Lisa’s List

The following list was last updated on 09/25/2022 on this page and the files available for download.

NEW- places were added and the headers have been put in alphabetical order for better ease of use.
NEW-categories were added to provide better detail.
NEW-several Nationwide Programs have been added.

If you would like to add to this list for the update in early 2023 please contact me.

I know what its like to struggle and not know where to turn. It stinks. The wolves are always at your door if you’re lucky enough to have one. It’s distressing, disheartening, and dehumanizing.

My husband and I have worked hard just to make ends meet for the last 36 years while we care for our family. Even with two people working getting everything you need can be difficult.

The following is a list of places where those in need in New London County CT can obtain a variety of assistance, care, and services. There is information for infants, young adults, elders, disabled, those in recovery or seeking substance abuse assistance, those facing homelessness, legal assistance, domestic violence assistance, and of course, for families and children. The list contains information on food pantries and meals in the area as well. Many of the organizations below provide a variety of services so check them out. They have been categorized here by what I feel is their main focus but may not be all they have to offer.

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Lisa’s List


Department of Social Services

401 W Thames St #102, Norwich, CT 06360                                                             
(855) 626-6632                     
Provides a wide variety of services including:
Health & Home Care
Food and Nutrition
Children, Family, and Older Adults
Community and Social Work
Financial and Employment
Other Programs and Services


Dial 211 on your phone or visit for help and information on: Food-pantries, mobile pantries, and meals
Mental Health-Counseling services/referrals (children, youth, & adults), support groups
Health Care
Substance Use -treatment/education/prevention
Youth– acquiring documents, basic needs, education, employment, healthcare, legal, housing.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Youth, mental health, parenting, recreation, and transportation
Utility/Energy Assistance
Income -employment/career/financial planning
Children & Families-early education, housing, nutrition, mental health, parenting support, income assistance
Crisis-services, shelter, food
Basic Needs-holiday assistance, clothing, household items
Legal Assistance-family law, general support
Older Adults-benefits assistance, information on health and aging

TVCCA (Thames Valley Council for Community Action)

TVCCA provides a multitude of services and partners with other organizations to address the social determinants of health – housing, food security, employment needs, education, and basic needs of low- income and vulnerable households in Eastern Connecticut, with a focus on building the community’s self-sufficiency and resiliency.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)




Safe Futures

16 Jay St., New London, CT 06320
Safe Futures saves lives, restores hope and changes the future for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in southeastern Connecticut. Our hotline is available for anyone who feels unsafe 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. All services are free and confidential.
Services include:
24 Hour Hotline 7 days a week/365 days a year
24 Hour LAP Line (Law Enforcement Lethality Assessment)
15 Bed Emergency Shelter and Safe Hotels
Scattered Site Transitional Living Apartments 6-8OVW
Transitional Living Program-9 Apartments for victims and families -Phoenix House
Short Term Substance Abuse Residential Recovery Program-Katie Blair House
Permanent Supportive Housing Scattered Site Dual Diagnoses-Pilots
Permanent Supportive Housing on site-Flora O’Neil
Rapid Rehousing Units
Walk in Counseling Offices-New London and Norwich
Criminal Court Advocates -New London GA 10
Criminal Court Advocates Norwich Court GA-21
Civil Court Advocate –Norwich Civil Court Victim Advocate Law Enforcement (VALE) REGIONAL The Center for Safe Futures Project
Child and Family Advocate
Nurse Advocate
Camp Hope America- Safe Futures
Violence is Preventable Educators and Counselors in local schools
Public Policy Liaison Essentials Donation Center Therapy pets – Luna and Jill

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the
Safe Futures 24/7 Confidential Hotline at (860) 701-6001
or call the Statewide Safe Connect Number at (888) 774-2900.
Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233                 TEXT: 88788

Madonna Place

Family Support Center Program
240 Main Street, Norwich, CT 06360
860- 886-6600             
The Family Support Center is a unique program providing a non-bureaucratic, family friendly “one-stop”, comprehensive center for at-risk families to increase their parenting skills, receive emotional support, stabilize their family, and improve access to information and resources.
Services provided:
Support network
Peer support
Counseling Information and referrals
Household items
Parenting classes
Cooking/nutrition classes
Baby equipment, formula, diapers clothing
Adult education/English as a second language
Basic needs or emergency assistance

Child & Family Agency

255 Hempstead St., New London, CT 06320
Early Development
Child Welfare
Family Resources and more.

Jewish Federation

28 Channing St., New London, CT 06320
Youth Services
 Community Outreach
 Assistance for Seniors

Salvation Army

11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London, CT 06320
169 Franklin St., Norwich, CT – 06360    860 889-2329
Offers a wide range of programs and services
After School Programs
Boys & Girls Club
Summer Camp opportunities
Addiction Services
Holiday assistance

The Connection

100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203 Middletown, CT 06457
Toll-Free Helpline For easy access to our services, call our Toll-Free Helpline at (855) HELP 955 or (855) 435-7955 anytime during business hours. A trained staff member will assist you with your questions and will guide you to the appropriate Connection service.
At The Connection, we understand the complexity of community problems such as homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and community justice rehabilitation. Our programs aim to solve these problems with care and compassion.
Services include:
Child &Family
Young Adult

Catholic Charities

Norwich: 860.889.8346 ext. 265
New London: 860-443-5328 ext. 12
Help in the following areas
Shelter (including rental assistance when available)
Clothing (including vouchers issued when available) Utilities
Prescription Assistance
Emergency Transportation

Shiloh Baptist Church

1 Garvin St., New London, CT 06320
The Shiloh Development Corporation (SDC) is a private non-profit corporation, which operates the Shiloh Family Life Center (SFLC), located in the heart of New London, CT. The mission of SDC is to meet the needs of the community through creative programs across generational, socio-economic, and cultural lines. Utilizing its key resource, the SFLC, Shiloh Development Corporation addresses the needs of the community and is committed to the uplifting of the people it serves.

St. Vincent de Paul Place

120 Cliff St.  Norwich, CT 06360
860- 889-7374
Need help beyond food? Our case manager is able to help with unemployment, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, and more. We can help with State benefits, such as SNAP, Husky insurance, and other programs. We provide personal hygiene items and a private shower; winter clothing; children’s clothes and diapers; essential household items; and pet care items.
All conversations are private and confidential.
Case Management Hours 
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Care & Share of East Lyme, CT

12 Roxbury Rd., Niantic CT 06357
We respond to calls Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Emergency Food Assistance
Emergency Financial Assistance
Holiday Assistance
Heating Assistance
Child Care Assistance
Camping & College Scholarship Opportunities

Grampy’s Charities

261 Ledyard Street, New London, CT 06320
Jim Castle | 860-235-6973 | Email Jim      Fran Walenta | 860-573-4902 | Email Fran
At Grampy’s Charities we raise funds to support organizations transforming the lives of children. It is our hope that by partnering with comfort and research-based charities we will be able to make a difference in the lives of kids who need us most.


Helmets to Hardhats
This  nationwide program is designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry. Most career opportunities offered by the program are connected to federally-approved apprenticeship training programs. Such training is provided by the trade organizations themselves at no cost to the veteran. No prior experience is needed; in fact, most successful placements start with virtually no experience in their chosen field.

OIC of New London County

106 Truman St., New London, CT 06320
Educational Training and Services
 Employment Skills Training,
Our mission is to provide training, basic skills, supportive counseling, and job creation services to primarily low income persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

New London Adult & Continuing Education

3 Shaws Cove, First Floor, New London, CT
High School Diploma
General Education
Career Training
English as a Second Language

Hire Heroes
Nationwide Program     Our Mission: Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

Skill Up
National FREE job training courses
We provide rigorous online training in disciplines such as Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science, among others. In other words, we specialize in areas where technologies and best practices are changing rapidly, and the demand for qualified candidates significantly exceeds supply.


CT Department of Aging & Disability Services

55 Farmington Ave. Hartford, CT 06105-3730
Toll-Free: 800-537-2549 
The Department of Aging and Disability Services provides many programs and services to maximize opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut.

Elderly and Disabled Renter’s Rebate Program

Who Is Eligible: All Connecticut Residents 65 years or older as of the end of the calendar year (December 31st), or totally and permanently disabled. Residents, who paid rent (partial or full year) in Connecticut in 2021.
Income Guidelines: Up to $38,100 for Singles; $46,400 for Married Couples
What You Need to Apply:
Copy of Income Tax Return, if filed
Proof of all Rent paid (Rent receipts or letter) Proof of all utility bills paid
Proof of all Income (i.e. Wages, SSA-1099, Pensions, Interest, etc.)

You May Be Eligible for a Rebate Between $50-$900!

Sponsored by the State of Connecticut, Office of Policy & Management
For more information or to schedule an appointment contact
Groton Human Services at 860-441-6760
For New London Residents:        120 Broad Street, New London, CT 6320 860-447-5232
Get in touch with the housing authority in your town or contact your town hall to find out more about this program.

Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE)

Contact Information 800-445-5394
Referrals – Option 4
Financial Eligibility Questions – Option 2
Katie Beckett Model Waiver – Option 3General Information – Press 0#
To be eligible, applicants must be 65 years of age or older, be a Connecticut resident, be at risk of nursing home placement and meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria. To be at risk of nursing home placement means that the applicant needs assistance with critical needs such as bathing, dressing, eating, taking medications, toileting. The CHCPE helps eligible clients continue living at home instead of going to a nursing home. Each applicant’s needs are reviewed to determine if the applicant may remain at home with the help of home care services. For more information on eligibility criteria, please see the link below.
Services may include:
Care Management Services
 Adult Day Health Services,
Companion Services,
Home Delivered Meals,
Homemaker Services
Assisted Living Services
*Personal Care Attendant Services ,
*Chore Assistance – only available as part of a package of services to applicants who meet all other eligibility criteria.
Adult Family Living,
Bill Payer
Support Broker
 Care Transitions
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Assistive Technology

Groton Housing Authority

For Groton residents 62+ or on Social Security Disability
770 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340
Monday – Friday 9AM to 4PM

New London Housing Authority

For New London residents 62+ or on Social Security Disability
78 Walden Ave., New London, CT 06320
860-443-2851—Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

South East CT Community Center of the Blind

75 Granite Street Rear, New London, CT 06320
Our Mission is to serve the social, recreational, educational, referral, and advocacy needs of the Blind and Visually Impaired population of southeastern Connecticut and assist them in attaining and maintaining an independent lifestyle.

Pinetop Musicians League (for elder musicians)

Nationwide Program

Our goal is to provide emergency financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses such as:
Temporary home care services
Transportation services to and from doctor’s appointments, health and/or social services such as (but not limited to) dialysis, chemo therapy, radiation
Transport to and from grocery/pharmacy stores etc.
Doctor visits and procedures
Emergency services
Financial aid for household utilities or other basic living expenses
Assistance with burial costs


Groton Area Locations

Bent Crandall Pantry   
649 Buddington Rd, Groton
Call ahead for an appointment
Mon, Wed & Fri 12pm – 1pm
Income restrictions

Groton Human Services Pantry
2 Fort Hill Rd, Groton
Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Must call ahead for an appointment

Malta Pantry
20 Grove Ave, Groton
Wed 10am-noon, by appt only no restrictions

John’s Christian Church Pantry
346 Shennecossett Rd, Groton
4th Friday 12:30-2pm
Drive through

Groton Community Meals (two locations) Groton Senior Center,
12 Newtown Rd. Groton, CT(Mon. 6-7pm)
Thames River Magnet School
250 Brandegee Ave., Groton (Wed. 5-6pm)
All welcome – all under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Groton Congregational Church
162 Monument St., Groton
Community Bagged Lunch
Saturdays Noon to 12:30pm

Linda C. Davis Food Pantry
741 Col. Ledyard Highway, Ledyard
(860) 464-3222

New London Area Locations

Engaging Heaven Church
66 Union St., New London, CT
Breakfast Program
Mon-Fri 7-7:30am

New London Community Meal Center
12 Montauk Ave., New London, CT
Served Meals
https://www.newlondoncommunitymealcenter. org/
Serves lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Serves dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm
Monday-Friday and on Sunday
Lunch also served on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Saturday of every month

Catholic Charities
Emergency Pantry
28 Huntington St, New London, CT
Monday-Friday by appointments only

City of NL Food Pantry
Pantry for Senior Citizens 60+
New London Senior Center
120 Broad St., New London, CT
1st Thurs/month 12-3pm
1st Fri/month 9am-3pm

New London Area Food Pantry
106 Truman St., New London, CT
860 443-6680
Monday 12:30-2:30pm
Thursday 9:30-11:30am

Church of the City Community Meals
268 State Street, New London
Dinner served-
every Saturday

St. James Episcopal Church
76 Federal St., NL
 Wed 10am-12:30pm

Whalers Helping Whalers
Elks Club, 81 Washington St., New London, CT
Pantry & Meals
Sat 11am-1pm

New London Salvation Army
11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London
Tues, Wed & Thurs 10am- noon
By appt only, may receive food every other week

Shiloh’s Food Pantry
3 Garvin Street, New London, CT 06320
860-443-6046 ext. 110
Fridays 3:30-5pm Open to All. Registration preferred.
Bags prepared by staff & distributed to clients. Clients not allowed in the building.

Hispanic Alliance
176 State St, New London, CT 06320
Monday 4-6pm must preregister

FRESH New London
PO Box 285, New London, CT 06320        
FRESH New London
is a tiny but mighty food justice organization. We work through three buckets: Empowering Youth, Connecting Community and Growing Food to dismantle systemic oppression and build food sovereignty.
Food for the People
In collaboration with Ledge Light Health District, L&M Hospital, the city of New London, and a host of volunteers, FRESH distributes boxes of food every Wednesday 12:00-2:00 to our friends and neighbors in need. These boxes are available free of charge to any New London resident that needs one.

Waterford Food Bank
200 Boston Post Rd., Waterford
(860) 444-5848 Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm
The Waterford Community Food Bank serves as a hub to our community. We proudly provide emergency food assistance to Waterford residents in need. Call to sign up.

Norwich Area Locations

St. Vincent de Paul Place
120 Cliff St.  Norwich, CT
860- 889-7374
Food Pantry Hours of Operation

Monday       9:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday  9:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday     9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dining Room Hours of Operation
Breakfast  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Lunch  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Lee Memorial United Methodist Church
294 Washington St., Norwich, CT
Food Fridays Pantry



United Community and Family Services, Inc.

351 North Frontage Rd, Suite 24, New London, CT            860.442.4319     
47  Town St. Norwich, CT              860.892.7042
226 E. Main St., Griswold, CT      860.376.7040
120-122 Plainfield Road, Moosup, CT     860.822.4938
212 Upton Road, Suite C, Colchester, CT               860.537.7676
Adult and Pediatric Primary Medical Care Women’s Health Services
Geriatric Assessment & Management Program
Dental Services
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Community Based Behavioral Health Services Community Outreach Services
Eldercare Services

Martin House

401 West Thames Street, Building 700   Norwich, CT   06360
 Recovery for Life: (860) 886-1200

Transitional, Housing, Recovery
The Board of Directors and Employees of Martin House have made a commitment to provide a nurturing community where individuals of limited income who have been alone, alienated, fearful and dispossessed can develop healthy relationships, new dignity, and a renewed life. Our community includes people recovering from mental illness and addictions. This is accomplished by providing dignified housing, nutritious food, a safe, caring environment, and supportive services for 54 men and women who seldom experience any of these.

Reliance Health, Inc.

40 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360
Mental Health, Housing Resources, Community Resources, Clinical Services and More
Our 30+ programs provide tools and resources for individuals to move forward in their lives. Each program focuses on positive relationships and mental wellness because we believe healthy living starts with your mind.

Alliance for Living

154  Broad St., New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-0884
ALLIANCE For Living provides the following services for people living with AIDS/HIV, homelessness, and substance abuse issues.
Medical Case Management
This is the provision of a range of client-centered activities focused on improving the health outcomes in support of the HIV care continuum.
Non-Medical Case Management
Treatment Adherence Program (TAP) Medical Nutrition Therapy
Early Intervention Services
HIV Testing Alliance for Living offers free HIV testing on-site using 4th generation technology Antibody and Antigen Combination Test. Results for the test are available within 20 minutes. This test is very reliable and can detect HIV within 15 days of exposure.
Syringe Service Program The Syringe Service Program allows individuals to exchange used syringes for new ones. The program also allows clients to get other supplies and information/referrals as needed. Visit our Syringe Service page for hours or call 860.447.0884 x239.
Food Pantry
Visit our food pantry at AFL’s office at 154 Broad Street, New London. Where you can select a variety of food, personal care, and household items. The Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm

Sound Community Services

21 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320
We provide SUPPORT and SERVICES for individuals with BEHAVIORAL HEALTH and SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS. Accessing care is now easier than ever! Please see our intake process on our website to understand the steps necessary to join the Sound Community.
Services include:
Case Management Medication Therapy
Social Rehab Support
24/7Residential Services

Stonington Institute

Locations in North Stonington and Groton
Our Mission
To provide superior behavioral healthcare services that: clients recommend to families and friends, physicians prefer for their clients, purchasers select for their clients, and employees are proud of.

SCADD (Southeastern  Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence)

Several Locations & Services
Main Address:   37 Camp Mooween Road, Lebanon, CT 06249
Our Purpose-To accomplish its mission, SCADD will address all aspects of the treatment process. The treatment process will include cost effective Outpatient, Detox and Residential Treatment Services. No person at the acute level of care will be turned away regardless of their ability to pay, or the number of times they present themselves. SCADD is committed to keeping the community informed and involved.

Southeastern Mental Health Authority

401 West Thames Street, Building 301, Norwich, CT 06360
SMHA Main Phone:(860) 859-4500
24 hour Crisis Line: (860) 886-9302
DMHAS Addiction Treatment 24 hour hotline: 1-800-563-4086—Homepage
Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery oriented and offered in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner.  We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Nationwide Program

Co-Pay Assistance Program provides assistance toward the cost of Private, Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE insurance premiums, and treatment-related co-pays and co-insurance for prescription drugs, labs, scans, tests, etc. Award levels vary by disease fund. 
Patient Aid Program
provides a one-time $100 stipend to eligible blood cancer patients to help offset non-medical expenses.
Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Programs
 provide assistance for treatment-related transportation and lodging expenses. Eligible patients receive a $500 grant.
Susan Lang Pre CAR T-cell Therapy Travel Assistance Program 
provides assistance for treatment-related transportation and lodging expenses for patients who are being evaluated to receive CAR T-cell therapy as either standard treatment or a clinical trial. Eligible patients receive a $2,500 grant.
Urgent Need Programs 
provide assistance for non-medical expenses including rent, mortgage, lodging, utilities, childcare, elder care, food, transportation, car repair, car insurance, phone service, and acute dental work related to treatment. Eligible patients receive a $500 grant.
Other Financial Aid

For information about other financial aid, click here.

National Cancer Assistance Foundation

Nationwide Program         866-413-5789
Over the years, NATCAF has developed five different programs to support families and individuals with cancer — the Children’s Cancer Dream Network, the Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, NATCAF Kids, NATCAF Children’s Fund, and the National Cancer Assistance Military fund. We work tirelessly to put donations to use for those affected by cancer and their families by paying for everyday living expenses like rent, utilities, transportation, groceries, lodging while at treatment, childcare costs, and other essential living expenses. 

Glenn Garcelon Foundation-For Patients with Brain Tumors

Nationwide Program           
Mission: To empower and support brain tumor patients and their families by awarding grants to help with expenses that are beyond their means. Our goal is to ease some of the financial burden that often adds to the stress of a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. This allows patients and their caregivers to focus, with less distraction, on treatment and quality time with loved ones.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation-Emergency Assistance Program

Nationwide program

MS Focus’ Emergency Assistance Grant provides full or partial financial assistance for urgent needs related to rent or utilities. Our medication copay assistance is currently suspended.  Disclaimer – MS Focus does not provide assistance with mortgage payments. Funds are limited and restrictions apply. Applicants must provide documentation of the need, authorization for the program coordinator to communicate directly with the party to whom the money is owed, and a doctor’s verification of their MS diagnosis. Please note: this is a one-time-use program. Individuals who have previously received help with rent, utilities, or medications through this program may not apply again.  To learn more, call our National Toll-Free Helpline at 888-MS Focus (888-673-6287), email, or start your application now.

Myositis Patient Financial Assistance Program

Nationwide program

Learn more about and download the application and help guide for the MSU Myositis Patient Financial Assistance program. NOTE: This is NOT a copay assistance program.
This program is for members. If you have not yet created your free MSU membership, please do so prior to applying.
We understand living with a rare disease like Myositis is expensive and the need for financial assistance is real. Since 2017, we have helped hundreds of people with Myositis in these categories: mobility/assistive equipment, medical bills – not a copay assistance program – and emergency household expenses.

United Healthcare Children’s Fund

Nationwide program

The mission of UHCCF is to provide medical grants to enhance the quality of life of children across the United States. Purpose: The United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) offers timely financial support to families so they can focus on what is most important – enhancing the quality of life of their child. UHCCF grants help with medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered, by a family’s commercial health insurance.


Housing Resource Center

727 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
At the Housing Resource Center, we work with both renters and homeowners individually to identify why they are at risk of losing their housing, what resources they can access to help, identify and implement a plan for the immediate crisis, and plan for the prevention of future housing instability.
Our Housing Counseling Agency program includes one-on-one Counseling – including household budgeting, financial fitness education, and fair housing information

H.O.P.E Inc.

187 Williams Street, New London CT 06320
(860) 447 0812         
HOPE is a non-profit corporation dedicated to developing affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families in New London.

Affordable Connectivity Program

Nationwide program-
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. See if your household is eligible.

C.O.R.E (Children of Restaurant Employees)

Nationwide program
Founded in 2004 by beverage executives who recognized a need to help employees with children who worked in food and beverage service operations at times of health crises and natural disaster. They discussed that children were impacted the most when an unexpected medical crisis, injury or death occurred and created CORE. Since the early days, the organization has grown to help food and beverage service employees with children in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
CORE provides support in the form of a financial grant when an employee, spouse or child faces a medical crisis, injury, death, or natural disaster.  An average grant is $2,400 and may cover rent/mortgage, utilities, prescription/ medical equipment costs, funds for basic necessities, childcare, expenses related to a funeral and more.  CORE serves as a resource and benefit for operators across the country.  Additionally, CORE provides employee engagement opportunities, partnership opportunities and resources for all organizations.

Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society

Nationwide Program
                The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

Helping Hands for Freedom

Nationwide Program
This program provides emergency financial assistance to Active Military, Veterans, Wounded Veteran and Gold Star families. This is based on needs that arise from financial hardships faced when a service member is wounded, facing multiple deployments, killed in action or suffering from injuries received in the line of duty. We also assist Gold Star families who have lost a loved one to the war or post war suicide resulting from complications from PTSD and/or other injuries. Our charter requires there is at least one child 18 or under currently in the home to be eligible for assistance. These payments can include lease, mortgage, insurance, car payments, utility bills, and some travel expenses. These payments do not include money for groceries, gas or direct cash paid to the service member or family.


The Diaper Bank-CT
370 State Street, Suite B North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-934-7009
Fax: 203-287-1899
The Diaper Bank is Part of a National Network–We work to raise awareness that too many in our community lack access to basic needs that are essential throughout individuals’ lifespans. Our work helps ensure families have enough diapers for their infants and toddlers, individuals have access to period supplies, and youths and adults in need can access incontinence products. No one should have to worry about affording these basic needs.

The Cloth Option

Nationwide Program

The Cloth Option’s free cloth diaper distribution program is available to qualifying families who complete our (the TCO)  application online or in person. Our program is available within the United States, U.S. Territories, and to U.S. Military families stationed abroad. We help families who are experiencing diaper need to switch to reusable diapers, by providing an initial supply of cloth diapers. 

Free Formula Exchange                          

The Free Formula Exchange is a nationwide mutual aid network connecting families who need baby formula to people who have formula to donate. This online tool is free to use.

Packages of Hope— Lily’s  Hope  Foundation      

The Lily’s Hope Foundation supports babies, children and their families with unexpected and urgent needs due to premature birth.
This program provides:
Hospital Package of Hope
Sibling Package of Hope
Transition Home Package of Hope
Baby supplies
The Hospital Package of Hope is for those families with their preemie currently in the NICU, containing vital and basic items for the immediate use to allow them to focus on their little one while in the NICU. Example of contents include blankets, hand sanitizer, coffee, snacks, cleaning wipes, disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
The Transition Home Package of Hope is for those families transitioning home with their preemie and have been home for no more than 1 month helping families feel prepared for their little one when they come home from the NICU.


Juvenile Review Board

New London Community & Campus Coalition —
 Case Manager
New London Police Department — Youth Services
The Juvenile Review Board is a community-based diversion program. Community-based diversion is the act of diverting juveniles from the Juvenile Justice System and connecting them with local services and agencies appropriate to meet their needs. Referrals will be accepted from the New London Police Department and New London School System for Families with special needs (FWSN)

CT Legal Aid

125 Eugene O’Neill Drive, 1st Floor, New London, CT 06320
We focus our work on a broad range of civil legal issues including —housing, family, public benefits, elder, children, and immigration. Our advocates work hard to ensure that we are addressing the most pressing legal needs of our clients and are ready to respond to any new issues that may arise within the most vulnerable populations in our community.


New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Please contact 211 (Infoline) for a referral before calling the center. Program Offices & Shelter
325 Huntington St.
New London, CT 06320

Covenant Shelter

42 Jay Street, New London, CT
860-443-0537     Please contact 211 (Infoline) for a referral before calling the center.
Provides emergency shelter with the goal of obtaining permanent stable housing for our guests.

Always Home

119 High Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: (860) 245-0222  
Please contact 211
(Infoline) for a referral before calling the center.
Our goal is to keep families housed and to help parents create lasting stability for their children. We focus exclusively on serving Eastern Connecticut families with minor children and work to keep them in their own housing and out of emergency shelter, so that children never have to experience the trauma of being homeless.

Noank Community Support Services

479 Gold Star Highway Suite A, Groton, CT 06340
NCSS operates a transitional shelter dedicated to housing homeless young adults ages 18-26. The staff supports the young adults in their housing and employment searches in order to assist them in securing sustainable and secure housing and advancing career goals. Our aim is to make their experience with homelessness be rare, brief, and non-recurring. Eligibility Requirements: Please call or visit 2-1-1 to qualify for housing and find additional resources for those facing homelessness.
The Community Housing Assistance Program helps young adults ages 18-24 that are transitioning from foster care to self-sufficiency. The program provides rental and tuition assistance through DCF. This program assists clients with finding housing, supporting educational and/or vocational goals in collaboration with an assigned case manager. The case manager provides ongoing individualized support to assure a successful transition for the young adult. Eligibility Requirements: We are only able to accept referrals from the CT Department of Children and Families. If you are between the ages of 18-24 and have been in the custody of DCF, please call us at 860-333-1623 for more info.

Thames River Community Services

1 Thames River Place, Norwich                  860-887-3288
Thames River Community Service, Inc., located in Norwich, Connecticut, provides a safe environment and housing for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Through support services, they pursue goals for self-sufficiency and greater control over their lives. This is accomplished by promoting family and individual wellness, empowering and developing achievable plans for successful independent living, pursuing significant employment, acquiring life skills, and learning to maintain stability.


Groton Food Locker

2 Fort Hill Road, Groton; Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;        860-441-6760
The Groton Food Locker, located at Groton Human Services is here for any Groton resident in need of food. Food is available by appointment only and we have a no-contact, safe drive-up location set up for easy pickup. During the Covid-19 crisis, food is available to any Groton resident once per month, no income guidelines. Please call us today for an appointment and please share this information with anyone you feel may need some help during this time.

Groton Social Services

Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call 860-441-6760 for an appointment.
Groton Social Services offers support in the form of direct assistance, case management, advocacy, crisis intervention and information/referral services to individuals and families who need temporary assistance with housing, food and other basic necessities. All services are available free of charge to individuals and families who meet eligibility criteria. All persons requesting assistance of any type meet with a Social Worker, who determines eligibility for programs offered by the Town. The Social worker will also make referrals to other programs/services as necessary to provide advocacy and case management.
Services include: Assistance to Seniors
 Housing Assistance,
Food Assistance,
Energy Assistance
Financial Assistance,
Outreach Programs,
Pets, Veterans

Groton Youth and Family Services

Please call 860-441-6760 for an appointment.
Groton Youth & Family Services (GYFS) provides intervention and prevention services for at-risk children and youth. All services are free of charge.
Intervention Services include:
Short Term Counseling
Preliminary screening for depression, suicide, sexual/physical abuse, ADD/ADHD Information and Referral
Counseling appointments are offered Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, with extended hours available upon request, based upon client need and staff availability. GYFS offices are family-friendly and are located on the bus route.
Prevention Services are collaborative activities that are school and community based. Services include programs offered at town and school facilities on a variety of topics geared toward children and youth. Programs can be individualized for specific venues or audiences.

Groton Family Support Center

The GFSC location is family-friendly and located on the bus route. The GFSC is open weekdays, 8:30 am -4:30 pm, for walk-ins and by appointment. 860-441-6760
The Groton Family Support Center (GFSC) offers parents, caregivers, and children the opportunity to come together for a mix of friendship, counseling, and support services. Families of all types are encouraged to achieve and maintain healthy, positive relationships.
Services include: One to One Parent Education, Counseling, Case Management, Support Groups, Information and Referral, Home Visits, Parent Education

All services are provided free of charge and, as with all Department offices, confidentiality is respected. Parent education classes are open to anyone in New London County and counseling and other activities are open to Groton residents on a first come, first served basis.

Norwich Human Services

100 Broadway, Room 12, Norwich, CT
(860) 823-3778                   Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Open by appointment only
Our mission is to provide immediate services to residents in crisis and to develop and administer services that help people become self-sufficient and reach their maximum potential.
Adult and Family Services
Rose City Senior Center
Youth and Family Services
Recreation Department

Waterford Youth & Family Services

200 Boston Post Rd., Waterford
(860) 444-5848