This listing is meant as a partial guide to social services located in the geographic area. They are non-profit, local, state, or federally funded. This resource list is not intended to be an endorsement of any agencies, individuals, or services.
For further information about these listings, to discuss personal needs in a confidential setting, or for individualized assistance, please contact Rabbi Bellows.
Some general resources are listed first, followed by an alphabetical listing:
STATE OF CONNECTICUT – DEPARTMENT OF AGING
Check the website (www.ct.gov/agingservices) to determine which office covers your area.
Services include referrals for:
- Social services
- Nutritional services
- Disease prevention and health promotion services
- Family caregivers support services
- Adult day care aide positions (to provide day care services to victims of Alzheimers’s disease and related dementia).
Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
One Long Wharf Drive, Suite 1L, New Haven, CT 06511
Eastern Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
dba Senior Resources
19 Ohio Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360
STATE OF CONNECTICUT – DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Administers a broad range of services to elderly, people with disabilities, and those in need including healthcare, child support, long-term care, food and nutritional aid.
DSS Client Information Line & Benefits Center
Call 1-855-6-CONNECT (1-855-626-6632), follow the prompts to get the information you require. TTD/TTY 1-800-842-4524 for persons with speech or hearing difficulties.
UNITED WAY – 211 INFOLINE
This is an extensive resource for information on thousands of services in Connecticut, including physical and mental health, financial, housing, transportation, and support services. Available 24/7.
Dial 2-1-1 or go to www.211ct.org.
TOBACCO CESSATION COUNSELING
- Connecticut Quitline: 1-800-QUITNOW or www.quitnow.net/connecticut
- Group and individual counseling programs: www.ct.gov/DPH/tobacco
- Online help: www.becomeanex.org
- Mobile apps: Quit Now, downloaded www.smokefree.gov.
- Sunshine Behavorial Health: How to Get Kids to Stop Vaping https://www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/vaping/
This organization has a wealth of information and resources for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, their family members, and caregivers.
24-hour helpline 1-800-272-3900
Caregiver support groups meet in many Connecticut locations and currently include Middletown, Hamden, Branford, and Waterford.
Middlesex and New Haven counties are serviced by the South Central office:
2911 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden
New London county is serviced by the Eastern office:
19 Ohio Avenue, Norwich
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS/COUNSELING
STATEWIDE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
Area domestic violence shelters for women providing safe housing, basic needs, counseling, advocacy, and basic independent living skills.
PO Box 1036, Middletown, CT
Eligibility: Resident of Middlesex County; females only
16 Jay Street, New London, CT
Eligibility: Resident of New London County (or referral from another domestic violence organization); Colchester. Women (including women with children).
FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT
HOME CARE AND CAREGIVER SERVICES
VNA Community Healthcare
753 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
Family caregiver helpline 1-866-474-5230
Medicare-certified and private pay home care services available.
Caregiver support groups in Old Saybrook, North Branford, and Guilford.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES & SUPPORT
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
NAMI provides mental health education, advocacy, and support to family members. www.nami.org.
NAMI Southeast has monthly family support meetings in East Lyme.
NAMI Newington has monthly family support meetings in Middletown.
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION ANSWER CENTER
For referral to local board certified psychiatrists
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC EDUCATION LINE
For referral to local board certified psychologists
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Middlesex Hospital provides the following:
First and third Mondays at 5:00 p.m.
Middlesex Hospital Conference room A or B
Second and forth Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
One McDonough Place Assisted Living Facility (across from hospital Main Street Extension)
Second and forth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Middlesex Medical Center Shoreline Clinic, 260 Westbrook Road
SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTERS
This region is fortunate to have several very active senior community centers. While the specific offerings vary, you can find nutrition, health support services, educational opportunities, and socialization opportunities. Local transportation services are available with varying schedules through the senior centers. Check the local center for their current activity schedules.
Canoe Brook Center
111 Cherry Hill Road, Branford, CT
East Haddam Senior Center
15 Great Hillword Road, Moodus, CT
North Branford Senior Center
1675 Foxon Road, Branford, CT
9 Towns Transit Authority
Serves Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook
Fixed rate $1.50, $.75 for seniors. Wheelchair lifts available on all buses. Pickups available up to 3/4 mile off published route.
This is a door-to-door shared ride service. One day advance notice required.
Fee: $3.00, $1.50 for seniors
For transportation beyond the nine town Estuary Region.
Call the Estuary Council at 860-388-1611 ext. 203.
This service has a suggested donation of $35 to $70 depending on destination.
VICTIMS OF CRIME
Office of the Victim Advocate
This state agency provides information and guidance to victims, from contacting police when the crime is committed, through the criminal justice process.