What’s happening at SCA this Month?

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First Selectman Melissa Mack fans out the envelopes with cash she counted from the Halloween Spooktacular. The donations totaled a whopping $5,863 for SCA’s COVID-19 Relief!

COVID-19 Help & Resources: 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 targets assistance to those residents who do not qualify for other needs-based programs and whose lives have been negatively changed by COVID-19. Call to find out more or to apply confidentially.

Are You in Need of a Little Holiday Cheer? Apply for the SCA’s Holiday Basket Program: There’s still time! The SCA is coordinating the Holiday Basket Program for Suffield residents. There are lots of changes this year due to concerns around COVID-19. Residents wishing to receive confidential help for the holidays are encouraged to call SCA to see if they qualify at 860-668-1986.

Please Support SCA’s Annual Appeal Campaign for Suffield Residents: You can donate through our Facebook page too! You should have received a letter from SCA within the past few weeks. 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

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7: Thinking about changing plans? Are you confused about your Medicare options? Perhaps you are turning 65 soon… Meet with a trained CHOICES Medicare counselor to explore what’s best for you. Volunteers provide unbiased telephone assistance. Call 860-668-1986 to schedule a consultation.

Dementia Caregiver Virtual Support Group Meets Monthly: 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.

Some Ongoing Programs and Updates

SCA Seeks Residents for Priority Emergency Response List: We are updating our list of residents who would benefit from a check-up call during a town or state-wide emergency. Residents who use oxygen, or need electricity for medical equipment, are strongly encouraged to call. Names, addresses, medical information, and family contact information will be included for confidential use in the event of an emergency as declared by the First Selectman. If you or someone you know would like to be included on this list, please contact SCA at 860-668-1986.

SCA’s Fundraiser at the Polls was a Great Success- Thank You Suffield!: This year, due to safety around COVID-19, we appealed for cash donations instead of food. We need lots of gift cards for our upcoming holiday basket program. We are delighted to report that $2,140 was raised! We extend a special thanks to the SHS Interact Club and SCA volunteers who braved the wind and cold to help their neighbors in need.

Stay Warm This Winter! We Are Taking Applications for the CT Energy Assistance Program: These government programs help offset winter heating costs for financially eligible households so that their health is not jeopardized by their 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 Pantry Is Well Stocked to Help with Your Food & Personal Care Needs: If you are struggling to afford food or personal care items, SCA can help. Thanks to the generosity of the Suffield community, our shelves are well stocked. Call for confidential and discreet help. Curbside pick-up appointments are scheduled. 860-668-1986.

Are Meals-on-Wheels an Option for You?

Qualified homebound Suffield seniors, and those fearful of leaving their home due to 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.

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