The Harwich Community Center
 100 Oak Street
Harwich, MA

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Phone Contacts
& Individual Department Hours



Building Hours
Monday - Friday
6:00AM - 10:00PM

9:00AM - 5:00PM


We are handicap-accessible
and equipped with a TDD phone
with brail signage
throughout the center.

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The mission of the Outreach Department is to link seniors to supports and services which would allow them to remain independentin their community. We attend workshops and training to remain current in issues facing seniors so that we can act as advocates for them as they age in place. Below are some but not all of the services we provide.

Home/Office Visits to Assess Needs 

  • Home care referrals  
  • Files of Life, C.A.P.E Bags
  • Driving Concerns
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Friendly Visitor
  • Applications for Fuel Assistance, Food Stamps, Housing
  • How health care proxies and hippa work together
  • DNR and comfort care forms.
  • how to lower bills and preserve income

 Medical Rides Program

  • Call  at least 3 business days before your appointment. 
  • We service  from Hyannis to Wellfleet.
Outreach News

Fuel Assistance and Food Stamps

The Outreach Department assists with applications for fuel assistance  until April 30 2013. When you call for an appointment we will discuss with you what documents you need to bring in to have a complete application otherwise your fuel assistance might be delayed if you have to send in additional paperwork. We will copy your documents and mail in your application

At the same time we can also complete a food stamp application because often the required documentation is the same. I can mail in your food stamp application to the Department of Transistional assistance in Hyannis and thatoffice will conduct a phone interview with you within a week or two.


Nauset Neighbors in Harwich!

Nauset Neighbors is a new program to help seniors remain independent in their homes. For a low annual fee, volunteers will help with transportation, small household chores,technology assistance and more.  Their motto is: "One call does it all!" For more information about membership or volunteering call  508 514 7067. 

Click on this link to learn more about the Neighborhood Village concept in the Boston Globe:

Or click here to go directly to the Nauset Neighbors Website



There's No Place Like Home!

Are you worried you might fall in the bathroom?  Are the stairs getting harder to negotiate? There is help available to assist seniors with financing home modifications to make  home safer and more comfortable.

The Home Modification Loan Program can be used only for home modifications such as  a ramp, stairlift, grab bars, or widening doorways so that you can stay independent and remain in your home longer . It is a zero to three  per cent interest loan and is repaid at the time of sale or transfer of the home. There are generally no monhly payments and no interst accrues.

Eligibility is based on income guidelines and documentation of need. For more information call the Outreach Office at the COA or Susan Gillam at 617 204 3739. You can also visit www.mass.gov/mrc.hmlp

Outreach Department Contact Information

Kevin Grunwald - Social Service Coordinator : 508-430-7551

email: kgrunwald@town.harwich.ma.us 

Rick Anderson - Outreach Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator: 508-430-7550

email: randerson@town.harwich.ma.us



Walking Keeps the Body and Brain Young!

Many people know that exercise and walking is good for physical health and improves mental health as well. But a new study  published in an online issue of Neurology  the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology shows that this effort may also prevent dementia and Alzheimers disease.

You  must walk at least 6 miles to make a difference. By starting this activity in mid life the study shows that you can cut the risk of developing memory problems in half! Just one more reason to make exercise part of your life!

Seasonal Information

Cape Cod National Seashore Pass!!

 Did you know?? For a one time fee of $10 dollars, if you are over 62, you can buy a pass that will give you lifetime access to all the National Parks which require entry fees. This is called the America the Beautiful Pass (formerly known as the Golden Age Pass).  This includes all the National Seashore beaches on the Outer Cape. This pass can be obtained at the entrypoint to the park and gives access to all the occupants of the vehicle!

This includes Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and Race Point and Herring Cove Beach in P-town!

Frauds and Scams

Frauds and Scams

Are you tired of receiving those annoying telemarketing phone calls at dinner time?  Unsure about which mail to keep or discard? Below is contact information from the Federal Trade Commission and the US Postal Service to remove your name from these lists.

  • To remove your name from mailing lists, enclose $1  and write to Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, PO Box 282, Carmel NY 10512
  • To remove your name from telemarketing call lists contact: Do Not Call registry at 1 888 382 1222 or register online at www.donotcall.gov
  • To opt out of pre-approved unsolicited credit card offers register online at www.optoutprescreen.com or call 1  567 8688 888

By registering with these sites, you will be protecting yourself from unwanted mail and phone calls that could potentially lead to being scammed.