Ridgefield Social Services

Ridgefield Social Services The Ridgefield Department of Social Services has a wealth of information about agencies and resources which offer services and benefits to senior citizens, disabled people, victims of abuse and neglect, veterans and people living on very limited incomes.
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Social Services offers local individuals and families a comprehensive array of crisis intervention, information and referral services which are custom tailored to their particular circumstances. We are available to provide needs assessments as well as identification of local and area providers of services appropriate to the requirements of Ridgefield residents. Upon request, we will also arrange for the actual delivery of services. Our extensive network of helping agencies such as the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, the Fire Department, the Police Department, Meals on Wheels, the Youth Service Bureau, the State Department of Children and Families and our regional hospitals, allows us to quickly gain access to the services needed to aid Ridgefielders in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The Ridgefield Food Pantry owes it existence to the generosity of the people of Ridgefield. It is located on the second floor of the Ridgefield Town Hall and contains non-perishable foods as well as personal care and household products. It is available to all residents who are in need and is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations are always gratefully welcomed and may be brought to the Social Services Department in Town Hall; please call in advance for larger donations. Several programs that address a variety of needs within the community are also offered. They include:
• Cell Phones for Safe Seniors and People with Disabilities
• Friendly Shopper Service Program
• The Latchkey Kid Program
• The Campership Program

The Ridgefield Emergency Fund which is also supported entirely by donations. Funds are used to purchase food certificates, home heating fuel, electricity, clothing, and other basic needs for financially distressed local residents. Tax-deductible contributions are always both much needed and much appreciated. Checks payable to the Emergency Fund may be mailed directly to the Department of Social Services, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

All inquiries, as with all communications with us, are completely confidential.

Operating as usual

Please click on the link below to learn more about affordable housing options in:- Stamford- New Haven- Windsor/Bloomfie...
04/06/2021

Please click on the link below to learn more about affordable housing options in:
- Stamford
- New Haven
- Windsor/Bloomfield

http://www.cthcvp.org/

VA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics-As part of the SAVE LIVES Act, these clinics are open to all veterans regardless of VA enrol...
03/31/2021

VA COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics-
As part of the SAVE LIVES Act, these clinics are open to all veterans regardless of VA enrollment status and to veteran spouses.

April 1 and 2
• West Haven Annex/Errera Center, 200 Edison Road/Pez Blvd. in Orange. Walk-ins from 11am-3pm.
• Newington Campus, 555 Willard Avenue, Bldg. 2E-Basement from 8am-3pm.
• For more information call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754

Key information:
• We are administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Location will determine which vaccine you receive.
• Availability is first come, first served and while supplies last at walk-in clinics.
• Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, please don’t bring anyone with you to the clinic.

If you are behind on rent or utilities due to Covid, or you will need help in the coming months, we encourage you to rev...
03/23/2021
State Program To Provide Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are behind on rent or utilities due to Covid, or you will need help in the coming months, we encourage you to review UniteCT program.

Please see the information below.

https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/politics/69041-state-program-to-provide-emergency-rental-and-utility-assistance-amid-covid-19-pandemic

[email protected] Department of Housing Also Announces Additional Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants and a Partnership with Connecticut Legal Services

More vaccine clinic opportunities for CT Veterans.  Please see below.Saturday, March 20 in Firm B, Bldg. 2, 2nd floor – ...
03/19/2021

More vaccine clinic opportunities for CT Veterans. Please see below.

Saturday, March 20 in Firm B, Bldg. 2, 2nd floor – West Haven campus
• 8am-4pm – By appointment by calling 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754
• 10am-4pm – Walk-in. First come first served and while supplies last.

March 22, 23 and 25 at the West Haven Annex, 200 Edison Road/Pez Blvd. in Orange
• 8am-4pm (by appointment)
• Call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754 to make an appointment.
• Walk-ins will be accepted from 11am-3pm

Key information for attendees:
• Veterans (any age) must be enrolled and eligible for care with VA to receive the vaccine.
• Veterans can apply online at https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.
• Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, we're asking patients not to bring anyone with them to the clinic.

Lots of fruits and vegetables at St Andrew's  church in Ridgefield 3/19.   Distribution will last until noon, or we run ...
03/19/2021

Lots of fruits and vegetables at St Andrew's church in Ridgefield 3/19. Distribution will last until noon, or we run out of food.

State Senator Will Haskell
03/18/2021
State Senator Will Haskell

State Senator Will Haskell

IMPORTANT: If you filed for unemployment at the beginning of the pandemic last year, you will need to RE-FILE to continue to receive benefits. Each unemployment claim is valid for 52 weeks, which means that thousands of residents who first filed last March will need to file again this month.

To begin the re-filing process, click the link below and click the blue button.

http://www.filectui.com/

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for veterans who are patients with the VA:Friday, March 19 - Vaccine by appointment at...
03/17/2021

Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for veterans who are patients with the VA:

Friday, March 19 - Vaccine by appointment at the Newington campus, 555 Willard Avenue.
--8am-4pm
--Call 203-932-5711 ext. 567, 7784 or 7754 to make an appointment.

Saturday, March 20 - Walk-in clinic at the West Haven campus, Firm B, Bldg. 2, 2nd floor, 950 Campbell Avenue.
--10am-4pm

Saturday, March 20 - Vaccine by appointment at the West Haven campus, Firm B, Bldg. 2, 2nd floor, 950 Campbell Avenue.
--8am-10am (by appointment)
--Call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754 to make an appointment.

March 18 and 19 - Walk-in clinic at the West Haven Annex, 200 Edison Road/Pez Blvd. in Orange.
--1pm- 3:45pm

The CT state rent and utility assistance program has finally arrived and its called UniteCT.Acting through the Departmen...
03/17/2021

The CT state rent and utility assistance program has finally arrived and its called UniteCT.

Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is developing the UniteCT Program. This $235million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The intention of UniteCT is to help stabilize Connecticut’s Rental Housing Market.

Tenants and landlords will work together to complete their sections of the application and track the progress online. Community stakeholders are working throughout the state to help.

This program can be initiated by either tenant or landlord.
Please click the link below to see the UniteCT webpage for more information and eligibility requirements.
http://bit.ly/38TgBzI

CT Food Bank ~ Mobile Food Pantry  THE TRUCK IS BACK!!When: Friday March 19th, Distribution expected to start at 11am (y...
03/17/2021

CT Food Bank ~ Mobile Food Pantry
THE TRUCK IS BACK!!

When: Friday March 19th, Distribution expected to start at 11am (you may arrive at your discretion, but we are suggesting no earlier than 9:30/10am we have limited tickets and once those are gone; we will close the lot)

Where: St Andrew's Lutheran Church, 6 Ivy Hill Road, Ridgefield (overflow parking will be at the Ice Rink)
How: This is a drive through, contactless distribution.
Park at St. Andrew's Church (or overflow parking at the Ice Rink) and remain in your car.
Each car will receive a number that you will keep.
We can host up to 160 households/portions.
No more than 2 households/portions per car and each household is represented by an adult.
If you receive a number, you can expect to receive food. Once we run out of numbers, we will close the lot and turn cars away.
You will NOT leave your car.

Volunteers will direct traffic and let you know when it is your turn.
Please back into the parking space if possible.
Please only idle if necessary. Ridgefield is a zero idle town.
You will drive up, pop your trunk or the volunteer will open your rear door.

This distribution is open to anyone.

WINTER WEATHER:
We are expecting snow on Friday AM.
If schools are closed due to weather, we are too…Please tune in to local weather stations in case of possible delays or closures.
For additional information go to www.ctfoodbank.org/gethelp

If you are in need of assistance with feeding your beloved dog or cat, please stop by the ROAR shelter M-F 11am-3pm, Th & Fr eves, 6-8pm, Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 12-2pm (45 South St, Ridgefield).

For anyone looking for a Covid vaccine appointment today or in the next several days, Hartford HealthCare is showing hun...
03/10/2021

For anyone looking for a Covid vaccine appointment today or in the next several days, Hartford HealthCare is showing hundreds of appointments at the CT Convention Center in Hartford over the next few days. As of this morning 3/10 they still had appointments available today, and even had some after 6pm.

You must be eligible according to the state guidelines of: age 55+ or for teachers/child care workers/specific health and safety workers and you should register through their MyChartPlus app on your phone or online. YNHH also uses MyChart to schedule vaccine appointments at their locations. MyChart appointments are done outside of VAMS.

HHC - https://mychartplus.org/
YNHH - https://mychart.ynhhs.org/

Find more information about HHC or YNHH vaccine locations click here:
https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/covid-vaccine/locations

https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/vaccine/vaccination-sites.aspx

03/09/2021
Town of Ridgefield, CT

Town of Ridgefield, CT

The Ridgefield Commission for Accessibility Is looking for new members!

They seek to :
Advise the Selectmen and other Ridgefield Officials, Commissions, and Boards in matters pertaining to the rights and needs of disabled citizens and reasonable accommodations to their special needs. Proactively advocate further improvements in current public facilities and accommodations which, although not required by statute in some cases, would provide our disabled citizens with the means for more independent and safe access throughout Ridgefield. Cooperate with other organizations in Ridgefield, both municipal and private, which promote programs that benefit this town's citizens who have either physical or mental disabilities. Exchange information and cooperate with organizations in surrounding towns, and at the State and National level, as appropriate, in furtherance of these general aims.

Please contact the First Selectman's if interested in learning more: [email protected]

Are you recently vaccinated and looking for guidance?Have you been avoiding family gatherings for the last year?Avoiding...
03/08/2021
COVID-19 and Your Health

Are you recently vaccinated and looking for guidance?
Have you been avoiding family gatherings for the last year?
Avoiding eating out, shopping in retail stores or religious services?
Have you been avoiding the coveted hug from your grandchildren?

Today the CDC released guidance for those who are newly vaccinated, here are some of the bullet points:

Fully vaccinated people can:

- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

- Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
- Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
- Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers
- Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

See the rest of the CDC guidance here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

Symptoms, testing, what to do if sick, daily activities, and more.

Ridgefield Social Services is currently assisting with applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program.   Last year we...
03/08/2021

Ridgefield Social Services is currently assisting with applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program. Last year we were able to help Ridgefield residents access almost $50,000 in state assistance toward oil, natural gas, electric and propane heat.

This year, qualifying households may receive a minimum basic benefit level of $340 all the way up to $725 in basic winter heating benefits this winter for a state qualified "vulnerable household". Even people who's heat is included in their rent may be eligible for up to $190 in assistance. But the deadline for deliverable fuel deliveries is scheduled to close March 31, and the CEAP program is slated to end May 3 for new applicants.

Please take a look at the state website to see if you think you qualify.
https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Economic-Security/Winter-Heating-Assistance/Energy-Assistance---Winter-Heating/Eligibility

You can contact Karen Gaudian at Ridgefield Town Hall for more information or to apply: [email protected] or call 203-431-2754. You can also contact www.CAAWC.org

Effective March 1, the Connecticut VA dropped age restrictions for veterans who wish to receive the Covid vaccine. Upcom...
03/04/2021

Effective March 1, the Connecticut VA dropped age restrictions for veterans who wish to receive the Covid vaccine. Upcoming first dose clinics for enrolled veterans include:

--March 4-5 at the West Haven Annex, 200 Edison Road in Orange from 12-4pm (walk-in with no appointment necessary)

--March 4 at the Newington Campus, 555 Willard Avenue from 8am-3pm (by appointment only). To schedule into this clinic call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754.

--March 9 at the Holyoke (Mass.) War Memorial Bldg., 310 Appleton Street. Appointments from 9am-noon by calling 413-582-3110. Walk-ins from 1-3:30pm while supplies last. Hosted in conjunction with VA Central Western Massachusetts. Bring your VA health card.

Veterans currently not enrolled for care with VA can apply at https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.

02/28/2021
New video by Tony Phillips, LCSW

Here are some tips from Ridgefield Director of Social Services Tony Phillips related to registering for the Covid Vaccine. On 3/1 Connecticut residents who are 55+, specific health and safety personnel and teachers are eligible for the vaccine.

1) Be patient.
2) Watch the VAMS tutorial on the town Covid updates page.
3) Try registering through VAMS and other sources.
4) Expand your search beyond Ridgefield.
5) Most of you will likely have your first dose within the next 2-3 weeks.
6) If you are really struggling and need help, call the Ridgefield Vaccine helpline 203-431-2718 and they will help guide you.
7) If you find this video helpful; please like and share with your friends and neighbors.

Please check out the video to hear more:
https://bit.ly/2PknaVn

02/26/2021
Teleprompter-2021-24-02_13-52-07.mov

Words from Representative Jim Himes:

"All of us have witnessed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives. President Biden has made containing and recovering from COVID-19 his top priority, and Congressman Himes has worked to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Connecticut for vaccines, testing, significant relief programs, business aid, funds for state and local governments under COVID-19.

Fortunately, scientists have provided a light at the end of this dark tunnel with the discovery of vaccines. The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine, marking a significant milestone in the battle against this global pandemic. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are now available, with others forthcoming. The vaccine is safe and effective – and has been trial tested in millions of Americans including black and brown communities. Doctors, medical professionals and the Center for Disease Control all recommend we receive the vaccine."

Below are two videos of Congressman Himes discussing the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Du8pmv5O94q0IWVjkt47FGqjxSB0a7Dh/view?usp=sharing
Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14RlNoyOp9lrnNzMcz8g19wMkhAynriyA/view?usp=sharing

The Ridgefield Library in partnership with the RVNA is hosting their second live information session about the vaccine, ...
02/26/2021
The Covid-19 Vaccine: How it Works and How to Get an Appointment with RVNAhealth

The Ridgefield Library in partnership with the RVNA is hosting their second live information session about the vaccine, how to register for VAMS and get an appointment in CT.
Today's webinar is offered Friday Feb 26, at 1-2:30pm.
You must pre-register.

https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/68689-the-covid-19-vaccine-how-it-works-and-how-to-get-an-appointment-in-connecticut?

[email protected] presents #COVID-19 #Vaccine: How It Works and How to Get an Appointment in CT w/ @RVNAhealth

Town of Ridgefield COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information
02/24/2021
Town of Ridgefield COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

Town of Ridgefield COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

Need help getting a COVID vaccine? * Ridgefield Town Helpline: 203-431-2718. (Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. M-F)* Founders Hall: 203-431-7000. (Between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F)* Ridgefield Department of Social Services: 203-431-2777 (Between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F)* Vaccine Access Line: 1-8...

Covid Vaccine appointments are available:Walgreens has their own portal for registering for an appointment for the Covid...
02/23/2021
Walgreens: Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, Photo & More for You

Covid Vaccine appointments are available:

Walgreens has their own portal for registering for an appointment for the Covid Vaccine.
As of a few minutes ago, Walgreens in Ridgefield/Danbury/New Canaan appeared to have appointments available Thursday and Friday of this week.
If you are 65+ and you qualify, you can research and register yourself on www.walgreens.com

Your go-to for Pharmacy, Health & Wellness and Photo products. Refill prescriptions online, order items for delivery or store pickup, and create Photo Gifts.

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02/19/2021
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Feeling alone?  Stressed? Depressed?Need someone to help with parenting questions?  Or are you a child who needs help co...
02/19/2021

Feeling alone? Stressed? Depressed?
Need someone to help with parenting questions? Or are you a child who needs help communicating with your parents?

Kids in Crisis and 2-1-1 are both available to take your calls 24/7/365
You are not alone.

The CT Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry IS CANCELLED FOR FEBRUARY 19Any Ridgefield resident needing access to food can use t...
02/18/2021

The CT Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
IS CANCELLED FOR FEBRUARY 19
Any Ridgefield resident needing access to food can use these resources:
- Contact the Town Hall Food Pantry, 203-431-2754 or [email protected]
- St. Stephen's has the Little Pantry available 24 hours in their parking lot
- First Congregational Church has a food pantry by appointment.
- RVNA patients can use their pantry.
- Schools offer free lunch for any students during the school week.
- Contact EndhungerCT.org to register for CT State SNAP assistance.
More information on food resources in Ridgefield can be found here:
https://www.ridgefieldct.org/social-services

Anyone needing assistance with pet food/supplies can call ROAR to access.
203-438-0158

CT Food Bank Mobile Pantry schedule is found here:
http://www.ctfoodbank.org/.../connecticut-food-banks.../

The Danbury Food Collaborative has listed other resources for food in the region in this booklet.
https://www.uwwesternct.org/danburyfoodcollaborative

The next Ridgefield CT Mobile Food Pantry distribution is scheduled for the 3rd Friday of the month, March 19, at St. Andrew's Church, 11am

Address

400 Main St
Ridgefield, CT
06877

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(203) 431-2777

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Thanks to Karen and Tony for all the support. This is a great community.
Our CERTs hold many roles in our community! Always giving back to help others! Thank you Bob!
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