Division of Senior Affairs
Health & Human Services
199 Summit Avenue (@ Baldwin) E2
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Tel: (201) 547-5750/4992
Joan Eccleston, Administrator
The Division of Senior Affairs provides many services and programs for all Jersey City residents.
INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE
The Division of Senior Affairs provides information and assistance to seniors, in order to help them to obtain services they need. This includes housing, PAAD, HEAP, Social Services, NJ Transit senior discounts, recreational activities, and events. Seniors can call with any questions, application requests, general information, and assistance.
The Division of Senior Affairs offers free movies to Jersey City’s senior citizens only on the First Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. There is a choice of four movies at Hudson Mall Cinemas on Route 440. For a transportation schedule for the movies, please call (201) 547-5750. The movies are usually attended by about 500 seniors every month.
BUSES FOR SHOPPING
The Division of Senior Affairs has two buses available to take seniors shopping. These trips are made on a regular schedule from various locations throughout the city to one of the larger supermarkets. Based on availability, buses are also available to take organized senior groups on local outings to places such as restaurants, shows and educational sites. Please call Carol Pasquale at (201) 547-5750 for more information on transportation.
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
The Division of Senior Affairs operates two Senior Citizen Centers, the Joseph Connors Senior Center located at 28 Paterson Street [(201) 420-8249] and the Maureen Collier Senior Center at 335 Bergen Avenue [(201) 434-3794]. Both Centers are operated by the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services and are open weekdays from 9:00AM – 4:30PM and offer lunches, recreational, educational, and cultural activities to Jersey City senior residents (60+ years of age). For schedules of activities please all each center directly. Staff at both centers are also available to help provide seniors with any information or assistance they may need.
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STATE SENIOR CITIZEN FARMERS MARKET VOUCHERS
The Office of Senior Affairs distributes State Senior Citizens Farmers Market vouchers to lower income seniors. Be advised that the Office only receives a limited number of vouchers and works to distribute them fairly throughout the community. The Office has worked with the State to obtain additional vouchers which are not being used in other Counties. For the 2013 Farmers Market season, the Office distributed $70,000 in Vouchers which were spent at Farmers Markets.
SENIOR ID CARDS
We create Senior Photo Identification cards for your group or organization. Each card features a photo, contact and medical information, and emergency contact information for your group or organization. You can come to Suite D2 at 199 Summit Avenue to obtain an ID card every Wednesday between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. Please call Carol Pasquale at (201) 547-5750 for more information.
OUTREACH TO SENIOR ORGANIZATIONS
The Senior Affairs staff maintains contact with 80+ senior citizen organizations who meet within Jersey City. The Office helps these organizations plan their individual events and programs as well as provide transportation for trips, speakers for meetings, and information on other senior citizen issues or programs and citywide activities and events.
The Division of Senior Affairs is in the process of establishing a list of speakers available to make presentations to senior groups. These speakers may be from various City agencies, and will include many health related topics as coordinated through Health & Human Services’ Partnership for a Healthier Jersey City.
We will be a clearinghouse for all senior events and will comprise a schedule of all available activities and events provided by the Department of Recreation, Department of Health & Human Services, the two senior centers, and any other non-profit.
To receive a copy of the calendar, please call (201) 547-5750. To be put on a regular weekly mailing of calendar updates please send your email to email@example.com.
For more information about any of the Division’s programs and activities, please contact Carol Pasquale at (201) 547-5750.