Resources

    As we await the guidance on the safe reopening of senior centers from the State of Connecticut, we wanted to provide you with several updates.

    In order to continue to support you we are offering the following services:

    1. Assistance with grocery shopping for seniors.
    2. Food Pantry delivery to residents (60+) who meet income guidelines.
    3. TVCCA’s Meals-On-Wheels deliveries and “Grab-n’-Go” curbside meal distributions are deemed to be safest at this time, and will remain in force until social gathering recommendations are relaxed.
    4. Over-the-phone wellbeing checks.
    5. Over-the-phone resource counseling. For assistance, please call Marina: (860) 437-6339.
    6. Renters’ Rebate Program: For program requirements and if you have questions, please call (860) 437 – 6339.
    7. For all senior center members , are you missing the Thrift Boutique? News flash, indoor Flea Market at 133 Bank St.,  the Senior Affairs Commission is staffing a booth on the weekends (Fri & Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5). All proceeds from the senior center booth come back to the center for activities, when we reopen. Drop in and check us out. Also SAC is helping to deliver meals in New London from N.L. Schools Chef Tomm and the Whalers Helping me Whalers program.  For further information or to share ideas, concerns or ask a “senior” question text; karenannepaul@gmail.com or call 860-857-3682.  See ya all soon!

    Resources for New London Seniors

    City Updates: http://www.ci.new-london.ct.us/

    State updates: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

    Infoline-2-1-1

    2-1-1 is your one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more.  2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need.  Dial 2-1-1 or search online.  If you are outside Connecticut or have a problem using the 2-1-1 number, dial 1-800-203-1234.

    Text CTCOVID to 898211 for updates

    Food Assistance

    • L. Senior Center Food Pantry (for 60+ only), 120 Broad Street, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm
    • L. Senior Center (60+)– TVCCA Meals-on-Wheels and “Grab n’ Go” (860) 447 – 5232
    • New London Community Meal Center, 12 Montauk Ave., (860) 444-7745
    • Vincent De Paul Church, 120 Cliff St., Norwich, CT, (860)-889-7374 – no residency req.
    • End Hunger CT-EHC! SNAP Call Center Hours (English & Spanish –1-866.974.7627)

    For referral to the following food pantries, call TVCCA (860-444-0006, ext. 8):

    • Salvation Army-11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., (860) 443-6409
    • St James Episcopal Church Food Pantry + Meal Center, 76 Federal St., (860) 439-0740
    • New London Area Food Pantry (OIC), 106 Truman St., (860) 443-6680

     

    Groceries (Delivered)

     Aldi’s – (Fee’s Vary)

    Online Order Only –https://shop.aldi.us/

    Delivery and In-Store only

    • Amazon prime-online only   https://primenow.amazon.com/
    • NSA Supermarket- (860) 437 – 7100 Will deliver groceries for free, and will take orders via phone
    • Stop & Shop– Peapod (Fees vary)

    Online Order Only – https://www.peapod.com/

    NO Pick-up available (Temporarily Paused)

    In-Store open ONLY to age 60 and over as well as customers who may have weakened immune systems from 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. Daily. Open to Public for remaining hours.

    • Shoprite– (Fees vary, at this time no fees for seniors)

    Online Order – https://shop.shoprite.com/store/a4214012

    Phone Service Order – 1-800- ShopRite – 1-800-746-7748

    Offers Delivery

    • Target– (Membership to Pay Annually/Monthly)

    ONLINE ORDER ONLY – Shipt.com

    Offers Delivery

    • Walmart– (Fee’s Vary)

    Online Order Only – https://grocery.walmart.com/

    Offers Pick – Up

    Deliveries extremely limited currently

     

    Assistance with Rent and Utilities

    • Catholic Charities, 28 Huntington St., (860) 443-5328
    • New London Senior Center (Women, 62+ years only), 120 Broad Street, (860) 437 – 6339
    • Salvation Army-11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., (860) 443-6409
    • TVCCA, 83 Huntington Street, (860) 444 – 0006

    Homeless Shelter

    Call 2-1-1 in you are homeless and in need of shelter.

    New London Homeless Hospitality, 325 Huntington St., (860) 439-1573

    Covenant Shelter, 42 Jay St., (860) 443-0537

     

    Medical Insurance

    Access Health CT  

    New Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured Connecticut Residents                                    New Special Enrollment Period starts Thursday, March 19 and ends Thursday, April 2.

    • Uninsured individuals can sign up for health insurance coverage through Access Health CT during the NEW Special Enrollment Period from Thursday, March 19 – Thursday, April 2, 2020.
    • The effective date of coverage for all enrollments during the NEW Special Enrollment Period will be April 1, 2020.
    • The only way to sign up for this NEW Special Enrollment Period is by calling 1-855-365-2428.

    Individuals, who experience a Qualifying Life Event (e.g. loss of coverage due to job change or unemployment) or qualify for Medicaid/Children’s Health Program (CHIP), can ALWAYS enroll online, in-person or over the phone and all help is free.

    Medicare– Call: 1-800-MEDICARE

    CHOICES-Connecticut’s program for Health Insurance assistance, outreach, information and referral, counseling, and eligibility screening: 1-800-690-6998.

     

    Medical Transportation

    New London Senior Center – (860) 447 – 5232-Rides are available for New London residents 55+, for essential medical appointments, pharmacy, and grocery shopping only.

    Veyo Transportation for Husky clients only: 1-855-478-7350

     

    Other Agencies                                                                                                                                   

    • DSS-Department of Social Services-1-855-626-6632 Assistance with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medical Assistance and SAGA (Cash assistance for single disabled adults with no children), TFA (Temporary Family Assistance for families with children under 18 years)  https://connect.ct.gov/

    PLEASE READ:

    Due to a weakening of the immune system that occurs as a result of normal aging, as well as to development of various illnesses and diseases, it is extremely important for our aging residents to take the recommendations of the health experts seriously as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses. Now that a presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in our communities, the aging individuals are strongly encouraged to self-isolate until further notice. 

    Self-isolation is a precautionary measure to protect yourself and others from possibly contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know it may be a stressful time, but taking these measures will help protect your own health, and the health of your family and friends. For the time being, we ask that you, please, limit your contact with others as much as possible. Furthermore, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies. Please wash your hands with a soap and water frequently, avoid touching your face, avoid handshakes, and stand at a distance of at least 6 feet from others. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine.

    Contact your family doctor’s office if you are experiencing the following: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and tell them about your symptoms. They will provide you with further care recommendations.

    IMPORTANT Our senior Center building is closed until further notice. Please call us for assistance: (860) 447 – 5232

    “In response to COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice, the following, temporary programmatic restrictions are in place for New London Senior Center:

    1. All senior center recreational activities, including excursions are suspended.
    2. Most essential medical transportation service will be offered.
    3. If you need assistance with grocery shopping, please call Marina: (860) 437 – 6339
    4. Tax-Preparation Assistance is suspended until further notice.
    5. Renters’ Rebate program is suspended until further notice. Please gather all your necessary documents and call us every couple of weeks for updates.
    6. Senior Food Pantry distribution: Mondays, 9am-2pm.

     

    We apologize for any inconvenience that these temporary restrictions may cause you, and we hope you understand that they are put into place in order to minimize our aging population’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 virus.”

    Food Pantry for Seniors

    Our new food pantry program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), is for persons 60 years of age and
    older and has an income limit requirement. The food is delivered to our senior center once per month and you will be notified of the distribution date in advance. We are now enrolling the food pantry participants, so please call Marina to schedule your enrollment appointment (860) 437-6339.