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Community & Senior Center

Community & Senior Center

General Information

Contacts: Grace Parrow - Director, Elderly Outreach & Municipal Agent on Aging
Robert Lucy - Congregate Senior Cafe On-Site Manager
Location: 3 Buckley Highway
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Phone: (860) 684-3906 (Office)
Phone: (860) 684-3906 (Senior Center)
Fax: (860) 684-0784
Emails: parrowg@staffordct.org
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday
8:00am - 6:30pm
Friday
10:00am - 1:00pm
Hours may vary

Stafford Community and Senior Center

Activities include Qigong class, arts and crafts, monthly movie, community cafe lunch program, and speakers.
Also offered are Title 19 Assistance and Renter's Rebate.

For more Senior Center Information please visit the
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Community/Senior Center Happenings and Information

Notifying the Public of Rights Under Title VI The Town of Stafford, Connecticut, Complaint Form
The Town of Stafford, Connecticut operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Town of Stafford, CT.

For more information on the Town of Stafford, CT's civil rights program and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 860-684-3906, email cwmaynard@staffordct.org, or visit our administrative office at

3 Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs, CT 06076.  For more information, please visit our website at staffordct.org.

A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights,

Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor - TCR, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590. 

If information is needed in another language please contact 860-684-3906.

Attachments:

Title VI Complaint Form 06212017.docx
Senior and Community Center Codes of Conduct
Attachments:
Rules
What We Do at the Stafford Community Center
Programs and Activities offered at the Stafford Community and Senior Center:

PROGRAMS

  • Help with applying for State and Federal Assistance Programs including Dept. of Social Services programs for food assistance, cash assistance, Title 19, Husky Health Insurance, and Care 4 Kids
  • Information and guidance about the Social Security Disability process
  • Certified CHOICES Counseling on Medicare plans and enrollment
  • Application site for Senior Renters' Rebate program
  • Application site for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
  • Application outreach location for Energy Assistance for Stafford Residents
  • Referrals for Elderly Protective Services
  • Onsite Congregate Meals Program for Seniors in the Senior Center
  • Referrals and administration of the Meals on Wheels Program for seniors
  • Foodshare distribution site - every other Thursday
  • Town run non-perishable food bank
  • Town run emergency fuel bank
  • Holiday meal program
  • Holiday gifts for children in need
  • Back to School supply assistance program
  • Senior health and wellness programs including blood pressure clinics, foot care, nutrition programs, flu shot clinics, and AARP Safe Driver courses
  • Durable medical equipment lending library
ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS

  • Bingo
  • Board games
  • Quilting
  • Arts and crafts
  • Billiard table
  • Shopping trips
  • Informational speakers
ACTIVITES FOR ALL

  • Zumba Gold class
  • Stretch and strength class
  • Stained Glass class
Volunteer Opportunity
MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS NEEDED
DELIVERING SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL

Can you spare just one lunch hour a month to bring a smile to some of our town's vulnerable seniors? Volunteering your car and an hour of your time will provide our Stafford senior citizens with a personal and valuable lifeline that needs your support.

The senior population is expected to double by 2060, but our current crew of volunteers is already stretched to the maximum.  We need you to join a new generation of Meals on Wheels volunteers today. Call the Stafford Senior Center at 860-684-3906 to find out how you can help lighten the load!
Renters Rebate Program for Rent Paid in 2021

2022 RENTER’S REBATE PROGRAM FOR
RENT PAID IN 2021

The Renters’ Rebate  Program gives qualifying applicants a partial rebate on the amount paid for rent over the previous calendar year.  Rebate amounts are based on several factors including income, expenses, and program funding.  Stafford residents can apply through the Stafford Community Center beginning on APRIL 1, 2022 and continuing through OCTOBER 1, 2022. Please note: October 1 is a Saturday, so applications will be due in my office by Thursday, September 29 so I have time to process them. Rebate checks will be mailed to approved applicants beginning on OCTOBER 31, 2022.

To qualify you must:

Be age 65 or over at the close of the preceding calendar year or eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits under Social Security as of the end of 2021.

Be a renter in CT at the time of application.

Have resided in CT for any one year period at any time prior to the time of application.

Meet qualifying income guidelines in the calendar year 2021 not to exceed $38,100 if unmarried or $46,400 if married or other.  (Any economic stimulus payments received during calendar year 2021 WILL NOT count as income for this program)

Rental unit definitions include apartments, cooperatives, land leases for mobile homes, condominiums, hotel/motel rooms, boarding houses, nursing homes, convalescent hospitals and assisted living centers.

You will need to provide the following documentation:   (all documentation is for 2021)

Proof of Rent Payments:

All 2021 rent receipts signed by your landlord, cancelled checks, money order receipts, or a signed statement from your landlord stating total amount paid for 2021. Please note that rental expenses may only include amounts that you paid out of pocket.  Section 8 or rental assistance cannot be counted as part of your rental expense.

Proof of 2021 Income:

Copy of your 2021 Income Tax return (1040) with all schedules

If you receive Social Security Benefits, you will need to bring Form SSA 1099 which is mailed to you by the Social Security Administration in January.  If you do not have your SSA 1099 you can get one immediately online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccountor you may call toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. If you receive social security disability payments your social security documents must state that you are disabled.

Copy of any 1099-R received for any pension or annuity distributions.
Copy of form 1099-DIV which documents the payment of dividends to you from your investments.
Copies of documents showing any interest that was paid to you in 2021.

Copies of any documents detailing other income received.  Examples may include lottery winnings, gambling winnings, severance pay, alimony, capital gains in 2021, employment 1099s, self-employment, unemployment compensation, workers compensation, alimony payments, net proceeds from legal settlements, cancellation of debt, etc.

Proof of 2021 Expenses:

Proof of payment for your electric service which may include canceled checks, a printed statement from Eversource or an online bank statement sorted by payee.  To obtain a statement from Eversource go online at https://www.eversource.com/Content/ct-cor call toll-free at 1-800-286-2000.

Proof of payment for fuel (oil, natural gas) which may include canceled checks, a signed letter from the vendor or a bank statement sorted by payee.  Energy assistance IS counted as part of the utility expense and is considered to be paid by you if it is provided through a federally funded program.

Proof of payment for town water which may include canceled checks, statement from the provider or a bank statement sorted by payee.

If you are applying by regular mail or email (not in person):

Signed M-35R Paper Application*

See below

Please note that if you received cash assistance from the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services in 2021, you may not be eligible for the Renter’s Rebate Program. 

Where do I apply?

Contact Grace Parrow at the Stafford Community Center at 860-684-3906 or email her at parrowg@staffordct.org.   

Attachments:
Renters M-35R Application 2022.pdf
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Senior Center Activities Calendar
Senior Center Lunch Menu Calendar