Senior Center Social Services
Hours: 8:30 – 5pm weekdays We are open by appointment only
Address: 93 Winchester St, Brookline, MA 02446
Information: 617. 730. 2770
Social Services: 617. 730. 2777
Ruthann Dobek, director: 617. 730. 2770 firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory Connections Cafe, 9/23
The Cafe, for people with early memory challenges and their care partners to connect with their peers through socialization and programming, is being held virtually. This month it is Wednesday, September 23 from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Please contact Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753 to RSVP and get the Zoom link.
Medical Transport: Brookline/Longwood
We have a program for non-emergency rides ONLY in Brookline and the Longwood area using our van and bus. Priority goes to residents using the BETS program (see below). Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00 pm. Pickups in Brookline begin at 9 am and the last pickup in Longwood area is 3 pm. Masks are required and there is a limit of one person per vehicle (you may bring a PCA or companion). Call us at least three days in advance: 617. 730. 2750
BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Maria Foster: 617. 730.2644 or write email@example.com
BROOKLINE TRIPPS – For alternatives to driving, and questions about the MBTA, TheRIDE, Uber, Lyft and medical transport: Maria Foster: 617.730.2644
BLAB (Brookline Legal Assistance Bureau) – No volunteer lawyers now
HELP – Help with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping: 617.730.2752
ELF – (Equipment Loan Fund) donation and loan of gently used equipment. We are not accepting donations at this time. PLEASE DO NOT COME WITHOUT SPEAKING TO JAMIE FIRST. Jamie Jensen @ 617. 730. 2753 or write firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what is available to borrow
REAP – (Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program) is operating. Deidre Waxman facilitates job search, resumes and networking. email@example.com 617. 730. 2767
SHINE – Explore health insurance options by phone with Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn. Free counseling by appointment: 617. 730. 2777
SNAP – (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food stamps and Brookline Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church: 617. 730. 2777
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. Call the HELP staff: 617. 730. 2752
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Ted Sturman is available by phone for support: 617. 803. 6105
Rides to Eye Appointments
Trusted Transportation Partner offers free rides to eye appointments. Call 617. 730. 2752 at least one week before. Operating for current and new clients.
Vibrant Assistive Technology Program is on Zoom
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Honoroff and Jeff Fraser of the Mediation Group in Brookline have a new presentation: how mediation can help conflicts that may affect you and your children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wUYWgX2Mzc
You can reach them at www.themediationgroup.org
Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church
Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743
Volunteers making it happen on Tuesdays at our Food Pantry
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
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 email@example.com
Brookline Transportation Program with Lyft
While we encourage everyone to stay at home, we realize some will need to get to medical appointments or to the grocery store and Lyft could be a good option for those who wish to avoid the T. We are able to process applications via phone and email.
This program offers 4 subsidized rides per month on Lyft to older adults in Brookline. This program is currently limited to income eligible seniors (60) and over (individual $67,400 maximum; couple $77,000 maximum). Lyft is a ride sharing transportation company that offers curb-to-curb service nationwide. The Brookline Program will offer four discounted rides per month of up to $10 per ride. The passenger will pay the first $2; the coupon will pay up to the next $10. The coupon will automatically download each month into the Lyft app on your smartphone. This option will be available 24/7 without any restrictions on miles or pick up location. For more information, contact Maria Foster, Community Outreach Specialist for the Council on Aging at 617. 730. 2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brookline’s HELP Program connects adults to escorts and limited transportation. This is a paid service with home care workers vetted by Council on Aging social workers. A home visit is required. Staff does telephone assessments of new clients. Please call (617) 730-2752.
Currently, the HELP Program is offering free transportation to eye care appointments through the Trusted Transportation Program. Call to find out more.
Metro Cab is a Brighton cab company: 617. 782. 5500 but Metro Cab will not take the Brookline Senior Taxi Coupons. They do provide some wheelchair accessible vans.
Gogo Grandparent www.gogograndparent.com orders and monitors rides on your behalf through ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Gogo Grandparent calls the ride on your behalf, so users do not need a smartphone to use the service. Those who do have access to a smartphone and would like to access rides through the app should contact Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644
Operators and oversight fee of .27 per minute from when they start monitoring to when they stop. In addition, you are charged the ride-share network fare. email@example.com
855-464-6872 or 888-755-1775
MBTA Service Updates
General MBTA updates can be found here:https://www.mbta.com/covid19 Masks are required. The Charlie Card store is closed. To renew your Charlie Card, 617. 222-3200 and follow the system prompts.
MBTA – Ride
The Ride paratransit service provides door-to-door, shared ride transportation to eligible people who are unable to use the MBTA’s fixed route transit (bus, subway, trolley) some or all of the time due to physical, cognitive or mental disability.
- If you are a new RIDE customer, you may be granted temporary eligibility if you meet the medical necessity criteria provided to your licensed healthcare provider by TREC (617-337-2727).
- If you are a current RIDE customer who will require re-certification soon, your eligibility will be automatically extended.
- Whether you are a newly approved RIDE customer (granted medical necessity), or an existing RIDE customer whose eligibility has been extended, you will eventually need an in-person interview.
- Information from the RMV
For updates visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information