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Human Services – 12/16/22

Human Services – 12/16/22

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance:  In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Senior Center offers free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The program will begin February 7 and run through April 11 at Woodbridge Human Services.  Taxpayers with low to moderate income, senior citizens, people with disabilities, or those with limited English have options to safely and accurately complete 2022 tax returns at no cost.  If you have access to a computer and Internet, you can complete your own tax return through MyFreeTaxes.com, supported by United Way in partnership with the IRS.  If doing your own taxes seems daunting, preparers can complete your return either virtually or in person.  If you have a camera phone, you can virtually access Woodbridge VITA tax preparers through GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT without leaving home.  If you don’t have access to technology, call Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 for an in-person appointment.  Appointments are available Tuesdays, 9 am – 12 pm.  For a list of required documents and to schedule an appointment, call 203-389-3429.  For more details on Woodbridge VITA services, see the Human Services website:  https://www.woodbridgect.org/223/Human-Services-Department.

Change to Medicare Part D Insulin Costs Beginning January 1:  According to medicare.gov, beginning in 2023, the cost of a one-month supply of Part D-covered insulin will be capped at $35 and there will be no deductible for insulin.  Starting July 1, 2023, similar caps on costs will apply for insulin used in traditional insulin pumps covered by Medicare Part B.

Energy Assistance Program:  Qualifying residents may schedule an appointment to apply for the 2022 – 2023 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC.  For more information regarding this program, please call Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

Free Rides:  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced that all public transit buses will be fare-free across Connecticut through March 31, 2023. A previous policy signed by Governor Lamont made buses fare free since April 1, 2022.  The legislature held a special session on November 28 which passed a bill to continue the fare free program; the bill was then signed by the Governor.

Emergency Preparedness:  In the event of a weather emergency or power outage, elderly residents and those with disabilities are encouraged to register for the Emergency Call List by calling the Human Services Department.  Please make sure to have flashlights, batteries, food, and water for all members of the household on hand- including pets- as we head into the winter months.

Food Pantry:  Residents in need may call for access to non-perishable food each month.  Donations of non-perishable, non-expired foods are accepted as well to restock food pantry shelves.  Please call 203-389-3429 for more information.

Masks available:  Contact Woodbridge Human Services if you would like to pick up a few medical or KN95 masks.  There is no charge for masks.  Please no walk-ins.

Seasonal Giving:  If you would like to donate to the Resident Assistance Fund (RAF), please make checks payable to Woodbridge Human Services and indicate RAF on the memo line.  Donations of gift cards for groceries or area shopping are also requested year-round.  Many thanks to the residents and businesses who have already donated.

Holiday Basket Program:  Generous Woodbridge donors made the Holiday Basket program a success again this year.  While we cannot name all the donor families here, we offer gratitude to the repeat donors, as well as the two new donors, who stepped up to provide a wealth of giving to Woodbridge families in need.  In addition to the donors for each family, the department also received a large food donation from Amity Middle School and Surreybrook Preschool in Bethany, a sock collection donation from Progressions Salon, book donations for each child from the Friends of The Woodbridge Library, pajama donations for each child from the Goodnight, Sleep Tight program coordinated by Beecher Road School student Gabi Durso, as well as group donations from the 10Selden (Teen Center), Town Hall staff, the Library staff, Beecher Road School, Girls Scout Juniors Troop 60865, the Woodbridge Childcare Center, the First Church of Christ, the One of Kind Foundation, Barry and Hyla Vine, John and Mary Beth Womer, the Human Services staff, and members of The Center’s Craft Group – Alice Lippman, Ruta Majumdar, and Lillian Malkus – for handmade, knitted gifts.  The Human Services Department also received contributions for both the Thanksgiving program and the holiday basket program from Bailey, Moore, Schaefer, Glazer, and Proto LLP.  Additional thanks to the Woodbridge Rotary Club for its support of the Thanksgiving program and the holiday lunch for The Woodbridge Center.  Many thanks to all the donors, groups, and community support that made the Holiday Basket program such a success.

  1. Stephanie Cabral, center, co-owner of Progressions Salon in Woodbridge, stands with staff and many of the socks collected during their 16th annual sock drive to benefit Woodbridge Human Services Holiday Basket program
  2. Gabi Durso, of Woodbridge, shows off some of the pajamas she donated to the Holiday Basket program.  Gabi, president of the Good Night, Sleep Tight PJ Program, raised funds and provided pajamas for all the children in the Holiday Basket program for the third year.
  3. Members of the Girl Scout Juniors Troop 60865 from Beecher Road School stand with their donation to the Holiday Basket program
  4. Members of the Rotary Club along with Human Services staff gather prior to distributing 50 pumpkin pies and Stop and Shop gift cards during the recent Thanksgiving event co-sponsored by Bailey, Moore, Schaefer, Glazer and Proto LLP and the Woodbridge Rotary Club.
  5. Christina Papa and Amanda Medling of Surreybrook Preschool stand with Human Services’ Ellen McDonald and a generous donation from the staff and parents to the Woodbridge Food Pantry

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