A Brief History of ElderNet
ElderNet, known until 1996 as Lower Merion-Narberth Coalition on Aging and Adult Services, was established in 1976 to serve the at-risk elderly in Lower Merion and Narberth. Representatives of local senior clubs, churches and synagogues, the League of Women Voters, civic associations, and Township and County officials were involved in designing ElderNet's core programs.
In 1985, ElderNet expanded its services to include younger adults who are needy or disabled. The Eldercare committee enhanced our programs in 1992. They widened our partnerships for outreach beyond traditional social service agencies. Businesses, schools, and faith communities helped us reach more residents that were in need and more volunteers that would be available to help them.
In 1994, ElderNet established the Community Advisory Council, a group of local religious, civic, academic, governmental and business leaders who support the work of ElderNet. Council members periodically review ElderNet programs, and offer the assistance of their respective organizations. ElderNet brings together local non-profits, businesses, health and social service agencies with caring missions that serve Lower Merion and Narberth.
In 2009, in collaboration with Montgomery County, Lower Merion Township, and Main Line Health/Bryn Mawr Hospital, ElderNet opened the Ada Mutch Community Resource Center in the annex behind our building. Currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Mutch Center offers a food cupboard, a care manager, and Bryn Mawr Hospital's "Ask-A-Nurse" program. All services are free.
Through volunteers and collaborative efforts, ElderNet continues to work to fill gaps in services for older and younger disabled adults with low to moderate incomes -- all in order to help them live independently in the community for as long as safely possible.
ElderNet is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.