Ruthann Dobek, Director – - Brookline Council on Aging and Brookline Senior Center
Julie Washburn, Program Manager – - Brookline Council on Aging and Brookline Senior Center
We provide a wide range of programs and services in health, learning, arts, socialization, nutrition and recreation. Our goal is helping people maintain their independence and continue to be active members of the community. We believe in enhancing growth and a sense of belonging while encouraging individual contribution and the sharing of life experiences. www.brooklineseniorcenter.org/staff/staff/
Our teachers, social workers and volunteers provide instruction, assistance and friendship eight hours a day, five days a week. We can’t think of a better way to help people stay in their homes than coming out to join our programs.
The Center welcomes everyone regardless of age, income, disability, sexual, ethnic or religious background. We recognize all our program collaborators and are grateful for their support.
Brookline real estate developer Roger Stern donated the land on Winchester Street in 1995. Later that year Town Meeting voted to accept the gift and began planning the building. A year later Childs, Bertman & Tseckares was chosen to provide design services. In 1999 Town Meeting authorized $2.7 million in bonds to cover the construction. The Federal Community Development Block Grants program covered the remaining $1.6 million. The Center opened in 2001.
The programs and services provided by the professional staff have grown. Hundreds of people visit the Brookline Senior Center each day to finish an art project, stay in shape, meet with friends, play bridge, see a social worker, work in the computer lab and read in the library.
We are a community center: a place to make good friends, find something worthwhile to do, and where you can give back in a way that fosters a sense of belonging.