What’s happening at SCA this Month?

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Photo by Jo Dzioba

SCA Board member Elizabeth Kaplan loads the coolers into her minivan as she prepares to deliver Meals on Wheels to Suffield’s medically homebound seniors.

COVID-19 Help & Resources Available

Staff has been working inside our locked door since the pandemic began. We have used the time to familiarize ourselves with programs and resources to help our residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. Due to the generosity of the greater community, we have created a special COVID-19/Crisis Relief Fund. This fund will target one-time assistance to those residents who do not qualify for other needs-based programs and whose lives have been significantly & negatively changed by COVID-19. Call to find out more or to apply confidentially.

Parkinson’s Peer Support Via Zoom!

The group’s goal is to share ideas and resources in the management and treatment of Parkinson’s disorder. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at 10 a.m. If you would like to participate, call Janet at SCA – 860-668-1986.

The Memory Café Is Going Virtual!  

Are you, or a loved one, experiencing early to moderate memory loss? Everyone is welcome to participate in the Memory Café for fun, information, resources, and the sharing of ideas. Call Pat Beeman at 860-668-1986.

Dementia Caregiver Virtual Support Group:

The group meets the last Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. The next meeting is September 29. The group is led by a trained Alzheimer’s Association facilitator, Nicole Matson of Home Helpers of Central CT. Call Nicole for instructions on how to join. Nicole’s email is nmatson@homehelpershomecare.com or call 860-810-6123 Residents can call 860-668-1986 for more info or to arrange respite so the caregiver can participate.

School Supplies for Children

Thanks to the generosity of community members, SCA has backpacks, school supplies and gift cards to help you prepare your child(ren) for the school year. Call 860-668-1986 to see if you qualify. All services are discreet and confidential.

Ongoing Program and Updates

FREE Masks forSuffield Residents

Due to the time and talent of many sewers during the pandemic, we have masks available to residents looking for one – or maybe even two. Masks are available for curbside pickup between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday –Friday.

Rental Rebate Program for Elderly & DisabledResidents

The State provides a reimbursement program for Connecticut renters who are elderly or completely disabled, and whose incomes do not exceed certain limits. SCA is now doing phone and email applications for the CT Renter’s Rebate program. There are no in-person appointments permitted at this time.

Stay Warm This Winter! 

We are Taking Applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program: hese overnment 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 apply at 860-668-1986. More information on eligibility is available at www.ct.gov/staywarm

SCA Food PantryNeeds Donations

We have been heartened by the generosity of our residents during the pandemic. It has allowed us to respond to requests for assistance from those in our community who are food challenged. We are currently seeking the following: paper towels, green beans, canned corn, hearty soups, coffee, jelly and healthy snack foods. Donations can be dropped in the bin outside our door. If you need confidential food assistance, give us a call. We are here to help! 860-668-1986.


Qualified homebound Suffield seniors, and those fearful of leaving their home during Covid-19, and who are at least age 60, can receive healthy lunches and dinners delivered to their door. Meals are diet specific. A $2.50 donation per meal is suggested by CRT to help cover costs. New safety precautions have been implemented to eliminate any need for direct person-to-person contact.

SCA SeekingVolunteer Gardeners

The garden provides fresh vegetables for residents utilizing SCA’s Food Pantry. We are seeking help with both picking and weeding. To ensure social distancing, volunteers need to call SCA to secure their time slot. 

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