Support Groups

Currently, Senior and Social Services sponsors the following Support Groups at no charge. Specific meeting dates are publicized in the Sharing Tree newsletter each month.

Caregiver Support Group

This group meets several times a year on Tuesdays from 1:30 pm–2:30 pm.  It is an open group and caregivers are welcome to attend any meeting. Meetings are held at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street.  The group is facilitated by Outreach Social Worker Susan Parrotta.  It is a mutual self-help support group, designed to share information, offer possible solutions for caregiving challenges, and celebrate the successes. For more information on upcoming meetings or to put yourself on the “reminder list,” please contact Susan Parrotta at (860) 652-7636.

“Eye Openers” Low Vision Support Group

This group meets generally the fourth Monday of each month. The Low Vision Support Group is facilitated by an Outreach Social Worker. Meetings are held at the Riverfront Community Center from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Interested residents may attend meetings at any time, as it is an open group. Educational speakers are provided at many meetings, as well as an opportunity for members to share concerns, questions, solutions, resources, challenges and celebrations for those who are dealing with low vision or loss of sight. For more information or to put yourself on the “reminder” list, please contact Susan Parrotta at (860) 652-7636 or

Bereavement Support Group

This group meets the first and third Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center. It is facilitated by Ki Miller, the Bereavement Coordinator from VNA Health Care Hospice. Members of the group share their experiences of grief, which helps to break through the loneliness and isolation that often accompany grieving. Learning what is “normal” grieving can be helpful and relieving. Please call Ki Miller at (860) 493-7328 if you are planning to attend, or for more information. You may also email her: