Effective Monday, April 13, the City of Pittsfield Council on Aging will temporarily curtail its transportation resources as an added protective measure for its ridership and staff members to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“As many in our senior community have been firmly adhering to the stay-at-home advisory, we have seen a steady decline in rides and the cancellation of appointments. That said, we also know, through our check-ins with seniors, that there’s been an increase of delivery services by pharmacies, and in some cases, grocery stores, so they are getting the resources that they need during this time and that’s important,” said Executive Director James Clark.
Clark said the Council on Aging will continue its modified congregate meal site feeding option at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center located at 330 North St. The take-and-go meals can be picked up at the center between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations must continue to be made by noon the previous day.
This option is available, at this time, to seniors that are currently enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program and on the congregate meal site roster. Those seniors currently not on the roster can contact Elder Services at 499-0524 to determine eligibility.
Please note that the senior center as well as all other municipal offices and buildings are still closed to the public through May 4. During this time, center employees will be working in shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the center at 499-9346 during these times.
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The Pittsfield Council on Aging is an agency dedicated to the interests and needs of seniors 55 years and older. Through many programs and services offered at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center and other facilities, the Council actively seeks to enrich and maintain quality of life of each senior in our community.
The purpose of the Pittsfield Council on Aging is to:
- Identify the needs of elders.
- Design, promote, and implement services that fulfill elder needs.
- Inform and educate our community on pertinent senior issues and enlist support of area organizations to address elder needs.
In pursuing our mission, we collaborate with other local Councils on Aging and Senior Centers, Adult Day Health Program, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc., housing programs and many other elder related agencies.
A 21 member Board of Directors governs the Council on Aging agency. Appointments are made by the Council on Aging nominating board and then referred to the Mayor and City Council for final approval. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM. Meetings are held at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street and are open to the public.
Ralph J. Froio Senior Center
In 1993, the Council on Aging moved from Bradford Street to 330 North Street upon completion of the reconstruction and renovation of the former Capitol Theater. The City of Pittsfield renamed and dedicated the building “The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center “ in honor of this long time civic leader who spent countless hours in volunteer service to his community, especially in senior citizens’ affairs. Through his many years of service, Ralph J. Froio served as Chairman of the Council on Aging as well as for countless other charitable organizations and causes.
The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center is a handicapped accessible facility in that is within walking distance of several housing projects and is available by bus. The facility is 15,000 square feet in total area and consists of four floors. In the basement, there is a woodworking shop, ceramics shop and a board room. Just beyond the lobby on the first floor, you will find a coffee shop and lounge area, a computer lab and our administrative offices. The Supportive Day Program and the main meeting room are located on the second floor along with the kitchen. The third floor accommodates a craft room, a game room, two classrooms and the Group Office.
Hours of Operation
The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Our administrative offices open at 8:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM daily. The Center is closed on Saturdays.
The Coffee Cup Café is open for breakfast and light lunches Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
A hearty lunch is served at the Nutrition Program, Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM. Reservations are necessary for this program by calling (413) 499-9346 before 11:00 AM the day before. Suggested donation per meal is $2.00.
Van Transportation is available by appointment, call (413) 499-9346 or (413) 499-9347 to schedule a ride. A 48 hour advance notification is requested for scheduling purposes. There is a $3.00 charge each way.
The Supportive Day Program is open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Prior arrangements are necessary by calling (413) 499-9346.