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

Brookline Social Services

Hours:  8:30 – 5pm weekdays   We are open by appointment

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



BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Taxi discount program via coupons. Bay State Taxi is no longer in business however there are licensed independent cab drivers in Brookline that are regulated by the Town.  All licensed cab drivers are required to accept BETS. Call Maria Foster: 617. 730.2644 or write mfoster@brooklinema.gov

BROOKLINE TRIPPS – For alternatives to driving, and questions about the MBTA, TheRIDE, Uber, Lyft and medical transportation, call Maria Foster: 617.730.2644

BLAB  (Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau) – No volunteer lawyers at this time.

HELP – Help with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping is operating.  Leave a message:  617.730.2752

ELF – (Equipment Loan Fund) donation and loan of gently used equipment.  We are accepting donations and providing equipment but PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CENTER WITHOUT SPEAKING TO JAMIE FIRST. Call:  Jamie Jensen @ 617. 730. 2753  jjensen@brooklinema.gov

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

SHINE – Explore health insurance options by phone with counselors Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn.   Free confidential counseling by appointment.  Leave a message: 617. 730. 2777

SNAP – (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps and the Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church:  617. 730. 2777


Food Commodity Program

We are contacting participants for the July resumption.  This is federally funded for low income people. If you or someone you know would like 35 pounds of shelf stable food on the third Wednesday, please call Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743   pburns@brooklinema.gov


Tax Abatement + Community Service Employment

The tax work-off program starts July 1.

During July we will reach out to everyone to discuss dates and responsibilities. You will be able to complete your 125 hours by June 30, 2021. You will get your time sheet by email or mail. You will return sheets by email or scan. Also, The REAP program is ongoing and we will be posting jobs.

We will accept new applications and include current participants. You must have filed 2019 income tax by as part of the process. If you need help with income tax, call Deidre Waxman: 617. 730. 2767.  Annual income qualification is now $67,400. The jobs you may fill are changing. Face to face activities will be reduced. We will encourage remote work and working in safer places like outdoors and in offices with low traffic. You may be asked to make phone calls, do gardening for the Town, grocery shop for people at home, and reception.  Please reach out with your ideas and what you would like to do.


CARE Caregiver Assistance Relief

We are operating for current clients only.  We 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 the HELP staff: 617. 730. 2752


On the Road with TRIPPS

We are offering four subsidized rides a month via Lyft in our new transportation pilot program. For more information, call Maria Foster, community outreach specialist: 617. 730. 2644.

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. Maria Foster:  617.730. 2644  – email to volunteer@trippsmass.org   and TRIPPS@brooklinema.gov

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.  Thank you.


Memory Connections Cafe

The Cafe is for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with peers through socialization and programs.  It is virtual for now.  Please contact the coordinator: Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753 jjensen@brooklinema.gov for information and dates.


Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

Ted Sturman is available by phone for support:  617. 803. 6105


Brookline Rideshare Discount Pilot Program

Through a grant from the National Council on Aging and Lyft, we have a pilot program with Lyft to provide four Lyft rides each month for income eligible seniors ($62,450 individual; $71,400 couple). It provides a coupon of $10 and you need a smartphone. Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644   mfoster@brooklinema.gov


Vibrant Assistive Technology Program

We are offering training by phone.

Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired hosts the VIBRANT program together with the Centers on Aging and our Center.  It’s about assistive technology.  Programs include Zoom meetings, reading applications and ride sharing among others. 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, along with those interested in how we are serving the spectrum of vision loss.  Rachel Castle: 617. 608. 4150  rcastle@mabcommunity.org


Yes, Rides to Eye Appointments

Trusted Transportation Partner, with a grant from ITN America, offers free rides to eye care appointments. It is operating for current clients via the Lyft program only.   No new clients.  Call  617. 730. 2752 at least one week before your appointment.  (We encourage you to postpone visits when you can.)  Leave a message to get on the wait list.  P.S. Good news. The program has been funded for another year.



Food Pantry Tuesdays –  Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church

This month we will have a modified Food Pantry pickup here at the Center.

Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743.  – – Thanks to a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation’s Safety Net Fund    www.brooklinecommunity.org


Volunteers making it happen on Tuesdays

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Congressman Joseph Kennedy helping on Tuesday


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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