About the Council on Aging

The Somerville Council on Aging supports older adults in their efforts to maintain their independence by enhancing growth, dignity, and a sense of belonging in mind, body, and spirit while aging in place. We provide access to fitness, health, and wellness activities, socialization opportunities, educational programs, transportation, and support services.

  • Locations & Staff

  • Social Service & Community Resources

  • Health & Wellness

  • Events

  • Newsletter

Center Locations

Cross Street Center

165 Broadway
617-625-6600, ext. 2335
Monday & Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holland Street Center

167 Holland Street
617-625-6600, ext. 2300
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ralph & Jenny Center

9 New Washington Street
617-666-5223
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Main Office

 

167 Holland Street
617-625-6600, ext. 2300
Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Staff

Executive Director

Cindy L. Hickey

Staff

Connie Lorenti, Administrative Assistant
Natasha Naim, LCSW, Social Worker
Ashley Speliotis, LICSW Social Worker
Chris Kowaleski, Health and Wellness Coordinator
Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator
Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator
Josephine Raczkowski, Administrative Assistant
Kim Moss, Ralph and Jenny Director
Judy Calvey, Holland Street Director

Board

Suzanne Rinfret, Chair
Roseanne Bent, Vice Chair
Cheryl Horan, Liaison to the Director
Louis Favreau
Eddie Abate
Marie Linscott
Rose Earle
Linda Cohen

 

 

Social Services Overview

Are you looking to get help or assistance with food, shelters, fuel assistance, financial, senior/disabled or transportation? Some of the below organizations may be able to match the services in which you are need. As always, in Somerville you can simply dial 311 with any questions you may have (617-666-3311 outside the city). Operators who speak Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish are available during regular business hours.

If you are a member of an organization that would like to be included here, please e-mail your information to 311updates@somervillema.gov.

 

Fuel Assistance

Human Services: The City ‘s low income heating assistance program serves the cities of Cambridge and Somerville.
51 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-349-6252
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Salvation Army
Good Neighbor Energy Fund: This program helps people in need paying for their winter heating fuel and other energy bills.
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-3400

MassCap
105 Chauncy Street,
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-6086

Somerville Cambridge Elderly Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-2601
617-628-1705-TDD

 

Heat Assistance

Citizens Energy Heat Assistance: Citizens Energy Heat Assistance provides financial help to people who can not afford to pay their heating bills.
530 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
1-877-563-4645

 

Food Assistance

Somerville Cambridge Elderly Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-2601
617-6281705-TDD

Hearty Meal For All (HMFA): Free community suppers on the second Friday of each month.
Somerville Community Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
917-826-5298

Project Bread
145 Border Street
Boston, MA 02128
617-723-5000

MassCap
105 Chauncy Street,
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-6086

Community Action Agency of Somerville
66-70 Union Square,
#104
Somerville, MA 02143
617- 623-7370

Salvation Army: A wide variety of assistance is offered to individuals and families in need.
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-3400

Catholic Charities: Our Somerville community service center offers assistance with food through a pantry.
270 Washington Street,
Somerville, MA 02143
617-625-1920
Monday-Thursday 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

 

Shelters

Somerville Homeless Coalition
14 Chapel St Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-2546
Contact: Mike Libby

Cambridge and Somerville Program (CASPAR): Emergency shelter and transitional housing
315 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
617-628-3850
Contact: Dick Riccio

Catholic Charities: St. Patrick's Homeless Shelter
270 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-3015
Contact: Nancy Kaban

Respond: Operates emergency shelter
P.O. BOX 555
Somerville, MA 02141
617-625-5996
Contact: Michelle Sige

Cross Street Family Shelter: 5 families, up to 20 people-24 hour service
P.O. BOX 440436
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-6661

Salvation Army-Homeless shelter overnight emergency
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-547-3400

 

The below agencies have shelters in the greater Boston area:

  • Mass Bay Chapter American Red Cross: 285 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116 1-800-564-1234
  • Betty's Place: 40 Berkley Street Boston, MA 02116 617-482-1126
  • Boston City Shelter: Long Island Health Campus Boston, MA 02122 617-534-2526
  • Boston Family Shelter: 656 Mass Avenue Boston, MA 02118 617-267-8081
  • Cambridge Shelter: PO BOX 516A Cambridge, MA 02139 617-547-1885
  • Cambridge YWCA Emergency Family Shelter: 3 Bigelow Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-491-6055
  • Cambridge YWCA: 7 Temple Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617-491-6055
  • Pinn Street Inn: 444 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02118 617-482-4944

 

Older Adult Services and More

Somerville Community Corporation: Searching For housing assistance and affordable housing

1 Davis Square
Suite 213
Somerville, MA 02144
Stacy Pires: 617-776-5931 x232 (housing assistance)
Alice Cormeck: 617-625-6600 x6146 (affordable housing development)

Somerville and Cambridge Elder Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, MA 02143
617-628-2601
617-6281705-TDD

Cambridge and Somerville Health Alliance: Health care that is affordable appropriate for homeless persons
230 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
Contact: Mark McGovern 617-591-6765

Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS): Eviction Prevention Program
66-70 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
617-623-7370 Please contact Melissa McWhinney

Transition House: Long and short term housing supportive services and youth
649 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 6
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-868-1650

Visiting Nurse Association: Home health care and assisted living facilities
259 Lowell Street
Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-3600

Senior and Disabled Door-to-Door Service (SCM): Program services our seniors and disabled residents in Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford with rides to there doctor appointments or any other place. Please contact 617-625-1191, or our Council on Aging for more information.

OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts University: This program provides any "seasoned citizen" the opportunity to return to the classroom with on-campus study groups and on-line E-learning courses. Course offerings focus on subjects as varied as modern art, the world economy, and memoir writing. Ensure a wealth of options for your intellectual inquiry. There are no examinations, course credits, or degrees awarded.

 

Tax Preparation Assistance

CEOC
11 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-868-2900

 

Charitable Donations

Please consider donating gently used household items (furniture, clothing, books, etc) to area charities, including those listed below. When you donate items that are still in useable condition, you are saving money for the city and its taxpayers by reducing bulk waste trash disposal costs. At the same time, you help local charities serve those in need here in our community - and donation for reuse is a valuable form of recycling, which helps all of us fulfill our shared commitment to sustainability and environmental quality.

 

Transportation Options

 

Council on Aging & Adult Day Health Comparison

 

More Resources

Fit-4-Life - Fitness and Nutrition Program
Reduce the significant and prevalent burden of age-associated chronic disease and provide support for healthier aging. Must be pre-registered for these programs.
Holland Street Center - $10.00 per month.

  • Open to all 55+
  • Group A & B - Wednesday and Friday mornings. Group C - Monday & Wednesday afternoons.
  • Cross St Center – Tuesdays & Thursdays.
  • Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women - 55+ Tuesday and Thursday evenings

One-on-One Nutrition Counseling
Personalized nutrition counseling with Somerville Council on Aging Nutritionist, Mimi DelGizzi. Want to lose weight? Gain weight? Add more fruits, vegetables, or whole grains to your diet? Want to know what a whole grain is? Come talk to Mimi about all of your nutrition and healthy eating questions. Life’s too short to eat junk!
Mondays 12:00pm – 1:00am and Fridays 11:00am – 12:00pm Free

YOGA
Easy-to-follow program that lets you stretch and relax. It’s an invigorating, communityoriented yoga class that will make you feel fresh, and most of all, exhilarating. Yoga provides modified, low-impact moves and easy-to-follow pacing for a healthy, active lifestyle!
Thursday 9:00 – 9:45am – No class during the summer
$20.00 for 5 weeks.

Dalcroze Eurhthmics
Research shows that seniors involved in eurhythmics classes fall 56% less because they develop balance and confidence. Enjoy this new class that will not only help your body physically, but mentally as well. This low impact class provides brain and body fitness through music and movement.
Holland Street Center – Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00pm – No class during the summer
$2.00 per class.

Strengthening with Geoff
Build arm, core, and leg exercises with these straightforward movements that will keep you balanced and strong. Holland Street Center – Tuesday 9:15 – 10:15 am
Ralph & Jenny Center – Thursday 10:00 – 11:00 am
$3.00 per person or $25 for 10 weeks.

Zumba
This easy-to-follow program lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It's an invigorating, community-oriented dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba provides modified, low-impact moves and easy-to-follow pacing for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Holland Street Center -- Wednesday: 5:15 – 6:15 pm
$3 per class.

Keep Moving: Exercise for Older Adults
Channel 22 – Sun/Tues/Thurs 12:30 pm & Mon/Wed 12:30am.

Boston Prostate Cancer Support Group
No reservation required, no fees, all are welcome
www.bostonpcsupportgroup.com

Holland Street Group Information

Men's Group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This group is facilitated by our volunteer, Norbert DeAmato. Are you recently retired? Looking to connect with other men in the community? Join our men’s group where you can connect with old friends and make new ones. All men 55 and over are welcome. Come chat about what is on your mind! If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Caregiver Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group. Are you caring for a parent, relative, spouse or close friend? Feeling isolated or overwhelmed? You are not alone! Come share your experience and practical support. Open to all and new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

Veterans Group – Meets the third Monday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Our volunteer, Norbert DeAmato, facilitates this group. Are you a veteran? The Veterans Group is the perfect opportunity to socialize, have solidarity, to reminisce and to meet other veterans. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Low Vision Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group. Do you know someone who has trouble seeing? Do you have low vision? Join our Low Vision Support Group for educational and informative information and peer support in a confidential environment. Lunch and transportation may be available on request. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

Current Events Group – Meets every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group. Join a group of your peers to discuss current events. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Book Club – Meets the third Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This group self-facilitates. Group members choose both fiction and non-fiction titles on a quarterly basis. Books are available on reserve at the Central Branch of the Somerville Library. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2300.

Gardening Club – Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. and running for an hour most times. Principal Master Gardener, Vilma Sullivan, facilitates this group. A different topic each month ranging from gardening tips & secrets to inexpensive “greenhouses.” If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Senior Housing 101 –Meets the last Tuesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Social Worker, Natasha Naim will be facilitating this group. Participants can learn about the range of options that older adults have when thinking about where to live. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Bereavement Support Group – Meets bi-monthly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2317.

De-cluttering Support Group – If you have concerns around your clutter, this group may be for you. This closed group meets both in spring and fall for 6-8 weeks. This group is co-facilitated by Natasha Naim and Marina Colonas. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

Golden Gals (a.k.a. Women’s Group) – Meets the 3rd Tuesday starting on May 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilities this group. A fun, safe, social group to discuss women’s issues and growing older. For more information, please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

 

Cross Street Group Information

English Conversation – Meets every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator and Sandy Francis, Cross Street Center Volunteer, work together to facilitate this group. No books, no tests, no stress – just a great group of older adults from all over the world who help each other to listen, speak and learn English. Continue conversation throughout a healthy lunch. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

Arts & Crafts – Meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us in a relaxing atmosphere as we learn about a wide range of arts & crafts from weaving to watercolor pencils. Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator facilitates this group. Must call before attending. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

Social Service Drop In – The 3rd Thursday of every month Social Workers, Ashley Speliotis and Natasha Naim will be taking turns and having a Drop-in Social Service hour from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Cross Street Center. They will be available to address any of your Social Service needs. Stop by or if you need additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.