September 2018

EAA Becomes SCA

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What’s Happening at the SCA this Month?

Photo by Ashley McMann

Janet Frechette, second from left, is pictured with a $2,500 check from Highland Park Market at the SCA’s “Stuff-a-Humvee” drive on August 11. With her are sponsors Tami Zawistowski, left, and HPM’s Molly Devanney and Rich Tyro. The Suffield Police Department was also a sponsor.

The EAA is changing its Name to SCA – Suffield Community Aid!

We are celebrating 115 years of service to the Suffield community. This milestone anniversary prompted the EAA Board of Directors to review our mission, take stock of the services we offer and consider how we communicate our message to those that both need our help or support our cause. As a result, we determined that a new name was in order and selected Suffield Community Aid, your local safety net, to better reflect our full range of services and to meet the changing needs of our town. We may have a new name, but rest assured that the services you value will remain unchanged.

Bereavement Support Group Starts up Again:

Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice is partnering with Suffield Community Aid to offer an eight-session support group to persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet at SCA, 450 South Street beginning September 21st and ending on November 9th from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The program is offered at no cost and a light lunch will be provided. The Suffield Mini-Bus will be available to assist with transport, but residents must call and reserve in advance. Registration is required and space is limited – please call SCA for more information, 860-668-1986.

Rental Rebate Program for Elderly & Disabled Residents:

State law provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or totally disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing may be eligible for this program. The SCA is now taking applications for the CT Renter’s Rebate program. Call SCA for more information!

Some Ongoing Program and Updates:

“Stuff a Humvee” – A Major Success! Despite the intermittent raindrops, the community responded! After four hours, the Humvee was stuffed to the brim with donations of food and school supplies. In addition, cash donation totaled $3,420!!! Highland Park Market donated $2,500! The SCA is grateful to the event sponsors.

Parkinson’s Peer Support Group Meets Monthly at the Senior Center:

The group’s goal is to share ideas and resources in the management and treatment of Parkinson’s disorder. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Topics vary monthly. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Janet at SCA-860-668-1986.

Check Out Your Blood Pressure:

Suffield Community Aid sponsors free blood pressure clinics for residents of all ages at the Suffield Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 11 a.m. – noon. No appointments needed!

Need Help with Housing Repairs? The Ellington Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program is Available for Suffield Homeowners:

If you are a low or moderate income household, (ex. Family of four may earn up to $65,800) you may be eligible for a deferred payment loan with no interest and no payments as long as you own your home. The loan can be used for roofing, septic, well, plumbing, heating, electrical, handicap accessibility, asbestos/lead abatement, carpentry and other repair work on single and multi-family units up to 4 units.

Call SCA at 860-668-1986 for more information.

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