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Senior Center

(203) 239-5432

189 Pool Road

North Haven, CT 06473

Monday through Friday

8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

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The mission of the senior center is to respond to the ever-changing needs of mature adults and their families.
Providing opportunities for: personal enrichment, wellness, social and recreational activities, volunteerism,
advocacy, information and referral.


Since 1972, the Joyce C. Budrow Senior Center has evolved into a community facility in which adults 62 years and older come together to fulfill many of their social, physical, and intellectual needs. Currently 1,194 seniors are registered members. The Center is located at 189 Pool Road and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. offering a broad spectrum of activities and services such as nutrition, health/wellness services, education, information and assistance, transportation, supportive services, creative arts, recreation, and volunteer opportunities. These services are provided by individuals who are dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse population from active older and newly retired adults to the frail and homebound senior citizen. Membership and transportation is without charge for all age eligible residents.


Programming is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and includes bingo, book club, bridge, canasta,
ceramics, chorus, computer lab, cultural activities, oil painting, scrabble, quilting, Mah Jongg, Wii bowling, and trips. Exercise programs include, chair exercise, line dance, beginning and intermediate yoga, tai chi, zumba, and tap classes and include bocce and walking club. Additionally, many intergenerational activities are planned and an ongoing relationship exists with North Haven High Young Rotarians and the Interact Club. Additionally, manicures and chair massage is available at the Center. All events are published in the monthly newsletter “Senior Happenings.” Copies are available at the Senior Center, North Haven Memorial Library, Department of Community Services & Recreation, along with weekly press releases posted in the Town’s local newspapers.


Transportation for handicapped and able-bodied persons is available to all members, to and from the Center upon request. Medical transportation is available by appointment to Hamden, New Haven, and North Haven on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. In addition, grocery shopping, errands, and hairdressers, along with special/outing events as well as trips to the Town library and pool. Total combined riders/trips on a yearly basis is 4800, all at no charge to seniors.


A catered daily hot meal is served daily at 11:45am and available to persons 60 years of age or older and their spouse for a donation fee of $2.00. Membership is not needed to participate, however reservations are required by calling (203) 239-4030 by noon with one day notice. This program is a collaborative effort, provided by Family Services Working to Strengthen our Communities, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, and the Town of North Haven. On average, 686 meals are served monthly, for a total of 8,232 meals for the year.


Driver improvement courses are available for drivers co-sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The 8 hour course is designed to meet the specific needs of drivers 50 years of age and older. It covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, and license renewal requirements. Reservations are accepted by contacting the Senior Center.


Community Volunteering/Outreach is an important and meaningful facet of volunteering for members. Volunteers
provide support to daily programs and activities meeting the needs of the members of the Center and Community
alike. This year, seniors were involved in making Dream Sacks, handmade pillowcases that were filled with a
storybook, stuffed toy and socks for 60 children who are in the care the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Another project that continues for its fourth year and also supports DCF is the Afghan Project where children receive a handmade personalized afghan when displaced from their home. As well as making handmade afghans for children, seniors provide cancer patients with an afghan that is given to patients that receive care and treatment at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale. An additional venue of community outreach is the Centers’ senior chorus, “Senior Songsters.” Throughout the year, they travel on the road to sing at Long Term Care facilities, Adult Daycare Centers, North Haven Schools, and for special events at the Senior Center. This year they were special guests and were asked to sing at the First Selectman’s Inaugural event.


The Senior Center’s Director is the Municipal Agent for the Elderly and assists the Town Residents with senior
service linkages/ referrals to other agencies and through outreach. Information regarding Medicare, Medicaid,
Conn PACE, the SNAP Program, home delivered meals, social security, protective services, home care, adult day care, transportation, fuel assistance and health screenings are available upon request. In collaboration with Quinnipiac Chamber, a comprehensive 2009 North Haven Senior Community Resource Guide was developed
for informational purposes providing opportunity, care, support services that allow older North Haven residents
to remain in their own homes and community. This guide is available at the Senior Center and Town Hall for seniors and caregivers free of charge.


Health counseling screenings are held twice a month, the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month at no
charge and provided by VNA Community Healthcare. No appointment is necessary for the service that includes
blood pressure screenings and general health questions, including questions pertaining to specific medications.
During the fall, an influenza and pneumonia vaccine clinic is held. Additionally throughout the year, educational
presentations are available to all.


2009-10 was a year for growth in that the Center was under renovation from May 1, 2009 until March 1, 2010. This renovation was made possible through a $750,000 grant DECD, Department of Community Development small cities block grant program. The center was expanded 875 square feet, which allowed two additional rooms to accommodate the increased demand of activities/programs, the building was upgraded to meet ADA requirements, and various aesthetic improvements were made. Throughout this period activities/services were uninterrupted largely due to the generosity of the American Legion Post 76 members where daily activities continued at the Legion Hall. Along with the goodwill of Montowese Baptist Church, Town Library and Recreation Center the mission of the Center was not altered during this transition.

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