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

Social Services

Hours:  8:30 – 5pm weekdays

Find us:  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


Memory Connections Cafe, 12/19

Join us for the Memory Connections Cafe Wednesday, December 19 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. No charge.  This month’s cafe is sponsored by Benchmark Senior Living -Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle.  Register with Jamie Jensen: 617. 730. 2753  – – Program is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.


Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group

The day group for caregivers meets mornings on the 4th Tuesday.  Please call facilitator Ted Sturman:  617. 803. 6105   Please note: no group in December


Food Pantry Tuesdays

Tuesdays 2- 3:30 pm – – The selection of produce and food varies.  Bring a bag and help yourself.  We need volunteers.  Patricia Burns: 617. 730. 2743.  Numbers are given out starting at 11 am  – – We are honored to  have a grant for the second year from the Brookline Community Foundation’s Safety Net Fund for our work in food distribution.    www.brooklinecommunity.org

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Congressman Joseph Kennedy helping in the Tuesday food pantry


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.  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: 857. 443. 6636 or email: jfeliz@mabcommunity.org     Meet him here Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.


Rides to Eye Appointments

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


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 or Maria Foster, community outreach:  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


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 – A volunteer lawyer is here for consults first Wednesday.   – Brookline residents only,  no charge. 9-12 noon.   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

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT – The Equipment Loan Fund (ELF) program promotes the exchange, donation and loan of gently used equipment.  We have cushions!  Please call first:  Jamie Jensen @ 617. 730. 2753  jjensen@brooklinema.gov

REAP – Retirement Engagement Alternatives Program with 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.  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

SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps stretch food dollars.  We 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. 2774617. 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, Sussman House and O’Shea House.  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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