February 23, 2007

CONTACT: Donna Farrell, (908) 527-4858
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746


Union County’s Division on Aging Announces
 Outreach Dates and Locations in March to Help
 Senior Citizens Apply for Government Programs

The Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, will bring its Outreach Services Program for senior adults to Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union and Linden during the month of March.

Division on Aging staff will assist seniors with information and help in applying for a variety of government assistance programs, including gas and electric support (LIFE LINE), pharmaceutical assistance (PAAD), and home energy assistance (HEAP). There will also be screening for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility, and information about the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

“The Union County Freeholders encourage elderly, isolated individuals from throughout the county who meet eligibility requirements to apply for vital services through our outreach program,” said Freeholder Chester Holmes, liaison to the Union County Advisory Council on Aging. “These services can supplement the basic needs of the isolated elderly and sustain or improve their lives.”

“Our staff will conduct private interviews on request,” Freeholder Holmes added.

The Outreach Services Program will visit the following locations:

  • March 6, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
    at the Plainfield Towers, 601 West 7th Street, Plainfield.
  • March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    at the Elizabeth Center Apartments, 815 Pearl Street, Elizabeth. Bi-lingual staff will be present.
  • March 25, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
    at Grace Lutheran Church, 2222 Vauxhall Road, Union.
  • March 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    at the Murawski Towers, 1551 Dill Avenue, Linden.

For further information on the Outreach Services Program and other programs offered by the Union County Division on Aging, call the division’s toll-free number: 1-888-280-8226.