This photo haunts me. How are the Hartford area homeless families that once slept in these beds coping today? Where are they? Where is home? On a freezing February 11, 2020, one of the fifteen Tuesday nights from this past December through March that Hartford’s Immanuel Congregational Church volunteered as an overflow shelter during the … More Where Are They Now?
As I walked in with Pastor Rick Kremer to tour Asylum Hill’s unique non-profit furniture making business, Waseem was feeding a board into a planer, Ron was putting the finishing touches on a cabinet, and two volunteers were crafting tables and lamps. It’s a typical busy morning scene on Fresh Start Pallet Products LLC‘s shop floor. … More Fresh Starts Begin with Grace
Twenty months ago on July 5, 2016, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation (Mercy) welcomed its first clients to its newly created Diversion Center at St. Elizabeth House on Main Street in Hartford. Faced with diminishing federal and state financial support for Mercy’s long-established transitional housing programs, Executive Director Dave Martineau, now retired, and current ED … More Life Saving Diversions at St. Elizabeth House
“Governor Malloy announced today [February 18, 2016] at the State Armory that Connecticut has ended homelessness among the state’s veteran population.” So reads the lead sentence in a Partnership for Strong Communities and Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness joint announcement about the success of Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 initiative. Excerpts from the announcement read: “The Zero: 2016 initiative is part of a national effort … More Ending Veteran Homelessness