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The Bill Memorial Library is a proud member of the Thames River Heritage Park. Learn more.

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The Groton GO! pass is an annual program to get children and families out into the community together for fun, education and to build protective factors. Download the pdf here, or visit us or Groton Public Library, or the Groton Rec Department for a copy.

Visit community members to get your pass stamped. Return your completed pass to the Groton Town/City Police Departments, libraries, or Washington Park’s Farmers’ Market by September 9, 2022 to enter a drawing for a prize.

Sponsored by Children First Groton and Safety Workgroup

National Social Assistance

We try to keep everything updated, but ask you to please contact the assistance organization to confirm information.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is now the Affordable Connectivity Program. For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.fcc.gov/acp.

Connecticut State Resources

An annotated list of databases produced by Connecticut state agencies. Links are organized into sections, including Agriculture & Food Sources; Business, Finance & Economy; Community & Social Services; Jobs & Unemployment; Laws, Legislative Materials, and Legal Issues; and more!

A new State of Connecticut program that is providing mortgage relief to homeowners who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete list of eligibility criteria and program parameters, and an online application, can be found at www.chfa.org/MyHomeCT.

Homeowners who may need additional assistance or who would like to speak to someone in-person can visit one of several MyHomeCT Resource Centers throughout the state. A list of those locations can be found at the website

Homeowners can also call call the MyHomeCT hotline at 877-894-4111 (Mon-Fri 10 AM – 8 PM EST).

No-Cost Meals for All Kids, All Summer

The CT Summer Meals Program is federally funded by the USDA and state-administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). The program provides free, nutritious meals to kids during summer break. Summer Meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are composed of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein. Summer Meals are offered at over 400 sites around the state from June to late August, serving combinations of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Meals are free to any child age 18-and-under, no questions asked. For a meal site locator map, visit the EHC page here.

Local Social Service Assistance and Information

We try to keep everything updated, but ask you to please contact the assistance organization to confirm information.

Community & Social Service Departments and Organizations

TVCCA Cares – Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.

38 Central Avenue, Groton, CT 06340
 (860) 889-1365

“Improving the overall well being of individuals and families in need…”

Services include, among other things, SNAP benefits assistance:

SNAP is not limited to children with families. Eligibility is based primarily on income and citizenship/residency requirements. Income tables can be found here. For assistance completing the application, contact Heather Laidlaw at the number above for help over the phone at (860) 425-6647.

Groton Department of Human Services

2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT  06340
(860) 441-6760

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Groton Social Services (GSS) offers the following services:  

  • Assistance to Seniors
  • Housing Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Energy Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Outreach Programs

Groton Youth and Family Services

2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT  06340
(860) 441-6760

​Intervention Services include:

  • ​Short term counseling
  • Preliminary screening for depression, suicide, sexual/physical abuse, ADD/ADHD
  • Information and Referral

Groton Family Support Center

2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT  06340
(860) 441-6760

Open weekdays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

​The Groton Family Support Center (GFSC) offers the following services:

  • ​One to One Parent Education
  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Support Groups
  • Information and Referral
  • Home Visits
  • Parent Education Classes

Groton Housing Authority

770 Poquonnock Road, Groton, CT 06340
(860) 445-1596

Town of Groton Housing Authority manages two moderate income elderly and disabled housing complexes, Pequot Village and Grasso Gardens, which are part of CHFA’s (Connecticut Housing Finance Authority) housing portfolio. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut

914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT 06385
(860) 701-9113 or (866) 274-5587

Check out their website for a calendar of events, a relocation guide, and more! Also view their publication, the Community Guide.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut

283 Stoddards Wharf Road, Gales Ferry, CT 06335
(860) 464-7281

Calendar of events and information on where to find food, where to turn for help if you’re between jobs (everything from health care, to consumer credit counseling, to rental information), and volunteer and engagement opportunities.

Local Area Shelters

We try to keep everything updated, but ask you to please contact the assistance organization to confirm information.

New London Homeless Hospitality Center

325 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320
(860) 439-1573

The New London Homeless Hospitality Center includes an overnight shelter and a Day Shelter with 40 beds, with an additional 7-bed Respite area to care for those facing health crises.

Covenant Shelter

42 Jay Street, New London, CT  06320
(860) 443-0537

Covenant Shelter of New London is a 35-bed emergency residential shelter which serves up to 14 single men and families with children. Covenant provides meals and case management services to assist individuals and families acquire safe, stable housing.

The WARM Center

56 Spruce Street, Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 596-9276

The WARM Shelter is a 19-bed facility designed to help homeless men and women.  The WARM Shelter’s men’s dormitory has 12 beds and one small single room for the dorm manager.  The WARM Shelter’s Women’s Dormitory provides a safe and warm environment for 6 women with a separate bathroom with a washer and dryer in it for their use.  While staying at the Shelter residents must remain alcohol and drug free, follow house rules, meet with their peers and staff at a weekly meeting and submit to random alcohol/drug testing.

​WARM-Up
In addition to the 19-bed short-term shelter, WARM provides five additional separate, individual rooms of long-term transitional housing. This program, known as WARM-Up, occupies the same building – but not the same floor – as the shelter. Participants in this program may stay up to two years. They must work or volunteer full-time, pay a portion of their income in rent, remain alcohol and drug free, follow house rules, meet with their peers and staff at a weekly meeting and submit to random alcohol/drug testing.

Bethsaida Community, Inc. (no website)

PO Box 913, Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 886-7511

The Mission of Bethsaida Community is to create a hope, a home, a family for homeless or at risk women. Their programs provide a supportive environment that promotes healing, personal growth, and self-sufficiency with the expectation of participation in employment and supportive services.  Bethsaida provides Recovery Housing for its transitional, permanent, and low income housing.  All programs are voluntary – clients who come to Bethsaida have chosen to focus on their recovery from substance use disorders, and previous trauma.

Local Area Food Resources

We try to keep everything updated, but ask you to please contact the assistance organization to confirm information.

Meals

Groton Community Meals

Groton Senior Center

102 Newtown Road. Groton, CT  06340
(860) 4421-6785​

Everyone is welcome for Free Monday Dinners from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m (Note: Meals are not served on (Monday) Federal holidays.  Rides to meals are available via the Sr. Ctr. Van (Call 860-441-6785, $2.00 p/ride.)

New London Community Meal Center

12 Montauk Ave. New London, CT  06320
(860) 444-7745

The organization currently provides lunch five days per week and dinner six days per week, including a Saturday dinner served by a local church.

Christ United Methodist Church

200 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340
(860) 445-0088

 The Christ United Methodist Church hosts a free community breakfast on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Meals on Wheels

TVCCA, (860) 934–1001 or (860) 886-1720

Nutritious meals delivered to homebound persons, age 60 or older.

Food Pantries

We try to keep everything updated, but ask you to please contact the assistance organization to confirm information.

United Way Mobile Food Pantry (Several Sites)

(please bring your photo ID and your own bags)

  • Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT  06340
    2nd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • St. John’s Christian Church, 346 Shennecosset Road, Groton, CT 06340
    4th Friday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Jennings School, 50 Mercer Street, New London, CT 06320
    4th Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Please contact United Way for additional sites in the area.
Phone: (860) 464-3327.

Groton Food Locker

Located at Groton Human Services, 2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT

Please call (860) 441-6760, if you are out of food and are experiencing a food emergency.

Salvation Army of New London

11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London, CT
(860) 443-6409

Food Pantry available to eligible individuals.  Please call to make appointment.

Centro de la Communidad

109 Blinman Street, New London, CT  06320
(860) 442-4463

Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcome with proper documentation.  Please call for more information.