Resources

    The next success could be yours! – CONTENT BY JUDY

    After many years working as a Senior Center Director I choose to start my business as a way to help the community learn about Senior Centers and the services and resources available to seniors and their families. And boy, I’ve learned a lot since I started SeniorCenterCt.org.

    This idea for SeniorCenterCt.org developed from area Senior Center Directors exploring how they would change and evolve to accommodate the soon to arrive baby boomers. We talked with Maria Miranda of Miranda Creative and the foundation for a collaborative 9 town senior center website was born.

    From that point to now the learning curve has been huge. I’m proud to say that SeniorCenterCt.org and I continue to grow every day. Maria continues to be my mentor along with Debra Jane, my finance wizard and many others have become my sounding boards.

    And then I was fortunate enough for Arlene to become my mentor through SCORE. A retired marketing and strategic planning expert Arlene readily pitches in and is guiding me with the marketing and branding of SeniorCenterCt.org.

    We always need to remember we don’t travel our journey alone and in order to meet Arlene I needed to discover SCORE.

    SCORE is a wonderful free resource that has the nation’s largest network of volunteer business mentors. There are over 10,000 expert volunteers in 300 chapters.

    In 2018, SCORE mentors helped start 32,387 businesses and create 135,687 jobs.

    SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is there to help you achieve your dream as a small business owner. They are there every step of the way to teach and guide you as you grow.

    When you go to the SCORE website you can choose “find a mentor”, “take a workshop” or “browse the library”. You can find the SCORE location nearest to you. You can become a volunteer. You can see the impact SCORE makes.

    Explore this website. View a webinar. Read an article. Learn how to use your stats and data to drive growth. Take a Workshop.

    There are even podcasts you can listen to as you drive to your next appointment.

    And yes, everything SCORE does truly is free.

    Score will always be there for you to access. Let them help you grow personally and professionally as your business evolves and thrives.

    As SCORE says, “The next success could be yours!”

    Medical Transportation

    Medical Transportation and the Caregiver Mileage Reimbursement programs are for seniors 60+ and persons with disabilities who are unable to drive and need transportation to a medical appointment that is occurring outside of the hours or area that the town funded transportation services provides. Participants must complete an Eligibility Form. If you are requesting a ride through ECTC, you must include a $24.00 annual enrollment fee (check or money order only) with your completed form. For July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018, participants will be eligible for 48 one way rides. This service is funded through a state grant, therefore rides and reimbursements are contingent upon the availability of grant funds. Registered participants who cannot have their needs met by existing services will be provided a limited number of one-way trips per grant year. No fare is charged to the participant, but a $24.00 enrollment fee is required.
    ECTC will arrange the medical transportation for eligible participants. Each trip request will be reviewed to determine if it can be met by existing transportation services.
    Transportation may be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing sufficient notice is given by the client. Requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance and can be made up to 2 weeks ahead. Requests for Monday rides must be made by the preceding Friday at 2:00 p.m. Requests left on the answering machine on weekends and holidays for service for the next business day cannot be accommodated by this program.
    No enrollment fee is required if you only use the Caregivers Mileage Reimbursement Program.

    Caregiver Mileage Reimbursement Program (for persons unable to drive):
    The driver and rider must complete the Request for Mileage Reimbursement form. Mileage will be calculated by ECTC based on the shortest distance. Caregivers are not reimbursed for mileage from their home to the client’s. Completed forms must include the appointment date, start address, destination address, and must be signed and dated by client and driver after last trip entered. For additional information or to register for either program, please call 860-887-5581 ext. 6

    AARP Tax Assistance Program

    Appointments are currently being accepted for the Free AARP Income Tax assistance program at the Preston Senior Center. The income tax preparation assistance is designed for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those individuals who are 60 years of age or older.
    If married, we ask that both husband and wife are present during an income tax counseling session. Taxpayers must bring all documents which they have received that apply to their 2017 income tax filing.
    Tax-Aide sessions will be conducted at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society Road, Preston on the following dates: Wednesday, February 7 and 21st, March 7th and 21st and concluding on Wednesday, April 4th. All appointments are scheduled between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    IF you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a Certified AARP Tax Counselor, please call 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name, telephone number and a brief message. You will be contacted regarding the scheduling availability.

    TVCCA Energy Assistance

    Application are currently being accepted for the TVCCA Energy Assistance Program. Required information necessary for completing your application include: Social Security numbers for all household members; birth dates for all household members; current utility bill, rent receipt or proof of mortgage payment, etc. are required. In addition, current proof and complete statements of ALL liquid assets for every household member are necessary. For additional information regarding program guidelines or to schedule an appointment, please call 860-887-5581 extension 6.

    Medicare Savings Programs

    On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. we will have Shayla DelGiudice discuss the benefits of the Medicare Savings Program.  Under the Medicare improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), states, received funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs).

    1.  It could add $104.90 back into your Social Security check each month.
    2. Help pay your Medicare Part “D” monthly premium
    3. Help with your Medicare Part “D” deductibles

    You are cordially invited to join us at the Preston Senior Center, 42 Long Society Road on Wednesday, February 17th for a very informative presentation.  Please register for the program by calling the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6.