• Penn Asian Jubliee Center goes Apple Picking
  • Philadelphia Senior Choir
  • 45th HHA Class Graduates
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  • A program in our Jubilee Center
  • Massage Therapy Session
  • One of our Home Health Aids and Clients
  • Jubilee Center Activity
  • HHA Receiving Certificates
  • Mary Riley


Our mission is to promote the well being of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers.


PASSi will be the premier provider of supportive services for Asian American seniors and other adults for their personal healthcare, vocational training and other beneficial programs.  We will expand employment and economic opportunities for the region’s immigrant population and will respond to emerging needs in the designated community.  We will strengthen service programs and always be responsive and focused on the community needs with humanity, respect and compassion.


Im Ja Park Choi Named a 2014 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania

PASSi Founder and Executive Director, Ms. Im Ja Park Choi, was recently named a 2014 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvaina. On Wednesday October 15th, Ms. Choi was one of a select group of women who were invited to the Govenor's mansion in Harrisburg, PA to receive their awards and celebrate during a luncheon.  Below is the official press release for this event.


Pictured from left to right: Im Ja Choi, Margaret (Peggy) Duckett, Janice McLaughlin, Alba Martinez,

Gov. Tom Corbett, Carolyn Duronio, Carmen Twillie Ambar, Sylvia Hill Fields, Anne Lewis.



News for Immediate Release


Oct. 21, 2014


Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett Honor Nine Women as Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Daughters


Harrisburg- Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett are recognizing nine outstanding women from across the state as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.


The women were recently honored with medals for their achievements, at an event in Harrisburg.


“Each one of these women has shown a tremendous commitment to making the world around her a better place,” said Gov. Corbett. “It is my honor to today name them as the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Their dedication, commitment, compassion and drive have impacted the lives of so many.”


The 2014 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania are: Carmen Twillie Ambar, Allentown; Lisa Caputo, New York, N.Y (Wilkes-Barre, hometown); Im Ja Choi, Philadelphia; Margaret Duckett, Philadelphia; Carolyn Duronio, Pittsburgh; Sylvia Hill Fields, Pittsburgh; Anne Lewis, Pittsburgh; Alba Martinez, Malvern; and Janice McLaughlin, Mary Knoll, New York (Pittsburgh, hometown.)


“As lifelong Pennsylvanians, Tom and I are proud to recognize this group of nine talented and motivated women,” said First Lady Susan Corbett. “Their communities, and the commonwealth as a whole, have been enriched by their exemplary achievements.”


Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 as a way to honor women who have shown distinguished service through a professional career and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be a native of Pennsylvania, but must have lived in the commonwealth.



Editor’s Note:  The 2014 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania are listed below:


Carmen Twillie Ambar - Allentown, Luzerne Co.


Carmen Twillie Ambar, J.D., President of Cedar Crest College, is widely recognized for her commitment to the education of young women as future leaders in a global community and has won several prestigious awards for her support of women.


Under her leadership, Cedar Crest has launched more than 20 initiatives focused on global connectivity, civic engagement and health and wellness. She served as dean of Douglas College at Rutgers University, the youngest dean in the university’s history, and as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affair at Princeton University.  Prior to her leadership in higher education, she was assistant corporation counsel in the New York City Law Department.


She earned her J.D. from Columbia School of Law, her Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton and her Bachelor’s in Foreign Service from Georgetown.  She and her husband are parents of triplets.


Lisa Caputo – Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne Co.


Lisa Caputo is an accomplished leader in national and international endeavors in both the public and private sectors.  Currently Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Travelers Companies, Inc., she has served in executive leadership positions for such companies as Citigroup where she was founder, chair and CEO of the company’s highly successful Women & Co. She also held senior positions at Disney Publishing Worldwide and CBS Corporation.


Lisa worked at the White House as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton and Press Secretary to Hillary Clinton.  She continued to serve as an advisor to Hilary Clinton in her candidacies for the Senate and for President as well as during her tenures as Senator and Secretary of State.


Lisa serves on the board of Best Buy Co, Inc. Her non-profit commitments include service on the boards of the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, the Sesame Workshop, New Visions for Public Schools and WNET Channel 13.  Lisa graduated from Brown University and received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.


Im Ja Choi - Philadelphia


Im Ja Choi is committed to ensuring that all Asian American senior citizens with language barriers are informed of and offered appropriate health care services. Applying her own experience of caring for her mother with cancer, she founded Penn Asian Senior Services, a nonprofit home health agency. It now serves 495 clients including 18% non-Asian elderly, and offers 11 different Asian languages and English. She also established a vocational school for entry-level health care workers and recently added an adult day care service.

Im Ja has been active in educational, civic, and community organizations including the Temple University College for Health Professionals, Montgomery County Community College, Diversity Council of the PA Department of Aging, and Philadelphia Asian American Women’s Coalition.

She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leader Award. She graduated from Korea University and received her master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Margaret Duckett – Philadelphia


Margaret Pace (Peggy) Duckett chaired Miracle at Philadelphia, the U.S. Constitutional Convention Bicentennial Exhibition at Independence National Park, and served on the founding boards planning the architecture, exhibitions and education for the National Constitutional Center and for the Museum of the American Revolution.


Appointed to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities by President George H.W. Bush, she served for 13 years within three Presidential administrations and chaired four of the five divisions of NEH. She is the longest serving member of the National Council on the Humanities.


Her work through two State Boards of Education and on five current Boards providing historic and educational materials, conservation and museum exhibitions continue this lifelong work. A native of Texas, living in Pennsylvania since the 1970’s, Peggy attended Smith College, graduated from the University of Texas, and earned a master’s degree from Tufts University.


Carolyn Duronio - Pittsburgh


Carolyn Duronio, an attorney with Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, is highly respected as an expert on non-profit governance and is counsel to many leading state and national not-for-profit groups.   She served as Managing Partner for the firm’s Pittsburgh office and currently is a member of the Executive Committee.  Carol is included in The Best Lawyers in America (2003-2015).


In addition to her impressive professional accomplishments, her dedication to her family and community has been extraordinary.  For many years, Carolyn was a loving caregiver to her younger sister who was born with special needs.  Her dedication to community development is evident through her many board affiliations, both past and present, including The Children’s Institute, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, The Frick Art and Historical Center and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard where she also received her J.D. magna cum laude.


Sylvia Hill Fields - Pittsburgh


Sylvia Fields provides philanthropic leadership to the Pittsburgh region as the executive director of the Eden Hall Foundation, which provides funding for health, education and social welfare programs.  She was the first and only African American woman to direct a major private foundation in the Pittsburgh area. 


Named twice as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Most Influential African American Women by the New Pittsburgh Courier, her work has benefited programs on the local, state and national levels.  Sylvia was invited to the White House to share information on exemplary initiatives and grants made by the Eden Hall Foundation.  In 2012, the National Recreation and Parks Association recognized her along with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for their important work in supporting public-private partnerships for parks. 


Sylvia is a coalition builder and a true partner with many organizations including Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and her alma mater Seton Hill University, and she serves on the national boards of the YWCA and the World Affairs Council.


Anne Lewis – Pittsburgh


As a business leader, Anne Lewis is Board Chair and co-owner of Oxford Development Company, one of Pittsburgh’s most prominent privately owned enterprises.  Committed to the region, Anne gives back to the community though her work as a volunteer and member of various governing boards.  She has been long supported the victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease.)  In 2010, the ALS Association of Western Pennsylvania established the Anne Lewis Humanitarian Award Fund in honor of her achievements.  


Anne is a tireless fundraiser for causes related to improving the lives of children and families and enhancing community assets.  Currently, she is Chair of the Board for Point Park University and serves on the boards of United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Promise, the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fred Rogers Company and Allies for Children.


She has been commencement speaker and loyal supporter of her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.


Alba Martinez – Malvern, Chester Co.


Alba Martinez is a Principal in Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group and leads the Retail Services business department.  Prior to entering financial services, she devoted 23 years to law, human services and government in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Alba began her career as an attorney for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, was Executive Director of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the leading provider of bilingual/bicultural human services in Pennsylvania, was appointed by Mayor Street as Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, and served as President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania before joining

Vanguard.  She has been active in numerous civic and community organizations, and serves on the board of the Main Line Health System.


Alba graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, and received her law degree from Georgetown in Washington, D.C. She and her partner, Roberta Trombetta, live in Mount Airy, Philadelphia and have two children.


Janice McLaughlin – New York (Pittsburgh)


Sister Janice McLaughlin, MM, is an author, editor, journalist, adult educator and community organizer.  Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Janice has worked in Eastern and Southern Africa for more than 30 years.


Throughout her career, Sister Janice has demonstrated a commitment to a just world and solidarity with the economically poor. Currently, the President of Maryknoll Sisters, Sister Janice’s work has been recognized widely.  The author of several books, Ostriches, Dung Beetles and Other Spiritual Masters received the top honor for a first-time author from the Catholic Press Association in 2010.


Sister Janice documented atrocities in Rhodesia where she was arrested and detained by the government before being deported. She was the first organizing Secretary for the Zimbabwe Foundation for Education.  She has testified before House and Senate Committees on African Relations and received honorary doctorate degrees from Marquette University and Albertus Magnus College.  She earned her doctorate in religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe.

Penn Asian Jubilee Center clients go Apple Picking!

On Monday, October 6, 2014, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center went Apple Picking with around 30 participants at Styer Orchard in Langhone, PA. Aside from apple picking, everyone went for a hayride and ate lunch at the picnic tables on the grounds. The trip was blessed with perfect weather and was super fun!!! 

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Im Ja Choi Featured in AARP Magazine Article

PASSi's Executive Director, Im Ja Choi, was recently featured in an AARP Magazine article focusing on four 50-plus aged workers who reinvented themselves in second careers in the non-profit nonprofit sector. See the full article here:



Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the Philadelphia Senior Chorus

On Friday, September 26th, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the Philadelphia Senior Choir. The choir members gave a lovely performance that all of our adult day care clients and PASSi staff enjoyed immensely!

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PASSi receives Federal Grant as Navigators to Assist Asian Americans with Health Insurance Education and Enrollment

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $255,000 Navigator grant to PASSi to assist English-limited Asian Americans navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. PASSi was one of six awardees selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The Affordable Care Act provides increased access to affordable health insurance plans for the uninsured through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many Asian Americans with limited-English proficiency struggle with the selection and enrollment processes because almost all resources are only available in English.

According to the 2010 Census, the Philadelphia region has 106,720 Asian Americans, 47% of whom have limited English proficiency. There is an urgent need for culturally and linguistically appropriate information and service delivery. Currently, 21% of Asian Americans in Philadelphia are uninsured, creating various health disparities from a lack of primary and preventative healthcare.

PASSi will utilize six bilingual Navigators to assist individuals and families of the Korean, Cambodian, Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese, and Bhutanese communities in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties. PASSi’s Navigators will translate, distribute, and publish language-appropriate and culturally relevant information on health insurance selection and coverage from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in several Asian languages. Navigators will provide community education, as well as individualized assistance in understanding the available health insurance options, determining eligibility, and assisting with enrollment.

The project includes partnerships with the Greater Philadelphia Overseas Chinese Association, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, and The Bhutanese American Organization-Philadelphia. As a result of the Navigator project, PASSi will create a healthier and happier community by decreasing the number of uninsured Asian Americans in the Philadelphia region.

Established in 2005, PASSi is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides home health care, adult day care, educational, and social support services to Asian Americans in Southeastern, Pennsylvania. With a mission to promote the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers, PASSi served 502 homecare clients in 10 Asian languages in 2013 and trained 552 health aides and 255 certified nurse aides since 2006. 

For additional information, please contact Fallon Every at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-572-1234. 

Vanguard Day of Caring at PASSi

On Saturday, September 6th, PASSi was host to local representatives from The Vanguard Group, Inc. who volunteered for a United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Day of Caring. Seven Vanguard representatives headed by team lead Louis Esposito together with a few PASSi staff members worked to complete a yard cleanup of PASSi’s east side of the building that has been largely untouched for many years prior to PASSi purchasing this building. The volunteers all worked tirelessly for four hours and did a great job to revitalize that portion on the property.

PASSi would like to send our thanks and gratitude to The Vanguard Group, Inc. and its volunteers for doing such a great job!

Click the "Read More" button beneath the picture below to see a gallery of pictures from that day.


Pictured in Front Row:                                                                                 Rebecca Fregeau, Jenny Bedin, Louis Esposito, John Rahmlow 
Middle Row:                                                                                                Joseph Martosella, Stephen Horvath, Theodore Jeong
Back Row:                                                                                                   Praveen Chand, Brandon Swartout, Brendan Heron 



Penn Asian Jubilee Center celebrates Chuseok

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center had a Chuseok celebration (also known as the Harvest Moon Festival or Korean Thanksgiving) on Monday, September 8th.  To start our celebration, Mr. TaeSoo Shon gave a brief demonstration on stretching techniques. From there, the seniors were treated to lovely musical selections on the Ocarina. We also invited a Korean folk music/dance team from the Korean Traditional Music Institute to entertain the seniors in our adult day care program. Mr. SaeYoung Jung played the Janggo while Millyang Arirang, YoungSoon Lee, HaeRan Shim, & JongHyn Kim lead the group in a variety of traditional Korean songs and dances. Singing along with old Korean folk songs exhilarated many of our clients to join in dancing together, including our executive director, Im Ja Choi. After the entertainment, clients dined on traditional Chuseok treats such as songpyeons and japchae along with their lunch. 

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Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers"

The Penn Asian Jubilee Center hosted the play "Heaven Flowers" on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heaven Flowers tells the story of two Korean seniors who meet and fall in love and even through a life changing event, the play shows that it is never too late to love.

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Curtis SummerFest Concert

On July 31st, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center received a baby grand piano from an anonymous donor. It is a Straub baby grand piano from the 1940s or 1950s.We are very appreciative of this generous donation. We recently had the piano tuned so that it can be fully enjoyed by our adult day care clients during the Curtis SummerFest Concert.

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Latest News

PASSi is Hiring!

Penn Asian Senior Services is currently accepting applications for the following position for the Navigator program:

Program Director

Please see our "Employment Opportunites" page under the Careers tab for more information on these positions.


HHA Class Information

PASSi is now accepting applications for our Home Health Aide classes. The classes will be taught in various languages including English, Korean, Chinese, Khmer/Cambodian, and Gujarati.  This two-week program offers 80 hours of instruction. Please call 215-572-1234 for more information. 


Nurse Aide Class Information 

Competitive Tuition Rates

Seven Week Program

(120 hours of training)
Classes held in English
Classes are Evenings:  

5:00pm – 9:30pm
Weekend Clinical:  

7:30am – 2:30pm

The next NA class is scheduled in the beginning of 2015 (course calendar coming soon). 

For more information or to make an appointment call Jenny Bedin at 215-572-1234 ext. 10.


Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese Home Healthcare Aides Needed!

Penn Asian Senior Services is currently hiring Home Health Aides.

  • Qualifications: HHA certificate preferred. Training will be provided to applicants who do not have prior HHA experience
  • Qualified applicants can start work immediately.

 We offer fringe benefits, including paid vacation, health insurance, 401K retirement plan, as well as comparable salary based on experience and capability.

Call 215-572-1234 for more information.


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