The mission of the Edward E. Sullivan Senior Center is to provide an environment to enhance and enrich the lives of older adults by offering recreational activities, nutrition services, educational and wellness programs and social services to meet the diverse needs of all people.
Torrington's Department of Services for the Elderly was established in 1968. A dedicated staff of 64 people and 180 volunteers work passionately to administer services. The Sullivan Senior Center, located at 88 East Albert Street is a multipurpose Center, for people age 60 and over, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., evenings and weekends for special events. Over 5,000 people participated in programming this year. A 16-page full color newsletter entitled,” All About Us @ the Sullivan Senior Center” is published monthly with information outlining the activities, travel itineraries, menus, calendar of events and timely informational articles focusing on topics of importance and interest to older adults. Newsletters may be picked up at the Senior Center, mailed for a
nominal fee or accessed on line at OurSeniorCenter.com.
Our members and the communtiy generously support the Sullivan Senior Center. With kind giving and endowmants, fundraiser support and help from The Park Avenue Thrift Shop, the Sullivan Senior Center has been able to complete projects born from necessity.
2013 and 2016 saw the renovation of our restrooms in our main building and our addition. Our beautiful new restrooms meet the sanitary needs of our members as well as their comfort and safety. In 2015 the Center was forced to replace a failed air contioning/heating unit. That same year we were able to replace the dated and broken down tables used for dining and games. We also were able to begin a technology project that will prove to be benefcial for education of our members as well as their entertainment. None of this could have been done without the generosity of the anonymous donors of Ameriprise Financial, the kindness of a sister's gift in memory of her brother, a daughter's gift in memory of her mother and the support of our members and friends who embraced these projects making donations and participating
in our fundraising efforts.
The Department can be described as a hub for one-stop shopping for older adults and continues to offer recreation, information and referral, insurance counseling, Income Tax assistance, computer assistance, iPad & iPhone classes, congregate meals, meals-on-wheels, transportation, chore services, a wide range of health screenings, flu shot clinics, Italian classes, AARP Safe Driver Course, educational seminars, an extensive travel program, legislative advocacy, community gardens, Wii Bowling, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Parkinsons Exercise Program, Seniorcize, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Line & Tap Dancing, Golden Groove, Zumba Gold, Billiards, craft and painting classes, chess, wood carving, Belles & Beaux Choral Group, holiday parties, Valentine Exchange w/ Torringford School students, Wednesday Afternoon Dance with music
by The Tune Dusters, and volunteer opportunities. The Park Avenue Thrift Shop continues to thrive and generate income for the Center’s programming and building improvements.
We are very proud of the progression of the Bowman Communtiy Gardens. With gardeners planting 60 beds and the support of friends in the community and local business the Gardens have evolved into one of Torrington's best kept secrets! The gardens not only provide space for growing vegetables and flowers, they promote socialization, exercise and healthy eating!
The Sullivan Senior Center is not just a place for recreation. The senior communtiy looks to the Center for help with processing their assistance applications. Energy Assistance, Renters Rebate, Medicare Part D, Medicare Savings Program, Income Tax Assistance and Title XIX. Appropriate referrals are made to social service agencies, such as Protective Services for the Elderly, Legal Services, Financial Counseling, Housing, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Home Care and Health Services and the Community Health
and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington. Notary services are available.
The City of Torrington – Sullivan Senior Center is the grantee agency for three major grants, totaling $1,321,223. The Litchfield Hills/Northwest CT Elderly Nutrition Program served 207,964 congregate and meals-on-wheels, the Transportation Program gave 4,711 rides to medical appointments, the Torrington Chore Program provided 4,203 hours of in home service. The grants are funded with Federal, State and Local government dollars, client donations, private donations and fundraising dollars.
Health programs are coordinated with local agencies to include full physicals, health and wellness screenings, foot care clinics, in-home assessments, nutrition counseling and flu and pneumonia immunizations. Educational classes and seminars are scheduled to keep people up to date on the latest information affecting their well-being and to teach foreign language and develop computer skills. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and contribute to the overall socialization within the center and community.
The Services for the Elderly Commission consists of seven voting members and three alternates. The Commission meets monthly to review and evaluate the conditions, needs and programs affecting seniors in the City of Torrington. The Commission forwards recommendations to the Mayor and City Councilors regarding grant funding and awarding bids for projects at the Sullivan Senior Center.