March 28, 2007

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


Union County’s Division on Aging Announces
Outreach Dates and Locations in April 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 Westfield, Springfield, Union, and Rahway during the month of April.

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 Freeholders of Union County 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:

  • April 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    at the First Presbyterian Church, 37 Church Mall, Springfield.
  • April 15, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
    at the First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street, Westfield.
  • April 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    at Nora Gardens, 1775 Burnet Avenue, Union.
  • April 26, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
    at the Rosegate Senior Housing, 555 East Hazelwood Avenue, Rahway.

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.