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OCES will celebrate 40 years on April 29, 2014

Monthly Q & A

Are SNAP Benefits ‘Use it, or lose it’?

Can I lose my SNAP benefits (food stamps) by not using them?

The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has been sending letters to some SNAP recipients telling them they have unused SNAP benefits they may lose. Here’s some information to help you understand these DTA notices and your rights.

Read more.

Past Q&A Reports


Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care

The Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care recently launched a new website, www.massafc.org.


Sponsor a Senior

Our Nutrition Program is seeking individuals who are willing to Sponsor a Senior. Your monetary donation will help ensure that an elder in need will receive a daily, well-balanced meal.

View the flyer for more information.

Use our online form to Sponsor a Senior.

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October is National
Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

For information regarding disabilities, and services available in the community, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC). ADRCs provide a coordinated system of information and access to long term services and supports for individuals, family members and providers, regardless of age, disability, or income. Contacting any ADRC member agency will give you the information you need about community-based care options. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) is a member of two ADRCs serving these regions.

ADRC of Southeastern MA (ADRCSE) is a collaborative among the Southeast Center for Independent Living, Bristol Elder Services, Coastline Elderly Services and OCES. Southern MA ADRC (SMADRC) is a collaborative among Independence Associates Center for Independent Living, Bristol Elder Services, OCES and South Shore Elder Services.

Options Counseling

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 theme announced

Office of Disability Employment Policy