Sixteen years ago, John & Elaine Couri of Connecticut made a decision that today enhances the quality and vitality of seniors living in and around the Bangor Area. Frequent visitors to the Bangor area, they became aware of a need for diverse offerings and designated space for active seniors. The idea of creating a social center for seniors in the Greater Bangor Region was born. The Couris’ then set out to find a location to house the would-be facility. They fell in love with one of Bangor’s historic buildings, the former Merrill Trust Company Bank, which overlooks the Kenduskeag River. Right in the heart of Downtown Bangor, the building is adjacent to two parking lots, the city-owned parking garage, and area’s the public transportation hub.
While beautiful in many ways, the old bank property had fallen into disrepair and needed extensive restoration. The Couris’ personally directed the amazing transformation, ensuring that the original grandeur of the former bank provided a dignified and warm atmosphere that serves to enhance the sense of personal vitality and value for all its members and visitors.
On March 4, 1999, the doors of 2 Hammond Street were once again open to the public; this time as the new Hammond Street Senior Center. For seniors in the Greater Bangor Region, “The Center” is the place to meet. HSSC is the only all-inclusive place where women and men age 55 and older can go to have fun, learn something new, exercise with friends, apply their talents, share their expertise and enjoy a beautiful space that is shaped by and caters to their specific interests. Rather than living in the past, our members are creating more wonderful memories for themselves and actively planning for their future.
The Center’s strives to contribute to the physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of senior citizens while allowing participants to maximize their independence. Please give the Center a call today for more information or to schedule a member orientation.