Department of Human Services

The Human Services Department provides a wide variety of services, including supportive counseling, assessment for benefits and program eligibility, as well as case management for any Darien resident.  In addition, the staff provides crisis intervention, assistance with mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence issues.  We also provide emergency financial assistance.  All client information is strictly confidential.

Mental Health & Crisis Resources click here.
Human Services Quarterly Report: April 2022             

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program helps eligible Darien families with home heating costs.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program on Monday, September 13 for households who heat with oil and Tuesday, October 12 for households who heat with electricity, gas or propane.  Residents must meet certain income restrictions and provide proof of income and assets.  Please click here for more information.

The Connecticut Renters Rebate Program helps eligible seniors and/or disabled residents with a rebate payment.  The program runs from April 1 - September 30, 2022.  We will begin accepting applications on Monday, May 16.  Please click here to review eligibility information.  An appointment can be scheduled by calling 203-656-7328.

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides vouchers for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey to eligible low income seniors.  The Darien Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from the start of June to Thanksgiving from 10am to 3pm in the Goodwives Shopping Center Parking Lot.  Please click here  to read the eligibility requirements.  For an appointment, please call the office at 203-656-7328.

Donations:  We gladly accept donations of gift cards, household products, and medical equipment.
Gift Cards for Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop, gas stations, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and AMEX, MasterCard or Visa are all needed throughout the year and are much appreciated by families and seniors in need.
Monetary Donations:  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do so by mailing a check directly to Human Services, 2 Renshaw Road (checks payable to Darien Human Services)
Household Products:  New (unopened) full-size cleaning supplies, paper goods, and personal grooming and hygiene products are used to help stock our Home Goods Closet.  (No trial sizes, please).
All donations can be dropped off at Room 109 of Town Hall.  You can also donate here through Amazon Wish!

Emergency Call List:  The staff of Darien Human Services maintains an Emergency Call List with the names of vulnerable seniors and disabled individuals to contact prior to and after a storm or town-wide emergency.  The staff will provide reassurance and a wellness check and will also inform residents of resources available in the community, such as Emergency Shelters and Cooling or Charging Centers.  If you are a Darien resident and would like your name added to the Emergency Call List or are concerned about an elderly neighbor, please call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck, Director, LCSW, at aramsteck@darienct.gov. 

The Household Supply Closet is designed to meet the needs of low income Darien residents by providing much-needed household items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, and personal grooming and hygiene products.  The closet is partially funded by private donations.  We are collecting new, full size household goods products (no sample size products please) during March.  To see the list of needed items click here.  Donations can be dropped off in Room 109.  Thank you!

The Loan Closet provides free, short term loans of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches.  A refundable deposit of $50 (check payable to "Town of Darien") is required for wheelchairs, transport chairs and walkers with a seat.

Municipal Veteran's Representative:  Ali Ramsteck, LCSW, Director, is a Municipal Veteran's Representative for the town of Darien and is available to meet with veterans and their families to provide support, information and referral to local, state, and federal agencies that serve veterans and their dependents.
Please see below for important links:
CT Veterans Status Certification
CT Veterans Wartime Medal Application
Application for Veteran's Flag on CT Driver's License of Identification Card

Veteran's Property Tax Exemption:  Veterans, who have ninety (90) days of wartime service, including Merchant marines, who served during WWII, are eligible for a $1,500 exemption for property tax purposes.  You have the option to apply this exemption to your real estate or automobile tax.  For more information, please visit the Darien Tax Assessor's site.

 

Other Important Information

2021 Human Services Brochure

2019 Senior Resource Directory

Programs & Services for Seniors

2020 Medicare Savings Program

Your Medicare Card Info

Medicare Savings Plan Brochure

Elderly Housing & Adult Daycare for Southwest CT

Eversource Storm Safety Checklist

 CT Department of Social Services

Mental Health & Crisis Resources

Resources for Seniors

Additional Resources

Contact Information

Department of Human Services Office
Room 109, Town Hall
2 Renshaw Road

Phone: (203) 656-7328
Fax: (203) 656-7486

*Effective June 1, 2020*
Open Monday - Thursday,
8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.,
closed Fridays and Holidays

Alexandra Ramsteck, LCSW
Director
aramsteck@darienct.gov

Cynthia Hall, LMSW
Assistant Director
chall@darienct.gov

Michelle Varrone
Office Administrator, Notary
mvarrone@darienct.gov

Alison Keena
Program Assistant
akeena@darienct.gov

Beth Luongo
Program Assistant
bluongo@darienct.gov 


 

 

   
Medicare Savings Programs income limits are reduced effective Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more information
Medicare Savings Programs income limits are reduced effective Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more information
Medicare Savings Programs income limits are reduced effective Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more information
Medicare Savings Programs income limits are reduced effective Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more information
Medicare Savings Programs income limits are reduced effective Jan 1, 2018. Click here for more information