Berks Encore granted share of $2M from Pennsylvania Lottery

PHILADELPHIA - Berks Encore is one of two organizations awarded the largest share of $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the 38 recipients of 2016-17 senior community center grants during a stop at the Wilson Park Senior Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Berks Encore will receive $150,000, the largest amount awarded to any of the recipients. Encore Experiences in Montgomery County will also be given $150,000.

"Senior community centers play a vital role in providing older Pennsylvanians with a safe place to gather, and they offer programs that enable them to stay healthy and remain engaged with their community," Wolf said. "These grants give senior centers the resources needed to revitalize and expand the services that enrich the lives of our senior population."

Berks Encore operates six centers -- one each in Birdsboro, Fleetwood, Shillington, Reading, Strausstown, and South Heidelberg Township, near Wernersville.

"It is critically important for senior community centers to be accessible and available to older Pennsylvanians so they can live and age well," said Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania's secretary of aging. "These grants ensure that our seniors will continue to benefit from programs and services that promote active community engagement and enjoyment of life."

Some of the programs offered by Berks Encore include Meals on Wheels preparation and delivery, free income tax filing preparation, and various education classes and issues seminars.

The Pennsylvania Lottery said it provided nearly $31.3 million to programs that benefit older Berks County residents during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Those programs include prescription drug assistance, shared- and free-ride programs, and property tax and rent rebates.

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