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Club meeting January 11, 2017 - My Way
Club meeting, January 11, 2017 – Ralston My Way The Ralston Center was founded in Philadelphia in 1817 to help single women and widows. Until 1985, it continued to operate residential facilities, and now it has continued its work in supporting the aged. In 2010 it expanded its work for supporting aging in place, and opened “My Way” in Northwest Philadelphia. Eric Wilden, current director of My Way, outlined the various services that the organization has been providing, including rides for all kinds of needs, handyman work, and most recently all kinds of support services for the elderly. Barbara Kroberger, a social worker who is now in charge of these home services, explained the hiring process for their home health aides and the range of services provided by these aides. These home health services now constitute about 60% of the support from My Way. Residents of the service area may become eligible for the services by registering as a member of My Way, for which there is no charge. The current fees for the work are $22 per hour for standard work and $30 per hour for handyman work. The service area includes Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Flourtown, Roxborough, parts of Cheltenham, and sometimes beyond. Ralston My Way is a nonprofit organization without government funding. It subsists on the fees received plus grants from various foundations.