Headed by Kathleen Doherty-Peck, who runs the Senior Center, with assistance from Danielle Staubley, who also helps…More with the seniors, the Social Services Department helps Montville residents when they are in crisis.
When people are in emergency situations and need help with food, housing or energy costs, the department is there to help. It has a clothing bank, it can help find shelter and can offer guidance and referrals for people and families in trouble.
You can reach the Social Services office at 860-848-8820. The director's number is 860-848-0422.
The Youth Services Bureau is housed in a one-story storefront with a blue sign and brightly-painted windows, across…More the street from the entrance to town hall. Although it is not a big building, it is home to big programs.
The Bureau works to enrich the experiences of young men and women in Montville by giving them chances to grow—socially, educationally and emotionally. Among other things, it offers them a safe, drug- and violence-free place to go after school. Barbara Lockhart has directed the program for 14 years.
The Youth Services Bureau offers an after-school program for grades 4-12. It offers counseling, community service work and a playgroup program for parents and toddlers. Most of the programs offered here are free.
Kathleen Doherty-Peck, the director of the senior center and of social services for Montville, says the center serves…More more than 500 seniors every week.
The center offers free programs, transportation and activities for the seniors. Health programs and exercise classes include dance, pilates and yoga. Transportation to and from the center is available and free.
There is also transportation to the New London-Waterford area, to Norwich and around the town of Montville for shopping and other activities; on Fridays there's a program of special trips to new and different spots in the region. There's also a program to take seniors to medical appointments, locally or long-distance.
The center does lots of fund-raising and writes lots of grants and gets some money, as well, from the town.
Also available through the center are educational workshops, computer classes, food baskets and assistance with programs to help people with financial difficulties. These include rebates for renters, help with energy costs, food stamps, Medicare and more.
Help is also available for people with questions about managed care, living wills and similar issues.