WON ON THE MOVE 2021

Our long search for a new home has proven successful!

We Have Exciting News

We are pleased to announce that our long search for a new home has proven successful. 

Over the course of the past five years, the Won Edification Center of Pennsylvania, members of the Board of Trustees, and our senior management team have been searching for a new and transformational location for the Won Institute. The reasons for the move are numerous. 

First, the Institute is growing. New programming and plans for the future require more space than we have now in Glenside. The planned master’s degree in Contemplative Counseling will require additional classroom and clinical space. The projected growth of our Acupuncture program will necessitate facilities expansion. Second, we sought to identify a location that would meet the needs of our current students and enhance the experiences of our practitioners and clinicians. Third, we wanted students to view the new site as their educational home, and one they will be proud to return to as a future graduate. 

Our facilities requirements were many and included a desire to provide community spaces to enhance our student learning experience, while more effectively integrating with the populations we serve and the patients who seek out our clinical expertise. We also wanted the new location to be accessible to public transportation and major roadways, and within easy reach of medical centers, residential care communities, and businesses to serve as future partners. 

Our new home in central Bucks County, Pennsylvania, will allow us to become a more responsive institution. Our offerings will always be grounded in our commitment to Won Buddhism, and Won Buddhism has always embraced innovation. The new building will allow us to grow with integrity, and “Growth with Integrity” is the theme of our new Strategic Plan. 

Our successes have brought us to this transformational juncture, and our time in Glenside has been productive as well as engaging. It has also become challenging. Cheltenham Township’s growing pains were felt in their responses to the growth plans of nonprofits like ours. Our growth could not be sustained in our present space, so we chose a location where the Institute’s initiatives could blossom without external impediments.

The community leadership of Warminster, Pennsylvania (our new township “home”), opened their arms to us immediately. They have been responsive, welcoming, and instrumental in the building’s planning initiatives. We feel a strong affinity and alignment with the Warminster community.

As we move forward on our journey through the coming year, we will collaborate with the building’s owner, the Won Edification Center, in planning, designing, and retrofitting the new building for an opening in 2021. We will also plan roll-out ceremonies that will celebrate our new location. 

Please join us as we commence the future of the Institute. This is a time of great excitement and genuine transformation. We are pleased and excited that the Won Institute community will be along for our journey as we strive to meet our strategic goal of “Growth with Integrity.” The entire Won Institute community extends our sincere appreciation to devoted Won Buddhist members Eungbeom Yoo and Beobeun Kim, and to all our donors over the years, for their selfless generosity. Without their support, none of this would be possible.

Please watch this page for more information.

Dr. Sookja Choi
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Bokin Kim
President

 

FAQ's

  • The current building called Samsung Hall is not ADA compliant and its continuing lack of compliance puts us at odds with MSCHE, ACAOM, and federal regulators.
  • The building is no longer water tight and due to long-standing unfunded deferred maintenance on the roof, which includes needed removal of the building-length skylight embedded into the ceiling of the second floor
  • HVAC and electrical systems are outdated and inefficient; windows are single pane and drafty
  • Parking is wholly inadequate for faculty, staff, students and clinic patients
  • Cheltenham Township has informed us that they have an insufficient number of new water hook-ups (EDUs) to meet our needs

The new location of the Won Institute of Graduate Studies will be 800 Finch Street, Warminister PA 18974. Our neighbors are the school district of Warminster township. Other neighboring areas are: Doylestown, Newtown, and Willow Grove. In addition, close by state parks include Pennypack Park, Tyler State Park, and Peace Valley Park. 

We plan to move by the start of classes in Fall 2021.

  • Dharma hall
  • Multipurpose classrooms
  • Elevator in building
  • Inviting student lounge area
  • Prominent, highlighted, visible herbal dispensary
  • Architect designed first floor
  • Increased number of professional, student, veterans and community clinic treatment rooms
  • Rental space available for complementary businesses

The new building is accessible to Septa Regional Rail’s Warminister Line and the 22 Bus . There are 100 + parking spots, FREE for students, clinic patients, faculty and staff at the new location. 

There are a great options for food, and shopping. Here’s a list of  places you may be familiar with:

  • Mission BBQ
  • Costco
  • Pizza Hut
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Wawa
  • Walmart
  • Starbucks
  • PNC Bank
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Hertz Car Sales

No. There are no planned changes to the course schedule.

No. There are no planned increases to clinic patient fees.

No. There are no planned tuition increases.

Yes we are open to suggestions, feel free to email comments/feedback to [email protected]

There are 2 floors above ground (NO BASEMENT).

For all contributions towards our move and new building please email [email protected]

See our New Location

The community leadership of Warminster, Pennsylvania (our new township “home”), opened their arms to us immediately. They have been responsive, welcoming, and instrumental in the building’s planning initiatives. 

Giving Opportunities

For all giving and donor related questions please email [email protected]