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.

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

  • Locations & Staff

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  • Health & Wellness Activities

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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
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 [email protected].

 

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

Classes and Groups

Bike Club – This club will meet once a week and take participants out on bike/pedestrian-only paths for leisurely rides in the cool morning air. Been a while since you last got on a bike? No worries, we're taking it slow! We are looking to hear from anyone interested, particularly if you already have a bike. If you don’t already have a bike, please still contact us if you’re interested.

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. $3 weekly fee includes three strings of bowling, rental shoes, and dues.

Fit-4-Life Exercise and Nutrition Program – Morning and afternoon sessions available at Holland Street and Cross Street sites. Evening sessions in a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ older adults also available. Pre-registration and medical waiver required. The fee is $10/month. Limited scholarships available.

Keep Moving Walking Club – Nothing like a good walk in good weather. Join us for a gentle 30-to-60-minute walk around the community. We will be utilizing the bus to explore new areas around Somerville.

Strengthening with Geoff  – Build muscle strength and tone with instructor Geoff, who gently guides participants through the use of arm and leg weights, stretches, and a relaxing cool-down. Every Tuesday from 9:15-10:15 a.m. at Holland Street.

Tai Chi – Help fight stress while increasing your flexibility and balance. It is essential to call Chris for times, dates, location and to sign up for this class. $20 / 5-week series.

Yoga – Classes that are geared toward gentle movements, improves breathing, music, and relaxation. It is essential to call Chris for times, dates, rates, locations, and for more information about this class. $20 / 5-week series.

Zumba for All – Modified, low-impact moves and easy-to-follow pacing for a healthy lifestyle. Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Holland Street. $3/class or $15 for six classes.

NEW: Adventure Club – If you want to get out and hike, kayak, and maybe even rock climb, this will be the program for you. For more details and dates contact Chris Kowalski at 617-625- 6600, ext. 2315

Weekly Schedule

Monday Keep Moving Walking Club** - 9:15 a.m. (H)
Tai Chi – 11:30 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life – Group C - 1:00 p.m. (H)
Tuesday
Strengthening – 9:15 a.m. - $3 per class (H)
Fit-4-Life – 11:15 a.m. (C)
Bike Club – 12:15 p.m. (H)
Wednesday
Fit-4-Life – Group A (exercise) - 8:45 a.m. / Group B (nutrition) - 9 a.m. / Group B (exercise) - 10:00 a.m. (H) / Group C (nutrition) - noon (H) / Group C (exercise) - 1:00 p.m.
(H)
Zumba 4 All – 5:15 p.m. - $3/class (H)
Thursday Yoga – 9:00 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life – 11:15 a.m. (C)
LBGTQ Fit-4-Life – 6:00 p.m. (H)
Friday
Fit-4-Life – Group A - 8:45 a.m. (H) / Fit-4-Life - Group B - 10:00 a.m. (H) /Group A (nutrition) 10:00 a.m. (H)
Adventure Group – Please call for details
*All Fit-4-Life classes are $10 per month and require pre-registration
** Keep Moving Walking Club is on hiatus until the Spring
 

 

Holland Street Group Information

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.

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.

Conversations of the Heart – 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.

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.

De-Cluttering Support Group – If you have concerns about 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.

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. This group does not meet in January and February.

Golden Gals (a.k.a. Women’s Group) – Meets the last Tuesday of the month 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. October 31st, November 28th and December 26th - For more information, please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

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.

Mens 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.

Moonlighters (Senior Chorus) – Meets every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Holland Street Center. The Moonlighters are facilitated by Jimmy DelPonte and runs September through June. For more 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.

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.
 

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 the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month - 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 a week in advance if you plan on 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.
 

Ralph & Jenny Group Information

Knitting Blankets – Every Tuesday & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join us as we knit blankets for babies. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Judy at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.