Our Salem Adult Citizens


Salem Adult Citizens


The Salem Adult Citizens (SAC) is part of the Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services. Its office and program facilities are allocated at Salem Baptist Church, 610 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, PA. The SAC began operation in the fall of 1977 and was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in December, 1978. It was the brainchild of the late Pastor Emeritus Robert Johnson Smith and Mrs. Ethel S. Roland, who served as its first director. Their goal was to provide a meaningful, intellectual and constructive program for older adults in Jenkintown, Abington, Cheltenham and surrounding areas. Participants are eligible regardless of race, creed, color, religion or gender as long as they are 60 years of age. Operating continuously at Salem Baptist Church facilities for forty-seven years, the program has met or exceeded its goals. Rosetta L. Schaffer, current Executive Director, has been leading the program since 1989. There is a paid staff of seven (which includes: executive director, assistant director, cook, assistant cook, two kitchen assistants, van driver and data entry clerk). There are eight volunteers (kitchen, line dancing, arts and crafts, computer technology and exercise) to provide a program for 70 seniors twice a week from September through June within Fellowship Hall of Salem Baptist Church and within its Family Life Center located at 614 Summit Avenue. The current sources of revenue of SAC are as follows:
• Grants - $34,390 (from Montgomery County)
• Contribution - $11,927
• Congregate Meals - $3,043
Most recently in the fall of 2014, the Salem Adult Citizens was awarded a grant for approximately $70,000 to provide additional services and programs to the senior citizens of the church and surrounding communities. A typical day in the center begins with an exercise program, information sharing and a nutritional and appetizing meal that is approved by the Nutritional Specialist from the Office of Aging and Adult Services. Educational programs such as Home Health Care, Assisted Living, Preparing Wills and Estate Planning are presented on a regular basis. Representatives from business and community organizations are invited to share activities beneficial to the participants (e.g. PECO Smarts program). The adult citizens work during the year making homemade crafts and other articles for their annual fundraising events. Sessions on nutrition and health-related issues are held on a regular basis. Other activities currently include shopping trips, tours, theater, line dancing, fashion shows, games, computer learning, and intergenerational programs with local school children, and interaction with other citizens in the area.


At this time we are asking members of the congregation to provide their assessment of the programs which were funded from the grant. Please complete the following survey and place in the survey box located in the Canty Foyer.
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