We provide a range of programs and services in health, arts, nutrition and recreation. Our goal is helping people maintain their independence so they 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.
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. Whatever your interests, get to know us. Stay connected with our programs and services. We’re here to help fill your days with creative activities and new friends whether it’s exercising, volunteering or learning something new. Our gym has new gear and great staff. Stop in 8:30-4:30. And take a hike, or dance, lift weights, walk, yoga. For every minute you exercise, you add seven minutes to your life, so says Harvard School of Public Health.
The Council on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center
The Council is a municipal department of the Town of Brookline. The Senior Center is the building. And then there’s the Brookline Multi-Service Center Corporation. That’s our official name for the non-profit that raises funds. (The official name being unwieldy, we ask for checks to the Brookline Senior Center.) The Town’s budget for us covers 70% of our costs. The non-profit raises money to pay for the rest. 30% of our budget comes from you. In 2015 fiscal year, which ended June 30, private donations were $241,000. Here’s how we spent part of it: – – – $33,000 to the Fitness Program classes for 368 participants and scholarships – – – $59,000 for a new van: $27,000 for the driver and gas for 2,987 rides and – – – $27,000 for programs, supplies and food
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 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.
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Autumn Benefit Sponsors 2016
DIAMOND: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Michael Merrill
RUBY: Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Carol and Frank Caro, Chobee Hoy, Goddard House Assisted Living, Shulamit Kahn and Kevin Lang, Betsy Pollock, Suzanne Salamon and Alan Einhorn, Tufts Public Health/Tufts University School of Medicine, Winnie and Richard Rubino
SAPPHIRE: Patricia Dobek, Ruthann Dobek and Glenn Boghosian
EMERALD: Atkin Associates LLC-Barrie Atkin, Laurde and Elias Audy, Center Communities of Brookline/Hebrew Senior Life, Margie and Rev. George Chapman, Marilyn and Andre Danesh, Friends of Brookline Public Health, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Doris Toby Axelrod and Lawrence Marks, Sue Reamer, Carol and Maurice Sapoznik, Ruth Kertzer Seidman and Aaron Seidman, Sherrill House, Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC, Deborah Goldberg and Michael Winter, Sonia and William Wong, Emilie Drooker, Sidney Gelb, Elaine Kwiecien, anonymous
TOPAZ: Always Best Care of Boston, Bayada Home Health Care, Helen Charlupski and Joseph Biederman, Brighton House, Brookline Bank, Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline Hearing Services, Brookline Municipal Credit Union, Cambridge Public Health Department, Nancy Daly and Kevin Cavanaugh, Eleanor Clarkson, Carolyn and Ted Colton, Betsy and Dennis DeWitt, Eastern Bank, Doris and Saul Feldman, Marcia and Rob Heist, Nancy Heller, Home Instead Senior Care, HouseWorks, Donna and Martin Kalikow, V. Celia Lascarides, Alberta and Roger Lipson, Longwood Dental Group, Harry Margolis, Sylvia and Ralph Memolo, Cecily and Alan Morse, The Move Maven, Mount Pleasant Home, New Outlook Homecare, Judy Meyers and Mark Pasternack, Pathway Home Realty Group, Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, Providence House Senior Living Community, RE/MAX Unlimited, Ellen Bruce and Richard Segan, Enid Shapiro, Robert Sperber, Stanetsky Memorial and Levine Chapels, Jean and Peter Stringham, Wingate Residences at Boylston Place, Roberta Winitzer, Antoinette Schroder, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
“We had a wonderful time celebrating with our centenarian friends July 15, 2015 and none of it would have been possible without our community partners: BrooklineCAN, Center Communities of Brookline and Goddard House Assisted Living.” – – Julie Washburn
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We were sorry to learn that Ethel Weiss died Thursday, December 11. She was 101.