Free summer retreat offered to Ridgefield seniors

Fifty Ridgefield seniors will be taking a walk down memory lane this summer when they head to camp as part of Ridgefield’s Senior Positive Initiative Forum (SPIF).
Any Ridgefield resident age 65 and up may register at Founders Hall by July 12, when if needed, a lottery will be used to select participants. Initially, SPIF opened the registration to a small set of Ridgefield residents, but will now accept any senior applicants for a lottery to attend. All final paperwork is due by end of July for those who will attend. Residents who qualify with a low income will be given priority to attend. The vacation will be held this Aug. 12-16.
There is a refundable $20 deposit. Ridgefield last hosted this summer retreat opportunity in 2008.
The Senior Positive Initiative Forum (SPIF) was organized to coordinate the organizations in Ridgefield that work with older residents. This year SPIF member, the Ridgefield Commission on Aging received a generous grant from the Leir Retreat Center to cover the cost of a getaway experience for up to 50 Ridgefield seniors, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to treat themselves to a vacation. SPIF Coordinator Tony Phillips suggested there currently are more than 30 spaces still available. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to many of our senior residents and we know they will have a blast lakeside at Camp ConnRI,” said Phillips.
The lodge at CONNRI is owned and operated by the Salvation Army and is a full-service conference center and year-round facility with double occupancy rooms with private baths and meals available to all attendees. There also are a variety of activities, games and the nearby lake for fun activities. From shuffleboard to outdoor sports, hiking, boating, fishing, and a campfire site — all are found at Camp CONNRI.
For more information or to apply, call Founders Hall, 203-431-7000 or Social Services, 203-431-2754