Community Services


The Orange Community Services Department strives to develop and maintain a coordinated system of social services that provides advocacy, information, programs, activities, resources, referrals and support for youth, adults, families, elderly and disabled residents in the town of Orange.

Throughout Covid-19 staff has been working and can be reached by phone at 203-891-4787.

AARP canceled all programs through the end of the year. For those interested in the AARP Smart Driver online course, their is an online class. AARP is offering a special 25% off discount through the remainder of the year. Visit the AARP Driver Safety website, and enter the promo code “DRIVINGSKILLS”. This discount is good until the December 31, 2020.

Many people have relied on the Senior Center’s AARP Tax Help Program. The AARP Tax Volunteers will not be returning this year. However I found that the AARP Foundation is offering online tax help

If you would like to make your own face mask at home with Suzanne Anderson and Rae Maclellan click on the Video Link:

If you are missing our classes, and you like Chair Exercise click on the link: OGAT filmed Suzanne Anderson leading Rae Maclellan in Chair Exercise. Now you can exercise from home! 

if you would like to try some Art & Crafts: Zen Doodle with Suzanne Anderson and Rae Maclellan click on the Video Link:

Also, would you be interested in Virtual Yoga with Andrea Cashman, or Virtual Tai CHi with David Chandler or Virtual Zumba Gold with Danielle Petitt, call the Senior Center and give us your email address and the instructor with email you a Zoom link to join the class. 

If you are interested in online grocery shopping watch our You Tube Video at: to learn how.

Frozen Meals 

Orange Community Services in conjunction with our congregate lunch program has arranged for a special frozen meal program consisting of a box of 5 frozen meals during the Covid-19 pandemic. We can deliver them or you can come by and pick the meals up. Delivery is only available to Orange residents. Call the office to complete an application. Suggested donation is $3 per meal, would be greatly appreciated is your are able. Below is a picture representing the contents of the frozen meal box. Delivery is usually mid day Thursdays.

Thank You to Rotary

Orange Community Services would like to thank the Orange Rotary Club for their generous donation of food purchased with grant funds obtained to remediate needs due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We also thank the Orange Rotary for the most generous monetary donation to the Orange Food Bank.  These donations will help replenish and sustain the Orange Food Bank with many needed items to assist Orange residents and families in need during this most challenging time. Your support is so very much appreciated.

Thank You Lions Club of Orange

Thank you to the Orange Lions for their generous donation of food and gift cards to the Orange Food Bank. Your support is so greatly appreciated especially during these most challenging times. 
Legal Clinic

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the Law Firm of  Floman and DePaola are unable to conduct the monthly free legal clinic for Orange senior residents on the first Wednesday of each month at High Plains Community Center. Please be aware that the office of Floman and Depaola is available for Orange senior residents that may need legal advice during these difficult times.  You can reach the office by phone at 203-795-1211 or email

Per Diem Driver Opportunity Available

New and Revised Resource Directory

The Community Services Department is responsible for planning, providing and coordinating social services for Orange residents of all ages. Community Services Department includes Senior Services, Outreach/Municipal Agent Services, Special Needs Services, Transportation Services, Behavioral Health Services through Bridges Health Care, Food Bank and Fuel Assistance, Elderly Nutrition Program, Volunteer Opportunities for residents of all ages.

A Word from the Director

Hello all, I hope you are all safe and well. Challenging times continue for our community. The town of Orange remains diligent in taking measures to keep our community safe. I will be retiring from my position as Director of Community Services on August 28th, 2020. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the town of Orange. I want to thank all who have supported, donated or volunteered during my tenure with the department. I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with many of you.  “Often when you think you are at the end of something, you are at the beginning of something else” (Fred Rogers). I wish you all the best, take care and be safe. Community Service staff is available to assist residents as needed. If you need assistance please call us at 203-891-4788, make an appointment, or stop by. 

Joan Cretella

Director Orange Community Services




Joan Cretella

Director Orange Community Services

  1. Joan Cretella

    Director of Community Services
    Phone: 203-891-4786

  2. Physical Address
    High Plains Community Center
    525 Orange Center Road
    Orange, CT 06477

  3. Jessica DelMedico

    Adminstrative Assistant
    Phone: (203) 891 - 4788

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:30 – 4:30