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.