Senior Center Transportation Services
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Don't let a lack of transportation keep you from participating in your favorite activities at the Center. If you need a ride call (781) 438-1157. The comfortable 14-passenger van is available to transport you to and from the Senior Center on Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesdays from 8:30 am to Noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 2:00 pm, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Carpooling - Let's Do Lunch: We ask those who have their own vehicles to consider offering friends or neighbors a ride to enjoy lunch at the Senior Center. This small gesture goes a long way toward making Stoneham a senior-friendly community and for helping the environment!
Cheap Eats: Each Tuesday the Senior Center van departs at 9:00 am for shopping at area retailers and for lunch. Reserve your spot by calling (781) 438-1157 (restrictions apply). The cost of the trip is $3.00 per person; lunch is at your own expense. Note: Due to increased demand for our van, Cheap Eats will now depart at Noon and return to the Senior Center at 3:00 pm.
Medical Appointments: Our dedicated volunteers provide medical transportation Monday thru Friday. Rides are available to doctors' offices in Stoneham, Winchester, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading Health Center, Baldwin Park I and II in Woburn, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Winchester Hospital. Please give us at least 8 business days' notice. Call Sandy at (781) 438-1157.
Grocery Shopping: Shopping destinations are Market Basket in Woburn, and Stop and Shop in Stoneham. Each shopper is limited to three bags of groceries. On shopping days, please be ready by 8:30 am. Call (781) 438-1157 to sign up for this free service. This service is provided on Mondays and Thursdays.
Free Grocery Shopping Program: If you are a homebound senior who finds it difficult to make it to the grocery store or have mobility issues that make shopping for food a challenge, please call us here at the Center. Volunteers have generously offered their time to do the grocery shopping for you! We can get you started right away so please do not hesitate to call us at (781) 438-1157.
TRIP - New Transportation Program for Stoneham Seniors
Mystic Valley Elder Services, an agency serving elders and adults living with disabilities in Stoneham and seven other cities/towns, is collaborating with the Stoneham Council on Aging to unveil a new program to help elders get where they need to go, even if they can no longer drive.
Through the TRIP Metro North program, Stoneham seniors and adults with disabilities make their own arrangements with drivers, whether they be friends, neighbors, acquaintances, or in some special cases, relatives. Participants in TRIP can have their drivers take them anywhere they want to go, including to medical appointments, out shopping and to social events. The drivers work together with their passengers to keep track of the mileage they use. At the end of each month, TRIP Metro North reimburses the drivers for the number of miles they have driven.
"Transportation to shopping and important medical appointments is a critical need for seniors and adults with disabilities in Stoneham w ho cannot drive themselves" says TRIP program specialist Annie Kirsch. Mystic Valley Elder Services specifically developed TRIP Metro North to help met this demand.
"TRIP is such a positive step forward in the transportation struggle seniors face because it harkens back to the way things used to be - with neighbors helping one another to keep people from feeling isolated and alone," says Maureen Canova, executive director of the Stoneham Council on Aging.
She adds, "with TRIP, people have t he comfort of riding with someone they know to do their errands or visit friends whenever it's convenient for them."
TRIP Metro North is available to elders and adults with disabilities living in Stoneham who don't drive, don't qualify for The Ride, and have no other means of transportation. (The program is also open to elders and adults with disabilities who reside in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading and Wakefield.) For more information about qualifying for TRIP Metro North, call (781) 324-7705.
Mystic Valley Elder Services provides key resources, support, and information to elders, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers living in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reding, Reading, and Wakefield. More information can be found at the Mystic Valley Elder Services website www.mves.org
MBTA "The RIDE": "The RIDE" provides door-to-door transportation to eligible people who have a physical, cognitive or mental disability. Applications are available at the front desk or by calling (800) 533-6282. If you need help with the form, make an appointment with Diane or Marcia on Monday or Wednesday by calling (781) 438-1157.