April 24, 2007

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


Union County's Division on Aging Announces
Outreach Dates and Locations in May
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 Elizabeth, Union, and Roselle during the month of May.

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:

  1. May 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Union Baptist Church, 1088 East Grand Street, Elizabeth. Bi-lingual staff available.
  2. May 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Alexian Manor Senior Housing, 122 Seventh Street, Elizabeth. Bi-lingual staff available.
  3. May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse Rotunda, 2 Broad Street, Elizabeth. Bi-lingual staff available.
  4. May 21, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Roselle Borough Hall,
    210 Chestnut Street, Roselle.
  5. May 24, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Towers Senior Citizen Apartments, 315 West Grand Street, Elizabeth. Bi-lingual staff available.
  6. May 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Schaefer Gardens Senior Housing, 35 West Sumner Avenue, Union.

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.