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Social Services

Social Services

General Information

Contacts: Jennifer Strong - Social Services Coordinator
Location: 3 Buckley Highway
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
Phone: (860) 684-7752
Fax: (860) 684-0784
Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 6:30pm

Social Services Information & Resources

Energy Assistance 2023/2024


The Stafford Energy Assistance program helps residents afford to heat their homes.
Minimum income and documentation requirements apply.

If you have never applied before please complete the following form: 

If you heat with electric and are currently enrolled in the Matching Payment Plan, please call after January 2024 to apply.
Holiday Assistance Program 2023

Extended Deadline to apply is  December 6th
Toy distribution will take place on Friday, December 15th.

Stafford Social Services is the application and distribution site for the Stafford Social Services, Stafford Family Resource Center, & Stafford Childhood Collaborative Holiday Gift Assistance Program.  Working with a wide range of local businesses, civic groups, churches, and private individuals, the program offers help with holiday gifts to income eligible Stafford families.  

Program information:
Holiday Gift Assistance Program Information

Holiday Gift Assistance Program application - extended deadline


Stafford Social Services offers income eligible households assistance with affording a holiday meal.  This program is supported through generous donations by the Stafford Thrift Store and private individuals. 

Holiday Dinner Assistance Application
Please drop off applications to Grace Parrow or email her 

Weekly Play Group (Stafford Family Resource and Early Head Start)

Stafford Family Resource Center & Early Head Start Learn & Play Group
Learn & Play Groups provide young children with opportunities to develop important language and socialization skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. Parents and caregivers interact with their child during Learn & Play Groups to support these emerging skills while also connecting with other parents, grandparents and caregivers.

For: Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregivers
Where: Stafford Community Center ~ 3 Buckley Highway, Stafford Springs
When: Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 am, Starting Tuesday, September 27 through May 30 

(No groups on December 27, February 21, April 11, February 22 or April 12)

Each session consists of free-play with developmentally appropriate toys, an art activity, music and movement, a snack and free children’s books to take home. Pre-registration is not required and there is no fee to participate. When Stafford schools are delayed or closed Learn & Play group is cancelled. If you have any questions please call West Stafford School at 860-684-3181 to speak with either the Family Resource Center or Early Head Start.

Download Learn & Play Group Flyer

Stafford Social Services is available to assist in finding basic needs resources including, but not limited to the following:

Food insecurity 
Safe Net Food Pantry 
86 Main Street
Call to sign up

Flo's Friendship Kitchen
8 Church Street
Call to reserve a spot 

Food Share Truck
Comes on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month to the Stafford Community Center at 3 Buckley Highway between 9-9:30 am.  

Access Energy Assistance
-Town of Stafford Emergency Fuel Fund
-Operation Fuel
-Salvation Army
-Safe Net 
-Winter Protection
-Low Income Discount Rate 
-New Start Budget Plan 
CT Water
-Assist in enrolling eligible households in WRAP program 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food stamps)

Husky Health through ACCESS Health 
Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
Stafford Thrift Store  2 River Road #101 860-684-6121 *A huge supporter of social services and the town. Provides vouchers for families to use in -store*
Back to School Program  is coordinated and ran by Safe Net
If you are experiencing homelessness, please call 211
If you are seeking mental health services, please contact Stafford Family Services 860-684-4239
Social Services is unable to assist in finding housing for you; however, please contact Stafford Housing Authority 860-684-4973 if you are over 60 and/or disabled.
**If you are experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to The Network 800-799-7233**

Transportation Services
Free curbside transportation service is available to Stafford seniors and individuals with disabilities. 

Medical Transportation
The medical transportation car is available for appointments Monday-Thursday 8 am-4:30pm and Friday 10am- 1pm.

Our driver travels to Somers, Enfield, Stafford, Willington, Tolland, Storrs,  Vernon, Willimantic, Rockville, Manchester, and South Windsor.

Please contact 860-684-7752 for additional information and to schedule your ride.  

Trips are offered through Stafford Community Center.  
Information on upcoming trips are located in the SAGE PAGE located under "Community Center"
Diaper Bank
The Stafford Social Services Diaper Bank, in collaboration with the Stafford Family Resource Center and Early Head Start EASTCONN, assists income eligible Stafford families of young children with providing diapers.  Applications can be picked up from any of the three organizations. Or printed here and emailed to  diaper bank application 

Our Diaper Bank occurs on the first Tuesday of each month.  Families must be registered (fill out application) and pick up are by appointments only.  

Please call Jenn at 860-684-7752 with any questions.

**If you are interested in making a donation, please call or email Jenn**
WIC (Women, Infant and Children)
WIC will be at the social services site on the last Thursday of each month to support Stafford Families.  Please contact 860-291-7190 if you are interesting or simply stop by!!!