TVCCA Café Program

    We are pleased to provide the December menu for your review and
    consideration. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. on Monday’s (except holidays or
    inclement weather). You do need to register for the program though. The meal
    count is called in on Tuesday morning for the following Mondays meal. If you
    choose, you can call in your registration weeks in advance, we’ll make sure your
    information is included on that particular day’s count. You can register in person
    at the center or call the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 extension 6. Please
    leave your name, telephone number and indicate which day you plan on
    December 6th
    : Seafood Stew, Steamed Rice, Zucchini, Mandarin Oranges,
    Bread, Margarine and Beverage.
    December 13th
    : Chicken Cordon Bleu, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Green &
    Waxed Beans, Sweet Treat, Orange Juice, Bread, Margarine and Beverage.
    December 20th
    : Holiday Celebration Meal: Herb Roasted Prime Rib, Garlic
    Roasted Potatoes, Squash Mix W/Carrots & String Beans, Holiday Assorted
    Cookies, Bread, Margarine and Beverage.
    December 27th
    : Salisbury Steak w/gravy, Egg Noodles, Peas & Pearl Onions,
    Applesauce Cup, Bread, Margarine and Beverages.
    There is a suggested donation of $3.00 per person aged 60+. You do not
    need to be a Preston resident to participate. We do not accommodate walk-ins.

    Friday, November 5th from 10:00 to 11:00am- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Distribution

    Our monthly food distribution will continue during November. We plan on
    distributing the food on Friday, November 5th between the hours of 10:00 –
    11:00 a.m. Unfortunately, some individuals confuse the advertised time of the
    distribution and arrive much later in the day for food. We close at 11:00 a.m. If
    you arrive at 11:30 or 12:00, the food has been packed up and sent back to
    Norwich. We are most appreciative for the continued efforts of United
    Community & Family Services extraordinary dedication to this valuable service for
    our community. They also have co-sponsors for each distribution which is held.
    Many banking institutions such as Charter Oak, Dime Bank, Core Plus Credit Union
    are instrumental in making this process happen. Thanks to all!

    TVCCA Energy Assistance Program- 2021

    Applications will begin to be accepted on August 2nd. As of the printing of
    this newsletter, the guidelines are incomplete and will be updated in upcoming
    newsletters. At this time, there are some very basic things that must be provided
    when you apply. They are:

    *Social Security numbers for all household members.
    *Birth date for all household members.
    *A current active utility bill. The bill must be the listed household members name
    that is age 18 or older. The bill must be complete, which means both top and
    bottom of the bill must be intact before you make payment to the utility
    company. (Usually, the bottom portion of the bill is removed and sent along with
    your payment to the utility company.
    *Current income documentation for every household member: Last four
    consecutive week’s pay stubs (1 pay stub if paid monthly, 2 pay stubs if paid biweekly or 4 pay stubs if paid weekly) and/or Workman’s Compensation benefits
    for the four weeks prior to your appointment date; showing gross income, tips,
    commissions, and bonuses.
    *Currently monthly Social Security, SSI, and/or Veteran’s benefit income
    *Pension or Annuity check stub(s), or a letter from the payer on their letterhead
    stating the gross amount.
    *All bank interest statements and dividend payments for the past month (if more
    than $10.00 per month.)
    *Unemployment statements from the website or
    unemployment history printout (Within 24 hours prior to the appointment)
    showing the last four consecutive weeks.
    *Income from alimony and/or child support from Child Support Enforcement
    (letter or printout), a bank statement if payment goes directly into a bank
    *Rental income. Current documentation verifying the amount of rent you collect
    from your tenant(s).
    *Self-employment…..Must fill out the Self-Employment Worksheet, have it
    notarized and bring your most recent tax return with all schedules attached.
    *DSS cash advance award letter-showing the current income for the household.
    *A signed statement indicating the amount and frequency of payments from
    friends and relatives who are contributing toward your household’s support that
    includes the name, address, and telephone number of the contributing person.

    If you are interested in applying for the program, you have several options.
    I will be accepting applications, by appointment, at the Preston Town Hall and
    Preston Elderly Housing. Phone 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name,
    telephone number and reason for the call. Or, you can contact the TVCCA Office
    directly and schedule an appointment by calling 860-425-6681. They are located
    at 401 West Thames Street, Unit 201, Norwich, Ct.

    Municipal Medical Transportation Service and Caregiver Transportation Program

    The Town of Preston participates with 11 other towns in collaboration with
    Eastern Connecticut Transportation Consortium and the CT Department of
    Transportation to offer transportation services for medical appointments to
    individuals age 60 and over and disabled adults. (This is a grant funded service
    and there is no guarantee that funding will be available for the entire year).

    To qualify, the program is open to individuals who reside in the Town of
    Preston and have completed a registration form. (Individuals who are eligible for
    free transportation through Medicaid are asked to use that program instead.)
    Currently thirty-six one-way rides for the period of July 2, 2021 – June 30,
    2022 can be provided for medical appointments in New London County as long as
    funds are available.

    Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours in advance but can be
    scheduled up to 2 weeks ahead. Trips can be scheduled during normal business
    hours. Requests for weekend and Monday trips must be made no later than
    Friday by 2 p.m. Personal Care Attendants (or family member acting as an escort)
    may accompany passengers who need extra help with entering and exiting the
    vehicle or have other needs that make traveling independently unsafe.

    In order to protect the health of others, passengers must be free from
    acute illnesses such as flu, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and infections such as
    pneumonia. You may be asked to wear some sort of face covering by your
    transportation provider (unless it is medically contraindicated).
    For additional information on the Medical Transportation Program, please
    contact the Senior Affairs Office at 860-887-5581 ext. 6.

    UniteCT- Do You Need Help Paying Rent due to COVID-19?

    UniteCT is an emergency rental assistance for Connecticut’s
    economy. Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? Are you
    struggling to pay your rent and utilities? Apply for UniteCT, a rental
    assistance program supporting CT residents who earn up to 80% of the HUD
    Area Median Income and their landlords. You may qualify for the
    opportunity to receive…..Missed electric outstanding payments, Missed
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