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Salem Age-Friendly Training Promotes Social Inclusion for Older Adults 

April 16, 2021 11:21 am Published by Comments Off on Salem Age-Friendly Training Promotes Social Inclusion for Older Adults 

Written by Chloe-Rose Crouch, AARP Massachusetts Outreach Intern “AARP’s Livable Communities Initiative strives to help communities become great places to live for people of all ages by focusing on eight “Domains of Livability:”  housing, transportation, social participation, access to information, outdoor spaces, health services, social inclusion, and civic participation. Salem, one of the first five cities to join Massachusetts’ Network of Age -Friendly Communities, established a...


Call for Performers: City of Salem Summer Performance Series

March 25, 2021 4:53 pm Published by Comments Off on Call for Performers: City of Salem Summer Performance Series

Charlotte Forten Park & Derby Square, Summer 2021 Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission (SPAC) announce the launch of the SPAC’s Summer Performance Series of 2021, to take place in both Charlotte Forten Park and Derby Square in Salem. Derby Square, at the heart of the City’s historic downtown, was originally built as a marketplace and continues...


Local Food Resources

January 23, 2021 4:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Local Food Resources

Food insecurity rates in Massachusetts have doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, and the number of Salem residents seeking food assistance has tripled. With so many in our community struggling, the Salem for All Ages task force would like to share these food resources available to Salem residents. We also want to thank all of the organizations listed below...


City launches Salem Skipper an On-Demand Rideshare Service

January 23, 2021 4:18 pm Published by Comments Off on City launches Salem Skipper an On-Demand Rideshare Service

On December 16th the City launched the Salem Skipper, which is an on-demand rideshare transportation service. The service is intended to be a fast, easy, and affordable way to travel throughout the community. The city has partnered with Via, an on-demand transit provider, to provide the service which will allow residents and visitors to book a trip anywhere within Salem...


Eviction Diversion Initiative

January 19, 2021 2:11 pm Published by Comments Off on Eviction Diversion Initiative

The Department of Housing and Community Development wishes to share some important updates to the Governor’s Eviction Diversion Initiative and ask that you share widely with your colleagues in community development and affordable housing. In the last six weeks, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) ​has made several important changes to the program, including: 1. Creating an application process for landlords,...


Affordable Housing Opportunity in Swampscott: Apply by 2/22/21

January 6, 2021 2:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Affordable Housing Opportunity in Swampscott: Apply by 2/22/21

A Mixed-Income, 55+ Apartment Community1 Bedroom, Selection by Lottery The Machon offers the comfort and ease of apartment living with all of the thoughtful finishing touches that makes this a wonderful place to call home. Residents will enjoy simple, independent living that maximizes comfort and convenience. Applications are available through 2/22/21 online by visiting www.LiveTheMachon.com or call 617.691.0158 (TTY 711)...


Applications are Available for Harbor Village: Apply by 2/8/21

January 6, 2021 2:14 pm Published by Comments Off on Applications are Available for Harbor Village: Apply by 2/8/21

“Harbor Village is a mixed-income apartment community located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Offering One, Two and Three Bedroom apartment homes, residents will enjoy the ease of apartment living combined with thoughtful finishes in an ideal location.” Theatre are certain preferences on certain units, including: Homeless preference Veterans preference Local preference There is an elevator, and there are three mobility accessible units,...


The Little Bird: Twice Weekly Newsletter for Curious Seniors

January 4, 2021 4:04 pm Published by Comments Off on The Little Bird: Twice Weekly Newsletter for Curious Seniors

The Salem Council on Aging is now offering copies of “The Little Bird”, a wonderful newsletter where each issue will focus on a specific, high-interest theme. Examples of topics: The California Gold Rush, The Great Molasses Flood, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and many more! Before the pandemic, Nancy Franks was a frequent presenter at senior centers and retirement communities around...


Salem Council on Aging FREE Drive-Up Lunch! Every Tuesday, Jan-March 2021

January 4, 2021 3:38 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem Council on Aging FREE Drive-Up Lunch! Every Tuesday, Jan-March 2021

The Salem Council on Aging has once again partnered up with Root to offer a weekly FREE to-go lunch at the Community Life Center. Meals will be distributed as a drive-up service, to keep everyone safe. This service will start on January 5th and run through March 30th. Weekly pre-registration is required to receive these meals, as quantities are limited....


Need help? Try this website!

December 11, 2020 11:58 am Published by Comments Off on Need help? Try this website!

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.findhelp.org/ FindHelp (also known as Aunt Bertha) has created a social care network that connects people and programs — making it easy for people to find social services in their communities, for nonprofits to coordinate their efforts, and for customers to integrate social care into the work they already...


Garnish for Good: Letters for Salem’s Seniors!

November 24, 2020 10:01 am Published by Comments Off on Garnish for Good: Letters for Salem’s Seniors!

Please join us in spreading kindness this year by sharing notes of encouragement with our seniors affected by social isolation.  In partnership with the City of Salem, Salem Housing Authority, Essex County Community Foundation, and Salem Five, Root will prepare and deliver meals for senior residents at Salem Housing Authority this winter season. To help “garnish” these meals, we are...


Salem for All Ages Blog Post

October 17, 2020 7:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem for All Ages Blog Post

"Salem’s age-friendly initiative is for you. The goal of the original action plan remains the goal in the 4th year of the 5 year plan, to create a livable, safe, and vibrant city, to benefit all of our residents, regardless of age or ability." -Patricia Zaido