Outreach Services

Highlighted Services

Caregiver Respite Grant

This grant will provide fnancial assistance for 16-20 hours of paid, respite support to families in South Hadley who are caring for an older adult who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. If you are a caregiver of a senior in South Hadley, please call the Center at (413) 538 - 5030 for information. This grant is made possible by donations from South Hadley citizens, local businesses, the Koske Family, and from the Cares Act from the Executive Offce of Elder Affairs. 

Council on Aging “Stay Well” Wellness Scholarship

Start the New Year off in a Healthy Way! Stay Well “wellness grants” are available to low- and moderate income South Hadley seniors. Interested individuals need to speak to Ann Andras in the Senior Center to fll out a simple means-test form. A maximum of $150 yearly can be used to cover the cost of any exercise classes. 

Types of Services

  • Brown Bag Program (discounted groceries for eligible lower-income seniors)
  • Mobile Food Pantry with Neighbors Helping Neighbors 
  • Food stamps and food programs
  • Fuel assistance
  • Health programs and screenings
  • Prescription advantage (discounted prescriptions for lower-income seniors)
  • Prescription information (files of life)
  • PVTA bus tickets
  • Shine (health insurance assistance)
  • Shopping assistance
  • Tax assistance

Fuel Assistance Program

The Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program helps needy families by paying a portion of their heating bills from November 1 to April 30. If you are on a low or fixed income, we encourage you to apply.

Eligibility

Renters and homeowners who pay for their own heat are eligible for this program. Renters’ heat must be included in their rent. Those who have a housing subsidy must not receive a utility allowance.

Eligibility is based on the number of people in your household and the combined gross (before taxes) income of all persons residing in the household.

Income Guidelines

(Gross Annual Household Income Before Taxes) No. of People Income Limit

  1. $40,951
  2. $53,551

Applications

If you are a 1st-time program applicant you must apply in person. The Fuel Assistance Program has interview sites in Greenfield and Northampton. All appointments must be made through the main office by calling 800-370-0940. Or, you may apply by making an appointment with Ann Andras here at the Council on Aging by calling 413-538-5030.