FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2008

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, (908) 527-4419
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746

 

Senior Citizens Can Get Help with Applications for Government Programs at Outreach Events in April Sponsored by Union County’s Division on Aging
(New Date for Outreach at Alexian Manor in Elizabeth)

The Union County Department of Human Services, Division on Aging, will bring its Outreach Services Program for senior adults to Union, Plainfield, Linden, Fanwood, and Elizabeth 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:

  1. April 8, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the YM-YWHA, 501 Green Lane, Union.
  2. April 8, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 322 Monroe Ave., Plainfield.
  3. April 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Gregorio Center, 330 Helen Street, Linden.
  4. April 14, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Seniors Center, Forest Road Park, Fanwood.
  5. April 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Vauxhall Seniors/Union Township Community Action, Kearse Center, 2410 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall.
  6. April 21, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Alexian Manor, 122-7th Street, Elizabeth.

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.