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Generous donations bring food pantry back to full strength

CAFCA | October 30, 2018 |

The need for food pantry services is so great that it’s not unusual for clients of the New Britain Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue to walk from as far away as Willow Street and East Street every 15 days to get fresh produce, meat and a variety of staples, said site manager Michelle Torres. But due to funding cuts in recent years, the center was only open once a week and was not providing case management services. “There is a tremendous need, a tremendous need,” said Torres who works for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain, which runs the center. “That’s why when we were on the verge of closing, it was a scary thing.”

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Journey 2 Wellness program helps people with HIV and AIDS

CAFCA | September 13, 2018 |

Curtis began taking his medication regularly after he attended the Journey 2 Wellness support program sponsored by the New Britain and Bristol Human Resources Agency. A woman said she is learning to live again thanks to the group after receiving what she thought was a death sentence when she was diagnosed with HIV years ago. Mary contracted HIV from a needle in her job as a nurse at a rehab center 38 years ago. “Because I found HRA, my life is a whole lot better,” she said.

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Program promotes healthy, affordable food

CAFCA | July 13, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain has recently been funded by United Way to add a new component to its Foundations for Financial Independence (FFI) program. The new component is called Money and Menus. The $105,000 grant includes Money and Menus as part of the big picture of the project. The goal of Money and Menus is to educate families about eating healthy without breaking the bank. The program will include six monthly sessions to teach families and allow them to keep track of their progress.

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HRA to mark HIV Awareness Day

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. will honor National HIV Long Term Survivors Awareness Day next month with its first annual “HIV Survivor Soiree” fundraiser. The HRA has scheduled the event for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne in Berlin. Award winning AIDS activist, author and life coach Rae Lewis-Thornton will be the highlight speaker with entertainment by Ace Livingston.

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HRA's food and resource center receives $1,000 donation

CAFCA | February 21, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain (HRA) Food and Resource Center (NBFRC) received a $1,000 donation from the Achieve Financial Credit Union.

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HRA back in action, helping people displaced by hurricanes

CAFCA | November 21, 2017 |

Just a day after distributing hundreds of turkeys to needy city residents, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain helped families displaced by hurricanes get the services and support they need. “The primary purpose of today is to begin to build a relationship with the hurricane evacuee families that entered our communities,” said Marlo Greponne, the HRA’s director of planning and programs, Tuesday afternoon. Greponne said that, while many families were coming here from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, many were not contacting social service providers like the HRA. which could help them adjust to life in the city.

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Donations to keep Osgood food pantry open through December of 2018

CAFCA | November 16, 2017 |

Thanks to donations from individuals and community organizations, the Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s food pantry will stay open for another year. The HRA recently received funding from the American Savings Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and a slew of private donors to help keep its Food and Resource Center on Osgood Avenue operating through December 2018.

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HRA hopes to it can find a way to keep food pantry going

cafca | July 06, 2017 |

A lack of funding from the city, and ultimately the federal government, is a looming concern for the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. In May, the Common Council finalized the city’s plan to distribute money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, allocating almost $2 million in funding to numerous organizations and programs that benefit low-income people. Every year, the city receives federal funds and distributes these funds to local organizations through Community Development Block Grants and HOME programs.

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HRA, IRS discuss city's financial education services

CAFCA | September 14, 2016 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain on Wednesday hosted representatives from the Internal Revenue Service to detail what HRA calls “a holistic approach to financial capability.”

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80 percent of Head Starters ready to enter kindergarten

cafca | July 07, 2016 |

More than 80 percent of Head Start/School Readiness preschoolers enrolled at the Human Re­­sources Agency of New Britain are suitably prepared to enter kindergarten next fall, the organization said Thursday. The data show 170 of HRA’s 212 four-year-olds meet or exceed expectations for school readiness, said Rocco Tricarico, executive director of HRA.

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