Social Services

Contacts

Elise Cosker, Director  elisec@egtownhall.com

Address

20 Center Street
P.O. Box 1858
East Granby, CT 06026

PHONE 860-413-3328
FAX 860-653-4017

Hours

Mon: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Tues: 9am – 12pm, Thurs: 9am – 3pm

Outside these hours available by appointment

Town of East Granby, CT

Our Mission

The Social Services Department is responsible for providing assistance for residents with social, emotional, and economic needs. Our services help residents achieve self-sufficiency, maintain economic well-being and adjust to difficult circumstances and events in their lives. The department provides assistance with Energy Assistance, Renter’s Rebate Program, Holiday programs, Back to School programs, Food Programs, Information and Referrals.

Emergency Assistance

The East Granby Emergency Assistance Fund is available to those income eligible residents who are in need of emergency financial assistance with fuel, housing, medical, electric and other critical needs.  The fund is supported solely through donations and gifts from the community and 100% of the funds raised are given back to qualifying residents who are facing financial hardship.  Donations can be made to the East Granby Emergency Assistance Fund and mailed to East Granby Social Services, P.O. Box 1858, East Granby, CT 06026.

Energy Assistance

East Granby Social Services will begin accepting application for the State of CT Energy Assistance program beginning on October 1, 2019 until March 15, 2019 for deliverable fuel and May 1, 2019 for electric heat

Friend to Friend Food Pantry/ Thrift Store

The Friend to Friend Food Pantry was established to supplement the weekly grocery needs of residents who have been identified by East Granby Social Services as needing assistance. Weekly rides to the Food Pantry are provided by the East Granby Mini Bus for residents in need of transportation and deliveries can be scheduled for those participants who are homebound.  Each year Friend to Friend creates holiday food baskets to make sure everyone can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving and holiday dinner. To volunteer or donate please call (860) 651-1659 or email friendtofriendeg@gmail.com. Food donations may be dropped off at East Granby Senior/Community Center, East Granby Public Library and the East Granby Congregational Church and monetary donations can be mailed to Friend to Friend Food Pantry, P.O. Box 631, East Granby, CT 06026

Location:
The Food Pantry is located at the East Granby Congregational Church, 9 Rainbow Road, East Granby, CT.

The thrift shop is located in the historic south School building located at 32 Spoonville Road, East Granby, CT.

Hours:

The pantry is open for an hour and a half one day a week. To use the Food Pantry, please contact the East Granby Social Service Director at 860/413-3328. If you qualify, the Director will give you details on the procedure for using the pantry.

The thrift shop is open three times during the week:

Tuesday: 10 am – 2pm
Thursday 2pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2pm

The telephone number for the thrift shop is 860/651-1659. Please leave a message if you call outside of these hours and someone will get back to you.

 

The holidays are just around the corner and Social Services is preparing for the Annual Holiday Gift Giving Program.  Each year, the community comes together to help make the holidays special for families who are facing financial hardship.  It is an opportunity to be anonymously matched to a child or family in town and fulfill gifts on their “wish lists.”  We ask that our donors return the gifts to the Community/Senior Center by Friday December 7th for distribution to the families.  Financial donations and store gift cards are greatly appreciated and are used to fill unmatched requests.  Please call the office to learn more about this program.    

good samaritan program

An important goal of this program – “Good Sam” for short, is to help Town residents who are elderly or disabled to stay in their home. They may be alone, have physical or financial difficulty with maintenance, or do not know about other resources or options that may be available.

We also hope to increase volunteer support for our schools, library, government or other needs as they are identified. There will be a special focus on asking those in manual trade professions, diverse businesses, medical and government workers and retirees to find ways to share their experience with high school students.

To fill these needs, we hope to:

· Utilize our senior population and others, plus students in completing community service requirements.

· Provide a mechanism for continually matching needs with volunteers.

· Publicize the needs in every possible way.

Longer term goals will be to:

· Make a really nice town even better!

· Develop a unique and noticeable program that may have many seniors, but not limited to seniors.

· To succeed, it will take a contagious spirit! Please help us begin to build a Volunteer Bank by giving us your name and ideas by phone or email.

For more information please contact Elise Cosker at (860) 413-3328   elisec@egtownhall.com or Kelly Jacobs (860) 413-3334  kellyj@egtownhall.com