Department of Human Services
Due to the current circumstances, Town Hall is available by appointment only. If you need assistance, please call the office at 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck email@example.com.
Human Services Annual Report 2017-18
Human Services Quarterly Report: July 2020
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program helps eligible Darien households pay for primary heating bills. If your household's primary heating costs are included in your rent, you may also apply for assistance. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 program on Monday, September 14 for households who heat with oil and Tuesday, October 13 for households who heat with electricity, gas or propane. Residents must meet certain income restrictions, provide proof of income and proof of assets. Please click here for more information.
Discount Produce Vouchers for Seniors: Darien seniors may now be eligible to receive discount vouchers for locally grown fruits and vegetables through the CT Dept of Agriculture's Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). SFMNP provides vouchers for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey to eligible low income seniors. Please click here for more information.
2019 Renters Rebate Program: Darien senior citizens and/or disabled residents who are renters may be eligible for a rent rebate from the State of Connecticut for the year 2019. While the program begins on April 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 the Human Services Department will begin accepting applications on Monday, June 1. The program continues through September 30, 2020. Please click here for more information.
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).
Medical Equipment: We accept donations of new (or gently-used) wheelchairs, transport chairs, walkers, crutches and canes. Personal hygiene equipment such as commodes and shower chairs must be new and unopened. Please call our office prior to dropping off the equipment.
All donations can be dropped off at Room 109 of Town Hall.
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 Serivces at 203-656-7328 or email Ali Ramsteck, Director, LCSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homebound with unused Rx Medications? Darien Police Officers will collect them from your home by appointment. Click here for more info.
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
2019 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
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
Cynthia Hall, LMSW
Office Administrator, Notary