Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) the Brockton based regional elder services agency serving seniors, their families and caregivers throughout greater Brockton and Plymouth county, has recently received a generous donation to their Money Management Program from the Rockland Trust Company. Money Management volunteers who can help seniors manage their household finances are needed to keep this essential program operating.
Rockland Trust recently donated $1,000 to OCES specifically for the Money Management Program. Yet, Money Management volunteers are needed in all 23 towns that OCES serves, particularly in the towns of Plymouth, Carver, Abington, Whitman and Brockton. Money Management volunteers help seniors balance their checkbooks, develop budgets and pay bills. They also make home visits at least once a month to help keep track of an elder’s income and expenses.
According to Amy Diman, Money Management Program Coordinator at OCES, “We are very grateful for the donation from Rockland Trust. We have a number of seniors who have been waiting for financial management assistance for a while now. We are in desperate need of Money Management volunteers.”
Ms. Diman trains all the money management volunteers in how to assist elders with personalized money management services and provides on-going support to volunteers.
For more information or to become a Massachusetts Money Management Program volunteer, contact Brenda Carrens, OCES’ Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at (508) 584-1561 extension 252.
OCES sponsors the Massachusetts Money Management Program to the local service area. The program is jointly sponsored by AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Mass Home Care.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is a private, non-profit corporation designated as one of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver Support; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services and Home Care.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in 23 towns in Southeastern Massachusetts:
Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 157 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org