As you can imagine when the unemployment rate in Connecticut is 50% because of COVID-19 business shutdowns, the need for Social Services increases.
At the end of March, the Blashke family created a community challenge; they donated $3,000 to two local restaurants (Dino’s and Deb’s) to provide food to those who needed it, and encouraged others to do so as well. Dino’s immediately donated an extra $1,000. According to Jessica Condil, the Director of Social Services in Haddam, “Donors have contributed, including New Image Automotive, St. Peter’s Church Ladies Guild, Teri’s Package Store, Haddam Junior Women’s Club, and Granite Lodge #119.” Social Services values the community’s support.
Additionally, “I have had people and churches bring gift cards to local restaurants, and donations to the food bank,” said Jessica. “We have had so much support. It is so wonderful.”
If you are in need of any meals or any other social services, please contact Jessica by email socialservices@haddam,org or 860-345-4621. Right now, Social Services is open by appointment only.
The Haddam Food Bank is currently in need of tuna, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, and other non-perishables.
The other thing that is in great need is masks. “I am receiving lots of requests from local essential business employees, the hospital, and doctor’s offices,” said Jessica. The link to the patterns can be found HERE. If you make masks, you can drop off at Social Services, and Jessica will get the masks to those who need them.