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County of Gloucester Opens Warming Centers for Seniors Aged 60+

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced today that Gloucester County's six nutrition sites and the Shady Lane Nursing Home are open as 'Warming Centers’ to older residents who may need them.

Damminger said, "This sudden cold is a shock to all of our systems, but these really cold temperatures can take a toll on our older residents.  Please check on your older family members and neighbors, make sure they are all right in their homes and if they need something from the store or pharmacy, make the trip for them so they are not out in this cold."

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said today that Gloucester County’s six nutrition sites and the Shady Lane Nursing Home are open as ‘Warming Centers’ to older residents who may need them.

Damminger said, “We have been lucky to have such a mild winter so far, but these really cold temperatures can take a toll on our older residents.  Check on your older family members and neighbors, make sure they are all right in their homes and if they need something from the store or pharmacy, make the trip for them so they are not out in this cold.”

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “Seniors are particularly at risk for illness and hypothermia during winter months so it’s crucial that they stay warm.  I urge those in need to take advantage of the open Warming Centers throughout the County.”

Warming Centers for Seniors Aged 60+

Mantua Nutrition Site
Mantua Township Community Center
111 Mercer Ave. Mantua, NJ 08080
Telephone:  (856) 468-4773
Hours:  9:30 am – 1:30 pm            

Glassboro Nutrition Site
Glassboro Senior Center
152 S. Delsea Dr. Glassboro, NJ 08028
Telephone:  (856) 881 - 6610
Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Thorofare Nutrition Site
Thorofare Fire Hall
Firehouse Road Thorofare, NJ 08086  
Telephone:  (856) 853 – 6496
Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Monroe Twp. Nutrition Site
Pfeiffer Community Center
301 Blue Bell Street
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Telephone:  (856) 728 – 1140
Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Franklin Twp. Nutrition Site
Franklin Community Center
1584 Coles Mill Road
Franklinville, NJ 08322 
Telephone:  (856) 694-1413
Hours:  9: 00 AM - Noon 

Paulsboro Nutrition Site
Second Baptist Church
1534 Pine Street Paulsboro, NJ 08066
Telephone:  (609) 423 - 3387
Hours:  9:00 – Noon

Shady Lane Nursing Home
256 County House Road
Clarksboro, NJ 08020 
Telephone:  (856) 224-6979
Visiting Hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm   

Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson also noted that applications will be taken for the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now through March 15, 2017. 

LIHEAP assists low-income households with their electric, gas, oil and other types of fuel.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson said that Senior Services staff can screen an individual’s eligibility for the Universal Service Funds (USF), a program created by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to help assist with electric and natural gas costs.

Jefferson said, “Every resident should have a warm place to call home this winter. We want our seniors who are having a hard time making ends meet get the assistance they need.” Jefferson is the Freeholder Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services that includes the Division of Senior Services. 

The Freeholders said that in addition to senior and disabled residents, low-income families can visit www.mynjhelps.org to see what programs they may be eligible for and apply online for assistance. 

Seniors and residents with disabilities can call the Division of Senior Services/Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 856-384-6900 for more information and to learn about the proper documentation needed to apply.