Community Services

Funtober Save The Date

Orange Community Assistance Programs
Need Your Help

As the holiday season approaches, Community Services will be busy making and accepting food baskets for our families and residents in need.  We look to the community to sponsor the food baskets.  We also have an Adopt a Family Program, which we look for sponsors to do gift giving for children, families and residents that have been identified as being in need.  We can also use grocery gift cards to distribute and monetary donations are appreciated too.  If you are able, please consider donating non perishable food items to our Food Bank. In addition, we have a Fuel Bank for residents who need help with fuel that is maintained only by funds donated by the community.   We all know how costly it is to heat our homes in the winter. As a matter of fact, all of the Community Assistance Programs are sustained solely by donations and the generosity of our community.  So please support our programs and help our Orange neighbors in need.  Please let us know if you wish to be a sponsor or give a donation, just give us a call at Community Services 203-891-4788, or stop by our office in the High Plains Community Center located at 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.

Thank you

Joan Cretella
Director of Orange Community Services

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,


Hello everyone, I hope you had a great September and enjoyed the last days of summer. Fall has officially begun. The days are getting shorter, leaves are falling, and we have Columbus Day and Halloween. Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October and is a Federal Holiday.  Many in the Italian American Community celebrate with parades and various festivities. Halloween is cloaked in mystery and superstition. It is thought that the veil between the world of the living and the dead becomes blurred.  The ancient Celts lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off roaming spirits. Over time Halloween evolved into a secular community-based celebration. Have a wonderful October! Stop by any time, my door is always open.


Joan Cretella

Director Orange Community Services


  1. Joan Cretella

    Director of Community Services
    Phone: 203-891-4786

  2. Kimberly Callahan

    Admin Assistant & Transportation Coordinator
    Phone: 203-891-4788

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

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:30 – 4:30