What's Going On Outside Mary Taylor
Memorial United Methodist Church
                                                                                                                              NEWS FROM THE SHELTER

The Milford Animal Shelter is requesting donations of wet and dry cat food.  These donations will help the seniors in the community feed their pets a nutritious meal.  Many seniors who
cannot afford to buy food for their pets share their meals with their animals.  Oftentimes,     neither get enough to eat nor the proper nutrition.
The shelter is also requesting donations of clean towels and blankets, bird toys and bird treats.  Please leave your donations in the basket in the back of the sanctuary, or you may take
your donations directly to the shelter at Silver Sands State park.

When you adopt from the shelter:
While the primary benefits to animals are obvious - to place them in loving homes and keep them from being destroyed - the benefits to elderly persons are ten-fold (versus non-pet
1) Pets lower blood pressure and pulse rate
2) 21% fewer visits to the doctor
3) Less depression
4) Easier to make friends (enhanced social opportunities)
5) Seniors become more active
6) Pets offer affection and unconditional love
7) Pets ease loss of a loved one
8) Pets fight loneliness
9) Seniors take better care of themselves
10) Sense of security

In 1980, a clinical research project at Brooklyn College, New York, studied heart-disease patients after their discharge from the hospital. Dr. Erika Friedmann, Ph.D., professor of health
and nutrition sciences at the College, tracked each survivor, studying their medical histories, lifestyles, families, relationships - every documentable detail. Co-researcher Dr. Aaron
Katcher, M.D., reported:

"The presence of a pet was the strongest social predictor of survival...not just for lonely or depressed people, but everyone - independent of marital status and access to social support
from  human beings."
Check out their website at: petsfortheelderly.org for more information.     
                                                MERCY LEARNING CENTER
Mercy Learning Center in the Greater Bridgeport area serves more than 750
Women and 150 children each year.  Their goal is to increase each woman’s
functional literacy level and prepare her to pursue higher education, or
employment that offers both upward mobility and a level of income adequate to
support their families.

They rely on the dedication and hard work of volunteer tutors to teach reading,
math and English as a Second Language (ESL) to women in its tutoring program.
Tutors meet with their students at the Center twice weekly, for two hours each
A one-day training session is provided for all new tutors; teaching experience is
not necessary.  
If you would like to volunteer,
CLICK HERE  for more information.
At The Connecticut Hospice, Inc.

The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. (inpatient and homecare) is sponsoring volunteer
orientation and  training this fall.  If you or someone you know is looking for an
opportunity to serve others in your community , we would like to hear from you.  
Our patients and families are in need of your care and support.  As a volunteer, you
can fill your hours (weekdays/evenings or weekends) by assisting in a clerical
capacity or offering direct patient/family contact as a friendly visitor, provide
pastoral care or bereavement services, help in the arts, massage therapy, pet
therapy, hairdresser/barber or provide transportation.

For additional information please call Joan Cullen, Director of Volunteers at
Bereavement Group

Constellation Health Services

240 Indian River Road

Orange, CT  06477

5:30 - 7:00 Tuesdays

For more information click

Wednesday, December 7 , 2:30 – 5 p.m.  We prepare the meal, led by
Maryanne Meehan Jordan and Bob Jordan.  Golden Hill Church is about 20
minutes away: I-95 to Exit 27A to Exit 2 off the Route 8/25 connector.   NOTE

For more information about the Community Suppers at Bridgeport GHC; Click
                     BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

The St. Mary Bereavement Support Group is offering  a New Day 10 week

When:     Thursdays
Time:       1-3pm
Where:    St. Mary’s Church Hall, 70 Gulf Street, Milford.

Anyone coping with the loss of a loved one whether recent or years ago is
For more information or to register call Margaret at 203-874-2376.
St Mary Job Search Support Group

We are a peer to peer job search networking group.

The format for our meetings is in three segments.
A moderator, sometimes a guest speaker, does a presentation or leads a discussion on a relevant job search topic.

Introductions. Each person introduces themselves and tells the group what they are looking for in their next position.
Networking including all attendees getting brainstormed advice from that night’s group.

We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the St Mary Convent Meeting Room, 70 Gulf Street, Milford.   The Convent Meeting Room is the third (and last) building on the left  as you
face the church with your back to the school.  There is a door right off the parking lot.  Meetings run generally 1.5 – 2 hours and are open to anyone.

The St Mary Job Search Support Group is beginning its 4th year and over 30 people who have attended our meetings have landed.

If you are searching for a job, we hope that you will drop by one of our meetings! We look forward to meeting you!

St Mary Job Search Support is run by a three-person team.

Dan Lenhart is the Chair of the St Mary Job Search Support Group is. Dan has over 30 years experience as a Human Resource professional and brings a wealth knowledge about the job
search from both the job seeker’s point view and that of the hiring manager.

Linda Cella  is our interviewing expert. When discussing interviews, Linda goes into great detail that many often miss in interviews and offers valuable advice on both face to face interviews
and phone screens.

Andy Ancel is the networking expert. Andy worked for Refer.com where he learned the “Refer way” of networking and nurturing relationships from one of the best entrepreneurs in the
country. Andy has presented his networking presentation at St Mary Job Search Support and also at Monday’s@7 in Westport.
                                                                                                             VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TUTOR
                                                                               —    Literacy Volunteers Offers English Language Tutor Training to Help Local Adults —

Make a difference in someone else’s life!  Did you know there are more than 15,000 people in Milford and Stratford without a high school diploma?  Did you know there are more than 1,600
adults who are not fluent in English.  Did you know there are 53 non-English languages spoken in these cities?  
(Data taken from the Milford and Stratford School District Strategic School Profile, 2012-2013)
Literacy Volunteers is offering volunteer TUTOR TRAINING classes in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Basic Literacy.

TUTOR TRAINING classes in Milford will be held at Fanny Beach Community Center, 16 Dixon Street, Milford from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, October 5, 12, 19.
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

TUTOR TRAINING classes in Stratford will be held at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Stratford from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, November 2, 9, 16.  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Volunteer tutors will learn techniques to assist Basic Literacy and ESL students with dialogue, listening comprehension, oral fluency, phonics, reading comprehension and writing skills. No
previous teaching experience required! All prospective tutors will be interviewed in advance.

For further information, call The Literacy office between the hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 203-878-4800 or stop by the Stratford Library Satellite Office on Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, if you are interested in working with students preparing for their GED (General Equivalency Diploma) examination, or prefer to help adult students with basic literacy skills, call the
Center’s office to schedule your orientation meeting.