We are delighted to welcome Audrey Willis, M.S.W. as our new Outreach Social Worker. Audrey was most recently employed as a medical social worker. She is working alongside Patricia Beeman, who will be leaving in January, to pursue new ventures. Pat has worked for Suffield Community Aid for 15 years and has made a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of residents during her tenure. She will be sorely missed. A farewell reception is planned for her in January, details to follow. In the meantime, stop in to welcome Audrey and extend best wishes to Pat.
Please donate to the kettle – 90% of the money stays in Suffield!
Did you know that the money that is raised through the Salvation Army Kettle Drive stays in Suffield to support various programs for persons in need? The kettle will be at the Subway/Dunkin Donut plaza on Mountain Road several weekend days in December. Please support the drive and the residents of Suffield who will benefit from your donation.
There is still time to register! Residents with minor children wishing to receive help for the holidays are encouraged to call SCA to see if they qualify at 860-668-1986.
Are you a family in need of extra help this holiday season?
Please support SCA’s Annual Appeal Campaign for Suffield residents in need of a little extra help: You can donate through our Facebook Page too!
You should have received a letter from SCA within the past few weeks. Please open the letter and help us respond to our residents. Suffield Community Aid needs your assistance in promoting our mission on behalf of families right here in Town requiring support in their time of need. Read more about what we do and the impact your past donations have made by going to www.suffieldcommunityaid.org
Stay Warm This Winter! – We are taking applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program:
These government programs help offset the winter heating costs for financially eligible household so that their health is not jeopardized by the inability to afford critical heat. Please contact SCA to schedule an appointment at 860-668-1986. More information on eligibility is available at www.ct.gov/staywarm
Some ongoing programs and updates:
Parkinson’s Peer Support Group meets monthly at the the Suffield Senior Center.
The group shares ideas and resources in the management and treatment of Parkinson’s disorder. Lunch meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Topics and speakers vary monthly. Caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. To RSVP, or for more information, call Janet at SCA-860-668-1986.
You’re invited to The Memory Café – For those with early to moderate cognitive loss, their friends and family. Come for fun, company and conversation. The Café will be open every 2nd Wednesday and the last Tuesday of each month at The Suffield Senior Center. Please RSVP to Pat Beeman for participant eligibility. For more information call 860-668-1986.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group – The group meets the last Tuesday of each month at Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street at 11 a.m. The next meeting is December 31. You do not need to be a resident of Suffield to attend. The group is led by a trained Alzheimer’s Association facilitator, Nicole Matson of Home Helpers of Central CT. Call SCA at 860-668-1986 for more information.
Check out your blood pressure: SCA sponsors free blood pressure clinics at the Suffield Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 11 a.m. to noon. No appointments needed.
SCA Food Drive at the polls for people and pets- The food drive at the polls was a great success! SCA volunteers and SHS Interact Club members manned the tables and brought in loads of food – both for people and pets. In addition, over $700 in cash and checks were donated that day. We extend our thanks to all who donated and our amazing volunteers.