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

Social Services

Hours:  8:30 – 5pm weekdays

Address:  93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA  02446

Information:  617. 730. 2770

Social Services:  617. 730. 2777

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

webmaster:  kkaufman@corp-edge


CARE Caregiver Assistance Relief

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide Brookline families free respite and companionship through the CARE program, which operates under the auspices of our HELP program.  CARE provides Brookline caregivers a break from caring for an older adult family member.  It does not include personal care, dressing, bathing, medication services.  To participate, call HELP program staff: 617. 730. 2752. – – Thanks to State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for their grant

On the Road with TRIPPS

TRIPPS supports Brookline seniors looking for alternatives to driving.  Whether it’s age, ability or choice, transit advisors will help you choose transportation options.  They provide support as you learn new ways of getting around.  Come join the team to support our members and educate everyone about car-free choices. Call Maria Foster:  617.730. 2644  – email to volunteer@trippsmass.org   and TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov

From Fall Center Connections: “Three year-old TRIPPS is more important as the transportation landscape evolves.”  Getting around, especially after giving up a car, can be a challenge leading to isolation or declining healthcare. In 2015 Brookline and Newton’s Councils on Aging created TRIPPS to reduce isolation and help residents giving up driving by promoting awareness of options.

We have a transportation resource guide; peer mentors; education and programs, field trips on the T and workshops with Uber and Lyft apps.  We’ve learned that peer support works by helping you overcome fears and try new options.  State Rep Tommy Vitolo:  “How important is TRIPPS? It keeps people out of nursing homes and helps them stay healthy and engaged.”

TRIPPS has been recognized as a best practice program.  It’s expanded to other towns its volunteers are leading workshops in Uber and Lyft.  We still need your help since MassDOT’s pilot program has ended. We need new grants and private donations.  See Paypal above in the right column and put “TRIPPS” in the memo line of your donation.  We thank you


Memory Connections Cafe, Wednesday, 10/30

Join us for the Memory Connections Cafe Wednesday, October 30 from 1:30 – 3. Meet peers, have a snack and take part in programming.  Either party may attend by themselves but a care partner must come with anyone who needs care assistance. Register with Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753.  The program is joining the larger Senior Center community for the Tommy Bahama Halloween Dance Party. – –  This month’s cafe is sponsored by  Senior HomeCare Solutions and supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation

Brookline Senior Center Van

Monday-Thursday, 9:00-3:00pm
617. 730. 2750
The van provides door-to-door transportation to the Center for educational and social activities. It operates Monday-Thursday. Suggested donation: $1.  Call 617. 730. 2750 by 3:00 on the business day before you need a ride.

Brookline Elderbus

Monday-Friday, 9:00 -3:00pm
617. 730. 2777
Elderbus makes an hourly circuit between the Center, senior housing, and shopping areas. Suggested donation: 50 cents.  Schedules in English, Russian and Chinese at 617. 730. 2777

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

This ongoing daytime group is designed to help caregivers cope.  It meets on the 4th Tuesday.  Please call facilitator Ted Sturman:  617. 803. 6105


Food Pantry Tuesdays

Tuesdays beginning at 2 pm – – Selection of free produce and food. Quantities vary so be here before 3.  Bring a bag and help yourself.  Numbers are given out starting at 11 am.  Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743.  – – We have a grant for from the Brookline Community Foundation’s Safety Net Fund for our work in food distribution.    www.brooklinecommunity.org


Volunteers making it happen on Tuesdays

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Congressman Joseph Kennedy helping on Tuesday


New refrigerator


Parc Program

If you are a caregiver for a senior or disabled person who lives in Brookline, Parking Access for Resident Caregivers, PARC, can help.  The Council on Aging, in cooperation with the Town Transportation Department helps caregivers with parking permits. 617. 730. 2752


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.  Anyone with low vision or blindness is welcome, as well as those interested in how we are serving the spectrum of vision loss.

Call Rachel Castle: 617. 608. 4150,  Jerry Feliz: 857. 443. 6636 , or ATCenter@mabcommunity.org

and stop by our computer lab Wednesday and Thursday afternoons


Rides to Eye Appointments

We have a program called Trust Transportation Partner with a grant from ITN America that provides free rides to eye care appointments.  Call  617. 730. 2752 at least one week before your appointment.


BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Taxi discount program via coupons.  BETS can be used in all cab companies based in Brookline.  Alicia Ebrat, BETS coordinator, is here Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-4 pm, to take applications and sell coupons.  Bring last year’s tax return to establish income.  617. 730. 2740

BLAB  (Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau) – A volunteer lawyer is here Wednesday, NOVEMBER TO BE ANNOUNCED:  Brookline residents only, no charge. 9-12 noon.   617. 730. 2777

HELP – finds affordable trained workers to help with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping.  617. 730. 2752

ELF – (Equipment Loan Fund) promotes the donation and loan of gently used equipment.  We have rolling and padded commodes to give away.  Please call first:  Jamie Jensen @ 617. 730. 2753  jjensen@brooklinema.gov

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

RECYCLE – 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.

SHINE – Explore health insurance options with counselors Sonia Wong, Ed Levin, Sybil Levisohn and Oliver Buckley.  Will you be 65 soon?  Planning to retire?  Understand Medicare? Need help paying for drugs?  Free confidential counseling by appointment:  617. 730. 2777

SHOP – Brookline High School students shop for seniors.   Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743

SNAP – (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps stretch food dollars.  Sign up for food stamps, hot lunches and the Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church.   617. 730. 2777


Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank Commodity Program provides shelf stable food.  Two bags are delivered for each participant to the Senior Center (93 Winchester St), Sussman House (50 Pleasant St) and O’Shea House (61 Park St).  Deliveries are made the third Wednesday of the month.  We are recruiting new applicants. Eligibility by age, income and size of household.  Patricia Burns:  617. 730. 2743


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

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


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