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The Woodbridge Center: 11/20/20

The Woodbridge Center: 11/20/20

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

STEAP Grant Award:  Thank you to Governor Lamont and the State of Connecticut for granting Woodbridge’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) application to provide state funding for renovations and improvements at the senior center.  This grant will build on work already completed at The Center including an accessible restroom and ramp for emergency egress.  New plans include measures for safety during COVID and for future programming needs such as a reception area, and a sports equipment closet for Bocce, Shuffleboard, Pickleball equipment and weights for exercise classes.  Other amenities include a small office area for consultations with the VNA nurse, the Town’s social worker and tele-health medical appointments for those without internet connectivity at home.  We’re looking forward to a time when we can welcome back our participants and once again be the robust community center our senior population deserves.

The Holiday Luncheon will be held on December 8 from 12 to 1 pm.  Woodbridge residents 60+ may RSVP for this drive-thru event by December 1.  This annual event is generously sponsored by the Rotary Club and catered by Lasse’s Caterers.  Lunch will include baked stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and vegetables.  Salad and dessert come with the meal.  Space is limited.  Please wear your mask when picking up your meal.

Zoom Exercise!  Sign up to receive a weekly zoom link for Targeted Strength Training with Michele Tenney.  The class will be offered via Zoom beginning November 23 on Mondays from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  Cost of class is $35 for 8 weeks including one free class for new members.  A resistance band may be purchased from the instructor.  Please call to reserve your spot.

Statewide Senior Center Virtual Holiday Bash on December 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm featuring VIP greetings from around the state, seasonal music, ballroom dancing performances, and holiday vignettes celebrating diverse cultures and traditions.  Please use this link to register:  https://cthealthyliving.org/events/statewide-senior-center-holiday-bash/ or contact the Woodbridge Center and we will help you register.  There will be a ‘Grab n Go’ treat bag provided by the event’s sponsors.  The treat bags will be available for pick-up at The Woodbridge Center for registered participants – one bag per household.

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

Meals:  Seniors may reserve frozen meals ($5/ meal) by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Minimum order of two lunches please.

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.

Holiday Baskets, Toys & Fuel:  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.  Residents may also apply for the Toys for Kids program and Holiday Basket program.  Sponsors are needed to participate in the Adopt-A-Family program to provide holiday food baskets to families in need for the December holidays.  To adopt a family, contact the Human Services Dept. 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, Pantry Angels, for your iPhone; the app was designed by Ethan Lavi to provide up to date needs for local pantries.  Once you download the app, select Woodbridge Town Food Pantry to view the updated list.

Donations:  Monetary donations and gift cards are appreciated.  Donations of canned fruit, Parmalat milk, coffee, tea, cereal (hot & cold), tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, cookies, snack foods, baking mixes, oil, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and other non-perishable items are welcome.  Please make sure all items are not expired.  Call 203-389-3429 to arrange a no-contact drop-off appointment.

Masks:  Woodbridge residents may call to arrange pick-up or delivery of a cloth mask.  Volunteers making masks are invited to contact Woodbridge Human Services to donate.

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.

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