Outreach & Referral

The Council on Aging offers Outreach to seniors to assist with
  • Applications
  • Insurance
  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • PACE (fuel assistance)
  • Information on Assisted Living Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Care Services 
  • Food Pantry

to name a few.

Our Outreach Workers can assist with many of these topics and will provide you with the resources you need to maintain a quality standard of life. Feel free to reach out to Ellenbe at 508-999-4717 x 304 or via email at; or to Ann at 508-999-4717 x 3312 or via email at

Helpful External Links

[ Back to Programs & Services ]


The Dartmouth Council On Aging provides the following transportation services to all senior or handicapped Dartmouth residents:

Transportation to the Center
Prepare to be picked up between 9:00 and 9:30 on Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays. A ride will bring you home between 12:00 and 12:30. If you would like to eat lunch at the Center, please see the menu (see Newsletter) and call Coastline at 508-742-9192 to make a reservation.

Transportation to Doctors Offices
Rides are available for appointments with local doctors. For more information, please call Angela at the Center.

Transportation to Grocery Store & Department Stores
We will be providing one special trip to Market Basket along with local department stores each month.  Our regular shopping van runs every other Thursday to Stop & Shop. For more information, and to sign-up, contact Angela at the Center. 

Scheduled shopping trips are always displayed in bold on our monthly calendar.  See the current Newsletter.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Medical Shed     

Hours:  Monday - Friday 10am -2pm

Items in our medical shed are available to all Dartmouth Senior residents to borrow as needed.  We just ask that you return them for the next person when you no longer need them.

  •  Canes,
  •  Crutches,
  •  Walkers,
  •  Rollaters,
  •  Wheel Chairs,
  •  Commodes,
  •  Grab Bars,
  •  Shower Chairs & Benches
  •  Bed Rails

Items may or may not be available depending on our supply at the time you contact us.  Stop by to check availability.

We are also accepting donations of gently used items - - any of the equipment listed above.   Thank-you.  If you have any questions just give us a call.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

SHINE Counselor

– free individual health insurance assistance

SHINE is an acronym that stands for Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone.   SHINE is a state health insurance assistance program that provides Massachusetts residents  who have Medicare, free health insurance information, counseling and assistance.

 A SHINE counselor is a volunteer who is trained and certified by the  MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs in many areas of health insurance, including Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D;  Medigap insurance, Medicare HMOs, retiree insurance plans, prescription drug programs, Medicaid, and Medicare assistance programs.

Contact  our  Outreach Department to find out more information about this  free service and to schedule an appointment.

More information about the SHINE program is available at:

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Legal Assistance

- free individual legal consultations

The Council On Aging hosts free, brief individual legal consultations at the Center through two area law firms.

  • Suprenant & Beneski, P.C..
  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Suprenant & Beneski, P.C.
  • Brief session of 15 minutes
Topics Can Include
  • Durable Power Of Attorney
  • Massachusetts Health Care Proxy
  • Living Wills
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Every other month starting every January,
  • Usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month,
  • Booked between 10 – 11 am
To Book An Appointment
  • Call the Center and speak with Angela or Ellen. This is a popular service, so it is important to book early.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

  • Brief session of 15-30 minutes specifically for Seniors 60 & over, focusing on seniors with the greatest economic & social need.
Topics Can Include
  • SSI & Social Security applications, denials, terminations, and/or overpayments
  • Subsidized housing matters such as evictions, hearings, or transfers
  • Public Benefit Cases such as SNAP, community & long term care, Medicaid, & Medicare
  • Physical and/or Financial Abuse
  • Nursing home related problems such as discharges, transfers, Medicaid, and denial of payment.
  • Several  times  during the year
To Book An Appointment
  • Call the Center and speak with Angela or Ellen.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Tax Assistance

Free assistance with tax return preparation is available at the Center by appointment.  It is provided through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and local tax expert volunteers.  Appointments start in February and may be scheduled beginning in mid January. Call the Center and ask for Angela.  This service is intended for low to moderate income seniors.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Photo ID Cards

Photo ID cards are available at the Center for Dartmouth residents with proof of residency.  Accepted documents include phone bill, utility bill, tax bill  or license with name and address.

  • Mondays 10:00 am -1:00 pm
  • $4.00
  • No appointment necessary

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Paper Shredding

A paper shredder is available in the lobby at the Center for use 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Senior Travel

The Dartmouth COA works with the New Bedford Travel Program to offer Senior Trips.  Any individual aged 50 or over may take part.  Trip descriptions are posted at the Center.  For more information or to reserve a trip please call New Bedford Senior Travel Program at 508-991-6171.

[ Back to Programs & Services ]

Thrift Store

The Dartmouth Friends of The Elderly runs two thrift stores at the Center, The Black Goose, and Mary Ellens Corner.

The Black Goose is located at the far side of the Council parking lot and is open Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Mary Ellen's Corner is located inside the Center and is open from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

The thrift stores are always in need of donations.  Housewares, domestic items, clean clothing, accessories, jewelry and small furniture pieces are all accepted Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 3:00

[ Back to Programs & Services ]