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Home Princeton Packet Princeton Packet News Princeton Senior Resource Center will be ‘help older adults thrive’

Princeton Senior Resource Center will be ‘help older adults thrive’

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Princeton Senior Resource Center will be ‘help older adults thrive’
<p>Pictured are medalists from the Princeton Senior Resource Center who participated in the New Jersey Senior Olympics table tennis event. Left to right are: Johnny Ho

The Princeton Senior Resource Center has entered a contract to purchase a 12,000-square-foot building at 101 Poor Farm Road in Princeton from 101 Poor Farm Road Princeton LLC.

The new building will become a gathering place for seniors in the community, featuring a world-class learning center, the PSRC Technology Lab, and administrative offices.

PSRC will also continue to operate some programs in the Suzanne Patterson Building.

“Our vision,” Executive Director Drew Dyson said in a prepared statement, “is to develop a world-class, multi-site senior center serving older adults across the region. With our new facility supplementing our current space, we will have the means we need to continue helping older adults thrive.”

The mission of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, founded in 1974, is to be “the go-to resource where aging adults and their families find support, guidance, education, and social programs to help navigate life transitions and continue to be active, healthy, and engaged in the community,” according to the statement.

Active programs, including classes, social events, lectures, the renowned Evergreen Forum, GrandPals, and much more, draw more than 1,400 people weekly to PSRC, according to the statement.

PSRC also provides compassionate social services through individual and family consultations, support groups, benefit assistance, linkage to resources, education, and support.

Amid the current pandemic, PSRC has temporarily shifted online and with the help of an exceptional technology team of staff and volunteers has engaged over 3,500 people in online programming since March, according to the statement.

Governed by its board of trustees, PSRC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with 18 staff members, more than 400 volunteers, and over 70 community partnerships. PSRC is supported by individual donors, special events, foundations, grants, corporate sponsorships, and program revenue. PSRC also has service contracts with the municipality of Princeton and the Princeton Housing Authority that provide roughly 20% of PSRC’s budget, according to the statement.

“The board of PSRC has been engaged in conversations for many years about our need for additional space for programs and offices as well as additional parking for our programs. This new building, coupled with our existing location at the Suzanne Patterson Building, will enable us to serve the growing population of older adults in our region for years to come,” Joan Girgus, PSRC board president, said in the statement.

Late in 2020, PSRC will launch a capital campaign to fund the purchase and development of the new building along with an endowment focused on expanding its lifelong learning program.