They are teachers, actors, business pioneers, civic and philanthropic leaders, community activists, mothers, fathers and so much more. They are our residents — Presby’s Inspired Life residents, to be specific. They carry with them a spirit and a vibrancy that inspires. These are their stories.

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.

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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.

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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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May 30, 2017


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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May 8, 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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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 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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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 6, 2017

A helping hand is never too far away — Marie Helmig’s perfect fit at Broomall

When Marie Helmig needed more intricate care, she found the perfect fit right in her own backyard at Broomall.

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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 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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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 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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July 8, 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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July 5, 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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May 12, 2016

For nurses, pride in service doesn’t wane with age – Philly Voice, 5/12/16

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

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February 10, 2016

Love at any age: Philly’s older adults prove love is timeless – Philly Voice, 2/10/16

No one can say love is discriminatory.

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June 2, 2015

Wedding Bells at Rydal Park

Ralph Bloch (89) and Anita Shmukler (85) met on the popular Jewish dating web site about 8 years ago, and have been living together for the past 6 years in a 55+ community in Warrington.

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June 4, 2014

Soaring At Any Age

Castle is a hard woman to get a hold of. If she isn’t volunteering at an area hospital, dining with her girlfriends at one of the many local restaurants or swimming a few laps in the fitness center, there’s a good possibility that she’s up in the air…literally.

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