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Woodbridge Human Services – April 2022

Woodbridge Human Services – April 2022

Ellen McDonald of the Human Services Department distributes a COVID-19 home test kit, masks, and hand sanitizer to Woodbridge resident John Chen. For more information on accessing free kits, while supplies last, call 203-389-3429.

Local Masks and Test Kits:  Friday, April 15 is both the beginning of Passover week, Good Friday, and Easter weekend and the start to our public schools’ spring break.  The Town of Woodbridge will be distributing free COVID-19 at-home test kits and N95 masks for Woodbridge residents while supplies last.  Residents in need of test kits, masks, or both may call 203-389-3429 to make an appointment.  Proof of residency is required.

Pop-up COVID Booster Clinic:  The Human Services Department will host two COVID-19 booster shot clinics in April.  The clinics will be held for Woodbridge residents over the age of 50 on April 19 and 20 in the Center Gymnasium.  Please call for available appointment times – 203-389-3429.  Only Moderna and J&J vaccine will be available.  Eligibility is dependent on 4 months since last COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot.

Living Treasure Committee Volunteer Sought:  The Human Services Department will once again hold the Living Treasure event this fall.  The event will honor a few residents age 60 or over, who have demonstrated positive actions to improve the quality of life in Woodbridge, has contributed and may continue to contribute their time to enhance our community, and has performed this work on a volunteer, unpaid basis.  Members of the community are welcome to join the event planning committee which meets frequently during the months of June, July, August, and September.  Please contact Jeanette Glicksman at 203-389-3429 to volunteer.

Food Pantry:  The Food pantry is currently looking for donations of canola and olive oils, ground coffee, baking mixes/snacks, salad dressing, deodorants, and laundry detergent.  Kindly check all expiration dates prior to drop-off.

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 at 203-389-3429.  The Department will provide outreach to all on the list prior to anticipated emergencies.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month:  According to the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the goal of Alcohol Awareness month is to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.  Ten facts about alcohol you may not know:

  1. 75% of esophageal cancers are attributable to chronic excessive alcohol consumption;
  2. Nearly 50% of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx are associated with heavy drinking;
  3. Chronic alcohol consumption is associated with 10% increase in a woman’s risk of breast cancer;
  4. Heavy chronic drinking contributes to approximately 65% of all cases of pancreatitis;
  5. Among emergency room patients admitted for injuries, 47% tested positive for alcohol and 35% were intoxicated; of those who were intoxicated, 75% showed signs of chronic alcoholism;
  6. There are more deaths and disabilities each year in the U.S. from substance abuse than from any other cause;
  7. As many as 35% of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis;
  8. As many as 36% of the cases of primary liver cancer are linked to heavy chronic drinking;
  9. Alcoholics are 10 times more likely to develop carcinoma than the general population;
  10. Accidents related to alcohol use are among the leading causes of death for teens.

Alcohol use may have increased during the pandemic.  To check if you may have a problem, visit alcoholscreening.org and answer a few questions about your drinking habits or those of a friend or family member.

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