Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation’s “Happiness & Health Care Package” program was launched in response to the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines deterring seniors from leaving their homes to partake in community senior center programs.
“Response to the program has been terrific,” says Melissa Marici, Director, Community Outreach, “senior centers have requested between 20-75 packages each and senior living facilities and retirement homes have needed more, sometimes up to 150 or 160 each. In total we’ve given out over 1000 packages and we are still receiving requests.”
“The Seniors could not be any happier to see all of the wonderful gifts they have received from Candlewood Valley Health Center! It is so nice to be able to continue to work with Melissa and CVHC during these difficult times. It truly helps our seniors feel connected, “ said Judy Thomas, Senior Center Assistant at Newtown Senior Center.
“The thoughtfulness of these Health and Happiness packages are just the bit of uplift the New Milford community seniors need right now – we are grateful for the kindness!” Jasmin Ducusin-Jara, New Milford Senior Center Program Coordinator
The senior centers and senior living facilities and complexes that have a participated in the program include Woodbury Senior Center, Roxbury Senior Center, Newtown Senior Center, Templeton Farms Assisted Living, Morning Start Retirement Home, Glen Ayre Apartments, Butter Brook Apartments, Chestnut Grove, Bridgewater Hilltop Senior Center, Sherman Senior Center, Flanders West Housing, Chestnut Grove and New Milford Senior Center.