Canoe Brook Center


203-315-0687   (Front Office)  


11 Cherry Hill Road, Branford CT  06405 Directions


8:00 am - 4:30 pm      Monday-Friday Holiday Schedule
Evening Meetings
Weather Cancellations

Department Head:

Dagmar Ridgway, Director dridgway@branford-ct.gov  

For a complete listing of Upcoming Events, classes, activities, and trips please click here:  Canoe Brook Connections (Upcoming Events) Canoe Brook News
For daily updates and weather cancellations, please visit us on Facebook.


A printed schedule of activities & special events is available at the Center, Town Hall, Libraries, and Senior Housing locations. To receive our monthly Upcoming Events via email please email Wendy at  wventura@branford-ct.gov and request to be added to our email list, or view it on the Town's website under (Canoe Brook News).  If you are homebound and would like the schedule of Upcoming Events mailed to you please call Wendy at 315-0687. Please stop by and join, its only $8.00 a year-- what a deal-- we look forward to meeting you!


Contact us on our direct lines or click the email links below:


                     Dagmar Ridgway    Director                 315-0683       dridgway@branford-ct.gov

                     Wendy Ventura       Front Office           315-0687       wventura@branford-ct.gov

                     Marlowe Ioime         Social Services    315-0682       mioime@branford-ct.gov

                     Erica Malinowski     Intake Assistant  315-0686       emalinowski@branford-ct.gov

                     Gina Vigliotto           Transportation     315-0681      gvigliotto@branford-ct.gov

                     Nancy Cohen           Activities               315-0684       ncohen@branford-ct.gov          

                     Maureen Hall            Senior Cafe          315-0685       mhall@branford-ct.gov



Branford residents age 60+ are eligible to participate. (Participants must be independent and oriented.)

Dues are $ 8 per year. Guests and non-residents are welcome to accompany a participant to an activity or on a trip as

space permits. Stop by the Front Office today and sign up, we look forward to meeting you!


Procedures & Policies: Click here for Canoe Brook's  Procedures & Policies Handbook


Transportation ServicesClick here for a downloadable brochure: Transportation Brochure  All participants must schedule a safety

          evaluation with Gina prior to utilizing any of our transportation services. There is no charge to use our transportation services, however

          donations are accepted.


Bus Transportation: Available daily to Canoe Brook Center for lunch, activities, and trips. Call the transportation office at 315-0681 a day in advance to reserve a ride.  For weekend, evening, or wheelchair transportation please call Greater New Haven Transit District at 288-6282 or click here for more info on the MyRide transportation services.


Medical Appointments: Available for Branford residents to appointments in Branford, Guilford, New Haven, and the VA. Appointment times must be between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The last return ride is 2:30 pm and all cars are off the road by 3:00 p.m. All riders are advised to have an alternate means of transportation in the event they are not ready for a return ride by 2:30 pm. A five day advance notice of appointments is advised; at times we are filled to capacity so the sooner you reserve your ride the more likely it is we can accommodate your request. For the safety of all, transportation services may be cancelled due to inclement weather; passengers have the option to reschedule their appointment or utilize their back-up source of transportation.


Shopping ScheduleTuesday, 8:45 a.m. Stop and Shop for Stony Creek and central Branford.

                                         Tuesday,11:15 a.m. Big Y for Branford, Short Beach & Branford Hills.

 Thursday, 8:45 a.m. Mini-trips to local malls and/or department stores; call for schedule.

 Friday, 8:45 a.m. Stop and Shop for Stony Creek and central Branford.

 Friday, 11:15 a.m. Big Y for Branford, Short Beach & Branford Hills. 

Social Services:

Assistance with Energy Assistance, Operation Fuel, Renter's Rebate, Housing, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, tax relief, and consumer protection issues is available. Please call Marlowe Ioime, Assistant Director at 315-0682 to schedule a confidential consultation. For detailed program information please click on the following links: Housing,  InfoLine -211,

Energy Assistance,   Operation Fuel,   Social Security,   Medicare DSS Elderly ServicesAgency on Aging, Nutrition Resources



Canoe Brook offers a full complement of social, educational, recreational, and cultural programs designed for today's Senior. Pre-registration is required for all activities and classes. Contact Nancy Cohen, Activity Coordinator at 315-0684 for more information or Click the following links: Upcoming Events Daily Activity Schedule,  Monthly Calendar, Trips,   Computer Classes,   Fitness Classes Canoe Brook News Fee Structure



Senior Cafe: Lunch is served at noon Monday-Friday for a suggested donation of $ 3.00 (donation is requested at time of reservation.) Transportation is available. Menus are posted at the Center. To make a reservation call 315-0685 no later than 12:30 pm the day before you would like to come.  Cafe hours are Monday - Friday 10 am -1:00 pm   Click here for the: Monthly Menu.


Meals on Wheels: Managed by the Area Agency on Aging home delivered meals are available to homebound Seniors.

To apply for home delivered meals please call the Meals on Wheels program directly at 203-752-9919. For information on other meal options please call Assistant Director Marlowe Ioime at 203-315-0682.


More Nutritional Resources: For more information on additional nutrition programs including the Community Dining Room, Branford Food Pantry, Connecticut Food Bank, Mobile Pantry and SNAP Nutrition Assistance Program click here: Nutrition Resources .






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