Hilltown Elder Network (HEN)

The Hilltown Elder Network (HEN) provides eligible rural elders with in-home services, such as home chore or transportation assistance, which help to insure safe conditions for independent living.  To receive HEN assistance, elders must be at least 62 years old, must meet household income criteria, and must have depleted or become ineligible for other forms of assistance, such as State Home Care.   HEN assistance is not always available in every town. 

Eligible elder participants receive assistance with cleaning, laundry, food shopping and meal preparation, snow removal and escorted transportation at no charge.  A participant’s eligibility is determined during the intake process.  An over-income applicant may use HEN to locate a screened, experienced, local caregiver who will provide services for private payment.

HEN Caregivers are trained local residents who are paid for their services.  Each caregiver is reference-screened and CORI-checked.  HEN services do not include personal care.  About 45 HEN Caregivers work regularly.  Regional coordination and supervision is accomplished through Town Coordinators.  HEN services are available during off hours, on weekends and during bad weather when most for-profit providers cannot be consistently reliable.  HEN coordinates fully with other provider agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging and Visiting Nurse Associations, so as to limit duplication and maximize the impact of services.

To connect to HEN services in your town, please contact your town’s HEN Coordinator:

Chesterfield               Helen Pelletier  238-4418

Cummington              Sandra Powers  634-5558

Goshen                     Fran Goebel       268-7411

Huntington                Amy Ellinger        207-2256

Peru                         Amy Phinney      655-0123

Plainfield                   Sandra Powers 634-5558

Westhampton             Lilly Baxter          527-1532

Williamsburg              Fran Goebel        268-7411

Worthington               Helen Pelletier  238-4418

For further information, please call HEN Program Coordinator Charlie Hayes at 413-296-4536 ext. 120 or email charlieh@hilltowncdc.org

In addition to funding from multiple CDBG grants, the Hilltown CDC accesses other funding for the HEN Program from the Schwartz Charitable Foundation, Highland Valley Elder Services, the Town of Williamsburg and donations or optional co-payments from private individuals.