Town of Mansfield, MA

6 Park Row, Mansfield, MA 02048 | (508) 261-7348
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 Council on Aging (COA) and Social Services

Staff

Debra Surprenant, COA Director
Josephine Madrazo, Assistant Director
Louise Baroncelli, Secretary
Maribell Zayas Pergola, Activities Coordinator
Rose Kimmell, Outreach Staff
Lynette Boldrighini, Outreach staff
Phyllis Butler, Nutrition Site Manager
Kate Allen, Nutrition Driver
Maureen Kilgallon, Nutrition Aid

Sharita Gregory, LSW Community Social Worker
Kristen Madeira, COA/Social Services Coordinator

Contact Us

Council on Aging
255 Hope Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: (508) 261-7368
FAX: (508) 339-4886
Email: Contact us

Social Services
Mansfield Town Hall, 3rd floor
6 Park Row
Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: (508) 261-7464
Email: Contact us 

Hours:
Mon-Fri
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Board Members – Term

Richard Kelsay,
Chairman – Dec. 31, 2021
Mary E. Hourigan
Dec. 31, 2019
Donna Harrington,
Secretary – Dec 31, 2019
Tom Keogh,
Treasurer Dec 31, 2021
Lynda Christiansen– 
Dec. 31, 2020
Norma Smith, Vice
Chairperson – Dec. 31, 2020
Joan Hoey
Dec. 31, 2019

Our Mission

The Mansfield Council on Aging is a multi-faceted human services department which services the needs of all elders, age 60 and over. We also assist families of elders in matters regarding any elder issue. 

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Our role at the Council on Aging is to provide quality services and programs to enhance elders mental, physical and emotional well-being. A major priority is to assist and support frail elders in their home to help them remain independent as long as possible. The Council on Aging works with municipal, state and non-profit organizations that work to service elders in a variety of ways. Community based services available include transportation, site and home-delivered meals, outreach services, health and wellness programs, education/art and social events, volunteer programs, legislative up-dates, employment opportunities through the Tax Work off Program. Additional resources may be available through other programs offered outside the Council on Aging. The Council on Aging is overseen by a seven member Board of Directors, Town Manager, and Selectmen who work together to assure that seniors have services that will enhance their independence and community awareness. The Council on Aging has been in existence since 1972, previously  located in a small storefront building in the center of town. After many  years of increased programs and growth the COA/Senior Center moved to  a new facility in 1989 with the Mansfield Library. The Mansfield COA/Library  facility are separate departments who work cooperatively to provide the  community with services and programs. The enhanced multi-purpose room  provides a meeting place for community non-profit organizations during  evening hours.The COA is a multi-facetted facility offering many services  & programs to elders 60 and over. Library services are across the hall for all seniors to enjoy. The board of selectmen shall appoint to a Council on Aging seven members to three-year overlapping terms in accordance with the General Laws.

With a strong commitment toward offering low cost and free health services, the COA sponsors health clinics at the Drop In Center, as well as at other locations within Mansfield. Health clinics include:
• Podiatry
• Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar
• Bone density
• Flu and other immunizations
• Health issues workshop series
• Audiology

Wii Bowling
This FREE virtual bowling league is offered two times per week, and competes with other locals COA Wii bowling leagues. Wii Bowling is fun and includes seniors of differing abilities

Daily Cards and Board Games
The Council On Aging encourages seniors to socialize daily with others in our informal and friendly atmosphere. Light refreshments are always available.

Painting Class
Instructed by a commercial artist, students work in pastels, oils, charcoal, pen and ink or water color. Beginners through expert are welcome in this class. A $3 per person per class donation for residents, $5 for non-residents, is appreciated.

COA Chimers Handchime Choir
The COA Chimers meets weekly with director Mary Hourigan to play selections for handchimes. Like handbells, handchimes are hand held, single note percussion instruments. The COA Chimers hold performances at the COA department, area nursing homes, churches and assisted living centers. This activity welcomes beginners and those who have never played a musical instrument before.

Quilting
The COA Quilting Class meets weekly for creative group or individual quilting projects. Quilts are donated to area non-profit agencies and wounded and disabled soldiers. Beginners are welcome in this activity.

Linedancing
This weekly class gives seniors who like music and movement a fun and social activity. Led by a Linedancing caller, this class offers a light physical work-out. A $1 per person per class donation is appreciated.

Computer Instruction
Geared for those who are just beginning their basic journey into the world of computers and the internet, this class is available to seniors age 60 and older. Students learn how to navigate through Windows and beyond with browsing the internet. Class donation is $3 per person for residents and $5 per person for non-residents.

DIC Bingo
Weekly Bingo Games are sponsored by the Friends of the Drop In Center. Fees apply.

Educational Health and Wellness Workshops
Monthly workshops focus on aging well, and address issues of concern to seniors. These workshops are free and offer seniors the opportunity to network with professionals and other seniors.

Luncheon Programs
Lunch and entertainment programs are offered monthly from September through May. Fee varies depending upon the event.

Shopping
The COA offers weekly shopping trips to three grocery stores, and monthly trips to Emerald Square Mall, Mansfield Crossing and one other shopping plaza. Round trip fares are $2 with a punch ticket, or $2.50 cash, for the grocery store and Mansfield Crossing, and $5 to the Emerald Square Mall and the other shopping plaza.

Friends Of The Drop In Center

The Friends of the D.I.C. (Drop In Center) is a non-profit incorporated organization. The Friends have been incorporated since 1979 and have a membership of over 200 seniors. 

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The purpose of the Friends Organization is to raise funds to help supplement special programs, senior trips, luncheons, and items for the Council on Aging department. The Friends also help supplement the COA’s newsletter mailing once a month. Volunteers help with a variety of different tasks some of which include folding, and labeling of over 1700 newsletters monthly. Volunteers help with their annual Holiday Fair in October and Bake Sales twice yearly. The Friends are made up of a board of directors including a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Meetings are held the first Weds. Of every month. Members discuss and vote on a variety of issues during these meetings. In the past the Friends Organization has been very generous in helping with purchasing tables and chairs for the Senior Center, equipment for the kitchen, and adding cabinets in the lunchroom. The Friends Organization is a vital part of the functioning of the COA. To become a member, please sign-up at the COA. Dues are $5 per year. As a member you are entitled to discounts on trips, luncheons and special programming that are sponsored by the Friends. Donations are always welcome and are used for worthwhile purposes. Contact the COA at 508-261-7368.
 

TRIAD

Mansfield Triad is a dynamic organization of older citizens and staff members from the Mansfield Council On Aging, Fire and Police Departments, the District Attorney’s Office and the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. Mansfield Triad initiates and sponsors programs which enhance community safety for all citizens. The Pasta Feast on Monday September 26th at 5:00 PM is the annual fundraising event for Triad. Proceeds from the event are used to fund Triad programs such as:

Luminescent House Numbers | File of Life | Emergency Preparedness | Project Lifesaver | Emergency packs | R.U.O.K.? | Emergency Beacons | Senior Safety Day Luncheon | Meet and Greet Bags | Basket Bingo

Membership in Mansfield Triad is free and open to Mansfield adults age 60 and older. Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM. For additional information, or to join Triad, please call COA at 508-261-7368. 

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WHY ARE HOUSE NUMBERS IMPORTANT? In cases of an emergency, such as a fire, medical or criminal, residents tend to become panicked and confused. Calls made to 9-1-1 frequently are not complete. It hinders first responders’ ability to arrive quickly to the scene. They need to get to you as soon as possible. Your house number should be displayed with large numbers which are at least four inches high and in a contrasting color that can be seen easily from the road. First responders are reliant on house numbers to be visible and luminescent as minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Section 59: Display of street address number on buildings; use in enhanced 911 services “Section 59. Said number shall be of a nature and size and shall be situated on the building so that, to the extent practicable, it is visible from the nearest street or road providing vehicular access to such building. The state 911 department shall cause such number and the address of such building to be entered into the electronic data base for use in enhanced 911 service as defined in section eighteen A of chapter six A” . https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter148/Section59 Mansfield Triad offers one free luminescent black and white house number sign to Mansfield residents age 60 and older additional signs are for $5.00 each. Residents who are under the age of 60, signs are available for $10.00 each. Eligible households are those who are living in a single family residence or apartment house not located within a complex. Sign is designed to assist town first responders in quickly locating a residence during an emergency. To order a house number sign, at the COA at 508-261-7368. 
 

Social Services and Fuel Assistance

Social Services office is located at Mansfield Town Hall, 6 Park Row-3rd floor, Tel. (508) 261-7464

The purpose of the Social Services office is to provide assistance to families, individuals, and children in the areas of food, utility assistance, clothing, and housing/rental availability and information and referral on a variety of other services. The department is staffed by a full-time social worker and part-time fuel assistance coordinator. Assistance is available to help individuals who are in crisis due to a family or work related situation.

Services/Information & Resources Available:

  • Fuel Assistance application
  • Budgeting/Credit Asst./referral
  • Mass Health
  • Government Subsidized programs referrals
  • SHINE Counseling (Health Insurance Needs)
  • Thanksgiving/Christmas for Kids
  • WIC (Women, Infants, Children)
  • Mental Health referrals
  • Food Resources
  • Used Furniture Assistance
  • Legal Assistance/referral

Applicants must meet income eligibility criteria for most programs. Please contact Sharita Gregory, Social Worker or Kristen Madeira, Fuel Assistance Coordinator for a confidential appointment via phone or email.