Community Resources for Independent Seniors continues to follow our mission of providing information and referrals to our 55+ community living in the Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson areas. We have responded to the COVID 19 crisis by being your nexus of information through our call center, website and facebook page.
Remotely we continue to have our call center open Monday - Friday 9-3 pm
Our volunteer coordinators will work hard to find a volunteer to fulfill your needs from prescription deliver, food delivery, isolation, friendly phones...
Let us know if you have any information to add to our list below. We are working closely with local agencies and businesses to provide the most accurate information.
Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
support groups are cancelled but you can reach a live person by calling
If you are feeling alone, isolated or depressed please call the contact hotline.
CONTACT: 315-251-0600 ext 24
CRIS can not help with medical emergencies.
Call 9 1 1
Volunteer ambulance service
Call your Primary Care Physician first if you are experiencing symptoms. If you do not have or cannot reach your doctor , call Upstate University Hospital’s COVID-19 Triage Line: 315-464-3979
In response to the community’s needs, Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Hamilton has instituted a drive-thru testing and triage program for the COVID-19 illness. This program will be weekdays, with operating hours posted daily. They are only testing those with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) that meet certain guidelines. To schedule an appointment for the CMH Drive-Thru Testing – patients must call 315-228-3022 and meet the above strict criteria.
Delivery of medication and food staples
Days and times vary
Delivery of medication
Cazenovia Police will pick up and drop off your medications
Paid caregivers in the local area
CazCares: 315-655-3174 for needs related to nutrition
Home delivered meals 60 and older
Food delivery for a fee
Cornell Cooperative Extension List of local farmers selling meat and veggies:
A current list of all the businesses offering pick up, delivery of food and or meals
CRIS is part of the CazCOVID Response Team. Any other information you need to know can be found on their website or by calling
CazCovid Response Line: 315-655-9063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for general information and assistance
Local children will make and deliver cards to a senior.
Our facebook page will have the latest updates on virtual tours of museums, recommended movies and books
Emergency Food Assistance
Career Services Support & Social Engagement Programming
Mental Health Triage Services
Village Notice Regarding Novel Coronavirus
For Local Updates go to: https://sites.google.com/view/cazcovidresponse
Local agencies team up to provide coronavirus support
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Cazenovia-area agencies are teaming up to create a clearinghouse for local needs and resources.
The clearinghouse will be established at the CRIS (Community Resources for Independent Resources) office located at St. Peter’s Church on Mill Street. The intent is to establish a central hub that local residents can contact for assistance with needs such as transportation, nutrition, emergency child care or other factors created by the state of emergency declared in New York. Volunteers at the office will seek to match those needs with resources available from municipal agencies, local non-profits and individual donors.
Needs related to senior citizens should use the existing CRIS telephone number (315-655-5743). CRIS already maintains an active array of services for local seniors that will be expanded to meet current conditions. Those with other needs should call 315-655-9063 (provided by St. Peter’s Church). Local agencies or individuals who have resources that may be used to serve others can call either number. The two lines will be co-located so staff and volunteers can maintain a current listing. The office will be staffed from 9 to 3 daily initially and expand its hours as needed. Voicemail for after-hours calls will be available. Emergencies should be reported to 911.
The call center will be in active communication with local partners including the village and town governments, Cazenovia Central Schools, Cazenovia College, the Chamber of Commerce and local non-profits. For those community members who find that they are in need of emergency food supplies, CazCares, our local food pantry, can meet this need and can be reached directly at 315-655-3174. CazCares has initiated a curbside pickup of grocery staples in response to the COVID-19 situation.
Local agencies or citizens who are able to provide assistance to meet needs including, but not limited to, drivers, essential supplies, emergency child care options or financial support are urged to call in. CRIS will also develop a list of ongoing resources and local providers on its website at www.cris-caz.com. CRIS can be contact at 655-5743 or email@example.com.
More details will be announced as they are confirmed. Citizens are encouraged to visit the Madison County Health Department page for current information at: https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19
CRIS has teamed up with local agencies and businesses to provide you with the most up to date and accurate information.
It is much easier for us to help with a plan than during a crisis. Call us
We anticipate we will need to support our seniors with everything from food delivery to dog walking . Email us today to get into our volunteer system.
CRIS is doing what we have done for 10 years by providing information and referrals, education and keeping seniors active and engaged. If you can not help or have received help from us we would greatly appreciate a donation.