Programs & Services

FACTS (Food; Aid; Clothing; Training; Services)

Food:

Our Morning Breakfast Program helps to ensure that all members of our Philadelphia community have access to nutritious food. Those experiencing food insecurity can come to the Center, Monday through Friday, and pick up a Grab & Go meal from a member of our team. The Center opens its doors for meal distribution at 7 a.m. to ensure that people can stop by on their way to work to pick up meals for the day. Each person receives a complete breakfast and lunch served with hot coffee. Our menu changes daily and includes a combination of meals donated by generous local restaurants and meals prepared in the Center’s kitchen - all of which are delicious and ready to eat!

Our weekly SHINE Program takes place on Sunday mornings. Center staff and community volunteers team up to prepare and serve a restaurant-style sit-down breakfast for anyone experiencing food and housing insecurity. The meal is prepared by our wonderful in-house cooks with an emphasis on nutrition and variety. Attendees are served their hot breakfast meal with the options of tea, coffee, and juice directly to their tables so they can relax and enjoy good conversation. These restaurant-style elements serve to bring our community together and foster interaction between our diverse attendees. The SHINE Program also addresses health and hygiene needs by providing attendees access to showers and a clothing station. Before breakfast is served, attendees enjoy a hot beverage and have the option to sign up for a shower that is fully stocked with towels, shampoo, and conditioner – and they can pick out clothing. Our volunteer nurse is also available throughout the program to provide resources, check blood pressure, and answer health questions. Attendees leave breakfast having met several important needs and with a Grab & Go lunch.

Since 1978, the Center has hosted Saturday for Seniors (started by Old Pine Street Church) with a focus on connecting attendees with friendship and food. Through this program, we provide our “over-60s” with an engaging community space that fosters social interaction alongside a hot sit-down lunch. Our seats are filled with seniors from all over Philadelphia looking forward to a hearty in-house prepared meal, great company, and entertainment. In addition to their sit-down lunch, all seniors receive an additional meal to bring home.

Aid:

On a weekly basis, the Center provides care packages of groceries and other household supplies to families experiencing food insecurity. In this way, the Center aims to supplement their diets and ensure access to quality and nutritious foods. Care packages include staples for a well-balanced diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, bread, milk, and a variety of canned goods and pantry items. Each package is personalized to the size of the family that requested it and, when appropriate, includes children’s meals and snacks. Families are also able to request items they may need like toiletries or baby formula.

Clothing:

The Center collects and distributes seasonally appropriate clothing donations year-round. We accept gently used, clean, quality clothing to ensure that recipients look and feel good about the items they leave with. We distribute clothing through two pathways: The first is through our SHINE program at which attendees can “shop” our free clothing station for clothes, socks, and shoes before breakfast; Clothing can also be requested and distributed in care packages. We hope that the clothing we distribute helps recipients feel confident and ready for any opportunity they might encounter.

Training:

The Center partners with workforce development non-profit organizations like Career Link, JEVS Human Services, and EDSI (EARN Centers) to match with prospective employees who may be lacking the education or experience requirements to be hired for a desired job. The Center works with these employees on a temporary basis. We train them to work in our feeding programs, youth programs, or on our maintenance team and to develop skills that help with employability. Our objectives are to either hire the trainees to work for one of our teams or to send them off to their next job with new skills, experience, and a positive letter of recommendation.

Services:

Angel Tree: Every holiday season the Center holds a toy drive and puts up a holiday tree decorated with gift requests from every student at a selected low-income Philadelphia school. Community members come to the Center and pick a gift category (ex: educational toys for ages 4-5) from the tree to sponsor a child’s holiday present. Our goal is to have a gift for every student in the school and when the toy drive is complete, students get to come and pick out the gift they want from our donations. Additionally, the Center sponsors several families from the selected school to provide additional assistance of clothing, food, and toys to make the holidays extra special.

Operation Warm Winter: Operation Warm Winter is a program sponsored by Ken Silver of Jim's Steaks South Street. Through this program, the Center is able to supply warm outerwear and undergarments to veterans of The Veterans Group in West Philadelphia to help keep them warm when the weather is cold.

HIAS Refugee Thanksgiving: The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society welcomes refugees and asylum seekers to their annual Thanksgiving dinner at Old Pine Community Center. Attendees celebrate, what is for many, their first Thanksgiving in the United States surrounded and welcomed by their new neighbors and community for a night of music, dancing, art, and traditional Thanksgiving food. Many guests also bring dishes customary to their culture and make the night one of multicultural learning and fun. After the celebration, the Center sends each attendee home with a care package filled with food from our annual food drive.

Education Programs

SLS Program:

In support of our community, Old Pine Community Center has opened a Supervised Learning Space for students’ online learning! Launched November 1, 2020, our program helps working parents find supervision and Wi-Fi access for their K-8 children. Online home learning can be difficult to oversee for parents with full-time jobs and we are so happy to offer this service to the community. Through our program, students will be provided with a safe, supervised space where they can complete their online learning each day. We ask that students are sent to the Center with a packed lunch from home. Hours of supervision will be from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with drop off at 8:15 am. To keep our facilities COVID-safe, we will only be accepting 24 students to the program and due to high demand, registration will be first come, first served.

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SLS

Summer in the City:

Our local summer program is an 8-week camp that bridges child care needs between school years. Each week, your child will enjoy arts and crafts projects, sports and activities, and guest speakers, all tailored to a changing weekly theme which ensures a diverse and engaging environment so campers can continue strengthening their minds and bodies outside of school. We also have a small garden for our campers to grow fruits and vegetables and learn about nutrition! Field trips, which in the past have included museum visits, trips to the park, and sporting event outings, help the campers to learn about and to love the dynamic city in which they live.

Our camp is available to children from Kindergarten through 8th grade for a low weekly rate. All lunches and snacks and most field trip fees are included in the weekly rate. We aim to make our programs accessible to all. Financial Assistance and CCIS is available for families and students who qualify.

Registration Packet
Summer

After School Program:

Meredith, McCall, Nebinger, Independence Charter School, St. Peter's School, St. Mary's School, Christopher Columbus Charter School are just a few of the schools that can benefit from our After School Program. The program offers students help with their homework, in addition to activities such as arts and crafts projects, gym and exercise time, and even field trips. The Center has partnered with the Drexel University Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to provide tutors who not only help with homework but also oversee science and art projects. This program is intended to not only supplement their education but also foster a love of learning with a focus on math, science, engineering, and cultural studies.

This program is available for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade and runs for the duration of the school year. We provide full-day service on the majority of School District holidays, half days, and emergency closings at no additional cost. Financial assistance and CCIS are available for families and students who qualify. We offer 3-day, 4-day, and 5-day rates as well as drop-in rates. Space is limited, so be sure to register your child today!

After-school

Adult Education:

Our Adult Education Program provides one-on-one instruction to adults with the desire to improve their skills in the areas of literacy, mathematics, GED preparation, English language study, and life skills. Adult learners that are interested in continuing their education are matched with a community volunteer to create learning goals and collaborate on a plan to reach those goals. The volunteers help to prepare our adult learners for their next steps- whether that be in the workplace, continued education, or daily life.

Outside Programming

Momentum Christian Ministries

Momentum Christian Ministries is designed to inspire the entire family, challenge our youth in each community in the area of academia, music and the arts, and the teaching of Christian principles through fellowship. Momentum promotes Life Coaching, Christian Counseling, and Work Ethic Training.

Sunday Services at 11:30am

Momentum Christian Ministries Website

Philadelphia Sports Leagues

Philadelphia Sports Leagues is the largest organization for recreational adult sports leagues in Center City. PSL's leagues are a great way to meet new people and network, and with over 10 different sports, there is something for everyone! Individual free agents, groups of friends/co-workers or full teams are welcome. For more information log on to www.phillyleagues.com

Yoga Therapy for Cancer Patients and those at High Risk with Michelle Stortz

Yoga Therapy for Cancer adapts traditional yoga poses and movements to meet individual needs for those living with cancer including anyone in active treatment. Recent research suggests yoga may decrease symptoms and side effects and increase energy level and general sense of well-being.

Benefits
Decreased anxiety and depression
Decreased insomnia
Decreased pain
Decreased fatigue
Improved coping skills
Improvement in social and emotional well-being

For more information email michelle@ironjon.com or call 215.242.1366

The Music Monkey Jungle Jam

The Music Monkey Jungle Jam combines the goodness of the sing along with a beginner percussion experience. The Jam is filled with music monkeys who rock, roll, move, groove, bounce, bop and jam their rhythms on the drums. This interactive experience is the pre-curser to Music Monkey Jungle Drummers. www.musicmonkeyjungle.com

MMJ POP!

If you love Music Monkey Jungle and you love Pop classics, MMJ POP! is for you! Join us on Mondays at 10:30 for a 30 minute, musical celebration that pays homage to the pop standards/classics that have influenced the creation of our original songs, dances and games. www.musicmonkeyjungle.com

Boy Scouts

Old Pine Community Center, in conjunction with Old Pine Street Church, sponsors Boy Scout Troop & Cub Pack #176. Scouting helps the boys develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Special activities include the fall biking trip at Jim Thorpe, skiing in January, white water rafting in May, and summer camp in July. Cub Scouts is open to boys age 6-10 and Boy Scouts is open to boys age 11-18.

Cub Scouts Saturday 12:00-2:00pm the First Saturday of the month.

Boy Scouts Every Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm.

For more information, contact Scoutmaster Karen O'Hara at 215-817-1769 or KSO121495@aol.com.

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.

Open Meetings
Fridays 7:00pm-7:30pm

Center City Narcotics Anonymous

"NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We ... meet regularly to help each other stay clean. ... We are not interested in what or how much you used ... but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help." - The White Booklet

Open Meetings
Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Underground

Alcoholics Anonymous: "the only requirement... is a desire to stop drinking."

Open Meetings
Tuesdays 8:00pm-9:00pm "Big Book Beginners Meeting"
Thursdays 8:00pm-9:00pm "Big Book Topic Meeting"
Business Meetings 7:00pm – 8:00pm the last Thursday of each month (except Nov. and Dec.)

New Paths

"Beginner’s meetings are open to anyone who knows or who thinks they might have a problem with sex and love addiction. You are welcome to attend Beginner’s Meetings and find out. Beginner's Meetings are supported by seasoned members of SLAA, many of whom would be honored to share their recovery experience, strength and hope with you."

Open Meetings
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm

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