Our History

Reba Brown Senior Residences, Incorporated is a joint venture of Mount Zion Community Development Corporation (MZCDC) and Deer Meadows Retirement Community (DMRC).

Mount Zion Baptist Church gave unfailing support to the MZCDC as it assumed the daunting task of assembling the components necessary to develop a home for senior citizens. MZCDC reached out to DMRC for support in strengthening a federal funding application for senior housing. The MZCDC application was bolstered by the stellar reputation of DMRC, earned by delivering 140+ years of care and management of senior housing.

History of Reba Brown

portrait with frameMount Zion Baptist Church thought it would be a great idea to build a senior residence home to honor the life of Reba Brown due to her undying commitment to community services in the Southwest Philadelphia area.

Reba Brown was born in Virginia and her parents moved to Philadelphia. She graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended nursing school. She was active in her community and in her church, Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Reba Brown was very active in the Southwest Kingsessing community. She was a founding member of PATCO which later merged to be known as PATCO/ACORN. She worked hard to get people into homes of their own. If there was an issue in the Kingsessing community dealing with the environment; SEPTA rates, utility issues, housing development, etc., Reba was right there. Her immediate residential community, the block she lived on for 47 years, and the church she attended benefited from her work.

Her community involvement spanned over several decades which included public utility companies, banking institutions and other social agencies. As an advocate of education, she worked diligently as the president of the Parent Teacher Association for Alexander Wilson School at 46th & Woodland Ave. She was responsible for a new elementary school and many other innovative programs.

Reba Brown had a giant heart when it came to fighting for quality of life issues in the Kingsessing community and throughout the city.