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The Woodbridge Center: 1/15/21

The Woodbridge Center: 1/15/21
Kristy Moriarty
Kristy Moriarty

The Woodbridge Center has a new Director!  Kristy Moriarty has been named Woodbridge Center Director.  Kristy is a Woodbridge resident and has been The Center’s Clerical Program Assistant for the past 20 months.  Prior to working at the Center, Kristy volunteered for a year earning her the Human Services Volunteer of the Year award.  According to Kristy, “I have thoroughly loved my time working at The Center and look forward to working in my new role as Director.”

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Kristy on this terrific accomplishment!

Drive-Thru Holidays Party:  Come on Ground Hog Day, February 2 from 12-1 pm, to celebrate a ‘Super Mask-car-ade New Year Party with Love’.  This fun drive-thru event is sponsored by Coachman Square of Woodbridge and celebrates the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day.  Hearty soup, a craft provided by the Yale China Assoc. and The Eli Whitney Museum, chocolate and other treats will be part of this unique winter pick-me-up.  RSVP by January19.

Get to the Point of Health Lecture Series:  This free Zoom lecture series will offer informative facts focused on various health topics beginning mid-February.  The first lecture, “An Update on the Coronavirus”, presented by QVHD, will provide current information on the vaccine including the effectiveness, how long before it is fully effective and safety measures to maintain after vaccination.  Mitigation strategies and how to care for someone who has COVID will also be addressed.  An opportunity to ask questions will follow.  Call for more information and to sign up.

Mindfulness Class:  This 6-week class will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center.  The class will run on Wednesday afternoons via zoom.  Mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and health.  The fee is $30.00, please call the Center for dates and times and to sign up for the class.

Target Strength Training:  Sign up for a weekly Targeted Strength Training zoom class with Michele Tenney.  Offered on Mondays, 8:30-9:30am, the new 8-week session will begin February 8.  The fee of $40.00 may be mailed or dropped off to The Woodbridge Center.  Each week you’ll be provided with an email link for access to the next class.  Try a free trial class or join the current class for a prorated cost of $15.  All fitness levels are welcomed as the instructor makes individual accommodations as needed.  Call to register.

YOPA is a combination of yoga (balance), pilates (core work) and stretching (flexibility) for all fitness levels.  Michele Tenney will lead this class on Zoom on Tuesday mornings from 9-10am beginning February 9.  8-week session/$40.  Call for more information and to sign up.

Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance:  Try this variation of T’ai Chi offered as a Zoom class through the VNA.  The beginners’ class will meet on Wednesdays 9:30-10:15am from 1/13-3/31.  The advanced class will meet on Fridays 9:30-10:15am from 1/15-4/2.  The cost is $30/12-week session.  Sign up at:  www.connecticuthomecare.org/calendar/ or call the Center with questions,

Exercise with Laurie continues to run on GATV channel-79 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am.  Enjoy a great workout in the comfort of your home!

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or disabled Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm (with some limited exceptions).  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange transportation for all.  For safety reasons, masks are required, and temperatures will be taken.  Please know the vehicle is cleaned between each use.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve flash frozen meals ($5/ meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including Tortellini Alfredo, stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and cheese, and sliced turkey and gravy.   Minimum order of two lunches please.  Meals include a vegetable, roll and dessert.

Email address:   Want to receive updates from The Center?  Call or email us with your email address.

Human Services:  Call 203-389-3429 for information.  The Human Services Department social worker, Judi Young, is available to those in need of assistance due to isolation and other issues associated with long-term quarantine and social distancing.

COVID vaccination distribution:  We are planning for the Town of Woodbridge to become a vaccination site for Phase 1b.  Currently we are awaiting guidance and instruction from the State.  As soon as more information is available, we will share it with you!  Once the vaccination clinic dates are finalized, seniors 75+ will be notified via robo call.  Please use the form on the Town website (www.woodbridgect.org) to share your contact information with us for this purpose.  If you do not have computer access, please contact The Center at 203-389-3430  to provide contact information.

File 2020 taxes with VITA for free from home:  In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Human Services VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is still available to prepare income tax returns at no cost for qualifying residents.  Like everything else in a pandemic, the program looks a little different this year.  If you have a camera phone and an email address, you can begin the process at GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT.

This new and secure national VITA website was created to serve the virtual needs of the program during the pandemic.  To use this website, you will be directed to fill out the intake questionnaire and upload specific documents.  Your secure file will be conveyed to our local group of volunteer tax preparers based on your indicated preference.  One tax preparer will contact you for a phone interview during which your taxes will be prepared.  A second will call to review your return for accuracy, and finally you will receive a copy of your Federal and State returns via email to be electronically signed before they are e-filed.  Estimated turnaround time from start to finish is one week.  Taxpayers who are unable to access a camera phone or email are encouraged to call Woodbridge Human Services at (203) 389-3429 to schedule an intake telephone appointment with a tax preparer and directions for drive-through document scanning.

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years, offering free tax help to people with low to moderate income, senior citizens, as well as people with disabilities and limited English.  Volunteer preparers are annually trained and certified to IRS standards.

Fuel Assistance:  Woodbridge residents may call for an appointment to apply for CT Energy Assistance program administered by TEAM Inc.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  Call social worker Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

Food Pantry:  Woodbridge Human Services is available to assist seniors and families in need with non-perishable food items from the food pantry as well as gift cards to Stop & Shop for perishable items.   To view items currently in need you can download a new app for your iPhone called Pantry Angels.  Please visit the Human Services webpage at the Town’s website for more information under volunteer opportunities.

Emergency Call List:  Prepare for storms by stocking up on water, canned goods and batteries.  Residents can call the Human Services Department to be added to the Emergency Call List.  For those who are elderly, have a health issue, are disabled or know someone who falls into these categories, please sign up for the Human Services’ Emergency Call List.  During emergencies, the department calls listed residents to ensure they are safe and to offer help as needed.  To be added to the list, please call 203-389-3429

Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

Pictured: The Woodbridge Center hosted 112 visitors in its drive through Holiday Lunch in mid-December. The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club and catered by Lasse’s Restaurant.  Stay tuned for the next drive-through event on February 2.

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