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Cause Area

  • Seniors
  • Women


4100 MAIN ST STE 403PHILADELPHIA, PA 19127 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

For 30+ years SOWN has pioneered innovative solutions to enhance the quality of life of adults 50+ and their families. SOWN builds strong community social support networks that enable older adults (mostly women) to function independently, live healthier lives, cope with problems, reduce isolation, decrease depression and build community. SOWN's intervention model provides a venue for re-creating or strengthening needed social connections. SOWN's network of on-going peer groups create a lifeline for individuals who are caregivers, coping with chronic health issues, or aging in place. SOWN provides peer groups in over 25 different community locations throughout Philadelphia. SOWN plans to continue to innovate and develop effective ways to enhance older adults' ability to function independently, prevent isolation, maintain roles in their families/communities and improve their families' lives.


Founded in 1984 SOWN pioneered the critical linkage between older women's health and emotional well being. SOWN has since created strong community networks that enable older adults and their families to function independently, live healthier lives and age in their homes and communities.

SOWN provides peer groups for older women at over 25 community sites in Philadelphia. SOWN's unique model builds on the strengths of olders and communities. Our peer groups and workshops create sustaining mechanisms for older adults and families to rely on over time.


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