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Human Services Department – December 2021

Human Services Department – December 2021

The Resident Assistance Fund (RAF)

To better assist Woodbridge residents in need, the Human Services Department has updated the Food and Fuel Fund with a new policy and a new name.  New guidelines were developed to improve the description of the fund’s use.  The fund may be used for categories such as food and fuel, but also may assist residents in need with miscellaneous services that are necessary but are not typically funded by outside agencies.  The RAF, funded entirely by local donations, is not an entitlement; it is an emergency program only.  As always, the Department is grateful for local support of this fund and the important work it accomplishes.

Many thanks to the Woodbridge Recreation Department for its generous donation to the RAF following the 39th Annual Woodbridge Road Race and Fun Run.

Thanksgiving Holiday Distribution

Thank you to Human Services’ community partners Bailey, Moore, Schaefer, Glazer and Proto, LLC and the Woodbridge Rotary Club for their efforts to support and assist with the distribution of pies and gift cards ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays.  Thanks also to Peter Lerner for his coordination efforts.  The Woodbridge Human Services Thanksgiving holiday distribution is an annual tradition that provides support to Woodbridge neighbors in need.

Holiday Basket Program

If you would like to donate to the Holiday Basket Program, please contact Human Services with donations of gift cards no later than December 1.

Medicare Open Enrollment

The Medicare program can be challenging to navigate.  If you have questions or need information, please call Human Services to speak with certified CHOICES counselor Judi Young.  Open enrollment continues until December 7.  CHOICES is Connecticut’s program for health insurance assistance, outreach, information and referral, counseling, and eligibility screening.  Counselors provide Medicare recipients with non-biased, free health insurance counseling.  Changes take effect on January 1, 2022.

Energy Assistance Program

Human Services will accept appointments for residents to apply for the 2021-2022 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

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.

  1. Two COVID booster vaccine clinics were held in November at the Center Building Gymnasium in partnership with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District. Referrals to area locations for access to COVID vaccines and booster shots as well as COVID testing is available through the Human Services Department.
  2. Many thanks to Woodbridge Boy Scout Troops 63 and 907 for their collection of non-perishable food for donation on October 30 to the Woodbridge Food Pantry.  Each year volunteer coordinators facilitate this generous contribution from many residents in town.  Human Services is grateful to the volunteers, the scouts, and the households who donate for making this a successful annual program.  The collection brought in over 3000 pounds of non-perishable food items for local families in need.  The food pantry can be accessed year-round by qualifying residents and families.

By Jeanette Glicksman – Director of Human Services

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