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Senior Center Transportation

The WHA offers free transportation services for residents to the Worcester Senior Center located on 128 Providence St. The program is funded through a grant provided by the City of Worcester. The service is provided for WHA residents Monday through Friday with multiple pick-up and drop off times. Wheel-chair accessible transportation is also provided at each site. We provide service at the following sites:

    - Webster Square Towers - pick-up times at 8:30am and 10:30am.
    - Elm Park Tower - pick-up times at 8:45am and 10:45am
    - Belmont Tower - pick-up time at 9:15am
    - Greenwood Gardens - pick-up time of at 9:30am
    - Lincoln Park Tower - pick-up time at 10:15am

We pick-up from the Senior Center Monday through Friday at 12:30 and 3pm to return residents to each site at that time.

Activities available at the Senior Center change daily, as well as regular groups that meet on a weekly basis. Lunch is served daily at the Senior Center for $2.50. The schedule of special activities can be found on this site: http://www.worcesterma.gov/senior-center/calendar. In addition to the special events residents can also find happenings in the Senior Scoop: http://www.worcesterma.gov/senior-center/senior-scoop

*Please note inclement weather policy. We follow the Worcester Public School’s cancellations. If School is canceled for the day, no transportation will be provided. If there is a 2 hour delay we will operate on a reduced morning schedule. The snow delay schedule is as follows:

    - Webster Square Towers - pick-up time at 10:30am.
    - Elm Park Tower - pick-up time at 10:45am
    - Belmont Tower - pick-up time at 11:15am
    - Greenwood Gardens - pick-up time at 11:30am
    - Lincoln Park Tower - pick-up time at 10:15am

Return times at 12:30 and 3pm remain the same.

Health & Wellness

The WHA cares about the quality of healthy lives for residents who live in WHA residents. To this extent WHA provides a variety of Health and Wellness activities and services for our residents.

Food Pantry - On a monthly basis WHA provides food pantry bags to seven of our resident communities. We deliver the bags to each development for residents to pick-up as indicated on the monthly newsletter calendar for that location. Each bag contain food that can supplement meals which includes rice, pasta, canned meat, canned soups, beans and other non-perishable food. Residents sign-up for this service during our annual registration held during the summer and fall months. Residents may also contact the Resident Services Department to request an application throughout the year.

Pet Clinic - Through collaboration with Tufts University, Becker College and Tufts at Tech, WHA is able to provide basic pet care for residents with pets. This is a free service for our residents and includes services such as nail clips, basic grooming, physical exam, vaccines, blood draws, topical medications and antibiotics on site. Those services that cannot be conducted on site are referred to Tufts at Tech located at Worcester Vocational School. Residents receive full transportation vouchers to bring their pet to the Tufts at Tech Clinic when necessary. Spay and neutering is completely free of charge for the resident. When major medical work-ups and surgeries are necessary and too expensive, vouchers are provided to defray the cost for residents. Dates and times for each site are listed in the WHA Newsletter Calendar provided at each resident site.

Becker College vet tech student Michaela Eastwood and Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine student Ellen Valley give an exam to a kitten as veterinarian David Schwarz observes on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Photographer T&G Staff Christine Hochkeppel


Wellness Fair - A program to provide basic health screenings for 6 of our resident communities. Wellness fairs are conducted on a bi-monthly basis and provide blood sugar screening, blood pressure screening, basic vision testing, weight management support as well as other health services. WHA collaborates with a variety of community agencies that provide services such as case management, transportation assistance, and in-home health care. Residents are encouraged to check their monthly calendars to attend the events.

Community Gardens - WHA in partnership with the Regional Environmental Council (REC) provide garden beds, compost and seedlings to residents who are interested in gardening and growing fresh produce. The REC assists our residents with gardening support and tips. This collaboration between WHA and REC allows residents to grow their own food during the summer months creating beautiful and meaningful garden spaces within their communities. Additional Information on the Community Gardens: https://www.recworcester.org/community-gardens

Mobile Markets - In partnership with the Regional Environmental Council (REC) during the summer and fall months (June through October), WHA is host site at 4 locations for the city wide Mobile Market program. Weekly the mobile vehicle arrives on site and provides a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase. Residents and community members can use cash, SNAP, WIC, Senior Coupons, Credit, and Debit to make purchases. Additional Information on the Mobile Markets: https://www.recworcester.org/community-farmers-markets

Community Leadership

Leadership Development – WHA encourages and supports residents to get involved in their communities by serving as leaders working with others to build community involvement and engage with WHA regarding resident needs and safety.

Resident Council - These councils are comprised of elected residents for each development. Resident leaders plan and organize educational events, fun potlucks or cookouts, and parties for holidays. Activities and events depend on the interest and involvement from each community. Additionally, resident councils work to represent their community at the Jurisdiction Wide Resident Council (JWRC) which advises WHA on the needs of residents and receives information to share with residents. Any resident interested in becoming active within their community can speak directly with their elected resident council leaders or with Resident Services about becoming more involved.

Services




Worcester Housing Authority
40 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: 508-635-3000
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM