Employees at OCES Launch “Gift Wreath” Program to Support Seniors in Need

Filed Under: Philanthropy

BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… ‘Tis the season of giving and staff members at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) aim to make the holidays a bit brighter for seniors most in need. The team presented holiday gifts to 60 senior consumers in OCES’ service area. OCES is a non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns.


Gifts and Grocery Store Gift Cards
OCES employees are dedicated to giving back to communities in need. OCES’ Protective Services department staff kicked off the holiday season with a “Gift Wreath” program for consumers in need who may not otherwise receive a gift this year.

The Gift Wreaths, which were decorated with holiday tags listing consumers’ first names and requested gift items (such as slippers, hat/gloves, pajamas, etc.), were hung at both OCES offices. OCES employees selected tags from the wreaths, then purchased and wrapped their gifts. In honor of its 50th anniversary, OCES attached a $50.00 grocery store gift card to each present..

“We launched the Gift Wreath program with the hope of making the holidays a bit brighter for our consumers in need,” said Teresa M. Kourtz, LSW, MSG, Protective Services Director. “For the past few years, Protective Services and OCES have helped those most in need during the holidays in many ways. Last year we donated canned goods. In prior years, our outreach initiatives have included ‘Caring Cards’; donated socks for those experiencing homelessness; donated personal care items for veterans; donated to the Ronald McDonald House and more.”

OCES takes pride in giving back to the communities it serves, not only during the holidays but throughout the year by partnering with community organizations in Plymouth County and surrounding areas. OCES encourages and supports employee outreach through volunteering, donating or community service.

50 Years of Care and Collaboration
Join in celebrating OCES’ 50th anniversary by helping to make a difference with a donation to the 50 for 50 campaign in support of OCES’ Behavioral Health and Wellness program.

To make a donation online, visit www.ocesma.org and click on the Donate button.  Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

OCES is recognized as a tax-exempt charitable corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS tax code.

About OCES
Celebrating 50 Years of Care and Collaboration and recognized as one of the 2023 Best Places to Work by Cape & Plymouth Business Media, OCES is a private, nonprofit organization with locations in Brockton and Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 23 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and proudly serves Plymouth County and surrounding communities. Through the talent of an experienced and diverse workforce, OCES supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy, safe living which positively impacts our community. The agency offers several programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.