We are called by our moral responsibility to create a compassionate and sustainable community in which individuals are valued, diversity is embraced and people feel connected.

Mission Statement

Community Based Services of Catholic Health Care Services offers choice and guidance to older adults and their caregivers by supporting individual well-being through creative programs, quality services and coordinated partnerships.


The center was founded in 1973, by a group of dedicated community members, with the desire to build a senior center program for Latino elders. Mrs. Carmen Aponte and a small group of seniors were meeting at the York Street Baptist Church when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia began working with this core group of seniors. Person to person outreach swelled the number of participants and the center soon positioned itself as the hub of activity for older adults in the community. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia became the sponsor of the center and was instrumental in the construction of a new building for the center, which became the Norris Square Senior Community Center. The center is one of the few centers in the city of Philadelphia where all staff are bi-lingual in Spanish and English.

In September 2000 the Office of Community Development in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia partnered with Norris Square Senior Housing to build a senior apartment complex around the senior center. This model design has 35 apartments. The building was named “Casa Carmen Aponte” to honor Ms. Aponte’s work and vision for the community.

The Center is supported by funding from PCA, the United Way, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Norris Square Senior Community Center is accredited by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and was recognized for excellence in providing quality programs and services to older adults and their families. Working with partner agencies and community organizations, the Center is able to expand its reach and better meet the needs of older adults in our community.


Norris Square Senior Community Center strives to ensure that members of community enjoy independence and the highest quality of life. Our programming addresses three critical issues that aging members of our communities face: food insecurity, social isolation, and health and wellness. Through a wide range of social, recreational and educational groups, seniors are engaged in activities they enjoy and find meaningful. Health and wellness is a top priority with offerings in exercise, walking groups, health education, screenings, and immunizations. Lunch and breakfast are available for all members that are 60 years of age and older.