The Princeton Senior Resource Center is a private non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide programs and services to promote healthy aging for Princeton area older adults (age 55+). PSRC was the first senior center in New Jersey to receive national accreditation in 1998. PSRC receives 22% of our support from individuals and events, 25% from foundations and corporate donations, 24% from the Princeton municipal government, 17% from program revenue and 12% from other sources. There is no paid membership required, and participation is open to all in the greater Princeton area.
The mission of PSRC is to empower older adults in the diverse Princeton community to make informed choices and live healthy lives. PSRC offers affordable services, programs and opportunities that support, educate and engage older individuals, their families and caregivers.
PSRC will be the primary resource for seniors in the wider Princeton community and their family caregivers. It will provide support and guidance to people aging in place and navigating life transitions.
PSRC will be a dynamic place where people gather and participate in activities that promote healthy aging toward physical, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and vocational wellbeing.
PSRC will collaborate with participants and other community organizations to address needs and current concerns of older adults and their families as well as to be responsive to emerging needs in this diverse community.
Programs include social and recreational activities, health and fitness classes, educational and enrichment programs, retirement planning and re-employment programs, and volunteer activities. Support and guidance services include individual and family counseling and consultations, case management, assistance with transitions through life's changes, support and wellness groups, information and referral to community services, advocacy, assistance with benefit applications, and linkage to in-home support for older adults and caregivers. Currently about 1200 people attend classes and 125 receive assistance weekly. We also publish the Community Resource Guide for Princeton Area Older Adults and Caregivers, a monthly bulletin, Mature Princeton (print and online), and maintain a website full of information (princetonsenior.org).
PSRC's 25 collaborative partners and 550 volunteers help to make this all possible. PSRC is the "go-to place" for older adults and their family caregivers.
Jocelyn Helm and Karin Slaby wrote a grant in 1974 to NJ Dept. of Community Affairs to provide programs for residents of
With a grant from the
The LINK (Local Intergenerational Network of Kindness) Program was developed in 1995 out of the former Youth Employment Service. High school students were matched with elderly for companionship. This porgram was discontinued in 2012. In 1996 Jocelyn Helm retired as founder and Executive Director. The new Executive Director was Jan Marmor, who had been the Assistant Director. That same year PSRC was selected as one of eight pilot sites to help develop accreditation standards for the 15,000 senior centers nationwide under the auspices of the
Jan Marmor resigned when she left the area in 2002, and Susan Hoskins, LCSW became the new Executive Director of PSRC. Plans were already underway for major renovation of the
In 2003, PSRC created a Strategic Plan to guide the Director and Board.
In Spring 2004, the Caregiver Resource Center was opened to highlight the services given to adult children, spouses and others who care for older adults. The program includes counseling and consultations, support groups, information and referral and a resource library. HABOP reduced funding for the Tenant Services program, due to a reduction in HUD funding, resulting in a focus on case management and social services that support safe independent living and smooth transitions, and a reduction in on-site social events.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of classes and programs offered. Each month there is a brown-bag seminar on a related topic, an entertaining movie and often a lecture. The Director’s Message in Mature Princeton and Prime Time cable TV show highlight topics of current interest. One or two large social events and art shows attract attendance from throughout the community, and at least one trip is planned. In addition, an annual fall conference is held to provide information and resources on caregiving, future planning or healthy aging. A growing number of collaborations with other local organizations provide an ever-changing array of programs to a diverse community and make it possible to offer so much. The PSRC Website has become an increasingly important publicity and communication tool, which also houses the resource directories.
2006 and 2007 focused on improving organizational infrastructure, including creating a new database which holds development, mailing and class registration information, recreating the website, and updating governance (bylaws; policies and procedures; and personnel, volunteer and board manuals). An Endowment was established for long-term stability of the agency. Staff, board and community created a new strategic plan to guide efforts for the next 3-4 years, which includes a new mission statement. In October 2006, PSRC was awarded the Community Spirit Award by Princeton Human Services in recognition of our efforts with inclusivity and on behalf of seniors.
In 2008, PSRC joined with 5 other organizations to establish Partners In Caring, which enabled us to provide a wide array of services to support aging in place. The Engaged Retirement program began to help people make successful retirement plans with an emphasis on civic engagement. With the economic downturn, we added Encore Careers in 2009 to help people re-enter the workforce and in 2011 renamed the program Next Step: Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers. Also in 2009, PSRC was asked by the Municipalities to assume oversight of the Crosstown transportation program.
In 2012, Partners In Caring became the United Aging & Disability Partnership with 9 agencies providing services throughout Mercer County. The LINK program was discontinued although students from Princeton University and area high schools continue to volunteer, especially in the rapidly expanding computer programs. GrandPals expanded to a third school in Princeton and one in Trenton.
In 2013 we left the United Way program and started our own PICPrinceton (Partners In Caring). We also began the Encore Internship program under Next Step. We are currently working on expanding our health education programs under the title Living Healthy.
There are currently 3 full-time and 8 part-time staff, 4 interns, 50 instructors, 15-20 board members and over 550 volunteers. Program areas include: Healthy Aging, Support & Guidance, PIC Princeton, HomeFriends, GrandPals, Next Step: Engaged Retirement, Crosstown, and Evergreen Forum. Approximately 1200 people attend activities and 125 receive support services each week.
The Suzanne Patterson Building is open 9:00am -5:00pm weekdays, and the Spruce Circle Office is open 10:00am-4:00pm Tues-Friday.