The GREATER BRIDGEPORT RETIRED TEACHERS FUND, INC. was established in 1983 as a result of a bequest by Florence Batchelder. The purpose of “The Fund”, as stated in the CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION, is to “assist retired teachers in need in every way possible for their well-being and comfort”.

Any retired teacher who resides in/or taught in the Greater Bridgeport area, (which includes Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Stratford, and Shelton), and who receives a pension from the Connecticut State Teachers Retirement Board is entitled, upon proper application, to receive the following benefits:

HOME CARE

PROVIDING SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE, any member may apply for the following benefits regardless of income:

SHORT TERM Home Health care and/or home-maker assistance. The coverage limit is ten (10) hours per week for a period of up to one month at a rate of no more than $30.00 per hour.

AFTER ONE MONTH, continued assistance is available, (provided a re-evaluation has been made by “HOME INSTEAD”, for a period of up to three (3) additional months).

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE further coverage beyond the three (3) months, the client must have an INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME OF $52,676, or less and undergo another evaluation by Home Instead.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT LONG TERM COVERAGE.

Any person or agency providing services must be insured and bonded. The contact telephone number for home care would be HOME INSTEAD, (203) 386-1151, or call or email Deborah Broccoli at (203) 520-3976, or GBRTFpresident@gmail.com.

HEALTH INSURANCE

PROVIDING SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE:

❖ Any member who is married and filing a joint return with a TAXABLE INCOME, (LINE 43, PAGE 2 OF THE TAX FORM 1040), OF $88,131 OR LESS, or an Individual with a TAXABLE INCOME OF $52,676 OR LESS, may apply for these benefits.

❖ Applicants must provide the first two (2) pages of their most recently filed 1040 income tax form, which must contain the client’s legible signature and a copy of their 1099-R form from the State of Connecticut Teachers Retirement Board.

❖ The fund will pay up to $250.00 per month towards Health Insurance Premiums. Contact persons for Health Insurance: Susan and Andrew Figlar (203) 513-8546

MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEM

PROVIDING SUFFICIENT FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE:

❖ Any member whose INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME is $52,676, or less may apply for a Medical Alert System.

❖ It is up to the individual to choose a provider.

❖ The fund will pay up to $35.00 a month.

❖ Applicants must meet eligibility requirements listed under Health Insurance.

❖ For a Medical Alert System, contact: Susan Reher at (203) 218-7903, or sreher517@yahoo.com.