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Norwalk Senior Center Gets Grant To Bolster Outreach Programs

The Norwalk Senior Center will use a $10,000 grant toward its outreach programs.
The Norwalk Senior Center will use a $10,000 grant toward its outreach programs. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Senior Center and Meals on Wheels received a $10,000 grant from Fairfield County Community Foundation to support the organization's outreach programs.

“Fairfield County Foundation’s support of our outreach program helps us serve and deliver meals to seniors, counsel those grieving the loss of a spouse, provide health screenings, access medical and financial benefits for clients and provide housing assistance," Norwalk Senior Center Executive Director Paul Palermo said in a statement. "Every day, we provide a wide range of services and programs to support healthy aging for every Norwalk senior aged 60 and older.”

Outreach assistance is offered via office visits, by phone and, as needed, in home visits. Michele Jakab, the center’s outreach director, oversees Norwalk Senior Center South’s Outreach Program and the Meals on Wheels Program in addition to working directly with clients at Allen Road.

The Outreach Department at the Norwalk Senior Center was formed when the City’s Social Services Department was phased out. The Senior Center receives one-third of its budget from a city grant and is responsible for raising the balance privately through other grants, individual donations, modest membership fees and special events. Outreach services are available to all seniors age 60 and older, not just to members.

Seniors are invited to call the Norwalk Senior Center for assistance with insurance, legal, financial or medical questions or concerns at 203-847-3115 and ask for Michele or, in South Norwalk, call 203-299-1500 and ask for Maureen. In South Norwalk, translation is available for non-English speakers.

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