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Woodbridge Human Services Department – December 2021

Woodbridge Human Services Department – December 2021

Holiday Basket Program

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 which provides support to Woodbridge neighbors in need.

Many thanks to Woodbridge Brownie troop 60865 and Woodbridge Daisy troop 67884 for their collection of over 800 pairs of socks for the Human Services Holiday Basket program.

Stephanie Cabral, center, co-owner of Progressions Salon in Woodbridge, stands with staff and many of the socks collected during their 15th annual sock drive to benefit Woodbridge Human Services Holiday Basket program.

Gabby Durso, left, president, and her brother, Chase, vice-president, run the Good Night, Sleep Tight PJ Program.  The pair managed to raise funds and provide pajamas for all the children in the Holiday Basket program.

Many thanks to all the donors, groups and community support which made the Holiday Basket program such a success.  While we cannot name all the donor families here, we offer gratitude to the 36 repeat donors and the four new donors who stepped up to provide a wealth of giving to Woodbridge families in need.  We recognize the many resident donors who contributed gift cards added to the Holiday Baskets.  The staff at Human Services acknowledges the full community support received from local organizations, groups, and businesses.  Many thanks to Bailey, Moore, Schaefer, Glazer and Proto, LLP, The Friends of the Woodbridge Library, Progressions Salon, Good Night, Sleep Tight PJ Program, Brownie Troop 60865 and Daisy Troop 67884, BRS Student Council members, Surreybrook Preschool, First Church of Christ, One of Kind Foundation, Spartan Academy students, Anthony Taddei and the Woodbridge Club, Barry and Hyla Vine, Town Hall employees and Beth Heller, Woodbridge Library employees, Woodbridge Childcare Center, and Alice Lippman and Lillian Malkus for contributing handmade knitted gifts.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

In partnership with the IRS and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), the Woodbridge Center offers free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The program runs Tuesdays from 9 am- 12 pm beginning February 8.  In this third tax season of the pandemic, taxpayers with low to moderate income, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those with limited English now have four options to safely and accurately complete 2021 tax returns.  If you have access to a computer and internet, you can complete your own tax return through MyFreeTaxes.com, supported by United Way in partnership with the IRS.  If doing your own taxes seems daunting, preparers can complete your return either virtually or in person.  If you have a camera phone, you can virtually access Woodbridge VITA tax preparers through GetYourRefund.org/WBSC-CT without leaving home.  If you don’t have access to technology, call Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 for a drive-through or in-person appointment.  For more details on Woodbridge VITA services, see the Human Services website here:  https://www.woodbridgect.org/223/Human-Services-Department.

3G Network Shutdown

Although most people have devises on 4G and 5G networks, the shutdown of 3G systems coming in 2022 may impact older medical devices, medical alert systems, iPhones older than the iPhone 6, and some security systems according to the National Center on Law and Elder Rights.  Residents can reach out to their service provider or the Federal Communications Commission for more information or call the Human Services Department for assistance.

Social Security Benefit

Recipients of Social Security benefit payments may soon see a change in delivery dates.  The distribution schedule of monthly Social Security Income is changing effective January 1, 2022.  This will affect those who began receiving benefits after May 1997.  The new schedule will associate delivery dates with birthdates.  If you have questions, please contact the Human Services Department.

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.

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