Social Support Services
Caregivers Support Group
This group provides an opportunity for sharing, understanding, awareness and support. Meets the 4th Thursday of each month, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshops and individual counseling, by appointment only.
Volunteers coordinated by the Social Worker perform handyman services. This self-supporting program provides small repairs and safety work for Winchester seniors. Requests for assistance are coordinated by our Social Worker.
Each year the Jenks maintains a list of individuals and businesses available if you are a resident in need of assistance with shoveling. Please click the link Snow Shoveling to get more information. For clients with additional needs, e-mail the social worker at the Jenks Center at email@example.com or call 781-721-7136.
Interface Mental Health Referral Helpline
Do you or someone you love need help finding mental health services? Interface Referral Service is a free and confidential resource which connects Winchester residents with mental health professionals. The referral helpline is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and may be reached at 888-244-6843.
Geriatric social workers work to maintain and enhance the quality of life for older adults and their care partners, in conjunction with the nurse, as the adult ages in place. The Jenks Social Worker is here Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our Social Worker provides referrals for various in-home support to assist, either short term or long term, with the physical challenges that accompany aging. She also is an advocate, gives advice and assistance with filling out forms, and acts as a liaison between healthcare professionals and the family. Our Social Worker also offers support for individuals facing difficult situations such as caregiving, memory loss, loss of someone close, retirement, and changes in health/wealth/lifestyle. House calls are available to the homebound upon request.
SHINE is an acronym for “Serving the Health Needs of Elders.” SHINE Counselors are volunteers who provide information, counseling, and assistance regarding health insurance and health benefit options. They understand the nuances of this changing field and help seniors maneuver through the system. Appointments required.
Beginning February 6 through April 14th, 2023: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings: Appointments Required: In affiliation with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, we will offer free preparation of federal and state tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, by appointment only, starting on Monday, February 6, 2023. Due to the ongoing Pandemic, we are conducting “low-contact” tax preparation again this year. You must enter through the front door and provide Covid-19 vaccination documentation and will have completed all information forms in advance. Upon meeting with a tax preparation volunteer you may wait in the building or leave the building if needed. Appointments are required, please call the Jenks.