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Social Services

The Town of Durham provides Human Service programs based on community needs and tradition. Our programs are fully responsive to the needs of our residents. Our Human Services Department is capable of planning, conducting and evaluating the comprehensive delivery of human services across agency lines to ensure appropriate services are provided to our residents. The programs and services we offer are provided to address the needs of residents in crisis, our elderly, those physically disabled, and those mentally disabled.

Morgan Perry
Social Services Coordinator

Office Hours: 
Monday: 8:00 – 3:00
Tuesday 8:00 – 2:00
Wednesday 8:00 – 2:00
Thursday 8:00 -2:00
Friday: Closed
Available by phone, email, Zoom and appointment.

Shopping for Durham Residents Ages 60+ and Immunocompromised

  • Contact the Human Services office Monday – Thursday by 12:00PM if interested in ordering groceries.
  • Grocery pick up is currently available for Lino’s Market, Brenda’s Main Street Feed and JC Farm and Greenhouses.
  • Please contact us first before calling the store with your order so we can reach out to a volunteer. Then you can contact Lino’s Market, Brenda’s Feed store or JC Farms to place your order and pay over the phone (by card only).
  • The volunteer will pick up and drop off your items outside your door.
  • It is recommended that you wipe down any items received.
  • If you are interested in being a volunteer feel free to let us know. Contact the Human Services office with any questions: (860) 349-3153 or mperry@townofdurhamct.org


Estuary Transit District
Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation

Program Overview
The Estuary Transit District’s Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation provides accessible transportation within the 9 Town Transit service area and is available 7 days per week. The service is available to all residents within the Estuary Transit District. Participant’s taxi rides to designated COVID Testing sites within the Estuary Transit District are paid 100%.

Service Area

The trip must begin in one of the following towns: Clinton, Chester, Durham, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. To use the Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation, find a testing site within the Estuary Transit District.

How To Book A Trip
You may book a trip by calling the taxi provider, Curtin Transportation, at 860-443-1655. Reservations may be made between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM Monday through Friday at least one day in advance. A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be provided upon request.

Up to three (3) companions, including a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), may ride for free with the eligible rider. The eligible rider and companions must have the same origin and destination.

COVID Precautions
All riders are required to wear a mask. The vehicles are equipped with front to back protection barriers. After each ride, the vehicle is wiped down with disinfectant wipes.

Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation will be available until June 30, 2021 or until funding is exhausted. ETD reserves the right to limit number of uses per individual.

Curtin Transportation
(860) 443-1655

Reservation Times:
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Bus Schedules:   
General Bus Service: 9 Town Transit Service
Senior Bus:

Listing files in 'Senior Bus Schedule'

Senior Soup and Salad:

Listing files in 'Soup and Salad'

Senior Lunch Program: Senior Cafe 

Senior Happenings Newsletter:

Listing files in 'Senior Happenings'

Community Support and Services

Additional Resources and Information:
St. Lukes's
Community Health Center
Cancer Resource Network
Eddy Homeless Shelter
CRT Energy Assistance
Kuhn Employment Opportunities
Mauro Meadow Senior Housing
Meals on Wheels (CW Resources)
Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council
Middlesex Hospital Homecare
Middlesex Hospital Center Behavioral Health
Pharmacy Assistance Program
Sexual Assualt Crisis Center
Substance Abuse Assistance
Transportation Services
Regional Metal Health Board
Youth and Family Services
Senior Citizens Programs
Special Needs Training Center Camp

Change Inc Counseling Services:  16 Main Street, Suite 202, Durham, CT
860-346-0771 Ext. 50
Provides counseling services to teenager and adult clients.
Nurses at Home:  16 Main Street, Suite 208, Durham, CT
860-346-0771 Ext. 50
Provides personal care assistance, homemaking, companion, bill paying and mental health

Mental Health Services & Resources for Middlesex County

Crisis Assessment, Triage & Intake Evaluation

River Valley Services Mobile Crisis Team 
24/7 emergency services
Intake evaluation and connection to services 
non-emergency *860-262-5239

Rushford Center

Triage and evaluation for adults in need of substance abuse services
Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health
Comprehensive outpatient and inpatient behavioral health evaluation and treatment

Mental Health Treatment and Support Services

River Valley Services

Local mental health authority and provider of
comprehensive community mental health services       

Gilead Community Services, Inc.

Residential, rehabilitative, case management, psychosocial and ACT services
Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health
Outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services
Community Health Center, Inc. 

Case management and homeless outreach services
Kuhn Employment Opportunities

Supported employment services
St. Vincent de Paul
Case management and support services for residents of Liberty Commons

Substance Abuse Treatment and Support Services

Rushford Center
Comprehensive substance abuse treatment services
The Connection, Inc. 
860-343-5500 ext: 2125

Outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment services
United Labor Agency
860-347-8060 Mon thru Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Vocational services for adults with addictions disorders

Housing and Homelessness Services

Homeless Outreach Team

Provides street outreach to homeless adults and links to needed services
Shelter Plus Care Program

Housing subsidies and support services for homeless individuals and families

Emergency Shelters and Services

Eddy Shelter
Please call 211 for information

Emergency shelter for homeless, single adults
American Red Cross

Emergency housing for homeless families
New Horizons

Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence
Women's Center of Southeastern CT

Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence for Lyme and Old Lyme
Sexual Assault Crisis Services of Central CT 1-888-999-5545
Emergency care for victims of sexual assault/domestic violence

Basic Needs

Amazing Grace
Food Pantry for low-income individuals and families
St. Vincent de Paul Place
Soup kitchen for low-income individuals and families
Department of Social Services

Cash assistance and basic needs for low-income, unemployable, single adults (SAGA);
health insurance (Medicaid) for low-income elderly and disabled
Community Renewal Team

Assistance for low-income individuals and families
Social Security Administration
Cash assistance and health insurance (Medicare) for the elderly and disabled

Support Groups

NAMI - Connecticut
Support groups in Middletown and Old Lyme for family members of the mentally ill
Mental Health Association of Connecticut
Support groups for individuals and various psychiatric illnesses
Alcoholics Anonymous
12-step support groups for alcoholics
Narcotics Anonymous

12-step support groups for drug abusers

Support groups for family members of substance-abusing individuals
Oasis Center

Support groups and other services for individuals with HIV/AIDS

Medical Care and Services

Community Health Center, Inc. 
Comprehensive medical and dental services provided on a sliding fee scale
Middlesex Hospital Family Practice Residency Program

Medical Care provided on a sliding fee scale