Friends of the Council on Aging


  • Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month
  • 8:00 am
  • Rose Baker Senior Center
    6 Manuel F. Lewis Street
    Gloucester, MA 01930

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are also available following approval.
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Howard M. Frisch, President & TreasurerCarol Pallazolla
Robert Ryan, SecretaryRuth Pino
Frank BelliniElise Sinagra
Cindy BelliniMichael R. Stelluto, M.D.
Anthony Corrao, Jr.Frank Stewart
Richard A. CurranState Senator, Bruce Tarr
Linda York-EllisElaine Tibbetts
Ronald GilsonTed Twombly
Carla GrilloFrederick Cowan, Ex-Officio
LeeAnn Kennedy

About Us

The Friends of the Gloucester Council on Aging (GCOA) was established in 1988 as an independent nonprofit organization with a goal of advancing the organizational interests and well-being of Gloucester’s COA and Rose Baker Senior Center.

Our Mission

The mission of the Friends of the GCOA is to provide both financial support and technical expertise to the GCOA in its mission of serving Gloucester’s senior citizens. The Friends of the GCOA will engage in fundraising efforts to augment selected projects and activities undertaken by the COA. The Friends of the COA will also serve as a source of volunteers to support the efforts of the COA during labor-intensive projects serving Gloucester-area senior citizens.

Tracking Senior Center Usage

The Friends of the GCOA purchased a computerized scanner system to accurately track Senior Center statistics. The ID card scanner documents how many seniors come to the Senior Center,  which services and activities they attend, as well as how often. Each day, all programs, activities, and services provided at the Senior Center are listed on the computer monitor. After scanning their card, the monitor is ready for users to apply which ones they will attend with just a touch of the finger.

These numbers are essential for applications and reports required to obtain the funding that keeps the Senior Center open and functioning. Volunteers can record their service hours; this essential information is vital when applying for grant funding. Therefore, it is very important for everyone coming into the Senior Center to register for a scanner card and scan in for each and every event and/or service they use.

We urge anyone who has changed their address and telephone number to drop by Room 209 on the second floor and update your information. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Contact Us

For more information about Friends of the COA, please contact the Rose Baker Senior Center at (978) 281-9765.