Celebrate Ralston Center’s 200th Anniversary


Join us for our 200th Anniversary Tea!

What is now known as the Ralston Center was founded January 9, 1817 as the Indigent Widows and Single Women’s Society under the leadership of Sarah Ralston. The purpose was to provide a residence for poor elderly women in Philadelphia. This was the first organization of its kind in Pennsylvania to do so.

Though our building is no longer a residence, we are still focused on the issue of “quality of life in aging” and our goal is to provide men and women 55 or older with the services and support they need to live in their homes and communities as they age.

We will celebrate 200 years of service to older adults in Philadelphia January 10, 2017 with a tea at 3 p.m. Attire is business casual. Our event will start with refreshments and continue (3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) with a short presentation on our history, an overview of our current programs, an introduction to our future plans, and time for questions.

After the program you may choose to take a tour of our building, Ralston House, which opened in 1887 and closed in 1985 as a residence for older adults, take a look at timeline display of our history from 1817 to the present and speak with our staff.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our work as champions of aging for 200 years…and counting!

To talk to a member of our staff or to RSVP to our invitation, please contact Alicia Anwar by email at aanwar@ralstoncenter.org, or phone, 215-386-2984.