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New London, Groton school meals programs will feed Norwich children this summer

The Day - During Friday’s online call, state Rep. Derell Wilson, D-Norwich, expressed concern that there was no free summer meals site in heavily populated Taftville, where many low-income families live. Deborah Monahan, executive director at the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, offered to have her agency, which runs a childcare center in Taftville, provide meals in Taftville.

Community Renewal Team Will be Providing Summer Meals to Kids

FOX 61 - CRT's Director of Nutrition Nancy Isa joined Fox 61 morning show to discuss CRT’s summer meal program and gave helpful nutrition tips for the summer heat.
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The Community Fund for Women & Girls Awards $190,000 to Economic Security Programs for Women

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - The Community Fund for Women & Girls awarded CAANH $20,000 to support the expansion of the Single Mothers Actively Reaching the Top (SMART) program, which provides single mothers with resources and services focused on increasing their level of self-sufficiency and economic security.
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More people in Central CT turned to Tax Assistance Program in 2023

CT by the Numbers - In a collaborative initiative between United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, The Village for Families & Children and Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. (HRA), more than 13,500 tax filers—a 26% increase over last year—received free tax preparation and filing services from hundreds of IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. Those efforts resulted in nearly $20 million in refunds and credits being returned to Connecticut communities thanks to the 2022 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)...
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Dozens “Taste The World” at Sherman Fest

New Haven Independent - Tabling near the food trucks were community health workers Simone Wilson and Lacole Floyd with the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH). CAANH offers multiple services to New Haven residents, including nutrition services with their emergency food pantry, case management services for people who are housing insecure or homeless, and energy assistance through the CT Energy Assistance Program, which gives heating assistance to households in East Haven, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, and West Haven.

Hartford’s crisis response team responded to over 900 call in a year. Here’s how it works

Hartford Courant - The HEARTeam, a coalition of Capital Region Mental Health Center, Wheeler Clinic, and Community Renewal Team, is marking the program’s first year in the city, is composed of dozens of highly trained clinicians, social workers, community health workers, and peer responders. They are deployed to situations where non-law enforcement intervention can be most effective, including mental health crises and substance use. Upon receiving a call to 911, emergency dispatchers assess the situation and send HEARTeam responders to assist...

Community Renewal Team’s Center for Healthy Families ribbon cutting

NBC 30 - The Ribbon Cutting for Community Renewal Team's (CRT) Center for Healthy Families.
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The promise of CT’s community action agencies

CT Mirror - “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.” This is the Promise of Community Action. This pledge is posted at community action agencies (CAAs) across the country (over 1,000 in number!) and recited at convenings, trainings, and more. Why? To keep fresh in our minds the holistic...
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Debt, mortgages and taxes: Why teaching all children financial wellness is critical to equity

Connecticut Public - Recently on NPR’s Where We Live, host Catherine Shen spoke with our very own Dr. Monette Ferguson about financial literacy in our community. “Specifically debt, mortgages and taxes: Why teaching all children financial wellness is critical to equity.” Connecticut residents have the highest average credit card in the nation. Although personal finance courses are offered in high schools, they aren’t mandated to graduate. And often, these courses don’t address the complex financial challenges of their students. Today, on...
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Opinion: Now is the time to end homelessness in CT

CT Post - I think we can all agree that no one should be homeless, forced to live in a tent or wander the streets. Yet far too many people face that reality every day in northeast Connecticut and throughout our state. That must stop. And HB 6554, being considered by the state Legislature, will go a long way toward making it stop. Access Community Action Agency and many other organizations that comprise the Homelessness Response System in eastern Connecticut continue...
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