benefactors and gave attendees a chance tour where new features will sit on the estate community grounds. On Friday, Sept. 28, Presby’s Inspired Life held its Glorious Gardens Second Épisode Celebration on the grounds of the Rosemont estate community. This event was held to recognize the generous benefactors who are contributing […]

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September 19, 2018

Greetings from Jenkintown

When you walk into the Rydal Park apartment of Katharine Cobbs, your eyes are immediately drawn to the desk nestled against the back wall of the living room. The gray, ceramic desk is embellished with art supplies – pens, pencils, markers, scissors, felt, paper of all colors and sizes, jewels, etc. It’s clearly the desk […]

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August 15, 2018

Jackie Harvey and Israel Anderson bring creativity, innovation to Tioga

  Jackie and Israel team up to bring new, exciting enrichment opportunities each day to Tioga’s residents. The elevator beeps as it reaches the ground floor at Tioga Apartments and the steel doors push open. When the short ride downstairs reaches its final destination, there’s already a commotion and hearty laughs coming from Tioga’s nearby […]

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July 23, 2018

Partners in Caring program allowing Presby Team Members to give back across all communities

  The successful program allows Presby Team Members the opportunity to contribute to and support residents beyond their everyday roles.   When you walk through the doors of a Presby community, you aren’t just seeing or chatting with a resident or a team member. You are meeting a member of our family – the Presby […]

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July 19, 2018

Several Presby Affordable Housing Managers earn Quadel Housing Certifications

A number of managers in Presby’s Inspired Life’s Affordable Housing communities recently saw their hard work pay off as they completed their Quadel Housing Certifications. The following managers received their certifications in the following categories: Quadel Low Income Housing Tax Credit Compliance: Shawn Dickerson, Senior Housing Manager – Lindley Court Apartments Kiyaa Moody, Senior Housing […]

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July 17, 2018

Brenda Torres-Wells bringing imagination to life each day at Rosemont

Rosemont’s Life Enrichment Director pulls from a variety of professional and life experiences to bring new ideas and a vibrant spirit to residents and fellow team members each day. Brenda Torres-Wells has always had a keen eye and the passion to assist in the community around her, no matter where it may be. As a […]

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July 12, 2018

Presby to honor 5 women leaders at this year’s Inspired Service Recognition Dinner

Presby will honor the five notable women for their service to those 62 and better throughout the Philadelphia area on Oct. 25 during the 10th annual Inspired Service Recognition Dinner. Presby’s Inspired Life is pleased to announce that five notable women from the Philadelphia area – Lisa Thomas-Laury, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Irene Hannan, Dr. Ellyn […]

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June 29, 2018

Presby’s construction partners making commitments to give back to communities they build

For Presby partners TN Ward, Horst Construction and McBrick Building Company, the partnership isn’t just about construction. It’s also about making a difference. Bricks and mortar form our buildings. But the foundation is laid in our partnerships. Presby’s decades-long relationships with businesses such as TN Ward construction, Horst Construction and McBrick Building Group are about […]

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June 22, 2018

Presby COO Tama Carey named LeadingAge PA’s 2018 Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Presby’s Inspired Life Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tama Carey was honored Thursday evening by LeadingAge PA as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award during a gala in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This prestigious award recognizes an individual for service and commitment to those 62 and better. LeadingAge PA, […]

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June 20, 2018

Nearly 100 people converge on 58th Street Campus for Witherspoon Apartments lease-up

  Potential residents gathered as early as 12 hours ahead of time for an application to Presby’s new Affordable Housing community opening this fall in Southwest Philadelphia. Nearly 100 interested residents lined Presby’s Inspired Life’s 58th Street Campus on Tuesday morning to apply for Witherspoon Apartments, Presby’s new affordable housing community that will open on […]

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June 15, 2018

Presby welcomes team members’ children for Take Your Child to Work Day

  Children from ages 5-11 joined us for a day of fun, interactive activities at our Community Support Center. Presby on Friday welcomed team members’ children and grandchildren to our Community Support Center in Lafayette Hill, PA for our annual Take Your Child to Work Day. Children who attended took part in fun, interactive presentations […]

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June 7, 2018

Potential residents gather in South Philly for Presby’s Cantrell Place lease-up

Nearly 100 potential residents lined the sidewalks a day early to apply for Presby’s newest affordable housing community in South Philadelphia. Presby’s Inspired Life on Tuesday held its lease-up event for Cantrell Place, a new community with 61 units of affordable housing for those age 62 and better. It will open this coming fall at […]

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May 31, 2018

Local Presbyterian Churches continue to inspire and give back to Presby’s mission

Presby upholds its faith-based roots by continuing to strengthen relationships with spiritual institutions in neighborhoods where it maintains a footprint. Since Presby’s inception, we have held familial ties to faith-based institutions, particularly Presbyterian churches through which Presby attributes its founding, all throughout the region. Those enduring ties are sustained through Presby’s growth and service and […]

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May 25, 2018

Cupboards of Care program guiding Presby residents to healthier eating habits, lifestyles

Residents in Presby’s Affordable Housing communities can purchase healthy foods and take part in sessions with dieticians as part of the program … and the results are showing.   Healthy decisions lead to healthy eating. Healthy eating leads to healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to healthier outcomes. For some, this is an easy path to […]

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May 18, 2018

Presby’s 3rd annual Day of Inspiration engages communities, makes difference throughout Philadelphia

Presby team members, residents and civic leaders collaborated to give back to local neighborhoods. Presby’s third annual Day of Inspiration and its volunteer efforts made a difference all throughout the Philadelphia area on Friday. Residents, team members and volunteers donated their time and skills to events and activities held throughout various Presby communities. Created by […]

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May 16, 2018

Presby celebrates 2018 Compassionate Care Day at Morrisville

Residents, family and team members gathered to recognize the continued displays of Compassionate Care within the community. Compassionate Care is on display for all to see every day at Morrisville. And this past Tuesday, it was celebrated by residents, family and team members. Presby recognized a gracious benefactor’s generous gifts to Morrisville and its residents […]

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May 10, 2018

58th Street Campus celebrates exceptional residents in their 90s

Seven ladies of 58th Street shared stories, laughs and treats as they were recognized by family, friends and team members. There were nine decades worth of celebrations Tuesday at Ann Thomas Apartments in Southwest Philadelphia. Residents, team members and family members gathered in Ann Thomas’ first-floor community room to celebrate and recognize all the residents […]

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May 8, 2018

Residents take part in 2nd annual Rydal Park Spring Into Style Fashion Show

A total of 13 ladies took the floor and strutted their stuff in colorful outfits courtesy of Chico’s. The weather was finally warming up outside and spring was certainly in the air last week at Rydal Park as residents took part in the second annual Rydal Park Spring Into Style Fashion Show. An audience of […]

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April 26, 2018

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Parish Nurse Carol Cherry speaks on holistic healing at Presby’s Clergy Circle

Carol spoke on her experiences helping others heal and her own self-healing holistic experiences. Presby’s Inspired Life on Thursday held its latest Clergy Circle event, this one at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The featured speaker at this edition of the Clergy Circle was Bryn Mawr Presbyterian parish […]

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April 25, 2018

Performers from Penn Academy Dance Group visit Spring Mill

The dancers returned for a much-anticipated springtime show. Dancers from the Penn Academy Dance Group in Northeast Philadelphia recently visited Spring Mill, a Presby’s Inspired Life community located in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. The dancers were on hand for a special performance for the residents. The performers wowed the audience with their colorful costumes and dance […]

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April 24, 2018

Suzanne Parker utilizing her time and talents all across Rosemont

Resident Suzanne Parker is relishing in her mansion life at Rosemont. You just never know where you’re going to find Suzanne Parker at Rosemont. She could be behind the counter or stocking the shelves at the Beaupre Shop. Or she could be in her apartment, typing away at the latest edition of “The Voice” resident […]

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April 17, 2018

Presby to hold annual Day of Inspiration event on Friday, May 18

This year’s event will feature volunteer activities at various Presby communities across the Philadelphia region. Mark your calendars because Presby’s Inspired Life’s annual Day of Inspiration is coming soon! This year’s Day of Inspiration will be held throughout the day on Friday, May 18 at numerous Presby communities across the greater Philadelphia area. Created by […]

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April 13, 2018

Cantrell Place and Witherspoon Senior Apartments to hold first community meetings

Presby’s two newest Affordable Housing communities, slated to open this fall in South Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia, respectively, are giving potential residents the opportunity to meet team members and gather more information.   The excitement continues to grow as South Philadelphia’s Cantrell Place (located at 427-455 Cantrell Street) and Southwest Philadelphia’s Witherspoon Senior Apartments (located […]

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April 11, 2018

Presby team members honored during 2018 Distinguished Service Awards

Team members from across all of Presby’s communities were recognized and honored during the annual awards ceremony. This past Monday, Presby’s Inspired Life held its annual Distinguished Service Awards, which honor team members for their continued passion and dedication in making all of Presby’s communities an exceptional place to live. This year saw 33 team […]

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April 5, 2018

Meal program brings residents, local volunteers together at Grace Court

With the help of state funding, Grace Court has started a twice-a-week meal program that provides more than just food.   When you walk through the sliding doors at Grace Court on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, it seems like just another evening at the Presby-sponsored community in Yeadon, Delaware County. But catch the elevator downstairs […]

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March 30, 2018

Retired Presby team member returns to give back as volunteer

Mary Ellen Thomas continued to hear the call of Presby and its mission after she retired and decided to give back with her time.   In 1999, Mary Ellen Thomas started working in the accounting office at Presby’s Inspired Life. Over the next 17 years, she grew within the organization, becoming a building manager in […]

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March 29, 2018

Neumann Senior Housing receives grant to refurbish its historic chapel

The Presby-managed community in Philadelphia’s Fishtown section received a generous grant to rehab its shuttered chapel, much to the residents’ delight. Nestled in the tight, bustling streets of Philadelphia’s resurgent Fishtown neighborhood sits the St. Mary’s Hospital building, recognized by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a historical site, and, within it, its venerable chapel. Closed […]

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March 28, 2018

Broadcasting pioneer Lisa Thomas-Laury speaks at Rydal Park’s Women’s History Month series

The Philadelphia news icon spoke to the packed audience about her groundbreaking career and her battles with the mysterious disease that threatened her life. Philadelphia news and 6ABC broadcasting icon Lisa Thomas-Laury was the latest presenter at Rydal Park’s Women’s History Month speaking series on Tuesday afternoon at Rydal Park’s auditorium. Thomas-Laury spoke to a […]

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March 1, 2018

Presby Announces 2018 Distinguished Service Award Nominees

A total of 32 Presby team members have been nominated across various categories for their work and dedication to the organization. This coming April, Presby’s Inspired Life will honor and recognize team members as we will hold the annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon. The event highlights Presby team members for the exceptional work they do […]

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February 23, 2018

Presby’s Vidhi Anderson provides insight on tax reform and affordable housing in Philadelphia Inquirer Story

Presby’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development discussed how the federal tax overhaul could affect affordable housing inventory in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania In a Philadelphia Inquirer story published on Feb. 23, Presby’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development Vidhi Anderson provided her insight on how the recent federal tax overhaul could change the […]

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February 14, 2018

Over 6 decades of Valentine’s Day love on display at Spring Mill

Spring Mill residents Angelo and Dolly DeMarco celebrated their 64th Valentine’s Day together this year. Angelo and Dolly Demarco, who are 86 and 84, respectively, fondly remember the first time they met growing up in North Philadelphia. Their aunts were next-door neighbors, and all the teenagers in the neighborhood would hang out. Initially, there was […]

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January 23, 2018

Presby’s Inspired Life Bucks Employment Trends

Presby’s Inspired Life attracts and retains team members through an  empowering culture and commitment to exceptional service. We all know that people are changing jobs more often than ever before. According to a Jan. 9, 2018, article from, the average employee only stays in a job for 4.2 years. However, Presby is bucking that […]

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January 23, 2018

Rydal Park resident Carol Young appears on 95.7 BEN FM

Carol discussed her work with the area’s homeless and her work with Presby on the “Her Story” program with host Kathy Romano.   This past Sunday morning, longtime Rydal Park resident Carol Young appeared as a guest on 95.7 BEN FM Philadelphia’s “Her Story” program with host Kathy Romano. Carol is the founder of the […]

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January 17, 2018

WURD radio broadcasts live from Riverside Apartments

The local Philadelphia radio station once again joined Presby for a live broadcast, this one at Riverside Apartments affordable housing community in Center City. WURD 900am Philadelphia was back broadcasting live from a Presby’s Inspired Life community on Tuesday afternoon, this time at our Riverside Apartments affordable housing community in Center City. This week’s program […]

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December 21, 2017

2017 End-of-Year message from President and CEO Judee Bavaria

The year 2017 has been a groundbreaking year for Presby’s Inspired Life – literally and figuratively. This year, we ushered in a new tagline that best personifies who and what we are as an organization. “Exceptional. Without Exception.” For 62 years, we’ve strived to do one thing: be better. It may sound simple on the surface, […]

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December 20, 2017


Presby VP of Philanthropy & Mission Support Lynn Johnson-Porter and 58th Street resident Robert Nowell appeared on set to talk about how the initiative is supporting healthier lifestyles for affordable housing residents. Presby hit the local airwaves again this past Tuesday morning as our Cupboards of Care program was highlighted on NBC10’s 11 a.m. newscast. […]

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December 5, 2017

Impacts in healthy eating felt from Presby’s Cupboards of Care program

The program allows Affordable Housing residents access to gift cards to purchase healthy foods and change eating habits. When Robert Nowell goes grocery shopping, he makes a list and only buys what’s on it. These days, that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Robert is a resident at Ann Thomas Apartments, one of […]

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November 28, 2017


An avid photographer, Tioga’s Aaron Stallworth has worked hard to develop an impressive career path in Presby’s Affordable Housing program. To Aaron Stallworth, it’s all about capturing the scene. An avid photographer, Aaron knows that capturing the perfect scene is an art form and can speak louder than any words. “I’ve always just had this […]

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November 20, 2017


Judee, Presby’s President and CEO, and Lynn, Presby’s VP of Philanthropy and Mission support were interviewed for a story on gender equality in the senior living industry. With Women’ Equality Day taking place across America this past Saturday, Presby President and CEO Judee Bavaria and Presby Vice President of Philanthropy were quoted in a Senior […]

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October 31, 2017


Resident Arthur Mami mans Spring Mill’s community garden all while planting his roots even deeper within the local community he’s lived in with his wife for decades. As the orange-toned evening sun shines down on Spring Mill before dropping past the horizon for the night, you can find resident Arthur Mami on the lush side […]

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October 27, 2017


The longtime CBS 3 anchor was recognized for his service to adults 62 and better during Presby’s annual event, held Thursday evening in Philadelphia. Presby’s Inspired Life was proud to honor CBS 3 lead anchor and longtime Philadelphia news staple Ukee Washington on Thursday evening as the 2017 Inspired Service Award recipient during the annual […]

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October 25, 2017


The longtime Philadelphia news staple will be honored Thursday during the annual Inspired Service Recognition Dinner for his dedication to supporting people 62 and better in our area. Longtime CBS 3 anchor Ukee Washington will be honored by Presby’s Inspired Life as the 2017 Inspired Service Award recipient on Thursday night during this year’s Inspired […]

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October 17, 2017


Presby’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development spoke on Affordable Housing for seniors 62 and better and how Presby recycles land in Philadelphia. Vidhi Anderson, Presby’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development, gave a presentation and spoke on a panel last Wednesday morning at the Urban Land Institute of Philadelphia’s forum on Affordable […]

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October 13, 2017


Ninety-one Presby Team Members were honored for their combined over 1,000 years of service to the Presby ministry. This past Thursday evening, Presby’s Inspired Life held its annual Service Awards Dinner, which honors those Presby Team Members who are celebrating career milestones ranging from five to 40 years within the Presby ministry. This year’s keystone […]

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October 10, 2017


Presby’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development will join other speakers for a discussion on how Philadelphia can effectively use models from other cities to build Affordable Housing. Vidhi Anderson, Presby’s Inspired Life’s Executive Director of Housing and Land Development, will speak on a panel Wednesday morning at the Urban Land Institute of Philadelphia’s […]

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September 28, 2017


A recap from the groundbreakings of Presby’s newest Affordable Housing communities, Cantrell Place in South Philadelphia and Witherspoon Senior Apartments in Southwest Philadelphia. Within a week at the end of September, Presby’s Inspired Life broke ground on two new, long-awaited senior Affordable Housing communities — Cantrell Place in South Philadelphia and Witherspoon Senior Apartments on […]

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September 26, 2017


A new Affordable Housing community is coming to the 58th Street campus as Presby will break ground on Witherspoon Senior Apartments, which will feature 60 units of Affordable Housing for seniors. A new community is coming to our 58th Street oasis. On Wednesday, Presby’s Inspired Life  will break ground on Witherspoon Senior Apartments, a new […]

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September 19, 2017


Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney will be among those on hand Wednesday to help Presby break ground on its newest Affordable Housing community, Cantrell Place in South Philadelphia. Presby’s Inspired Life on Wednesday will break ground on Cantrell Place, a new Affordable Housing community in South Philadelphia at 5th and Cantrell Streets that will offer 61 […]

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August 24, 2017


Rydal Park features numerous programs aimed at bringing people of all faiths and beliefs together and giving them a place to worship as they wish. “We had nearly 100 people at our Seder meal this year,” says Irv Leventhal, a resident at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, “and you can bet that many of them weren’t […]

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August 3, 2017


Rydal’s resident “Mr. Fix It” recently allowed 6ABC’s camera into his workshop for an interview segment that aired on Thursday’s noon newscast. Lights! Camera! Action! Rydal Park resident Bill Schwarzchild and his unique custom workshop were featured in an Art of Aging piece that aired Thursday on 6ABC’s noon newscast. Bill, known as Rydal’s “Mr. […]

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July 18, 2017

Bill Schwarzchild, Rydal Park’s ‘Mr. Fix It,’ to be featured on 6ABC’s ‘Art of Aging’

Bill and his custom workshop at Rydal Park will be featured in a upcoming segment.

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July 6, 2017

Presby holds Inspired Benevolence event to honor generous benefactors

Generous benefactors were honored for all they contribute to help ensure the betterment of residents throughout all of Presby's communities.

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June 26, 2017

Presby’s 2nd annual Day of Inspiration serves others throughout greater Philadelphia

This year's Day of Inspiration saw team members donate their time and give back during various service activities hosted by 10 of our communities throughout the area.

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June 8, 2017

Presby to hold annual Day of Inspiration service event on June 23

An estimated 100-150 volunteers and counting are set to donate their time and efforts during numerous activities across Presby communities.

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June 2, 2017

A Legacy of Compassionate Care

The Compassionate Care Campaign assists people throughout the Presby family, and Rydal Park residents took a few moments to describe why they feel the need to support it.

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June 1, 2017

Finding his inspiration: Walter Dickerson back on the right path at Old City

Walter Dickerson knew his life was spiraling downward as he moved in and out of a homeless shelter. He knew change was needed and a chance to move into Old City helped guide his successful journey.

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June 1, 2017

Rydal Park, Rosemont residents tour 58th Street Campus Affordable Housing Campus

Residents from Rydal Park and Rosemont took a day trip to the 58th Street Campus to tour the communities and mingle with fellow residents and Presby family members.

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May 9, 2017

Nearly 100 potential residents brave fierce weather for St. John Neumann Place II application event

Potential residents withstood strong rains to fill out applications for the Presby's-managed Affordable Housing community that is scheduled to open in September in South Philadelphia.

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May 9, 2017

From a crossroads to a ‘haven’: Willie Truitt thrives in numerous ways at Old City

Willie Truitt faced an all-too-common dilemma when he needed an affordable place to live. But then he received a life-changing call from Old City manager Tanya Scott.

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May 4, 2017

Dr. Kevin R. Johnson speaks at Presby’s Clergy Circle event at Mantua Apartments

Dr. Johnson, the renowned pastor of Dare to Imagine church in West Philadelphia, spoke to residents, Presby team members and worshipers who gathered at Mantua on Thursday.

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May 3, 2017

Rosemont honors and thanks volunteer residents during annual luncheon

The annual event honored 80 residents who donated almost 10,000 hours of their time to Rosemont in 2016.

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April 28, 2017

Presby hosts group of children for Take Your Child to Work Day

Team members' children were able to participate in a variety of activities and mingle with Spring Mill residents throughout the day.

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April 20, 2017

Presby Team Member Notebook: Different roles, same inspiring mission

Broomall's Ronald Williams, Rosemont's Sandra Allen and Spring Mill's Jose Montanez are all valued team members whose exceptional service to Presby was recently recognized.

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April 19, 2017

Presby’s Inspired Life announces plans for Rydal Waters expansion

The expansion of the Rydal Park community will add 85 two-bedroom, two-bath, beautifully appointed cottages and numerous amenities.

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April 13, 2017

Presby honors team members at 2017 Distinguished Service Awards

Thirty-one team members from across all of Presby's communities were nominated over eight categories.

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April 4, 2017

World-renowned violinist David Kim performs for Rydal Park and Rosemont residents

Residents from both communities were treated to the work of Kim, the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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April 3, 2017

Following her passion: Carla Berryman sets the bar for exceptional service at Rosemont

Rosemont social services coordinator Carla Berryman feels working hand in hand with Rosemont's residents is something she was always meant to do.

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March 31, 2017

A leader, a listener, a friend: Arlishia Fields’ door is always open at Jackson Place

Arlishia Fields' feeling she would become a Presby team member one day was true. And as the senior housing manager at South Philly's Jackson Place, she values communication with residents.

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March 24, 2017

Team Member Profile: Ruth James, ‘The Mother of 58th Street’

The 58th Street Campus is Presby's Inspired Life's Affordable Housing Oasis in Southwest Philadelphia, and Ruth James is the hard-working leader of it all.

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March 22, 2017

37 years of fresh perspectives: Pat Marshall’s journey with Presby’s Inspired Life

Pat Marshall started with Presby's Inspired Life 37 years ago. And while titles and roles change, Pat remains a guiding light and mentor to her fellow team members.

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March 17, 2017

Neighbors then and now: Marie Scafidi and Kay Barksdale live the old neighborhood at Jackson Place

Lifelong South Philly residents Marie Scafidi and Kay Barksdale feel right at home at Jackson Place as they still live in the heart of their community.

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February 28, 2017

Team Member Profile: Eric Sodano finds his perfect fit at Mantua Apartments

Eric Sodano has always wanted to help others in his hometown of Philadelphia. As Social Services Coordinator at Mantua, he's the residents' go-to guy.

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February 27, 2017

Spiritual Sensory Stimulation program brings holistic approach to memory care to Spring Mill

The program uses four of the five senses to help residents recall religious thoughts and memories.

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February 24, 2017

Dr. Kevin R. Johnson to speak on spirituality and aging at Presby’s Clergy Circle

Dr. Johnson, an executive leader and Lead Pastor of Dare to Imagine Church, will speak on May 4 at Mantua Apartments.

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February 24, 2017

Rosemont residents gather to celebrate Black History Month

Residents took part in presentations and events that helped celebrate Black History Month.

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February 23, 2017

Back to where it begin: Harriett Waddell is back home at Mantua Apartments

Lifelong West Philadelphia resident Harriett Waddell thought she'd never return to the area after leaving for Delaware. But Mantua Apartments brought her back home.

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February 16, 2017

Married to the job: Renee and Michael Martin’s bond extends to Presser/Nugent

Renee and Michael Martin have been together 27 years, married for 17 and together they manage Presby's Presser/Nugent Apartments in Philadelphia's Mount Airy section.

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February 15, 2017

Over a century strong: The amazing life story of Mantua’s Jerry Butler

Mantua Apartments resident Jerry Butler, a World War II veteran who will turn 101 in November and still lives independently, sat down to talk about his incredible life's journey.

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February 14, 2017

Spring Mill Resident Featured on Ch. 6 ABC

Spring Mill's local artist, Bill Hirsch was recently featured on Ch. 6 ABC's Art of Aging series. See the video here.

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February 10, 2017

Nativity BVM holds party to celebrate 1st anniversary

Local media was on hand as the Presby's Inspired Life-managed community celebrated the milestone with residents, team members and neighbors.

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January 19, 2017

Lindley Court holds meet and greet for local Olney community

The local Olney community was welcomed to meet Presby's team members and take a tour of Lindley Court, a new Presby's Affordable Housing community.

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January 18, 2017

Spring Mill’s Bill Hirsch interviewed for 6ABC news segment

Bill's incredible paint-by-number works of art will be featured on 6ABC's Art of Aging segment.

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January 4, 2017

Finally a place to call home – Jeanne Renna and Tioga Presbyterian Apartments

Jeanne Renna had never lived on her own before, but through Presby's Affordable Housing Ministry, she found a safe, secure place to call home at Tioga.

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December 29, 2016

Spring Mill residents, Presby’s team members gather for Secret Santa event

Residents enjoyed carols and holiday treats as team members made sure every resident left with a gift.

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December 20, 2016

Year End Message from the President

…at the end of another wonderful year at Presby’s Inspired Life! 61 years in and we are still going as strong as ever.

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December 16, 2016

Putting the ‘liquid puzzles’ together – Bill Hirsch and the pursuit to paint outside the lines

With his "steady hand and good eyes," Spring Mill's Bill Hirsch has put together an incredible collection of paint-by-number masterpieces he calls his "liquid puzzles" over nearly the last 20 years. He's now putting his amazing work on display for the first time.

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December 8, 2016

Presby’s Inspired Life featured in Philadelphia Tribune article on Affordable Housing

The efforts of Presby's Inspired Life and the Philadelphia Housing Authority to develop readily available Affordable Housing were highlighted in a recent article.

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December 7, 2016

Rydal Park’s Daniel Kaye donating all proceeds from new book to charity

Daniel, the director of life enrichment at Rydal Park, is donating all proceeds from his new book to youth charities.

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December 1, 2016

Presby’s Inspired Life’s Tameata Jordan named IREM Delaware Valley’s CPM Candidate of the Year Award winner

Presby's Inspired Life Assistant Director of Housing Tameata Jordan was recognized as the chapter's Certified Property Manager of the Year.

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November 28, 2016

Presby’s Inspired Life team members appear on WURD radio show with Congressman Bob Brady

Fourteen of Presby's Affordable Housing communities are located in Brady's district, which includes parts of Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware County.

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November 22, 2016

Spring Mill residents donate Thanksgiving foods for Affordable Housing residents

An annual tradition reached its fourth consecutive year as Spring Mill residents donated food and time to help others in the Presby's family have a happy Thanksgiving.

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November 16, 2016

A Transformative Bond: Older Adults and Children Connect Over A Good Book

After almost 40 years, Rydal Park resident Pat Quigg and her Reading Buddies program continue to link seniors and children in the Philadelphia area.

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November 14, 2016

Presby Team Members Join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Saturday, November 12, Presby’s Inspired Life team members participated in the Philadelphia Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

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November 11, 2016

Rydal Park hosts Veterans Day ceremony featuring Honor Flight Philadelphia

Veteran residents were honored during a ceremony that featured live music and a virtual tour of memorials, among other things.

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November 10, 2016

58th Street Campus holds brunch to honor veteran residents

Veteran residents and residents' spouses were honored for their service during a commemorative event.

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November 8, 2016

Spring Mill Resident Votes for the First Time

Spring Mill's Margareta Dimmick, 90, made history Tuesday when she voted for the first time.

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November 4, 2016

Rydal Park Veterans interviewed for WPHL 17 Veterans Day special

Veterans who now reside at Rydal Park were interviewed for a special that will air on Friday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day

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October 21, 2016

2016 Inspired Service Recognition Dinner honors Patricia S. Scott

Presby's Inspired Life's annual Inspired Service Recognition Dinner honored longtime Rydal Park resident Patricia S. Scott for her gracious giving and benevolent spirit.

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October 14, 2016

Neumann Senior Housing Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Neumann Senior Housing recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The former St. Mary's Hospital in Philadelphia's Kensington section, the Presby's Inspired-Life managed community opened its doors in 2006.

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October 2, 2016

Local High School Senior Gives ‘Seniors’ Something to Sing About

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 the “Presby Singers”—a group of seniors from Spring Mill Presbyterian Village, a community of Presby’s Inspired Life, made their debut, under the direction of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School Senior, Leah Schick.

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September 16, 2016

Presby’s Inspired Life Dedicates Rosemont’s Glorious Garden

The Glorious Garden is an outdoor oasis conveniently nestled on Rosemont's sprawling 10-acre campus that includes garden benches, a small pond with accompanying waterfall, a birdbath, different types of beautiful flowers and flagstone pavement blocks upon which people will be able to pay tribute to friends and loved ones with special messages.

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July 27, 2016

Leading By Example

Coloring is one of the favorite hobbies of Dee, whose vibrant drawings dot the walls of the apartment she’s lived in since the Pensdale community opened its doors in 2004. In fact, she’s holds the distinction of being Pensdale’s first-ever resident.

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July 27, 2016

Partners In Caring

My participation in Partners in Caring is a meaningful way in which I extend my service to Presby in order to impact an even greater number of lives for the better.

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July 27, 2016

25 years and counting

As Ann Thomas Apartments, a Presby’s Inspired Life-sponsored community located on the 2000 block of S. 58th Street, celebrates its 25th anniversary, a special resident took a few moments to reflect upon her time living there for the last quarter-century.

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June 27, 2016

Presby Profile: The Voices of Inspiration

The “Voices of Inspiration,” is a choral group comprised of Presby’s Inspired Life employees from across the ministry’s communities.

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June 20, 2016

Glorious Garden Blooming at Rosemont

Nestled on a secluded former estate, Rosemont is a peaceful oasis along the Main Line of Philadelphia, pairing quiet seclusion with the nearby excitement of some of the region’s most popular attractions.

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May 30, 2016

Compassionate Care at the Heart of Presby’s Ministry

At Presby’s Inspired Life, it is a privilege to walk alongside our residents and their families to take part in the joys, triumphs and challenges of their everyday lives.

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May 12, 2016

For nurses, pride in service doesn’t wane with age

Joan Randolph has retired from nursing, but nursing has never really left her.

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May 10, 2016

Celebrating Nurses Week: Meet Claire of Rydal Park

In celebration of Nurses Week, Presby's Inspired Life is sharing the stories of some of the many, amazing nurses that work in our communities.

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May 9, 2016

Celebrating Nurses Week: Meet Christa of Spring Mill

In celebration of Nurses Week, Presby's Inspired Life is sharing the stories of some of the many, amazing nurses that work in our communities.

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May 1, 2016

Programming to Better Enrich Mind, Body and Spirit – FROM THE DESK OF SARAH

After bricks and mortar, nothing is more vital to a community than its cultural, entertainment and wellness offerings.

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May 1, 2016

Inspired Journeys: An Innovative Approach to Caring for Those with Memory-Loss

Nancy was a homemaker who loved baking chocolate cake. Richard was a doctor who enjoyed dancing to Frank Sinatra.

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March 20, 2016

Presby Profile: The Rev. Tom Summers

The Rev. Tom Summers has more than 20 years’ experience in pastoral ministry, including six years as chaplain and bereavement counselor in hospice care.

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February 25, 2016

I’m Not Ready Yet! Or, How to Face Our Fears to Reap the Rewards – FROM THE DESK OF SARAH

More and more, I'm hearing people say "I'm not ready yet."

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February 10, 2016

We Have A Lot More Living To Do – FROM THE DESK OF SARAH

It wasn’t long ago that people were saying, “40 is the new 30.”

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January 10, 2016

The Sower’s Society: Fostering a Legacy of Service and Compassionate Care for Generations to Come

Since its inception in 1955, Presby’s Inspired Life has held true to its mission of offering exceptional living experiences and compassionate care to older adults from diverse backgrounds.

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September 18, 2015

Rosemont Library Renamed in Honor of Presby’s 1st President

On Thursday, September 17, Presby’s Inspired Life President & CEO, Judee M. Bavaria, Executive Team Members and members of the Board of Directors hosted a library dedication ceremony honoring its first and longest serving president, The Rev. Paul A. White.

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June 18, 2015

Rydal Park CNA Wins Statewide Award for Outstanding Service

Terrina Reed, CNA at Rydal Park, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from LeadingAge PA, a trade association representing Pennsylvania not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to the elderly, at the organization’s annual conference in Hershey, PA on June 17.

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April 17, 2015

Russell L. Mast is Appointed New Executive Director at Rydal Park

Russell L. Mast of Philadelphia has been appointed Executive Director of Rydal Park, an Abington Township residential retirement community of Presby’s Inspired Life, a leading Delaware Valley not-for-profit developer of continuing care and Affordable Housing for older adults.

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