North Providence senior center to cut services, town hopes to take over

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As early as next week, North Providence’s seniors may lose most of the services of the town’s independent senior center.

The Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center will end daily activities and transportation on Sept. 6, executive director Karen Testa confirmed Wednesday. Seniors will still be able to get daily meals at the center, but Testa said they would have to arrange their own rides.

“We just don’t know what’s going on and all of the elderly people are very upset about it,” Doreen Harrison said, who has been a member of the center since 2005.

According to North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, the center has been irresponsible with its funds and said the town is prepared to take it over.

“If we were to manage the center, we know we would save at least $250,000 a year,” Lombardi said. “They close the center on the sixth, we’re gonna do whatever we can to be in there on the morning of the seventh.”

Historically, the town has provided about 70 percent of the roughly $740,000 it takes to run the center.