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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.

 If you're a senior, you may be able to reduce or defer your property taxes. Learn more at www.somervillema.gov/SeniorTaxHelp

Contact Information
Ashley Speliotis
Director of Council on Aging

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Phone

(617) 625-6600 ext 2300
FAX: (617) 625-0688
TTY: (866) 808-4851

Address

167 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144
United States

Employee Directory

Locations & Staff

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

Ashley Speliotis

Staff

Connie Lorenti, Administrative Assistant
Natasha Naim, LCSW, Social Worker
Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator
Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator
Josephine Raczkowski, Administrative Assistant
Judy Calvey, Holland Street Director

Board

Daisy Monsalve
Pina Mingace
Edna Murray
Ronit Prawer
Marian Bremer
Maclise Jean
Neeraj Wadhera

 

 

Social Service & Community Resources

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 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 311requests@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 pay 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 an 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

Health & Wellness Activities

Bowling – Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Flatbreads located in Davis Square for fun, socialization and physical activity. Three strings of bowling and shoe rental.  Contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at dhiggins@somervillema.gov if you are interested or need additional information.

Music & Movement Enrichment with Steve – The third Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Join Steve as he plays guitar, sings and leads us in gentle movements.   Just tapping your toe or singing along can help move your body in new ways.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2321 or email Debby at dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Strength and Balance Exercise – Monday & Wednesday mornings and Thursday evening for the LBTQA+ community.  Morning and evening sessions available at Holland Street, afternoon sessions available via Zoom. Pre-registration and medical waiver required.

Nutrition Classes – Monday mornings 11:00 a.m. via ZOOM and 12:30 p.m. at the Ralph & Jenny Center.  Use sound nutrition as a guideline and truly listen to what your body needs.  Short term, topic specific classes offered Wednesdays at 10:00am at the Holland St. Center.  Contact Mary Marshall at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email Mary at headtofitness@yahoo.com if you are interested or need additional information. 

Walking Group – Join us for a gentle 30-to-60-minute walk around the community. Contact us at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 if you are interested or need additional information.

Yoga – Tuesday mornings - Classes are geared toward gentle movements, improves breathing, music, and relaxation. Please contact us at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for times, dates, locations, and for more information about this class.

Please call the Council on Aging directly at 617-625-6600 extension 2300 to find out more about our rotating classes such as: Chi Kung. Healthy Steps, Line Dancing and more!

Other Events & Activities

Holland Street Center

167 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144

Bingo – Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.   Facilitated by Judy and Debby.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2321 or email Debby at dhiggins@somervillema.gov

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 Natashia Naim at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2317 or email Natasha at nnaim@somervillema.gov

Caregiver Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month. 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 and 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 Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317 or email Natasha at nnaim@somervillema.gov

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 facilitated by Natasha Naim. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317 or email Natasha at nnaim@somervillema.gov

LGBTQIA & Allies Social Group – We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This group is facilitated by Maureen Bastardi.  LGBTQIA & Allies are welcome.  Come and join us for this social gathering.  Meet and mingle with new people.  Have a slice of pizza or two.   Let’s enjoy each other’s company.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at mbastardi@somervillema.gov

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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please email Norbert at ndeamato@hotmail.com

Music & Munch Program – Join Laura Zoll on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.  This group self-facilitates.   This 45-minute session via ZOOM will treat you to a playlist of diverse musical offerings.  The music is taped but the experience is live.  Learn a little, sing-along, relax and enjoy some Music while you Munch.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2321 or email Debby at dhiggins@somervillema.gov


Ralph & Jenny Center

9 New Washington St. (Behind the Holiday Inn.)
Somerville, MA 02143

Arts & Crafts – Various dates.  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.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at mbastardi@somervillema.gov

Bingo & Lunch – Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Facilitated by Judy and Maureen.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625- 6600 Ext. 2321 or email Debby at dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Coffee & Conversation – Every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  This group is facilitated by Maureen Bastardi.  Join us for a fresh cup of coffee as we discuss a wide range of topics.  If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at mbastardi@somervillema.gov

Game Hour – Every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  This group is facilitated by Maureen Bastardi.  Join us for lunch and activities.  Yahtzee, Sorry, Jenga, Cards, Scrabble, Checkers, Clue, Qwirkle, Dominoes, Uno & Connect 4 are available to play. If you are interested in joining, have any questions, or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625- 6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at mbastardi@somervillema.gov

Please call the Council on Aging directly to find out more about special events such as guest performers and speakers which occur monthly!

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