SENIOR CENTER UPDATES
Happy New Year to You and Welcome 2022!
As we begin a new calendar year and say good-bye to the old one – there is always a subtle sense of transition that ushers us from one to the next. While the day-to-day routines may look the same, there is also a recognition of the constant passage of time. This past year has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride as we are living through unprecedented times, with joys and frustrations, hopes and disappointments – and yet so very much to be grateful for.
Did you know that there is a simple daily practice that revolves around gratitude which has been proven to actually increase our level of happiness? Each day, take a moment to reflect on three things you are grateful for. This is something you can do by yourself or in conversation with someone else. You can write down the items or you can just pause and acknowledge them. You choose what to reflect on and allow yourself to acknowledge and savor it a bit - a yummy piece of toast, a call from a friend, hearing a song you love etc. They can be tiny things or big things – it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to justify them or qualify them. Just take the time to consciously conjure three things you are grateful for and acknowledge how it feels to recognize them.
I am grateful to be here at the Holliston Senior Center with you! I am grateful for all the wonderful people I have met, the opportunity to work with you — the members, staff, volunteers and community members with whom I come into contact daily. May your year ahead provide you with many moments to be grateful for. Thank you for welcoming me here – I am most sincerely grateful.
Warmly, Lisa (Lisa Borchetta, Director)
November 1, 2021
Greetings All –
Sending you all warm wishes as we make the transition from autumn to winter and another calendar year draws to a close. This last year has been another challenging one, full of hope, promise and yes – disappointment, challenges and adversity too. But throughout the year’s ups and downs – one bright light eased many of the challenges of the day. The gift of community really was the star of the show, as friends and neighbors, local businesses and charitable organizations found ways to assist one another during these unprecedented and unpredictable times. Our heart is warmed by all those who have supported and assisted us over the last year, through your donations of time, money, talents and treasures – we truly appreciate your kind and generous support.
In the spirit of community and giving back, we wanted you to know that we will have a collection bin set up in November and December for non-perishable food items to be given to the Food Pantry. We will also accept donations for older adults in the community who are alone or in need at this time of year. Please see the article on Page 2 of this newsletter for more information.
Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy Holiday season and a beautiful bright year ahead!
Warmly – Lisa Borchetta, Director
September 1, 2021
It is my greatest hope that this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. It is hard to believe I recently passed the two-month mark since I began my time at the Holliston Senior Center. I must be having fun because time is flying! In my first two months, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful, warm-hearted residents of Holliston. I immediately felt welcomed and have been making new friends ever since! It has been delightful working with our team—Lisa, Marty, Debbie, our drivers and volunteers as we continually adapt our programming to these changing times. In this time, I have seen so many old favorites return -- from the Tune Timers to our weekly bakery drop offs. I am excited to see what the Fall will bring. The time draws near to our Annual Fall Fair on September 11th. While I am excited to see it for the first time, I am equally impressed and grateful for all the time and hard work the Senior Support Foundation (SSF) and our volunteers have dedicated this summer to making it a fun time for all. I hope to see you there.
Although I have met many of you, I would still like to share a little background for those who I haven’t had the chance to meet yet. I come to the Senior Center with a nonprofit background. In prior roles, I supported seniors in finding employment, learning computer basics, and organized fun events and programs. I also worked in causes dedicated to improving the lives and expanding resources for immigrants, refugees, school-age children and low income mothers. My career plans have always revolved around doing good for my community so I am very grateful for this role and the opportunity to support Holliston residents. If we have not met, I hope we can soon. Please always feel welcome to stop by my office or pull me aside in the hallway.
Wishing you the very best Fall has to offer!
Amanda Boralessa, Assistant Director
July 1st, 2021
Summer Greetings to All -
Transitions, transitions…it has been a busy few months at the Holliston Senior Center: Hellos, Good-byes and most excitingly: WELCOME BACKS abound! In the weeks ahead, we are excited to: meet and greet you, laugh and learn with you, catch up, connect and reconnect with you.
Per the guidance of the MA State House, fully vaccinated individuals are welcome in public spaces and may do so without a mask. If vaccinated individuals wish to continue to wear a mask, that is fine. Masks are advised for those who are not fully vaccinated. Appointments will no longer be necessary to stop by the Senior Center. We will gradually resume programming in both; in-person and hybrid formats (see elsewhere in the newsletter for details and specifics).
During our long “hiatus” the center has received many physical updates including: fresh paint, new carpets, new ceiling tiles, carpets and floors. On a staff level we bid a fond farewell to Bryan Perkins who has gone on to pursue a new role. We appreciate all he did here in Holliston during this last year and wish him the best on his next chapter. We also welcome our new Assistant Director: Amanda Boralessa! Amanda comes to the Senior Center with a strong background in the non-profit sector and a deep commitment to improving the lives of others.
As we work our way back to the new normal we all look forward to seeing you soon. So take a look at the upcoming offerings and come on by and see us! Warmly, Lisa
(Lisa Borchetta, Director - Holliston Senior Center)
April 28, 2021 - SENIOR CENTER WORKING ON REOPENING PLANS
As the world around us begins to open up slowly and more and more people get vaccinated, the Senior Center is working under the town's guidance and with our new Director, Lisa Borchetta, to begin planning and talking about reopening. As of now, we are still closed to the public and an appointment needs to be made by calling ahead to visit the Computer Room and Book Store. Our Good As New Shoppe is currently closed for building renovations. You must continue to stop in with our receptionist for screening questions and visitor information. Over the next couple months, the Senior Center will be taking the necessary steps towards a slow and staged reopening process. Part of this process will include some outdoor programming and limited indoor events. We will still continue our popular "drive-by" events for now for special meals/luncheons.
The Senior Center bids a fond farewell to Assistant Director - Bryan Perkins. Bryan joined the Holliston Senior Center staff last September and quickly became a valuable member of our community. Working to support our members as we adjusted to the ever-changing, Covid landscape, Bryan's caring, attention to detail and hard work - helped to support the continuation of our programs, communications, volunteer opportunities and more. We wish him the best as he heads off to his next placement and hope he comes back to see us!
Please stay tuned for more updates as we approach warmer weather! Thank you for your patience; we are all excited to see everyone again in-person in due time. Hope everyone is well and healthy, and please don't forget you can call us if you have any questions about vaccinations or if you haven't received one. We can help guide you to scheduling an appointment and help you get there too.
JULY 13, 2020 - SENIOR CENTER OPENING TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Senior Center will open to the public beginning Monday July 13, by appointment only, and on a very limited basis. Only the Computer Room, Bookstore and Good as New Shoppe will be available at this time. Appointments can also be made to see staff. No more than 2 guests will be allowed in any room at one time. Visits to the Center will be limited to no more than one hour.
To help keep everyone safe, everyone will be asked to confirm that they do not have, and are not suspected of having, nor have they had close contact with, anyone with COVID 19. If someone has a fever, cough, or any signs of respiratory infection they will not be able to come to the Center. If someone has traveled outside on the New England, New York, and New Jersey area, they must wait 14 days before coming to the Center. Everyone is required to wear a face covering to enter the Center, and whenever possible maintain 6 feet of distance from others. If you are in need of a mask, let us know as we do have some available.
SHINE (Serving health insurance needs of everyone) Certified SHINE counselors are still here to help! FREE confidential phone counseling is available on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call the Holliston Senior Center at (508) 429-0622 to make a phone appointment with a certified SHINE counselor.
We are providing transportation for essential needs such as grocery shopping and medical appointments within our service area. We also continue to loan out medical equipment. For more information on transportation, or medical equipment, please contact Marty Schneider, Outreach and Transportation Coordinator.
We encourage all Seniors, and those concerned, to reach out to us with any questions, concerns or needs. We also encourage those just wanting to say hello to give us a call. We can be reached at 508-429-0622.
March 17, 2020 - SENIOR CENTER CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
The Select Board met last night and had declared a local state of emergency. As quoted by our Emergency Management Director, Chief Cassisdy, “Due to the community level spread of the coronavirus which has been detected in Middlesex County, and in consideration of the extreme mitigation steps required to curb disease transmission in our town, at a meeting of the Select Board on March 16, 2020, the Board declared a local state of emergency. The Board also voted to close all municipal buildings to the public. All buildings were posted conspicuously this morning. The public is encouraged to conduct as much business as possible via the website or telephone”
The Holliston Senior Center will be closed to the public until further notice, however the staff will still be available via email and telephone during regular business hours. We will continue to update everyone on our Facebook page and Town Website. At this time we encourage you to please watch the Town’s website at www.townofholliston.us and follow this link to stay informed of what Holliston is doing and the link to the CDC. Information on the Flu and COVID-19 Viruses https://www.townofholliston.us/home/news/information-on-the-flu-and-covi...
If you, or someone you know, are in immediate need of services, please contact us at (508) 429-0622.
Just received news that AARP is suspending it’s tax assistance program until further notice so if you had an appointment on Monday, it has been canceled. There is chatter about extending the filing dates so stay tuned and stay calm!!!
Erring on the side of caution, we have decided to cancel all non-essential programming for at least the week of March 16th. Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day lunch as well as all exercise and water color classes have been canceled. Scheduled AARP tax assistance appointments will still take place on Monday. As the current situation is very fluid, we will continue to update as needed. Be well!!!
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The Holliston Senior Center, located at 150 Goulding Street, is committed to serving the needs of those citizens who are 55 years and older. It is our goal to provide seniors with healthy choices for their bodies, minds and spirits. Our programs revolve around many different interests, economic levels as well as physical capabilities.