Rose City Senior Center

Rose City Senior CenterMission Statement

To offer recreational, educational, social, health, and human service programs that are designed to foster independence and community involvement for persons age 55 and older.

The Norwich Senior Center was established in 1974. After the construction of the new building in 1994, the name was changed to the Rose City Senior Center. The City of Norwich, Edward and Mary Lord Foundation, Senior Resources-Agency on Aging, and other state and local grants provide funding.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

All currently scheduled classes, programs, trips, and events are subject to change or cancellation.  We will do our best to keep you updated.  

AARP Tax Assistance will resume and all persons scheduled for appointments will be rescheduled.

Please call us at (860) 889-5960 if you are looking for services or resources.

Rose City Senior Center Re-Opening

Please help us plan for our re-opening by taking our online survey!

Re-Opening Survey

At this time, we do not have a date as to when the Rose City Senior Center will be re-opening.  We currently have no plans to open before CT lifts the "Stay Home and Stay Safe" for individuals 65 and older, which should take place for Phase 3 of Connecticut’s re-opening plan.  When CT Phase 3 does happens, the re-opening date for the Senior Center is still to be determined, but we anticipate that it should follow soon after.  

When we do re-open, we will be following all of the social distancing guidelines, safety measures and protocol issued by the State of CT that Senior Centers need to follow. 

We will be re-opening in phases, initially offering a limited number of classes and limiting the amount of people in each class to accommodate for social distancing.  Classes will be based on our ability to safely offer them, control who is in the building, for how long and for what specific purpose.  Everyone will be required to register for classes in advance and no one will be allowed in the building otherwise.  

Other programs will be slowly reintroduced and more people will be allowed in the building over time and by appointment only.  Slowly but surely, we should once again get back to how we operated pre-pandemic.  Hang in there!

As we continue to work on our re-opening plan, we want to hear from you.  Please help us out by taking our online survey. 

We want to know what your concerns are and what would hinder you from coming back once we re-open.  We would like to know if you participate in any Virtual Programs and if you use Social Media.  Your answers will help us better gauge what to offer and what to implement when we do re-open.

The survey should only take approximately 5-10 minutes to answer.  Your answers are anonymous and it is optional to leave your contact information if you would like to hear back from us.  Your answers are for our planning purposes only.

Please complete our online survey by going to Re-Opening Survey

If you have any questions or have problems accessing the survey, please contact the Senior Center.  

Thank you for taking the survey!  Stay Safe!

Inclement Weather Notice

If the area experiences bad weather this coming winter, the Senior Center may be closed. Please listen to WICH-1310 a.m. or WCTY-97.7 FM radio or watch WFSB, TV Channel 3 closings and delays. Sign up for alerts for closings and late openings throughout the City at the Alert Center.

Holidays & Early Closings

The Senior Center is closed for 12 Holidays per year. Also, when Christmas Eve falls on a weekday, the Center will close early at 2 p.m

Special Links:

Senior Centers of Eastern Connecticut (Regional website for Nine Local Senior Centers)

Rose City Senior Center Rental

The beautiful Rose City Senior Center is available free of charge to City Departments for events, providing space is available. Norwich non-profits may rent the Center, at a competitive fee on weekends and evenings, when available. Amenities in this 16,000 square-foot facility include a large dining room, large program room, a commercial kitchen and ample parking. The Building is available for use from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on the weekends. Weekday use from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.

To see if the Center will meet your needs, please view the photos of the space and read the following documents:

If you would like to rent the Center, please call Mike Wolak, Center Director, at 860-889-5960 to see if your date is available. Then, fill out the contract and forward it to Norwich Human Services at lgomes@cityofnorwich.org or drop it off at NHS, 80 Broadway, Norwich. Contracts must be received 30 days in advance of the event.