Veteran Stand Down and Other Veteran Resources
A Message from Richard Porth President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut

On Friday September 18, The Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs is holding its annual Stand Down event at the Connecticut Veterans home in Rocky Hill. The one-day event offers a variety of services to veterans such as medical screenings, information about state and federal benefits, and assistance with educational and employment needs.

The event runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm and is free for all veterans, who are encouraged to pre-register for the event using this form. Information about complimentary bus transportation and other details about the event can be found online at this link

2-1-1 also has information and resources available for veterans in its eLibrary and its online search, which can be accessed at this link or by dialing 2-1-1 and speaking with a contact specialist. 

The Safe Haven for Newborns Act allows a parent to voluntarily surrender custody of an infant younger than 30 days old to the nursing staff of a hospital emergency room, with no questions asked. Parents will not face criminal charges of abandonment under the Safe Haven program, but suspected abuse or neglect will be investigated. 

At the emergency department, a nurse will meet privately with the parent to discuss the child's medical history, allow the parent to voluntarily share contact information, and provide the parent with a packet of information on his/her rights. 

Within 24 hours the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) will take custody of the infant and begin to develop a plan for the child's permanent care. If the parent changes his/her mind and wants to regain custody of the child the parent should make a request to DCF as soon as possible for reunification. 

More information about the Safe Haven for Newborns Act can be found in this 2-1-1 eLibrary article, and Safe Haven sites throughout the state can be found at this link or by dialing 2-1-1.

Partnership for Strong Communities recently released its 2015 Housing Data Profiles that highlight key housing statistics for Connecticut at the state, county, and municipal level.

For assistance with meeting housing needs or to get help or information about housing and shelter issues, dial 2-1-1 or view the resources available on the 2-1-1 website.

The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a website that tracks the availability of a variety of vaccines, including all types of the seasonal Influenza/Flu vaccine. Pricing information is included where available, as well as the hours of operation for clinics and sites that offer the vaccine.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months or older.  More information is available through the 2-1-1 eLibrary here.

To find a flu vaccine in your area, visit the HealthMap website or dial 2-1-1.