FAQ

What is PSC’s vision?

OUR VISION: Helping older adults engage, enrich and empower their lives.
OUR MISSION: Improving the lives of older adults through caring service with opportunities for social interaction, recreation, basic support and needs services, education, volunteerism and community activism.

Who is served by the Pasadena Senior Center? Where do people come from?

Our service area includes all of Pasadena and surrounding communities. We have several people come from other cities as well throughout the San Gabriel Valley including South Pasadena, Eagle Rock, La Canada, San Marino, San Gabriel, and Alhambra. For our membership, most of our members come from across Pasadena and Altadena and are more or less evenly spread out between zip codes 91101, 91103, 91104, 91105, 91106, 91107 and 91001.

How does PSC “communicate” with the community?

We communicate with the community through a variety of media. We have a dedicated Facebook page, and are on Twitter and Instagram. We produce a monthly magazine that is emailed to our membership and posted on our website. It is also sold for $1 for a hard copy at the Welcome Desk for those who prefer it in print. We produce op-eds and press releases that highlight the latest happenings at the Senior Center. And we have myriad partnerships in the community through which we share programming.

Where can I park my car if I come to the Pasadena Senior Center?

There are four options for parking your car.
  1. Meters around the Center are free before 11:00 a.m.
  2. We have a parking lot on the East side of the Center.
  3. At 48 N Raymond Ave the parking is free for 90 minutes.
  4. At 150 E Holly Street parking structure the parking is free with validation from the Pasadena Senior Center.

How is the Senior Center funded?

The most common misperception is that the Pasadena Senior Center is funded by the City of Pasadena. The Pasadena Senior Center is actually a donor funded nonprofit organization.  While our operating funds come from our members, fees for services we rely mostly on the generosity of individual, foundation and corporate donors and the income produced by planned gifts received by the Center. While the Center contracts with the City to occupy the building, there are no operating funds provided by the city, county or state.

Who are the partners of the Pasadena Senior Center?

We partner with a great number of nonprofits and community-based organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, including but not limited to: Huntington Hospital, the HEAR Center, YWCA San Gabriel Valley’s Intervale Program, Pacific Clinics, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, the Braille Institute, HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program), Good Times, Travel, MUSE/IQUE,  LA Opera and AARP. We provide free classes at the Jackie Robinson Center, Villa Parke and Victory Park.

Is there a membership fee?

Yes, there is a membership fee ($45/year) and a separate membership fee for the Sy Graff Fitness Center ($90/year). The member is then eligible to participate in our fee-based classes and the Masters Series program. We have many free activities including our social service programs that do not require one to be a member.

Who are your volunteers? Where do they come from?

Our Volunteer Program consists of a wide and diverse group of participants. These individuals primarily volunteer on site at the Center working at the Welcome Desk, Coffee Bar, Library, daily lunch service, teaching classes, and leading social clubs, as well as helping with numerous events.   Our volunteer pool consists of the following:
  • Class instructors
  • Highs school students
  • City college and university students
  • Senior center members
  • Stay at home parents
  • Employees from local corporations
  • New retirees
  • National Charity League mothers and daughters

How is the Pasadena Senior Center resource guide distributed?

The Community Resource Guide is available here at the Center and is also distributed at various community organizations such as Villa Parke, Jackie Robinson, Pilgrim Tower East and North, and the Green Hotel. We also mail them to business sponsors who are listed in the directory for their own distribution.

What is the role of the Pasadena Senior Center Board of Directors?

The Board of the Pasadena Senior Center shall:
  1. Determine the mission of the Pasadena Senior Center, set policies for its operation, plan and establish its general course from year to year as well as for the long term, including identifying the constituents to be served by the Center.
  2. Determine which programs are consistent with the mission of the Center and monitor their effectiveness, as well as strengthening programs and services.
  3. Establish fiscal policies and limits, including budgets and financial controls; asset protection policies; management of investments and financial oversight.
  4. Provide adequate resources for the operation of the Pasadena Senior Center through direct financial contributions and active fundraising.
  5. Select, evaluate and, if necessary, terminate the Executive Director and exercise approval rights over the size of his/her staff.
  6. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.
  7. Act as a primary communication link with the community, enhancing the Center’s public standing.

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Contact Us

Phone: (626) 795-4331
Fax: (626) 577-4235
Lunch Reservations: (626) 685-6751
Email: info@pasadenaseniorcenter.org

Pasadena Senior Center
85 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103