The Council on Aging offers daily programs and activities that are designed to meet the social, nutritional, and health needs of Holyoke’s senior citizens.
In accordance with city-wide policy regarding the potential spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center will be closed until further notice. All meal services are currently suspended.
Seniors are encouraged to contact WestMass ElderCare, at 413-538-9020, to sign up for the Meal on Wheels program.
Also, seniors in need of other types of assistance during this time are encouraged to leave a message at 413-322-5625, and a COA staff member will return your call as soon as possible.
Please call 413-322-5625 for more information.
Currently we are offering Grab & Go Lunches & Soup. Items must be reserved ahead by 2pm the day before by calling. Check out our the Calendar & Menu page to see the most current menu and prices.
When we are open fully, lunch is offered daily, Monday through Friday, and is served between 11:30 am and 12 pm. You must schedule lunch at least a day in advance. The price for lunch eaten here is $2.25, taken to-go is $3.00.
We have limited transportation available. Currently we are offering rides to and from medical appointments. Please give us a call
When we are open fully, we have two full-time vehicles on the road between 8:15 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Take a look at the Transportation Guidelines to see if you qualify before calling to schedule an appointment.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our social workers for help with anything ranging from fuel assistance and SNAP applications to housing and hoarding.
We are a site for the Food Bank of Western Mass’s Brown Bag program in which those who qualify to receive a free bag of food once a month. Our distribution day is the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:15 – 3:15 pm. Download an application here, or call and ask to speak to our social worker, Magdaly.
Medical Equipment Lending
We have a rotating supply of items that are available for borrow and that we accept a donation. It is best to call ahead to check availability. Items we accept/lend: canes, wheelchairs, transport chairs, walkers, bed rails, shower chairs, transfer benches, unopened packages of adult diapers and others. We do not accept/lend commodes (unless they are brand new, never used), crutches, hospital beds, urinals, etc.
During the months of February, March and early April, we offer appointments to have your taxes done with AARP volunteers. Be sure to call as soon as possible as appointments go quickly.
Senior Tax Work-Off Program
The city offers a property tax abatement of $750 to 30 homeowners every year who are willing to volunteer for a certain amount of hours. Check out the tab on the left for more information, or click here.
Senior Farm Share Program
Every year we partner with CISA to provide a farm share program for low-income seniors. The program lasts for 10 weeks, usually beginning in July, and if you are chosen it is just a one time $10 fee. Check out the tab on the left for more information, or click here.
*Please note that we are hoping to take part in the Senior Farm Share Program in 2020, but as of yet, we do not have applications.*