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After years of cuts, Nonprofits struggle to survive

CAFCA | August 07, 2018 |

The term “nonprofit organization” may well be misleading. Some might think nonprofits aren’t really businesses. Ah, but they are; indeed, some are large, intricate and highly regulated businesses. Like for-profit businesses, they need revenue to execute their missions. When that revenue falls off, they must make creative and/or hard-nosed business decisions. This is the leaky boat in which many of the state’s nonprofits, particularly those under contract to provide human services to the state, find themselves.

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DSS increasing staff at its call center to combat long wait times

CAFCA | July 13, 2018 |

The commissioner of the state Department of Social Services says his agency is increasing staff at its call center to reduce long wait times. Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby wrote about the increase in staffing in a letter to a group of Medicaid advocates, providers, and clients who recently penned a letter to the commissioner demanding action. “Notwithstanding these inaccurate descriptions of the Department’s access options and processes, the Department also understands that long wait times are deeply frustrating to those who need to contact a worker and prefer to use the telephone,” said Bremby in the letter.

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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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'Helping Feed Hartford' event benefits more than 800 families

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Hundreds of families in the greater Hartford area received about a weeks worth of food and essentials on Tuesday, at no cost to them. It's all part of the annual event, "Helping Feed Hartford,” which was held outside the Xfinity Theatre. The Community Renewal Team joined forces with Feed the Children, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, and PriceRite for the eighth annual event, benefitting about 800 families in the greater Hartford area.

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CABHN merger with EHC!

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) and the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN) announced today that the two organizations have merged, with CABHN becoming a program of EHC!. End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is the only statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut. EHC! is a strategic leader and valued partner in expanding access to critical nutrition programs and advocating for key changes in federal, state and local policies and practices that promote good nutrition, healthy lifestyles and economic security.

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Report: state pension costs still could reach 'unaffordable' levels

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Despite numerous reforms in recent years, state government’s pension costs still could reach “unaffordable” levels in the early 2030s, according to a new “stress test” analysis prepared for the Pew Charitable Trusts.In a report published by Harvard University, analysts also warned there is “significant risk” Connecticut will again look to extend those surging costs well into the future, effectively creating a series of “permanent high costs” that strip resources from other segments of the state budget.

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TVCCA’s RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse Hosts Breakfast

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action's (TVCCA) Norwich RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse hosted a breakfast for Veterans at the Coffeehouse gathering earlier this month. Norwich Bully Busters graciously offered to prepare a full breakfast for all Veterans and guests attending Coffeehouse on that day in celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

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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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Why hunger is still a problem in America

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

Half a century ago, the CBS Reports documentary "Hunger in America" shocked middle-class Americans with depictions of desperate hunger and malnutrition across the country. "Child malnutrition in some parts were akin to rates in third-world countries," Bob Greenstein, the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, talking on CBSN about the documentary, which was broadcast nationwide to a primetime audience 50 years ago this week.

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Courtney honors veterans's coffeehouse volunteers

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Thirteen area volunteers were honored by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Wednesday for their work at the region’s veterans’ coffeehouses. “April is National Volunteer Month,” Courtney said in his congressional offices at the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. “It’s a good time to put the spotlight on the good things that are happening in the region.” Beginning in November 2016, a weekly coffeehouse has brought hundreds of area veterans to the United Congregational Church in downtown Norwich for camaraderie, lectures and resources. Although the events began in Danielson, coffeehouses have since popped up all over Eastern Connecticut.

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