Philadelphia, PA (February 23, 2017) – Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that LCFS’ West Philadelphia Senior Community Center has been awarded $19,000 in grant monies from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

WPSCC will use the critically needed funds to replace deteriorating equipment in its fitness center. “Our equipment hasn’t been upgraded since we opened in 2006. Now, with our funding, we can replace the old equipment with two new treadmills, a stationary bike, an elliptical machine, and a combination machine for upper and lower body workouts,” says WPSCC Program Manager Rose Richardson.

WPSCC’s fitness center has been a vital hub for hundreds of West Philadelphia seniors over the last decade, yet Rose expects the infusion of new equipment to help increase participation even more—by at least 20%. The modernization of the equipment, she says, will eliminate deficiencies that currently allow only 10 people to work out simultaneously.

Lawrence, an avid fitness enthusiast, credits WPSCC’s fitness center with helping him to regain improved mobility.

Rose owes the popularity of the fitness center to several factors. “Many local seniors cannot afford membership to commercial fitness centers or would feel uncomfortable in such venues. Furthermore, older adults choose to work out at WPSCC because it provides an inclusive community of support and encouragement that helps them meets their goals,” she says.

The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center is located at 1016 N. 41st Street. Basic membership for seniors 50 and better costs nothing, and upgraded memberships are available at nominal cost. To inquire about joining, call 215-386-0379 or email roser@lcfsinpa.org.

About the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center
The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC) improves the lives of 4,000 older adults through social services, initiatives that help to remediate food insecurity and poor nutrition, outreach to homebound seniors, support groups, and fitness and life enrichment programs. WPSCC is managed by LCFS, a member of the Liberty Lutheran family of services, with funds from the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. For more information, visit westphilaseniorcenter.org.

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