Brookline Senior Services
Hours: 8:30 – 5pm weekdays 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 email@example.com
Memory Connections Cafe, 4/28
The Cafe, for people with early memory challenges to socialize along with their care partners, meets Wednesday, April 28 from 1:30-3:00 pm. Contact Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753 to register for the Zoom link. firstname.lastname@example.org
– – This month’s cafe is sponsored by Wingate at Chestnut Hill
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program is taking applications through April to help with home heating. For one person, income is not to exceed $39,105. For two people, $51,137. You can apply for weatherizing, heating repairs, conservation and more.
CALL 617.357.6012 www.bostonabcd.org/service/fuel-assistance-2
Alert Brookline sends messages for weather, water and missing persons among others. If you have a landline, you are already registered. To enroll your cell phone and email: www.brooklinema.gov/alert
Medical Rides: Brookline/Longwood/Harvard Kenmore
We provide non-emergency medical rides in Brookline and Longwood using our van and bus. Harvard Vanguard – Kenmore is included. Priority for residents in the BETS program.
HOURS Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00 pm. Pickups in Brookline begin at 9 am and the last pickup in Longwood/Kenmore is 3 pm. Masks are required and there is a limit of one person per vehicle (you may bring a PCA or companion).
CALL 3 business to 30 days ahead: 617. 730. 2750
Help from and to Brookline High School Students
Our SHOP program has interim no-contact activities for people over 60 in Brookline with students from the High School. Together you can be
♠ Pen pals,
♠ Zooming vocals or instruments,
♠ Playing games and crosswords,
♠ Talking on the phone,
♠ Reading short stories and poetry,
♠ Going on museum tours and
♠ Help students with their school work! Spelling and grammar haven’t changed since you were in school.
CALL 617. 730. 2770
BETS (Brookline Elder Taxi System) – Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644 or email@example.com
BROOKLINE TRIPPS – For alternatives to driving: MBTA, TheRIDE, Uber, Lyft and medical transport: Maria Foster: 617. 730. 2644
BROOKLINE LEGAL ASSISTANCE – closed
HELP – with meals, errands, cleaning and shopping: 617.730.2752
EQUIPMENT LOAN FUND – Donation and loan of gently used equipment. PLEASE DO NOT COME OVER WITHOUT SPEAKING TO STAFF FIRST. Call to find out what we have and what we need: 617. 730. 2752 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FILE OF LIFE – Forms that tell first responders how to help. You carry one and the other is on the refrigerator. 617. 730. 2777
REAP – (Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program) Deidre Waxman facilitates job search, resumes and networking. email@example.com 617. 730. 2767
SHINE – Explore health insurance options with Sonia Wong, Steve Maas and Sybil Levisohn. 617. 730. 2777
– – Sonia Wong, by Mimi Katz
CARE Caregiver Assistance Relief
We provide Brookline families free respite and companionship through the CARE program, which operates under the auspices of the HELP program. CARE provides Brookline caregivers a break from caring for an older adult family member. It does not include personal care like dressing, bathing or medication services.
CALL 617. 730. 2752
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support
Ted Sturman is available by phone for support:
CALL 617. 803. 6105
Rides to Eye Appointments
Trusted Transportation Partner offers free rides to eye appointments.
CALL 617. 730. 2752 at least one week ahead
Vibrant Assistive Technology Program
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 treating the spectrum of vision loss. Rachel Castle: 617. 608. 4150 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Feliz: 857. 443.6636 ATCenter@mabcommunity.org
Offered in partnership with the Centers on Aging and the Brookline Senior Center
Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Church
The Food Pantry at St. Paul’s is open. https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.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 for people who wish to remain engaged and active in the community. Its goal is to enhance the retirement experience by linking participants with part-time paid or volunteer work in the community or at the Center.
THE CENTER partners with other 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, resumes and job search
STAFF: Deidre Waxman, LICSW
ELIGIBLE: Brookline residents age 60 and over
1. An initial interview with the program coordinator to determine interests and skills
2. 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
Lyft could be a good option if you want to avoid the T. We process applications by phone and email.
This program is limited to income eligible seniors (60) and over (individual $67,400 maximum; couple $77,000 maximum). Lyft is a ride sharing company that offers curb-to-curb service nationwide. The Brookline program offers four discounted rides per month of up to $10 per ride. Passengers pay the first $2; the coupon pays up to the next $10. Coupons automatically download each month into the Lyft app on your smartphone. This option will be available 24/7 without restrictions on miles or pick-up location. For more information, Maria Foster, community outreach specialist, 617. 730. 2644 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro Cab in Brighton: 617. 782. 5500 DOES NOT ACCEPT Brookline Senior Taxi Coupons. They do have 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. If you have a smartphone call 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 – Ride
The Ride provides door-to-door, shared transportation if you are unable to use the MBTA bus, subway, trolley some or all of the time.
- If you are a new RIDE user, you may be granted temporary eligibility if you meet medical criteria provided to your healthcare provider by TREC (617-337-2727).
- If you are a current RIDE user who will require re-certification soon, your eligibility will be automatically extended.
- Whether you are a new RIDE customer or an existing RIDE customer whose eligibility has been extended, you will eventually need an in-person interview.
- Information from the RMV