Department of Elder and Human Services

friends from strangersThe Department of Elder and Human Services, in partnership with the community, provides the highest quality services and programs available to meet the ongoing needs of Canton residents.

                                                                                                                                There are three components to the Department of Elder and Human Services:    


We are the only public Social Services Agency in Town and we assist Canton residents of all ages who need social services assistance.  These programs include, but are not limited to: Fuel Assistance, Case Management, Economic Assistance for food and security including SNAP, Home Visits, Housing Assistance, Meals on Wheels, SHINE, Information and Referral, Senior/Veteran’s Tax Program, and many different Support Groups.  

                                                                                                                                We are the Council on Aging responsible for meeting the needs of any Canton resident, 60 years of age or older, through outreach programs and services designed to help them maintain their independence in the community.

 We are the Canton Senior Center, where we offer various educational programs, health clinics, social events, fitness classes, cards and other games…..and so much more.




Our Mission

The Mission of The Department of Elder and Human Services assist in the well-being of Canton’s older population and residents of any age who are in need of social services due to economic hardship, health issues, family circumstances, or personal loss. We recognize the innate worth of every person in our community and strive to respect their dignity.

We seek to maintain and enhance the quality of life of our older citizens by providing opportunities for social interaction, physical activity, intellectual stimulation, community service, and health clinics.

We try to offer effective, quality services that respond to community needs, promote continuous improvement of staff skills and performance, encourage an environment of trust and honesty, and provide services that are accessible and equitable. 

You can get the most up-to date information from:


Department of EHS Website:
Canton Community Television: 
 Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 43 


Chair Janet Walrod
Vice Chair Elaine Gilmore
Secretary Ellen Donovan
Member Jane Pratt
Member Rich Kulas
Member Peter Marshalka
Member Paul Sloan