October 22, 2020

East Providence Senior Center April 2020 Newsletter


Letter from the Mayor:                                             

I know it has been difficult but I am encouraging all older adults to continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines put forth by Governor Gina Raimondo and The Rhode Island Department of Health as per the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control. In an effort to provide addition supports to East Providence Seniors as you follow the social distancing recommendations, I have put in place a service run out of the East Providence Senior Center called Stay at Home Services for Seniors. Please call the East Providence Senior Center at 401-435-7800 to speak to one of our dedicated Senior Center staff who can assist you with providing information or by connecting you to needed resources. Through a generous donation made by Stop and Shop, the Senior Center staff have available to them 200 gift cards worth $2,000 which will be used by the staff to purchase needed essentials for those, 60 years of age and over or disabled, who are unable to drive, are isolated or have been told to quarantine. As of the printing of this newsletter, the East Providence Senior Center remains closed for all activities, however all Senior Center staff will continue to be available to support our older adult residents, members of the Senior Center and their families  any way we can.

Stay safe,
Bob DaSilva, Mayor

Our Mission is to Assist, inform and enrich the lives of all persons 55 years of age and older or disabled persons in the East Providence Area.

Laura Jones                                        
Director   401-431-4608

Shontell Gomes
Admin. Assistant 401-270-1729

Ellen Frazier
Elder Resource Specialist 

Cindy DeMedeiros     Dining Room 401-270-1814
Richard DiCecco   Facility Manager
Pat Thomas           Receptionist
Ed Daft                  Transportation                                  
Steve Checrallah         Transportation                                                                         
Lee Wilber               
Richard Wood

 Elder Resource Specialist
Elder Resource Specialist, Ellen Frazier assists the elderly and their families in providing information/referral and assistance with accessing services and programs. 401-270-1788 

Nutrition Program
The center provides a nutritional meal to approximately 85 seniors per day. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 401-270-1814                         

The center provides daily door-to-door transportation to and from the center for E. Providence residents. The staff call all riders each morning with a pickup time. Cost is $1 roundtrip. Please let us know at least 24 hours in advance. 401-270-1788

Ann Marie Sabula, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator is available by appointment to provide private counseling on personal nutrition needs. Insurance covers the cost of visits. To schedule an appointment, stop by the health office or call  401-270-1812                        

Forms and Listings
Forms are available in the health office relating to living wills and durable power of attorney for health care. Listings for home health agencies, assisted living facilities, adult day care services, RI Rental Resources Guide, subsidized housing and nursing homes.

Senior Health Insurance Program
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Sponsored by East Bay Community Action Program.
Trained volunteer counselor is available at 100 Bullocks Point, Riverside. Call EBCAP to set up an appointment. 401-435-7876

Tax filing date has been extended until July 15th  

United Way and H & R Block have teamed up to provide Free on-line tax filing.  For more information go to www.myfreetaxes.com    

 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)      

 VITA has been canceled until further notice.
All appointments have been canceled. East Bay Community Action is not rescheduling or making any new appointments at this time. They look forward to assisting with tax preparation as soon as they are able.

 Tax assistance has been canceled until further notice

AARP Safe Driving Course
Scheduled for *June 15th
11:15 am- 4:00 pm
The fee is $15 for AARP Members and $20 for Non-Members. Advance Registration is required as space is limited . Anthony Ballirano, Deputy State Coordinator will conduct the classes. To register please call the Senior Center at 401-435-7800 . Sign up now to avoid price increase effective July 1st, 2020.. Check with your insurance company, in advance, to determine if you qualify for an insurance discount for completing this course..  * Date Subject to Cancelation Due to COVID-19

East Providence Senior Center has a New Phone System
You can reach us at the East Providence Senior Center like you always have 401-435-7800. Individual staff now have direct lines. See staff listing for new phone numbers

We Share Hope
Thank you to We Share Hope who made our food distribution event a success!  We Share Hope and other community partners donated fresh food to deliver to our older adult residents of East Providence. City of East Providence and volunteers were able to give out 600 bags of food to assist our seniors during this difficult time. Cars drove up and our seniors were each given a bag of food. This way we all were able to adhere to the recommended social distancing and still get food into the hands of those who needed it most. It truly was a community effort.


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