SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
860-870-3661 - Phone
860-870-3564 - Fax
14 Park Place (Town Hall)
Social Services Mission Statement
The Department's Mission is to promote social well-being, self sufficiency and quality of life. The Department provides a variety of social service programs for its residents. Some of these programs include crisis intervention and case management services, benefits counseling and advocacy, limited emergency assistance, emergency fuel and utility assistance, intake site for energy assistance applications, budget counseling, recreational fee waiver for summer camp programs, and information and referral.
The Energy Assistance program for this year ends May 3rd but the deadline is extended to May 17th for utility heated households with a shut-off notice. The Department continues to see a higher number applications than in previous years. Energy Assistance is a federally funded program that helps low to moderate income residents with heating costs during the winter months.
UTILITY SHUT OFFS
Eversource offers NuStart, a program to help low income individuals and families who have a delinquent balance and are in jeopardy of having their service terminated. The customer's past due balance is removed from the bill. A monthly budget arrangement is made and as long as the customer makes that payment every month, the past due amount is reduced over time. If you have received a utility shut off or would like more information, please contact this office at 860-870-3661.
The Department has two CHOICES counselors who have been trained and certified by North Central Agency on Aging. CHOICES counselors help older adults understand and exercise their rights, receive benefits they are entitled to, and make informed choices about quality of life issues. CHOICES counselors also provide free information and assistance about Medicare options, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap), Medicare Part D (Prescription coverage) and other state and federal programs. CHOICES counselors DO NOT sell insurance.
Vernon Social Services will begin scheduling Renter's Rebate appointments on May 4th. If you are a renter age 65+ or disabled and reside in Vernon, you may be eligible for a "rebate". The program looks at income and rent/utilities paid in the previous year (2009). Maximum income level for a single individual is $32,300 and for a married couple is $39,500. The last date to apply is September 15, 2010. For a personal & confidential interview, please contact the Department at 860-870-3661.
Camp ConnRI is The Salvation Army overnight camp for children ages 7-12. The camp is located in Ashford and offers a variety of activities such as swimming, boating, sports and arts& crafts. The cost is $35 for one week. If you are interested in sending your child to camp, please contact this office at 860-870-3661.
The Department administers this program which offers a interest free loan for "urgent need" housing repairs. There is an income guideline and the property must be owner occupied. There is no monthly payments required but the loan is repaid when there is a transfer of title, the mortgage is refinance and/or the property is no longer the applicant's principle place of residence. For more information, please contact this office at 860-870-3661.
Adopt a Child for Back to School Clothes
The Department is seeking sponsors for its "Back to School Clothes" program. The program provides a child in need with new clothes for the upcoming school year. If you wish to sponsor a child, please call 860-870-3661. If you are unable to sponsor a child but wish to make a monetary donation, please mail your contribution to Vernon Social Services at 14 Park Place, Vernon, CT 06066.