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Human Services – November 2022

Human Services – November 2022

Veterans Day Commemorative Ceremony

Residents are invited to attend the Town’s Veterans Day event honoring all Veterans on Friday, November 11 at 11 am in the Center Gymnasium.  Dr. Barry Josephs will serve as master of ceremonies.  Masks are required for this event.

Safety Programs

The Woodbridge Police Department, in conjunction with the Human Services Department, will launch two new safety programs:  the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Safety Alert Program and the Autism Safety Alert Program.  These two programs are designed for families of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or those with autism spectrum disorder.  This program will help create a data base to be used by the Police Department in cases of missing persons and interactions with police, etc.  Family members and caregivers can register loved ones and provide information to a data base which could be accessed by officers when needed in an emergency.  Call for more information.

Food Pantry

Residents in need may call for access to non-perishable food each month.  The food pantry needs donations of peanut butter, jams, canola/olive oils, shelf stable milk, coffee, hot and cold cereal, mac and cheese, snack foods, salad dressing, dish soap, deodorant, paper towels, cleaning sprays, laundry detergent, and gift cards for groceries.  Kindly check expiration dates prior to donating.

Energy Assistance Program

Qualifying residents may now 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.

Adopt-A-Family and Resident Assistance Fund

If you missed the deadline to sign up to adopt-a-family, but still would like to contribute, please call Human Services to make a donation of gift cards.  The program provides food baskets for the December holidays to Woodbridge families in need.  Distribution of the baskets will take place in early December.  Year-round donations to the Resident Assistance Fund (RAF) are welcome at any time.

Needed!  Medical Loan Closet

Transport chairs and regular wheelchairs in good working order are needed for the Medical Loan Closet.  Please contact Human Services to donate.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Woodbridge Police Department will again participate in the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s 22nd annual National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Residents are invited to visit the lobby at the Woodbridge Police Department to drop off both over the counter medications and pharmaceutical controlled medications.  No liquids or syringes will be accepted.  Take Back Day reflects a commitment to residents’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse.  It is important to dispose of medications properly to keep pharmaceuticals out of the ground water.

Hearing Aid Access

Hearing aids are now in stores for thousands of dollars less than they previously cost.  According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss can now buy hearing aids at local stores or online without a prescription, exam, or audiologist fitting.  The FDA estimates this could lower the average costs by as much as $3,000 per pair.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (a member of the U.S. Institutes of Health), untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, isolation, and dementia, but only a fraction of the 28.8 million Americans who could benefit from hearing aids use them.  For more severe hearing loss, a consultation with a professional is needed.  For more information visit FDA.gov.

  1. Sergeant Brian Pedalino of the Woodbridge Police Department stands with Ellen McDonald of Woodbridge Human Services following the Police department’s recent food drive to benefit the Woodbridge Food Pantry.  The Boy Scouts, Troops 63, 907, and 410, will hold their annual Scouting for Food program on October 29.  Everyone is encouraged to participate; please have your donations bagged or boxed by your mailbox by 8:30 am.
  2.  Woodbridge resident Maryann Flores receives the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster dose recently at the Human Services’ clinic provided by the Quinnipiack Valley Health District

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