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History

The Upper Perkiomen Senior Center (The Center) was established in 1972 to fill the needs of seniors expressed by the local medical community, Upper Perkiomen Valley Community Council (UPVCC) and the Upper Perk Ministerium.

The Center first operated out of the Unami Friends Meeting House in Pennsburg and was officially incorporated as a non-profit in June of 1976. In 1980, it moved to its current location, formerly a church, at 517 Jefferson Street in East Greenville. The Center added the Meals on Wheels program in 1990.

The Open Line was established in March of 1975 by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Community Council with the support of the Upper Perk Ministerium, various civic organizations and the community with the mission to provide information, emergency services and transportation to local residents in need.

The Open Line was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in April of 1976 and moved to its current location at 452 Penn Street in Pennsburg in 1986.

In July 2013, the Upper Perkiomen Senior Center was linked with The Open Line to create The Open Link.

The Open Link remains committed to building a stronger UPV community by delivering on programs that help all our neighbors to flourish. Not only have we continued all the programs from both organizations, we are building on this strength creating new synergies.

We leverage our small staff with >300 volunteers to deliver programs in four areas:

  • Community Services (financial and employment counseling and assistance, domestic violence court accompaniment, medically necessary transport, holiday programs)
  • Food and Nutrition (Meals on Wheels, community food pantry, community lunches)
  • Adult Education (GED preparation, health and wellness, lifelong learning)
  • The Center (activities and programs for adults that promote socialization, volunteerism, leadership, and healthy life styles)

We extend our impact through collaborations across business, faith, government, non-profit and school communities. Currently we are developing programs including family literacy, improved food distribution and nutrition, and improved social services for seniors.