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.

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Cross Street Center
165 Broadway
617-625-6600 x. 2335
Hours:
          Mon. & Tue. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
          Thurs. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Holland Street Center
167 Holland St.
617-625-6600 x. 2300
Hours:
          Mon–Thurs. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
          Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Ralph & Jenny Center
9 New Washington St.
617-666-5223
Hours:
         
Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m – 2:30 p.m.


Main Office
167 Holland St.
617-625-6600 x. 2300
Fax: 617-625-0688
Hours:
         
Mon. – Wed. 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
         Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
         Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

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)
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

 

Men’s Group
Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 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 have any questions or require additional information, please give us a call at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Caregiver Support Group
Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, 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 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 and ask to speak to Natasha.

Veterans Group
Meets the third Monday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Our Social Worker, Suzanne Norton, 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 or require additional information, please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 and ask for Suzanne.

Low Vision Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Our Social Worker, Suzanne Norton, 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. Please call Suzanne at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 if you are interested in attending, have any questions or require additional information.

Current Events Group
Meets every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group. Join a group of your peers to discuss current events. Please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 for additional information or if you have any questions.

Book Club
Meets the first Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Senior Project Manager, Janine Lotti, facilitates this group. 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. Contact Janine at 617- 625-6600 Ext. 2321 or JLotti@Somervillema.gov if you require additional information.

Gardening Club
Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 A.M. and running for an hour most times. Our volunteer, Vilma Sullivan, facilitates this group. A different topic each month ranging from gardening tips & secrets to inexpensive “greenhouses.” Please contact Senior Project Manager, Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2321 or JLotti@Somervillema.gov if you have any questions or require additional information.

The Moonlighters
Meets every Monday at 10:30 A.M. and runs September through June. Led by Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator, Jimmy DelPonte, the Moonlighters are an older version of the SunSetters. If you like to sing then this group is for you. Sometimes taking their skills on the road. Contact our main office at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 if you should require additional information.

Brain Games
Meets the first Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 A.M. This group is facilitated by our volunteers Eileen Jones & Jan Ciganelli. Engaging as a group in brain healthy activities. Proven that keeping the mind active can actually reverse the signs of aging and improve memory and cognitive functioning. Contact the main office at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 to sign up!

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. Please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 ext. 2317 to sign up! *All these groups meet at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street

English Conversations
Meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P. M. and 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Janine Lotti, Senior Projects Manager 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.