The Department of Elder Affairs/Council on Aging (COA) works to improve and enhance the quality of life for elder residents in Springfield. It advocates, plans, develops, coordinates and provides social services as well as information and referral services for Springfield's elder citizens.
Springfield-Raymond A. Jordan senior center at Blunt Park - 2017
SPRINGFIELD - The construction of the new $12.8 million Raymond A. Jordan senior center at Blunt Park is expected to result in the closure of four neighborhood senior centers in Springfield, city officials said Tuesday.
During a budget hearing at City Hall, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen R. Caulton-Harris, said that a preliminary consolidation plan calls for the closure of the Pine Point Senior Center, the Mason Square Senior Center, the Forest Park Manor Center, and the Mayflower Senior Center.
Three neighborhood centers will remain open under the consolidation: the Riverview Center in the North End, the Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Senior Center in Sixteen Acres, and the Hungry Hill Center in Liberty Heights, city officials said. The Fitness Center on Plainfield Street will also remain open.
Mayor Sarno Joins Forest Park Manor Senior Center to Celebrate Chinese New Year - 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined the residents at the Forest Park Manor Senior Center for a Chinese New Year Celebration, presented by the Department of Elder Affairs and the Springfield Housing Authority. The Vietnamese residents celebrated the Year of the Rooster with authentic Vietnamese food and gathered with friends.
Mayor Sarno and Officials Break Ground on New Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
Springfield Elder Affairs hold Tai Chi lessons in at Nathan Bill Park
Goodlife Center Seniors Xmas Lunch, Ugly Sweater Contest
The Mayor and Tom Damato
The JUST FOOD Initiative - The Story
Mason Square residents, by and large, have challenges meeting basic living needs.
Mason Square literally has no place to go year round to purchase quality, affordable food. It is a "Food Desert." Neighborhood residents, especially those without transportation (which is NOT an insignificant number) are forced to purchase "groceries" from a local CVS. This contributes significantly to the "The Situation."
The Mason Square Food Justice Initiative, along with the Mason Square community at large, is working together to bring in a full service grocery store so that ultimately, Mason Square residents can feed their families high quality, fresh foods.
CALL TO ACTION
Grocery chains want to site their stores where people have money to spend. We want to demonstrate the purchasing power of the Mason Square community in a practical, yet powerfully symbolic way. We're inviting residents in Mason Square and surrounding neighborhoods to save their grocery receipts.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please read the entire story in the PDF document HERE
Please print and post the PDF flier located HERE
Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline
Director of Elder Affairs for the City of Springfield, Mass.
1600 East Columbus Ave.