93 Winchester St. Brookline, MA 02446    617 . 730 . 2770    info@brooklineseniorcenter.org

Brookline Senior Services

Hours:  8:30 – 5pm weekdays

93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA  02446

General information:  617. 730. 2770

Social Services:  617. 730. 2777

Ruthann Dobek, director:  617. 730. 2770          rdobek@brooklinema.gov

webmaster:  kkaufman@corp-edge.com


Memory Connections Cafe, 12/27

Join us for the Memory Connections Cafe Wednesday, December 27 from 1:30-3 pm.  People with early memory challenges and their care partners  (must accompany those who need assistance) are invited to connect with peers. Call Jamie Jensen to register: 617. 730. 2753      – – Supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and Centre Communities


Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups

There are two sessions of the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support group.  The day group meets mornings on the 4th Tuesday.  Please call the daytime facilitator  Debby Rosenkrantz:  617. 571. 3742.

The evening group is full.  It meets the last Thursday.  Evening facilitator is Susan Kanian-Andriole   617. 730. 2754 for the wait list


Vibrant Assistive Technology Program

Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired announces the VIBRANT program together with the Centers on Aging and our Center.  It’s about assistive technology.  If you’re losing sight, we’ll train you on technology to help.  Assistive is hardware or software to help with cooking, cleaning, shopping, reading, TV, creating spreadsheets, banking, travel, health and fitness.  If you have low vision or are blind, reach out.

Assessments are done by Jerry Feliz, our assistive technology coordinator.  You’ll be matched with a volunteer for training on screen magnification, text aloud, shopping online.  Call 617. 879. 0771 or email:  atcenter@mabcommunity.org    You may also meet him here Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the computer lab.


Rides to Eye Appointments

We have a program, ICARE, with a grant from ITN America (Independent Transportation Network of America).  Our HELP program provides free transport to eye care appointments in Greater Boston.  Call  617. 730. 2752 at least one week before your appointment.

A.B.L.E. Senior Service Employment Program

Over 55 and unemployed?  Resident of Brookline, 55 and up, meet federal low-income guidelines and committed to finding work?  The program includes paid on the job training in your community ($11/hr), updating your skills, job search help.  Info:  Greg Haig  617. 542. 4180     ghaig@operationable.net


Consumer Protection

The Newton-Brookline Consumer Office works in cooperation with the Mass Attorney General to help resolve disputes with businesses, your rights as a tenant, things too good to be true.  Call 617. 796. 1292 from 9:30-3:45 pm.  Directors Mimi Cole and July Zohn. Open to Newton, Brookline, Watertown and Belmont residents.



Transportation Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors provides education and support to Brookline seniors over 60 looking for alternatives to driving.  Whether it’s age, ability or choice, volunteer transit advisors will help you choose transportation options when you’re unable or opt not to drive.  They will provide support as you learn to use new ways of getting around.  We are looking for volunteers.Come join the team to support our members and educate everyone about car-free choices.

Call Kerri Ann Tester, program director and Maria Foster:  617.730. 2644  – email to volunteer@trippsmass.organd TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov –  TRIPPS is funded by MassDOT Community Transit Grant under the Dept of Transportation’s enhanced mobility of seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program


Fighting Cancer Together

Newton group providing support and educational services.  Professionally facilitated programs promote hope and connection for patients and their loved ones.  Facing Cancer Together, 430 Walnut St, Newtonville, 02460    617. 332. 5777    http://www.facing-cancer.org


REAP: Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program

  • REAP  addresses the needs of Brookline residents over 60
  • Are you newly retired and looking for work?
  • Are you planning for retirement?
  • Do you want to volunteer?
  • Could you use part-time work?

REAP is designed for people who wish to remain engaged and active in the community while in retirement or partial retirement. The goal of the program is to enhance the retirement experience by linking participants with either part-time paid or volunteer work either in the community or at the Brookline Senior Center.

THE BROOKLINE SENIOR CENTER partners with other local organizations to offer fulfilling and interesting opportunities.  These include:    BrooklineCAN, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Brookline Adult and Community Education, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Brookline Town Departments in addition to the Tax Work-Off, and limited grant funded employment at the Brookline Senior Center for qualified Brookline residents.

REAP OFFERS:  Confidential, free consultation around skills and interests
• On-going skills based workshops and training for employment seekers
• Employer-employee matching service
• Matching participants to meaningful volunteer opportunities
• Networking support groups

WORKSHOPS and training include:  Wisdom Works Job Search Training, networking support groups, resume writing and online job search

STAFF:  Deidre Waxman, LICSW  REAP coordinator and employment skills counselor Patricia Burns

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Brookline residents age 60 and over

FEES:  none


1.  An initial interview with the program coordinator to determine interests, skills and background
2.  Complete a confidential application
3.  On-going support in job search and volunteer placement

Deidre Waxman:  617. 730. 2767             dwaxman@brooklinema.gov


PARC Program

If you are a caregiver of an older or disabled person in Brookline, Parking Access for Resident Caregivers (PARC), can assist  with parking restrictions and permits.  This is a service provided by Brookline’s Council on Aging and the Transportation Department.  617. 730. 2752


Free Groceries

The Greater Boston Food Bank Commodity Program provides shelf stable food to low income seniors.  Two bags are delivered  for each participant to the Senior Center, Sussman House and O’Shea House.  Deliveries are made the third Wednesday of the month.  We are recruiting new applicants.   Eligibility is by age, income and size of household.  Call Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743


Home Modification Loans

A program provided by the Mass Rehabilitation Commission offers loans up to $30,000 to help homeowners make modifications enabling them to remain in their homes:  ramps, hand rails, lifts, wider doorways, home security alarm systems, safety windows, floors.  95% of borrowers qualify.  There are no monthly repayments.  You pay back when the home is sold.  www.cedac.org/hmlp                     Susan Gillam: 866.500. 5599


No senior hungry in Brookline

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) helps seniors stretch food dollars with food stamps.  We’ll help you sign up for food stamps, we serve hot lunches here and we’ll connect you with the Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church.  Sonia Wong:  swong@brooklinema.gov  617. 730. 2774


Food Distribution         Tuesdays 2- 4 pm – – The selection of free produce and food varies.  Please bring a bag.  This is a busy program that depends on volunteers.  If you can help, see Patricia Burns, our volunteer coordinator, Tuesday morning or 617. 730. 2743        Numbers are given out starting at 11 am


Food Program



Every Tuesday shop with us. Bring a bag and help yourself.

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Medical Equipment: donate/borrow

The Equipment Loan Fund (ELF) program has bariatric equipment, transport wheelchair, rolling walker and commode.  Donate or borrow, please call first:  Jamie Jensen @ 617. 730. 2753  jjensen@brooklinema.gov  or    See the list at equipment exchange


We collect cell phones, eyeglasses and soda can pull tabs.  The Lions Club gets the glasses.  Cell phones are sent to the National Council on Aging.  Shriners Hospital gets the tabs.   Collection boxes in reception.


ABCD  (Fuel Assistance)  – We are taking appointments for the ABCD program:  617. 730. 2777   As well, you can visit ABCD Inc at 178 Tremont St, Boston.  They have Chinese, Polish, Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese, Mandarin and Taiwanese speaking workers.

BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Taxi discount program via coupons.  BETS can be used in all cab companies based in Brookline;  it’s the law.  They cannot be used for tips; use cash. Alicia Ebrat, the BETS coordinator, is at the Center Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-4 pm, to take applications and sell coupons.  You’ll need last year’s tax return to establish income.  617. 730. 2740

BLAB (Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau) – Brookline residents only,  no charge, no appointment needed.    To be announced for January from 9-12 noon.   617. 730. 2777

FILE OF LIFE is emergency medical information cards.  Ruth Brenner coordinates the program.  617. 730. 2777

HELP – Home and Escort Linkage Program finds trained and screened workers to help you with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping at affordable rates.  617. 730. 2752

REAP – Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program with Deidre Waxman facilitates job search, resumes and networking.  dwaxman@brooklinema.gov     617. 730. 2767

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps stretch food dollars.  617. 730. 2777

SHINE – Explore health insurance options with counselors Sonia Wong, Ed Levin, Sybil Levisohn and Oliver Buckley.  By appointment:  617. 730. 2777

SHOP – matches seniors with high school students who earn community service credits shopping for them.  Brookline High School is recruiting students.  Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743

TRIPPS – Transportation Resources, Information, Planning and Partnership for Seniors provides education and support to Brookline seniors over 60 looking for alternatives to driving.  Whether it’s age, ability or choice, volunteer transit advisors will help you choose transportation options when you’re unable or opt not to drive.  They will provide support as you learn to use new ways of getting around.  We are looking for volunteers.  Kerri Ann Tester, program director:  617.730. 2644  or  TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov

Resource Guide

7th edition of the resource guide, the purple book, is available at the Center.  You can also read it here:  Click to read the resource guide



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