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General Covid-19 Information
- Boosters: Click here for current CDC guidance on booster shots.
- Options to schedule your vaccine appointment:
- City of Bridgeport
- Yale New Haven Health
- Hartford Healthcare
- State supported testing sites
- Click here for information about using at-home Covid-19 tests
- Click here to learn more about the different types of Covid-19 tests
- At-Home Tests:
- Check your town website regularly for updates on free at-home test distributions
- Every household in the US is now eligible to receive 4 free at-home tests from the Federal Government. Two ways to order:
- Online- Click here to place your order
- By Phone- Households can call 800-232-0233. The phone line will offer services in English, Spanish and 150 other languages. Orders can be placed from 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
Links to Covid-19 information and resources from our partners:
- Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Hartford HealthCare
- Optimus Health Care
- Southwest Community Health Center
- Bridgeport Department of Health and Human Services
- Easton Health Department
- Fairfield Health Department
- Milford Health Department
- Monroe Health Department
- Stratford Health Department
- Trumbull Health Department
Milford Regional Food Pantry: Occurs every 3rd Thursday of the month beginning at 3:30 PM. Located at Kingdom Life Church, 1455 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford. The next distribution will take place on Thursday, January 20. Click here for more details and upcoming dates.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Food Distribution: Last Friday of each month (except November and December- moved to 3rd Friday) at 1:00 PM at 2800 Main Street in Bridgeport. The next distribution will be on Friday, January 28. Click here for more information.
Drive Thru Food Pantry (Stratford): Town of Stratford Community & Senior Services, Stratford YMCA, and CT Foodshare will host a drive thru food distribution on Friday, February 4 from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM at Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye Street in Stratford. Click here for more information.
Stratford Health Department Food Distribution: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue in Stratford. This is a drive thru food pantry. The next scheduled date is Tuesday, February 15. Follow the Stratford Health Department on Facebook for the latest updates.
Bridgeport Hospital Food Distribution: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 PM at 200 Mill Hill Avenue. The next distribution will take place on Tuesday, February 15. Click here for more information and all 2021 dates.
Connecticut FoodShare hosts mobile food distributions at various locations each month. Click here to visit their new website and view their food distribution schedule.
United Way 2-1-1: You can visit the 2-1-1 website or call to be connected to resources including local food pantries/distributions, Covid testing, transportation, housing and much more.
Milford Food Resources Directory: Click here for a list of food pantries, soup kitchens and free meals available in the City of Milford.
Fridgeport: An open access community refrigerator and pantry that is open 24/7, located at Kingdom Builders Impact Ministries, 219 James Street in Bridgeport. Click here for more details.
Other Food Resources
Healthy Food Donation List: Planning on hosting or participating in a food drive this holiday season? Click here for a healthy food donation list that was created with input from HIA partners, food pantry managers and other organizations from around the state.
Connecticut Emergency Food Resources: Click here to learn more about available assistance programs like WIC, FMNP, SNAP and much more.
SNAP Ed Resources: Our friends at the University of St. Joseph/SNAP Ed continue to create new resource videos. Check out their Facebook page for more details and share them with others!
UConn Department of Extension Recipes: The UConn Department of Extension has compiled a list of recipe ideas for the items included in the USDA Food Boxes being distributed around the state. Click here for the list that is available in English and Spanish. Be sure to click on each link to view the individual recipes.
Mental & Behavioral Health
2021 Behavioral Health Resources Guides: The Hub has created a thorough listing of behavioral health resources within the Greater Bridgeport Region, The Hub’s Resource Guide (SPANISH), which lists nonprofit & public-sector services for crisis, mental health and substance use disorders, and support programs, including a listing of free peer support groups. Click here to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.
Helping Our Children: Supporting Their Mental Health: This packet is designed to help families in crisis. This provides practical advice for parents of children who are depressed, anxious, suicidal and engaging in self-harm. This information highlights alternatives to the Emergency Department, how to locate counselors for your child, developing family plans, using school resources, etc. Click here to access the full guide and here to access just the list of resources.
Addiction & Recovery (The C.A.R.E.S. Group): The C.A.R.E.S. Group provides education, support, resources and hope for communities, families, and individuals who are affected by substance abuse and its devastating consequences. Click here for more information about weekly support groups and more.
2-1-1 Resources for Mental Health: The 2-1-1 website has comprehensive, up-to-date information on programs and services that can assist with mental health care. Click here for more information.
Suicide Prevention and Loss Support Groups: The Hub has created a list of resources to assist with suicide prevention and loss support. Click here for more details.
CT Stronger: Support coaches can help connect you with resources to keep your family safe and healthy. Support coaches can put you in touch with services that can help, or listen if you want to talk with someone about how this pandemic is affecting you. Click here for more details.
Connecting to Care CT: CONNECTing Children and Families to Care is intended for families, providers and anyone else interested in enhancing CT’s children’s behavioral health system. Click here to view their website.
Healthy Lives Connecticut: Get information, tools, and screening for maintaining or achieving wellness, including emotional wellness, physical wellness, holistic wellness, financial wellness, and addiction recovery. Click here for more details.
Children’s Behavioral Health Plan: Find out how Connecticut is improving and integrating children’s behavioral health services, systems, and support into a comprehensive network of care. Click here for more details.
How to Talk About Vaping- A Discussion Guide for Parents: This guide was developed as a collaboration with several CT prevention Councils. Click here for the full guide.
CT Dental Health Partnership: Click here to learn all about maintaining your oral health during Covid and important information about vaccines.
- Click here for a collection of nutrition education materials developed by dietetic interns from Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Nutrition and Wellness just for Get Healthy CT.
Dental Care Resource: Have you been delaying dental treatment due to Covid-19 fears? Click here for a helpful list of questions you can ask your dental provider to learn more about their Covid-19 safety procedures. Click here for the Spanish version.
HUSKY Health Members: It’s time to go back to the dentist, and it’s safe! Call the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership at 855-CT-DENTAL (855-283-3682) M-F 8AM-5PM or go to www.ctdhp.com for more information or help in finding a dentist. For TTY call 711.
Bridgeport Basics: The Bridgeport Basics are designed to help parents of young children learn 5 simple practices to help children grow and become be ready for preschool. Click here for more information.
Financial Opportunity Centers (Bridgeport): Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are career and financial coaching service centers that focus on the financial bottom line for individuals living with low-to-moderate incomes. The FOCs for Bridgeport are:
- Career Resources, Inc. – Provides comprehensive solutions for employers and job seekers by strengthening the family unit through the dignity of work. Contact Angela Pellegrino at email@example.com
- Building Neighborhoods Together- Creates safe, affordable housing, and provides comprehensive financial and housing counseling services to families with low- and moderate-income across Connecticut. Contact Doris Latorre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Assistance and Emergency Fuel: Alliance for Community Empowerment offers many services for residents in the area, including energy assistance. Click here to visit their website for more information.
Rent Assistance Programs: Click here for a list of rental assistance programs.
Legal Assistance: For Statewide Legal Services, contact (800) 453-3320 or for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (860) 247- 4400 or (888) 247- 4401.
Transportation Assistance Information: The Kennedy Center’s Mobility Department is available by cell (203) 512-4174 for information on public transportation including paratransit, transit district updates/modifications, etc.
Job Training: The WorkPlace serves Southwestern Connecticut, helping people prepare for careers and strengthening the workforce for employers. Their programs include job training, career services and employment. Click here to visit their website and to learn about their many programs.
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