Christine Dey, Director
Readington Township Announces Two FREE Programs for Community Residents
The Readington Township Police and Social Service Departments are pleased to announce the Blue Angel and File of Life Programs. These programs promote improved health outcomes for community members in an emergency when seconds count! Both programs are offered free of charge to eligible township residents 55 years of age or older who live alone or are alone for extended periods of time on a regular basis; or persons with a medical condition(s) that could lead to incapacitation and who live alone or are alone for extended periods of time on a regular basis; or live with another individual and meet any of the requirements.
Operation Blue Angel is administered by the Readington Township Police Department. The program includes a lock box, owned and maintained by the police department that will be placed on the participant’s door by police personnel. The lock box will contain a key to the residence, which the resident must supply. The key will only be accessed by responding police officers in the event of an emergency where officers cannot gain access to the residence. The Operation Blue Angel program lockbox will not be accessed by anyone for any other purpose.
Applications for this program can be found on the police department website https://www.readingtontwpnj.gov/public-safety/police-2. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Police Department M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm at 908-534-4031.
The File of L.I.F.E. (Life-saving Information for Emergencies) program is administered by the Readington Township Social Service Department. The File of Life allows individuals to communicate with emergency responders even if they are unresponsive. The File of Life is a plastic pouch that hangs on your refrigerator and contains a medical data form with your medical history, prescriptions, allergies, and emergency contacts. To participate in this program or for further questions please contact the Social Services Department M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm at 908-534-0974.
Operation Blue Angel and File of Life are excellent opportunities for participants to have an added level of support and enhanced peace of mind when it comes to safety in their homes.
Our offices are open to visitors. If you need to drop off a Social Service application or Starfish paperwork we encourage you to use our outside drop off box whenever possible. The drop off box is checked regularly throughout the day.
The Starfish Food Pantry currently remains operational! If you are in need of food, hygiene products, please call 908-534-0974.
The Social Services Office is available to anyone in the Readington Township community. Regular office hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Emergency services are available at all times.
We provide a variety of services to residents including assessment, information about programs and referral to community resources, including Readington Starfish. In addition, we offer help with applying to programs such as PAAD, Lifeline, Home Energy Assistance, Senior Tax freeze and many more. For information call the Social Services Office.
- The Food Pantry will provide emergency food to those in need. Food pantry is open M-F 8:30am-4:30pm. Please call to request food and pick up time. Donations are accepted all year long. Readington Area Starfish holds four major food distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July.
- Readington Starfish assists Township residents with emergency needs. Call to discuss your situation in confidence.
- Need Transportation? Call the Hunterdon County LINK at 1-800-842-0531.