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Human Services for December 2023 & January 2024

December 14, 2023
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Human Services for December 2023 & January 2024
Many thanks to Girl Scout Juniors Troop 60865 for its donation to the Holiday Basket program

Holiday Basket Program

Many thanks to all the donors, groups, and community support that made the Holiday Basket program such a success.  While we cannot name all the donor families here, we offer gratitude to the many loyal donors who stepped up again this year to provide a wealth of giving to Woodbridge families in need.  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, The Good Night, Sleep Tight PJ Program, Girl Scout Juniors Troop 60865, the Beecher Road School Student Council, The Surreybrook School, the First Church of Christ, the One of Kind Foundation, Spartan Academy students, Barry and Hyla Vine, John and Mary Beth Womer, First Selectman Beth Heller and the Town Hall employees, the Woodbridge Library employees, the Woodbridge Childcare Center, Alice Lippman for handmade knitted gifts, and Tim and Cathy Austin for their wonderful assistance throughout the distribution.

Vaccine Clinic

It’s not too late to get your vaccinations!   On January 19 Woodbridge Human Services, in partnership with Valley Pharmacy, will hold a vaccine clinic for those members of the community who received their first Shingles vaccine at one of the fall clinics.  Additionally, we will also have COVID-19 boosters, flu vaccine, RSV, and Prevnar-20 available that day for those who have not yet received their updated booster or other vaccines.  According to the CDC, the updated COVID-19 vaccine closely targets circulating variants.  It can also help provide protection for you, your family, and your friends.  Please call 203-389-3429 for an appointment.  Appointments will begin at 10 am.

Stephanie Cabral, right, co-owner of Progressions Salon in Woodbridge, stands with salon manager Jean DeMayo and many of the socks collected during their 17th annual sock drive to benefit Woodbridge Human Services Holiday Basket program

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 beginning in February.  Taxpayers with low to moderate income, older adults, people with disabilities, or those with limited English have options to complete 2023 tax returns.  Call Woodbridge Human Services (203) 389-3429 for a list of required documents and to schedule an appointment.

Representatives from the Surreybrook School in Bethany from left Christina Papa, Serena Brylewski, and Isaiah Kane stand with Human Service’s Ellen McDonald and their food donation to the Woodbridge Food Pantry

Energy Assistance Program

Human Services accepts appointments for residents to apply for the 2023-2024 CT Energy Assistance Program administered by TEAM, INC.  Income eligibility requirements must be met.  For information, or to schedule an appointment, call Social Worker Judi Young at 203-389-3429.

Emergency Preparedness

Older residents and those with disabilities are encouraged to register for the Human Services Emergency Call List by calling 203-389-3429.  The department provides outreach to those on the list prior to extreme weather events or potential power outages.

Gabby Durso, right, president, and her brother, Chase Durso, vice-president, run the Good Night, Sleep Tight PJ Program; the pair raised funds to provide pajamas for all the children in the Human Services Holiday Basket program

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.

First Selectman Beth Heller presents a citation of appreciation to Woodbridge Human Services Commission chair Susan Davidson; Davidson will be stepping down from the commission at the end of December after more than twelve years of service to the Department and the Town.

Opportunity For Giving Back to The Community!

The First Church of Christ will hold a drive-through Household Product donation collection on Saturday, December 16 between 10 am and 2 pm at 5 Meetinghouse Lane in Woodbridge.  Contributions will benefit the Woodbridge Food Pantry.

Members of the Woodbridge Rotary Club stand with Thanksgiving donations for local families in need; the Woodbridge Rotary Club helps coordinate the Thanksgiving program for local families

Food Pantry

Residents in need may call for access to non-perishable food each month.  For others who are interested in donating, the food pantry needs dish soap, cleaning products, laundry soap, peanut butter and jams/jellies, coffee (both ground and instant), shelf stable milk, canola and olive oil, condiments-especially ketchup-canned chicken, oatmeal, pasta sauce, snack foods, canned fruit, and personal hygiene products such as deodorant, toothpaste, razors, and shampoo.

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