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W hen Senator Ted Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,”
passed away in August, our community lost an inspiring
Program (WIC); create Weatherization Programs for
low-income families; design services for people with
champion. His life and work were a powerful example HIV and AIDS; expand medical coverage to poor
to us, and a beacon of hope for all who beneﬁted from children; establish job training programs; and decrease
the hundreds of pieces of legislation that he authored. discrimination against the disabled.
By promoting social justice and equality, many of these
His accomplishments were not conﬁned to the bills
laws directly and positively improved the lives of poor
he helped pass. His life – like the lives of so many CRT
Americans, including those served by CRT.
participants – was a story of overcoming enormous
Senator Kennedy was a champion of the ordinary challenges. So often touched by tragedy he seemed
person, the so-called “little guy,” the unheralded to know, in a deeply personal way, the struggles
backbone of American society. His ﬁrst major piece faced by many of the less fortunate. After each
President Barack Obama said of legislation eliminated unjust race-based quotas; hardship and heartache, he rededicated himself
of this leader, “His ideas and one of his last legislative acts was to help pass to helping all of America’s people.
ideals are stamped on scores the 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that combats
In 1980, Senator Kennedy proclaimed, “For all those
of laws…in seniors who know salary discrimination.
new dignity, in families whose cares have been our concern, the work goes
that know new opportunity, Almost all of the programs provided here at the on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the
in children who know Community Renewal Team, and most of the dream shall never die.”
education’s promise, and customers we serve, have been assisted by Senator
in all who can pursue their This work, this hope and this dream are shared by all
Kennedy’s work. He initiated and worked tirelessly
dream in an America that of us at CRT. While we mourn the passing of a great
to pass laws to develop Head Start; raise the minimum
is more equal and more just.” senator, we celebrate the life of an exceptional man.
wage; champion food programs including Meals on
Wheels and the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition
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...AND HIS LEGACY
It was nearly 30 years ago when our great friend and
supporter Edward Kennedy spoke about the work
new Capital City YouthBuild, which will provide
much-needed academic and vocational skills
which continues, the cause that endures. Every one to 25 area youth each year.
of us is aware of the challenges that our nation,
Other partners have provided the chance to establish
and the entire world, have faced this past year.
Veterans Crossing, a residence for homeless veterans
Record-breaking numbers of people have turned
who are trying to address health issues, ﬁnd productive
to CRT for Energy Assistance, Eviction and Foreclosure
employment and then move into homes in the
Prevention, aﬀordable housing and much more.
community. The U.S. Department of Veterans Aﬀairs
Indeed, the work continues.
and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving are
Yet I believe that we are moving in more positive our major funders for this project, which will begin
directions toward a shared, sustainable and enduring accepting tenants this winter.
prosperity. Success looks diﬀerent for everyone,
I’d like to say how proud I am of our staﬀ, and of the
Photo: Val Nanovsky
but we share a vision that includes a safe home
work that they do every day. You will meet a few
environment; steady work at a living wage; schools
of our “success stories” in the pages of this book, people
where children can thrive; and access to the services
who have understood that CRT programs can be the
that keep us healthy.
stepping stones to move toward a better life. There
Some opportunities are being created through the are thousands of others who are moving in a more
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. positive direction – who are on the road to prosperity –
This year CRT will expand Head Start, weatherize more because of the Community Renewal Team.
homes, educate adults, care for grandparents raising
I hope that you will join us in this important but diﬃcult President and CEO
grandchildren and create jobs through ARRA. Those
eﬀort. We honor Senator Kennedy when we say, the
funds have also enabled us to establish the exciting
dream shall never die.
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HOPE & OPPORTUNITY
Highways – the roads that helped transform this veterans. This program is also a key example
country – enabling people to travel easily from of CRT’s responsiveness to meeting the
place to place, from home to job, sometimes from ever-changing needs of our community.
job to job. CRT helps its clients create their own
CRT constantly develops innovative ventures
roadmaps and construct the avenues that lead
that make an enormous diﬀerence to so many
people, our neighbors who may feel powerless
Although this past year certainly presented great or disconnected. In a time of rampant cutbacks,
diﬃculties for this country and this state, I strongly I am pleased to say that CRT has the conﬁdence
believe that we are at a major crossroad. What of funders, who provide grants so that we can
better time to take the wheel and transform this serve preschool children, unemployed young
country into a land of opportunity, hope and adults, women leaving abusive relationships,
respect for all? those with mental health issues, and so
CRT is a powerful engine for this transformation –
helping people to change their lives and the I am both proud and privileged to play a role in
faces of their neighborhoods. CRT turned an CRT, a major regional vehicle for thousands of
abandoned lot in Hartford into Generations, people who seek to steer their lives in a direction
an aptly named project that nurtures infants, of hope, pride and prosperity.
supports the elderly and creates community.
This year, we will be opening Veterans Crossing
in East Hartford, taking a former rooming house Fernando Betancourt
and making an attractive residence for homeless Chair of CRT Board of Trustees
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CRT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
From left, top row
Dr. Conrad Mallett
Taking Steps to Success 4
Moving Into the Work Force 6 Daniel Schaefer
A Place to Call Home 8 Susan Scanlan Bransﬁeld
A Warm Home & Food on the Table 10 Dr. Wilfredo Nieves
Roadmap to Recovery 12 Molly Shelton
A Great Start 14
Parent Power 16
Still Going Strong 18 Fourth row
Many Paths to Prosperity 20
Funders and Donors 23 Marta Bentham
CRT in the Community 25 Robert Fishman
CRT in the Media 29
Cover Photo: Val Nanovsky
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Over the past two years, CRT has introduced both stakeholders and
customers to Steps to Success, our multi-dimensional and holistic case
management service delivery model. Using our shared, on-line tools,
we have been assessing participants across 17 dimensions, charting
goals and outcomes, and logging the Individual Service Plans.
But at its core, Steps to Success is about people – the people who are
“Step-ping Up” to a vibrant and more successful life. When case managers
are trained and given the tools to really put this model into practice,
they can be agents of change for individuals, families and the entire
This year, we would like to oﬀer a few snapshots of people who have
been successful because of the accountability, the referrals, the support,
Photo: Val Nanovsky
and the opportunities that only CRT can provide.
Migdalia Bellon’s East Hartford
ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS: apartment is immaculate. Every bill
is paid on time. She’s raising a little girl
“It’s a challenge alright, but it’s worth it!” says Narciso Texidor Jr.,
who has books, toys, and a perfect
a disabled Vietnam-era veteran whose CRT case manager helped him immunization record.
pay down old debts, enroll in college and reconnect with the Veterans It’s almost impossible for this
Administration for his extensive medical needs. Now 54, he has ﬁnished long-troubled woman to recognize
herself in this portrait. She has come
three semesters toward a bachelor’s degree, and applied for a part-time
a long way from a life of prostitution,
job helping other vets. A year after he started logging every receipt, drug abuse and the devastating medical
and “accounting for every penny,” Narciso was able to buy a used car. complications of those pursuits.
The road back from the brink began
at Fresh Start, CRT’s residence for
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TO SUCCESS ADRIAN ELLIOTT
“The CRT team expects a lot out She appreciated the persistence of the credits from an earlier academic
of you. Sometimes a lot more than you of staff who helped her find an career, interrupted by her mother’s
think you can manage,” says Adrian appropriate, subsidized apartment illness. Flexible CRT funding covered
Elliott, a former college basketball where she could bring her son – first for her application fee and some of her
star who was in the original Steps to visits, and then to live. But panic set in books; she accessed other resources
Success pilot. At her first assessment, she when it was time to carry the expenses to help with her son’s uniforms and
was homeless, trying to stay off drugs, on her own. “That’s when staff took other school-related expenses.
and hoping to reunite with her son, who a ‘tough love’ approach with me,” says Ever the athlete, Adrian says “I feel
had been placed in a foster home. Adrian. “I was scared to death, but I had like there is a real CRT Team.
The STS team approach ensures three people saying to me, ‘Adrian, you Sometimes they’re your cheerleaders,
participants get what they need to move can do it. We know that you can take sometimes they’re your coaches who
toward stability and prosperity. For it from here!’” really get in your face. But I know
Adrian, this meant a case manager who Now she knows that those “coaches” that I wouldn’t be here today without
provided structure and accountability, were right to push her. After working that CRT Team!”
and resources such as Behavioral Health two jobs in the printing industry, she
Services, affordable housing, employ- recently returned to school to finish her
ment counseling and budget workshops. degree in graphic arts, retrieving many
substance-abusing, court-involved absolutely nothing about being right. Now I’m seeing a doctor, trying
women and their children. The program a parent, keeping an apartment, taking to take care of my diabetes, my heart,
provides a safe, nurturing environ- care of myself, my health, my child.” my health – so I’ll be there for Nevaeh.”
ment where residents can work on their It’s taken more than two years, and the And a rung that might now be within
recovery from addiction and learn new support of many staff members from reach? “I want to go back to school,
life skills that build their self-sufficiency. a variety of CRT programs, but Migdalia to make up for everything I missed.
While at Fresh Start, Migdalia learned now believes that she can manage most I need to get through high school
that she was pregnant. She was inspired of the challenges that life throws at her. before my baby gets there.”
to make a new life for her infant, “CRT was my ladder to success,”
whom she calls Nevaeh (heaven spelled she says. “I took the first step when
backwards). But she says that she I committed to recovery, to a clean and
needed CRT staff to show her how sober life. I got to the second rung when
to build that life. “Truly, I knew I kept my baby, and tried to raise her
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MOVING INTO THE
Photo: Val Nanovsky
In 2009, CRT focused on increasing the employment-oriented training CRT’s new CAPITAL CIT Y YOUTHBUILD oﬀers new options to those
available to help the region’s youth and young adults build their skills without a high school diploma or marketable skills. The inaugural class
and move toward a more prosperous future. Workforce enhancement formed in Fall 2009, with 28 participants age 16 to 24. They divide their
for this population is critical. The unemployment rate among Hartford time between classroom and work-sites: A certiﬁed teacher conducts an
youth from 16 to 24 is nearly double the statewide rate, according educational assessment, helps set academic goals, and provides tutoring
to the American Community Survey, Census 2009. and GED preparation. Participants are expected to raise language and
math skills by two full grade levels by the end of a year. Union-aﬃliated
Immediate results of employment programs are clear: Youth earn wages;
instructors teach hands-on skills at cooperating building sites, concen-
acquire marketable skills; learn workplace expectations; and re-engage
trating on teamwork and problem solving as much as on construction
in the education system. But the Center for Labor Market Studies found
that early employment also provides longer term beneﬁts. The center
saw a smoother transition into the labor market and higher weekly and This program is truly a “new option” for court-involved youth and those
yearly earnings for up to 15 years among those who held jobs as teens – who may be struggling with drug and alcohol issues. A specialized case
even if it was seasonal or part-time work. manager helps participants build on strengths and address challenges,
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with referrals made as appropriate to CRT Behavioral Health and other assistant to cook’s helper. One team answered telephones in the Energy
community services. Youth earn stipends for reaching goals, and money Assistance Call Center, while another rotated through assignments
management is a part of the life skills instruction. Graduates will walk in the kitchen, facilities and recreation departments at The Retreat,
away with national certiﬁcations and will have the option to apply to an assisted living facility.
approved union apprenticeships, or the program will help to ﬁnd them
Supervision, career guidance and case management was provided by
jobs with local businesses.
adult staﬀ who helped youth make realistic plans for their future. At the
Building upon three successful years in Middlesex County, CRT has
end of the program, all 60 of the school-aged youth returned to school.
Of the 30 older participants, many found paid employment; several
joined Capital City YouthBuild; the balance enrolled in academic
or vocational programs.
recently been funded to expand its successful YEARROUND YOUTH XAV I E R P E R E Z
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM into Hartford. The program targets at risk Xavier Perez, age 20, joined the is a part
in-school and out-of-school youth, oﬀering an unusually ﬂexible mix Summer Youth Employment and of the
Learning Program to earn a little program.
of job shadowing, internships and vocational instruction to match extra money, but he didn’t realize that At the
a student’s interests, along with academic tutoring and support. it would open doors for his future. end of his
“When I put in my application, I was 12-week
All 16 of the 2008-09 cohort ﬁnished high school with their peers, not attending school, I wasn’t working, program,
although several had been on the verge of dropping out. Eight moved I basically had no goals or desires to Xavier was
do anything with my life,” Xavier says. hired as
into full-time work, four took approved apprenticeships and four went Assigned to the fast-paced Energy a full-time call center representative,
to post-secondary training. The 2009-10 enrollment includes an Assistance Call Center, Xavier found handling more than 100 calls a day in
that he enjoyed helping people on the both English and Spanish. “I entered
additional 16 in Middlesex County and 27 youth in Hartford. telephone. “Answering these calls let this program not having anything – no
me see a different side to life. It showed job and no real goals. This experience
This was a banner year for CRT ’S SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT me that there are so many people out has opened my eyes and mind to a new
there that are less fortunate, people we dream, a new passion. It has broadened
AND LEARNING PROGRAM, which expanded to oﬀer paid jobs
can help as employees,” he says. my horizons. I left Summer Youth
to 90 young men and women age 16-24. The program combines four But the Summer Youth experience having a full time position at the Call
also showed him the responsibilities Center and enrolled in school again,
days in the workplace with Friday seminars. After orientation, a mini “job
of the workplace. He could see the working toward my Bachelor’s in
fair” helped the young employees see how their interests aligned with reason for the communication and Social Work.”
customer service training that
the 22 participating CRT work sites. Assignments introduced youth
to a variety of careers, from computer technician to classroom
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A PLACE TO
The Retreat, the state’s ﬁrst aﬀordable assisted living residence for
Generations, a campus comprised of townhouses for grandparents raising
their grandchildren and a century-old school that was renovated into
Coventry Place, an apartment complex for independent seniors;
Two aﬀordable-housing developments for families;
And a much-needed supported housing complex for homeless veterans,
which will open in late 2009.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING is an approach that combines rental subsidies with
case management and life skills education, to give vulnerable individuals the
tools they need to function eﬀectively in the community. CRT oversees nearly
Photo: Val Nanovsky
Safe, attractive and aﬀordable housing is the key to stabilizing an individual
200 units of supportive housing, working with a variety of populations
life, a family, or an entire community. Signing a lease or purchasing a home
including persons with mental illness or substance abuse issues; adolescents
is often a springboard to prosperity.
aging out of the child welfare system; women and children who have been
For years, Community Renewal Team has tailored housing solutions to the victims of domestic violence; and those who have recently been incarcerated.
needs of particular populations, and helped people obtain their own front Longterm success is very high, thanks to the structure and accountability
door keys in a variety of ways. provided by case managers.
The MEADOWS REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION, CRT’s development arm, has been creating aﬀordable
housing and innovative solutions to pressing community issues for more
than 20 years. The Meadows uses multiple funding streams to develop
housing that meets specialized needs. The current portfolio houses more
than 300 people:
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VERONIC A ARROYO
Opportunities for home ownership are explored in CRT’s FINANCIAL
In just five years Veronica Arroyo’s road
to prosperity has taken her from a halfway
house to home ownership – a spacious
two-family in Manchester, where her
tenant pays most of her mortgage. She
for a house.
credits two different CRT housing luck: While
LITERACY program, which works with customers from the time that programs for giving her the roadmap: attending
they ﬁrst consider buying a home, all the way through purchase and First Supportive Housing helped her CRT Savings
stabilize her life, clarify her goals and Club to
beyond. CRT is a HUD-Certiﬁed Counseling Agency. Many purchases
find work that she loves. Then Financial prepare for homeownership, she learned
are launched when people open an INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT Literacy and IDA (Individual of a Federal Housing Administration
ACCOUNT, a savings account in which each dollar deposited is Development Account) helped her repair program that would put her into a home
her credit, start a matched savings account much more quickly. Conferring with
matched with two more. Savings can be used for a home, business and understand her home buying options. CRT’s Financial Literacy Coordinator,
or education. The sequence is important, she says. Veronica decided to move in that
“When you’re bogged down with financial direction, and convert her IDA goal
To keep families housed in spite of ﬁnancial setbacks, the EVIC TION burdens it’s kind of hard to work toward to opening her own business.
meaningful goals,” she says. “I needed CRT also helped her address outstanding
AND FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM mediates between to get my feet on the ground, before student loan debts, so that she could enroll
tenants and their landlords, and between homeowners and their I could believe that those feet might take in college. “My goal was to get back into
me where I wanted to go.” school, and I did it. I’m now in my second
mortgage companies. From October 2007 through September 2008,
In 2006, CRT offered Veronica a year of a bachelor’s program.”
housing counselors used a combination of education, mediation and subsidized apartment with intensive case In her “spare time” this energetic young
partial payments to keep 472 families housed. The following year, that management. “At that time I didn’t have woman is renovating the home she bought,
much hope. I was working a minimum with an eye to renting out both apartments
number rose by almost 10%, with assistance going to 517 families. wage job and I didn’t know what direction and purchasing a second home. She also
Money management and budgeting help prevent further diﬃculties. I was going to take.” But CRT staff helped volunteers at two recovery houses, and
her to map out a future that included talks with people about the barriers that
M E A D O W S R E A L E S TAT E M A N A G E M E N T A N D home ownership, a return to college, she has overcome.
D E V E L O P M E N T C O R P O R AT I O N P R O P E R T I E S and a business of her own. “I do encourage other people who are
Veronica secured a position that pretty grounded to get involved with CRT.
matches her passion: She is a client I want people to know that there are
services aide, helping other women who resources out there, whatever they are
are facing behavioral health issues. trying to do. I’ve met wonderful people
Because her rent was subsidized, she was who are gentle, who are strong, who
able to put her wages into an IDA and are caring.”
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A WARM HOME
CRT has stepped up outreach eﬀorts to ensure that all eligible families
are aware of the beneﬁts. The campaign has included radio and television
interviews, ad cards in every Connecticut Transit bus and 32,000 brightly
colored ﬂyers that went home in school children’s backpacks. In an eﬀort
to reduce barriers, CRT staﬀ bring applications to the homebound elderly,
and hold Walk-In Application Days in many cities and towns.
To accommodate the volume of inquiries, CRT established an ENERGY
CALL CENTER in Fall 2008, with capacity to handle 700 to 800 phone
calls per day. Fifty hours a week, operators answer questions and book
appointments for CRT’s seven busiest locations. An auto-attendant handles
oil deliveries for customers who have already been approved. In the ﬁrst
12 weeks of the 2009-10 season, the Call Center took over 40,000 calls!
While Energy Assistance helps customers pay their heating bills, CRT’s
Photo: Val Nanovsky
WEATHERIZATION program works to lower those bills. In the ﬁrst ten
months of 2009, CRT helped 2,741 families improve the eﬃciency of their
Facing petroleum prices at an all-time high, a record number of
homes. After conducting an Energy Audit, crews can insulate attics,
customers turned to CRT ENERGY ASSISTANCE in 2008-09. CRT
sidewalls and basement ceilings; provide weather stripping and caulking
provided assistance to 33,000 households, a 34% increase over the
around windows and doors; install low ﬂow showerheads; clean, tune
prior year. Nearly a third of those were new customers – households
and repair heating systems; install carbon monoxide testers, and more.
that had not previously applied for Energy Assistance. In Fall 2009,
In a limited number of cases, the furnace can also be replaced. All of this
the trend is continuing, with 1,420 new applicants by November 1.
is free for households that qualify for Energy beneﬁts.
Some are newly eligible because of job loss or reduced work hours;
others say they are accepting assistance for the ﬁrst time, as they Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
must choose heat, food or medication. will allow CRT to greatly expand the Weatherization program in the
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& FOOD ON THE TABLE
In replies to CRT’s 2008 Needs Assessment Survey, one of the concerns signiﬁcantly higher than what had been projected, but CRT is able
raised most often was a lack of access to adequate food. In the year since to raise production to meet demand. A portion of the production cost
that survey was complete, this need has only become more acute. is reimbursed by two of the Area Agencies on Aging. As a result, CRT
In fact, visits to the food pantries at CRT’s FAMILY SERVICE CENTERS has a suggested per-meal donation of only $2, and no one is turned
have increased by 18%, and requests for emergency food cards have away for inability to pay.
increased, as well.
Another eﬀort to bring food to those who need it most is the SUMMER
CRT works cooperatively with Food Share to help get free, nutritious food FOOD SERVICE in Middletown and Portland. For the fourth consecutive
to our customers. The agency hosts three bi-monthly stops for the Food year this program exceeded expectations, serving 2,493 breakfasts, 14,862
Share delivery truck, with the cooperation of community service crews lunches and 5,898 snacks. The USDA acknowledged the work of CRT and
from our ALTERNATIVE INCARCERATION CENTERS. Members of RSVP– its partners in attracting a growing group of participants, while the national
all senior volunteers themselves – deliver hundreds of bags of Food Share totals have been trending downward.
groceries each month to the apartments of frail seniors, who cannot get
The aroma of steaming hot suppers lingers on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the
out and pick them up for themselves. CRT also has a free GROCERY
MCKINNEY SHELTER in Hartford, where the policy is that no one is turned
DELIVERY SERVICE that is available twice a month.
away hungry. Everyone is oﬀered a shower and a meal – even if all of the
Nearly 6,000 seniors are in better health, and can remain in their own 88 beds are full. About 33,000 hot dinners are served each year, and almost
homes or apartments far longer, because of the CRT ELDERLY NUTRITION as many breakfasts are eaten the next morning. The kitchen of this former
PROGRAM. Last year, CRT’s industrial-scale production kitchen prepared ﬁrehouse is never idle.
309,868 meals for delivery to homebound seniors, and an additional
222,682 meals to be served at Senior Community Cafés. These totals are
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vulnerable people in the community, such as those with HIV or AIDS,
the homeless, individuals recently released from prison, and
With two licensed Hartford clinics and 28 professional staﬀ, BHS oﬀers
a full range of programs to individuals with substance use, mental health
or co-occurring disorders, including assessment and diagnosis;
medication management and psychiatric services; Intensive Outpatient
and Partial Hospitalization; crisis management; outpatient counseling
for individuals and families; and support groups in several languages.
CRT also provides case management at each clinical location, so that
customers can access integrated services from other internal and
Quality, aﬀordable mental health services are particularly critical at this
In the United States, more than one-quarter time. According to a study by Spectrum Health, demand for mental
of adults have a diagnosable mental illness health services in the U.S. nearly doubled from January to April 2009,
at some point in their lives. as people experienced higher levels of anxiety and depression due
Photo: Val Nanovsky
to the economy.
While many other mental health programs are scaling back,
Community Renewal Team’s BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICE is While other clinics have long waiting lists, CRT ensures that new clients
expanding to provide a wider array of recovery-focused assistance. see a clinician within two weeks and receive a phone call from a clinician
CRT oﬀers a medically supervised, less restrictive alternative to inpatient within two days of initially seeking help. These procedures are crucial
hospitalization that helps hundreds of people lead more successful in engaging individuals at the point when they truly want treatment.
lives. CRT’s ever-growing client base includes some of the most In addition, BHS has extended outpatient hours until 8 PM several days
a week, and added an Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
to accommodate work and education schedules.
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In spite of a widely acknowledged clinical shortage, CRT has bilingual
and bicultural staﬀ who oﬀer services in Spanish, Chinese, Lao, Cambodian, M A R C I A FA E N Z A
Vietnamese, and Japanese, enabling us to serve 400 non-native- Marcia Faenza says that her dignity when she heard that she could be seen
English speakers. – and probably her life – were returned at CRT’s program within two weeks.
to her by the staff of CRT’s Behavioral Her mistrust dissolved as she was
This year, BHS provided training for clinicians and case managers to Health Services. In the course of 18 welcomed and made to feel like a whole
months of intensive treatment, she has and valuable person for the first time
familiarize them with diﬀerent cultural beliefs surrounding mental
moved from depression so intense that since the attack.
illness and to decrease the stigma attached to these disorders. Through she “was extremely hopeless and The clinic van picked her up at the
a grant from the Nutmeg Foundation, two seminars on mental health paralyzed … to a woman with a road shelter each day for CRT’s Partial
map as to how I can reconstruct Hospitalization Program, where
issues among Asian-Americans were given to all CRT clinicians. With my life.” a psychiatrist restarted and monitored
funding from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction A career as an emergency and psych her medications. A case manager helped
nurse ended abruptly when Marcia address basic needs, such as housing,
Services, BHS oﬀered a seminar for 35 case managers working outside was beaten by a patient. The depression transportation, food and clothing. Most
of behavioral health, on ways to identify mental health problems. with which she had struggled for importantly, she says “My counselor
16 years became overwhelming. helped me see that I have gone through
The BHS staﬀ is constantly working on integrating evidence-based Physically and emotionally unable a grieving process, trying to accept that
to return to her profession, she used my life is just not going to be what
practices into their treatment protocols. This dedication to quality
up her savings, lost her home and spent I would have expected.”
service has seen some excellent outcomes. 18 months in homeless shelters. “I was By Fall 2009, Marcia had moved
deeply ashamed,” she recalls. “You’ve through the phases of outpatient
Exceptionally low substance use among recently released ex-oﬀenders worked all of your life, you’re high counseling, and scaled back to just
with histories of substance abuse; functioning and self-sufficient, and two clinical sessions each month;
suddenly you haven’t a clue as to how she was living in a subsidized
Reduction in the number of people who leave Partial Hospitalization to find the resources you need.” apartment near Trinity College; and
One of those missing resources was she was rebuilding her relationships
Program due to resistance to treatment or against medical advice. medication management. The few with family members. “I don’t think
practices accepting publicly-funded I would have survived or gotten
Re-incarceration rate in a Transitional Case Management program that insurance had five- and six-month as far as I have without CRT.”
is less than half of the overall recidivism rate in Connecticut. waits. So Marcia was slightly skeptical
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As state and national attention focuses on the importance
of quality preschool, CRT’s EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
program continues to be a springboard to lifelong learning for more
than 1,400 children annually. CRT’s approach to early care is holistic,
supporting the child, the parents and the entire family with health
services, literacy education, social/emotional support and more.
This year we celebrated the accreditation of three of our Hartford
centers – Locust Street, Ritter and Job Corps – under the new,
more stringent standards of NAEYC, the National Association for
the Education of Young Children. These centers, with a total of 37
classrooms, earned the maximum rating of 100+ in many categories.
Our staﬀ are also celebrating their personal achievements, as they
work toward their certiﬁcates and degrees. Through our tuition
partnership, 136 staﬀ have enrolled in seven diﬀerent college courses
oﬀered at CRT sites this year, and many more are taking classes oﬀ-site.
CRT is proud to note the following staﬀ achievements since
September 2008: 17 Family Development Credential; 10 Child
Development Associate Credential; four Associate Degrees; and
Photo: Val Nanovsky
two Master’s Degrees. Research shows that children beneﬁt from
better-educated staﬀ, who are more successful in delivering
A GREAT START
Summer 2009 was a busy one, as state bond funding
allowed CRT to complete signiﬁcant renovation and
construction projects at two locations. Three classrooms
and a playground were added to the Douglas Street
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Center in Hartford, and a new driveway, parking lot and playground were Amanda Medina wants what
any three-year-old would want:
constructed at the Idella Howell Center in Middletown. Both projects required
A great place to play and learn,
tremendous cooperation from families and staﬀ, many of whom were surrounded by lots of friends.
But until her mother found
relocated during construction.
CRT, it didn’t seem as though
Amanda was going to get what
Excess weight has caught up with cigarettes as the leading cause of
preventable disease in the U.S. Last year, CRT’s Health and Nutrition staﬀ Amanda has spina bifida,
low muscle function and needs bathroom nearby. CRT worked
began a multi-faceted campaign to prevent childhood obesity. The work with the child’s physician and
to be catheterized every four
was done on four fronts: Staﬀ reached parents through nutrition workshops hours. She darts around in a tiny health insurance carrier to find
wheelchair or stands in a support a nursing service to handle the
at each center, healthy snack tables at pick-up times and a city-wide Nutrition daily catheterization. Teachers
structure to exercise her leg and
Family Fun Night. Children heard stories and took part in classroom activities torso muscles. read books about children with
“I started making calls, special needs, to prepare her
about healthy eating and physical movement. Classroom staﬀ attended classmates for their new friend.
and not one program could
in-service education on nutrition and childhood obesity. And ﬁnally, low-fat accommodate Amanda,” says Six weeks into her school
her mother, Yahaira Rivera. career, Amanda was clearly
dairy products and whole grains were added to the in-school menu. thriving. One day, she was the
“They told me her disabilities
Obesity rates are being monitored through analysis of the height/weight were too complicated.” line leader as the class went onto
Fortunately, the family the playground. Another day,
measurements taken twice each year. as she crawled onto the rug for
was referred to CRT, which
is committed to integrating all circle time, her friends got down
children – regardless of their onto the ground to join her.
special needs. “CRT told me right With Amanda settled for five
away that they would be happy hours a day, her mom is starting
to have us,” said Yahaira. to look for work. Once again,
An internal team CRT programs may be able
convened promptly, looking to give her some assistance.
at ways to make Amanda’s “My whole experience with CRT
preschool transition successful. has been really great. Everyone
They chose Teresa Heredia’s has been very positive – no one
classroom at the Locust Street acts like this is a great burden
Center (shown at left) that was for them.”
spacious and had a private
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The best investment we can make in the future is to raise successful children.
Yet in these diﬃcult times, parents and other guardians face multiple challenges
that inhibit their ability to eﬀectively nurture their families. CRT has an array
of initiatives which support parents and grandparents who are caring for
the younger generation. The goal of parent support is to introduce child
development information, reinforce positive parenting practices, and strengthen
parents’ ability to tap into resources for their own and their children’s well-being.
Many of today’s fathers would like to nurture their children, but get caught up
in the criminal justice or child support systems, and have diﬃculty negotiating
relationships with their children’s mothers. CRT’s FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE
is helping with these issues and more, so that men can become good fathers,
partners and wage earners. The initiative kicked into high gear last year, with
popular bi-weekly workshops that cover topics from relationships, spirituality
and mental health to child support enforcement and credit repair. Facilitators
Photo: Val Nanovsky
draw on two curricula, 24/7 Dad and Responsible Fatherhood, to plan these
sessions. Equally valuable are the peer-coaching and mentoring relationships
formed among the fathers, who range in age from 19 to 56.
In addition, case management and advocacy have connected more than 50 dads
to services intended to help them meet their parental responsibilities. With CRT
assistance these men have modiﬁed child support agreements, improved
visitation and custody arrangements, reinstated their Driver’s Licenses, enrolled
in free educational programs, obtained pardons, located aﬀordable housing and
more. Men in all stages of fatherhood are welcome, whether they are living with
their children’s mother, separated but involved in their children’s lives, or just
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POWER Parents are their children’s ﬁrst and most important teachers. But it can be
tough to make the time and establish the habit of reading and playing
creatively with preschool children. One of the ﬁrst initiatives of CRT’s new
full-time Family Literacy Coordinator was to establish PARENT AND CHILD
KEVIN BOOKER TOGETHER PAC T in all of our preschool classrooms. While parents are
When Kevin Booker turns 50, visits, and always welcome to visit, PACT sets aside a speciﬁc block of time every three
he’ll be celebrating with a two-year- now has months for parent-child activities. During this structured time, parents
old daughter whom he considers shared
“life’s little bonus.” But without CRT’s custody read, sing and do crafts with their youngsters, in an environment where
Fatherhood Initiative, Kevin feels he of his teachers can oﬀer support and model teaching and engagement strategies.
might never have enjoyed this bonus. daughter.
PACT activities help parents enjoy developmentally appropriate activities
Katrina was born while her dad “The key
was serving nine months in prison. was the with their children and feel more comfortable in school settings.
For months after he was released, letters
Kevin tried to meet his baby, but was that CRT sent to court, showing that Another successful strategy has been to provide workshops on family literacy
rebuffed by the child’s mother and I was attending Fatherhood, and at CRT Early Care and Education Centers. Based on parents’ interests and
grandmother. Frustrated and making progress on my goals,”
unemployed, Kevin felt angry he says. schedules, some of these were incorporated into Parent Committee meetings,
“nearly all the time,” he says. To create a safe environment, Kevin others were free-standing seminars. Topics have included how to read to
Then a flyer in the Parole Office had to secure an affordable apartment
caught his eye. Kevin contacted the – the first he has leased on his own.
a child; incorporating word games into everyday activities; and establishing
coordinator of CRT’s Fatherhood CRT’s employment counselor helped a family reading habit. More than 4,500 books were distributed for families’
Initiative, who encouraged him him find work and Kevin now juggles
book shelves, thanks to support from organizations such as Reading is
to come to a workshop. “I could tell three part-time jobs, so he can stay
right away this was what I needed,” current with his rent and other bills. Fundamental (RIF), First Books and the Greater Hartford Literacy Council,
Kevin recalls. “I think they were In less than a year, Kevin feels that as well as local PTAs and private organizations.
talking about emotions and anger his life has made a complete about-
that night. But there was also this face. He still works with a counselor Children thrive as parents start to see themselves as teachers in their families
practical stuff, like how to get back on anger management issues, and
your driver’s license.” keeps applying for full-time jobs. and leaders on the road to reading. More than 160 parents participated
With help from CRT, Kevin “But I have ‘brothers’ in the program, in PACT during the 2008-09 school year, and a total of 422 parents came
petitioned the court for visitation, I have advocates in the staff. Without
and found the $50 per hour fee all this, I can’t imagine where I’d
to reading workshops, activities and events.
for supervised visitation. Moving be today.”
patiently through the system,
he gained rights to unsupervised
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Empowerment and opportunity. These are two of the watchwords for CRT’s
Senior Services Division. Operating 146 units of housing and reaching
thousands more through nutritious meals and outreach activities, this
department is committed to enhancing the lives of the region’s seniors.
THE RETREAT, CRT’s 100-unit assisted living residence in Hartford, continues
to expand the holistic health services oﬀered on-site. This year, full eye care
service was added, providing everything from routine exams through eyeglass
fabrication. This is the latest addition to services that also include primary care
by geriatric-focused medical doctors, physical and occupational therapies,
psychiatric services and podiatry. Dentistry should be provided in early 2010.
The Retreat is also addressing residents’ health by modifying the exercise
program oﬀered every morning, to incorporate the recommendations of the
Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention. Research shows that falls are the
number one catalyst of elderly decline. A physical therapist who works at The
Retreat trained staﬀ to focus on building strength, and on maintaining and
regaining balance. Practices include elements of Tai-Chi and yoga. An average
of 20 residents take part in these classes each morning.
Photo: Val Nanovsky
Using a small grant from the North Central Area Agency on Aging, RSVP
SENIOR OUTREACH and a Senior Activities Committee spearheaded seven
large events this year, which brought together residents of three CRT Senior
buildings, volunteers from the RSVP program, and occupants of several
low-income senior residences around Hartford. The events included an
STILL GOING STRONG
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intergenerational Halloween Costume Party, with seniors running ALICE CARSON
activities for children; creation of a decorated tree for the Festival At 88, Alice Carson is slightly
of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum; a Black History Celebration surprised to find herself calling a large
New England city her “home.” But
featuring the Generations youth; and four other seasonal parties. Alice definitely feels at home in
By using vans belonging to The Retreat and CRT’s Behavioral Health Hartford, in a fifth floor apartment
Photo: Val Nanovsky
at The Retreat assisted living.
Service, the outreach team was able to bring more than 450 Although she does have family
diﬀerent people to participate in these events. in the region, she made the 1,200 mile
move from Alabama explicitly to
The Retreat, established to aﬀord lower-income seniors a chance come to The Retreat, which had two 90% of the time,” she says, “which
important points in its favor: is a very big improvement.”
to enjoy quality assisted living, has just gotten more aﬀordable. Once she moved in, however, Alice
First, it was affordable; CRT’s
The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority agreed to allow CRT assisted living is one of the pilot decided that the best thing about the
programs to accept Medicaid, and place was the people. Both residents
to accept up to 20 residents who receive only the minimum and staff earn high marks in her book.
residents pay a sliding fee for services.
Social Security of $665 per month. This will not require additional Second, there is attentive medication She cites a fall which put her in the
management available; nurses’ aides hospital. The Assistant Director of
government funding, instead under-utilized subsidy dollars from
come to the apartment three times Senior Services waited in the
other units will cover the shortfall in revenue. The Retreat is the only Emergency Room, until her daughter
a day, reminding her to take her
residential program to make this type of arrangement with CHFA; prescriptions. Her previous residence could get over from work.
had stopped providing this service, The Retreat has given her a home
it required a review of past subsidy utilization, to show a history base and a new, extended family,
and Alice was confusing her 15
of under-utilization. With this, the Retreat was able to accept several different medications, according she says. “We do some gabbing and
to her daughter Sally. laughing and sharing all kinds of
individuals who were under the Department of Social Services things,” she says of her Retreat-mates.
By helping her get back on a regular
Protective Services for the Elderly program, and the census rose medication schedule, The Retreat has “I’ve been a real busy gal most of my
also helped her control her pain, Alice life, and this is a great place to sit back
to an average of 99%.
says. “I’d say I’m comfortable about 80- and enjoy myself for a while.”
The older clients at ASIAN FAMILY SERVICE have been enjoying
a special meal once each month, prepared by the CRT ELDERLY
Seniors from The Retreat have begun to volunteer as readers at one of CRT’s
NUTRITION PROGRAM. The meal is the focal point for socialization
Early Care and Education Centers. The interaction between the generations
and the opportunity to introduce new services and opportunities to
brings joy to both. “Just because we’re retired, doesn’t mean we don’t want
the participants. CRT’s high-volume kitchen can provide individualized
to be doing something useful,” said one of the readers. Of course, those
catering such as this, to meet the needs of speciﬁc programs.
preschool hugs don’t hurt a bit!
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Education and Youth Employment Mental Health, Wellness Community Corrections
Head Start SNAP Employment & Training Asian Family Services Alternative Incarceration Centers
Child Care Middlesex Education Behavioral Health Services Building Bridges
& Training Consortium
School Readiness Clinical Homeless Outreach Byrne Housing and Re-Entry
Summer Youth Employment
Summer Food Program Healthy Teen Hartford Fresh Start
& Learning Program
Early Winners Tutoring McKinney Shelter Day Scattered Site Re-Entry Housing
Year-Round Youth Employment
Child Care Food Program Program Transitional Case Management
Re-Entry Recovery Services
Youth Artisan and Technology YouthBuild Transitional Supervision Residence
Program (YAT) Ryan White Clinical Services
Community Housing Assistance
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wal Inc g
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Senior Services Shelter and Supportive Family Services and Energy, Weatherization
Housing Asset Building & Home Repair
Coventry Place Senior Housing
East Hartford Community Shelter Emergency Food Bank Energy Assistance
Generations Housing Development
McKinney Shelter Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Home Solutions
Domestic Violence Supportive Family Service Centers Weatherization and WRAP
Meals on Wheels
Scattered Site Supportive Housing
Home Ownership Made Easy
Senior Community Cafés
Individual Development Accounts
The Retreat Assisted Living
SAGA Case Management
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Support and Revenue Expenses
Salaries and Benefits $24,407,345
Grants and Contracts
Client Assistance 22,367,012
Materials and Supplies 5,788,998
Professional Fees and Contractual Services 3,240,717
Private Weatherization Program 2,168,623
Delegate Agencies 2,563,367
In-Kind 1,767,952 Other Expenses 1,740,265
Elderly Nutrition Program Contributions 486,338 Depreciation and Amortization 1,061,387
Fundraising 153,613 Travel and Transportation 721,617
Supportive Housing Contributions 146,726 Interest Expense 227,769
Other 2,061 Total Expenses $65,847,347
Change in Net Assets 732,183
Elderly Nutrition Program Fees 269,887
Patient Fees 694,930
Rent Income Proceeds 223,144
Expenses by Function
Education: Parent Fees and Subsidies 2,186,392
Energy Related Services Children’s Services, Including
Child and Adult Care Food Program Subsidies 434,598 24,906,894 38% Head Start and Child Care
CHEFA Debt Service 219,472 21,137,343 32%
Elderly Nutrition Services
Other Income 387,238 Job Training and Placement
Total Support and Revenue $66,579,530 Other Community Services Housing and Shelter Services
2,748,188 4% 5,609,428 8%
Source: CRT and affiliates combined financial statements
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FUNDERS AND DONORS
Federal Funding Sources
Corporation for National and
Senior Resources Agency on Aging
Workforce Alliance, Inc.
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition
Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc.
Eagle Rivet Roof Service Corporation
Mayo Crowe LLC
MBH ARCHITECTURE, LLC.
Community Service Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Connecticut Association for Community East Coast Contractors & Zero Draft MetLife Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture Municipalities of: Foundation Action, Inc. of CT, LLC Metropolitan District Local 184
U.S. Department of Education Avon Bozzuto’s Inc. Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness East Granby Congregational Church Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Department of Energy Bloomfield Braman Termite and Pest Elimination Connecticut Fuel Oil Conservation Board Enterprise Builders, Inc. Middlesex United Way, Inc.
U.S. Department of Health Bolton Specialists Connecticut Community Care, Inc. Evans, Pires & Leonard Mike’s Auto & Towing Services, Inc.
and Human Services Canton F. & W. Caterers Monolith Services Group
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Clinton Farmington Imlay Associates LLC
Asian Family Services Multicultural Health Fair New England Cycle Center, Inc.
U.S. Department of Housing and Farmington Savings Bank New Interiors Design
Urban Development Deep River Asian Family Services’ first two annual health fairs were Fat City Cycles New Opportunities, Inc.
U.S. Department of Justice Durham so successful, the City of Hartford asked CRT to move the First Congregational Church North Central Regional Health Board
U.S. Department of Labor East Haddam Fleeting and Sons Construction, LL
event to Pope Park and broaden the outreach. At this North Main Race, LLC
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs East Hartford Foodshare Northend Agent’s
U.S. Probation East Hampton November event, more than one dozen medical care groups
Gargiulo Custom Bikes Nutmeg Foundation
U.S. Treasury – Internal Enfield provided services including blood pressure tests, cancer Gengras Motorcycles Operation Fuel
Revenue Service Haddam Global Marketing
information, flu shots, smoking cessation information, and People’s United Bank
State Funding Sources Hartford Goodwin College People’s United Community Foundation
more. Over 130 people took advantage of these services.
Charter Oak State College Graham-Massey Analytical Labs, Inc. Peoples Products
Children’s Trust Fund Killingworth Guilford Specialty Group Performance Food Group Springfield
Commission on Culture and Tourism Manchester Gypsy Road Leather & Tees Perkins
Connecticut Health and Educational Middlefield Hartford Asset Building Collaborative Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Facilities Authority Middletown Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Pollo Tropical
Department of Children and Families Newington Hartford Literacy Council Primo’s Sausage
Department of Correction North Branford Hartford Municipal Employees Federal Pronto Printer of Newington
Department of Economic and Portland Credit Union Prudential Foundation
Community Development West Hartford Haymond Law Firm Quiznos
Department of Education Westbrook Hoffman Enterprises Rego Realty Corp.
Department of Labor Wethersfield Hogar Crea Of Center Street Roadside Dogger
Department of Mental Health Windsor HPC Foodservice Sacred Body Henna Tatoos & Face Painting
and Addiction Services Hurston Research LLC
Foundations, Businesses Saint John’s Episcopal Church
Department of Public Health Il Panino/Tastebuds
and Organizations Sandler & Mara, PC
Department of Social Services ING Financial Advisers, LLC
ADT Security Services, Inc. Sasser, Sefton, Connally, Tipton & Davis
Department of Transportation Insurance Works of Connecticut, Inc.
Advanced Behavioral Health Savings Bank of Manchester Charitable
Judicial Branch J. Associates Architects Foundation, Inc.
Office of Policy and Management Aetna Foundation, Inc. J. D. C. Enterprises, Inc. Savino, Sturrock & Sullivan Financial LLC
Aetna Giving Campaign Bristol Community Organization, Inc. J. Morrissey and Company
Municipal/Regional Funding Connecticut Light and Power Scott Variety
All Waste, Inc. Brothers Oil Company, Inc. John H & Ethel G Noble Charitable Trust
Capital Workforce Partners, Inc. Courant/Fox 61 Foundation Seafood Express
Alstom Employees Social Fund Brown Rudnick Liberty Bank Foundation
Hartford Office of Youth Services Crown Supermarket of Hartford Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Archdiocese of Hartford Annual Appeal Business and Professional Women’s Club LNR Catering
Hartford Public Schools CT Clownz Siegel, O’Connor, O’Donnell & Beck, PC
ARES CYCLES, LLC of Greater Hartford McCormick Foundation
Hartford Housing Authority CT Gutter Pro Sigmund Software
Atlanta Psychological Associates, Inc. CAP Systems M.P. Guinan & Associates
Mid-Connecticut Workforce Cubed Squared Slipper Lady
Auerbach Shiro Foundation Capitol City Productions M/C Motorcycle Insurance, LLC
Development Board Delivery Concepts East Smokin’ with Chris, LLC
Bank of America Carlin, Charron & Rosen, LLP M.A.C. Foundation
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce DeMarco Management Corporation South Congregational Church
Bank of America Charitable Cart Concepts Intl. LLC Macca Plumbing & Heating of East Hartford
North Central Area Agency on Aging Foundation, Inc. Diamond Ray’s Hot Dogs
Central CT Paralegal Association Diane Alverio & Co. Mansfield Paper Company Sparkle Jewelry
North Central Regional Health Board Bikers for the Cure Community Events, Inc. Diversified Business Holdings, LLC Maple Hill Farms
Operation Fuel Blue Hills Volunteer Fire Department Community Health Services Marilyn’s Dancing Dogs
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Staples James Gatling Theresa Nicholson In-Kind Donations
Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC Greg Gaudet Dr. Wilfredo Nieves AAA
Many Hands Beautify Generations Annette Gaynor Kevin O’Neil Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant
Target Foundation In April, more than 200 volunteers of every age came Jeri Gollinger Mary O’Connell Black Bear Saloon
TJX Foundation, Inc. together for a day of planting and fun at the Generations Maryam Gonzalez Ivette Oliveras Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable
Thomas Atkins Memorial Trust Fund campus. Led by the Green Crew of the Knox Parks Barry Gordon Jennifer O’Neal-Reid Foundation
ThoroughClean, LLC Erica Gorman David Osella Boston Red Sox
Thurston Foods, Inc. Foundation, volunteers planted trees and rose bushes and Steven Gosselin Nancy Pappas Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp.
Tint Master Solar Control System prepared a bed for summer vegetables. Volunteers from Marva Greenfield-Louis Lisa Pare Budweiser Beer Distributors
Training Consortium St. Michael’s Church, Catholic Worker, Center for Serenity Dory Greger Lorna Parmlee Sue Budde/Creative Memories
Trantolo & Trantolo Sean Greger Mayor Eddie Perez City Steam Brewery Cafe
and several corporations also cleaned the entire block. William Greger Alex Pestana Clear Channel/Country 92.5
Tricom Systems, Inc. William Greger, Jr. James and Karen Pestana Concentra
Triple Springs Spring Water Co. John Groves John and Judith Petrofsky Connecticut Cruise News
UBS Realty Investors LLC Sonia Grown Ken Plumb CT Assoc. of Foster and Adoptive
Unitarian Universalist Society: East Mayor Sebastian Guiliano Paul Puzzo Parents, Inc.
United Food & Commercial Workers Mary Phil Guinan Tom Ragonese DaCor Installation Services, Inc.
Local 919 Dr. Richard and Mrs. Elizabeth Harvey Brenda Ransom Dick’s Sporting Goods
United Way of Central & Northeastern Krista Heybruck Tom Ritter East Coast Packaging
Connecticut Kenneth Hinson Edwin Rivera Feld Entertainment/Ringling Bros.
Universal Connectivity Jeffrey Hoffman Magdalena Rodriguez and Barnum & Bailey
Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. Melissa Howard Elyssa Rosario Foodshare
Photo: Riley D. Johnson, Jr.
Vinci Oil John Izzo Barbara Ruel Gifts in Kind International
Warm Thy Neighbor Operation Fuel Grant Faith Jackson Janice San Souci Leslie Gordon/Sunny Heart Yoga
Wentworth, DeAngelis & Kaufman, LLC Mini Jefferson Bob Sander Hallmark Cards Inc.
West Avon Congregational Church Dave Johnson Robert Sasser Harry’s Discount Liquor
West Indian Foundation, Inc. Dr. Edward Johnson Daniel Schaefer Hartford Distributors
Whalley Computer Associates Lynn Johnson Mark Scheinberg Hartford Stage
Whittlesey & Hadley Gloria Jones Lisa Schroeder Hartford Sales Company
William’s Electrical Contracting LLC Stephen Bigler Jonathan Jones Hubert Schwan Home Depot Gifts In Kind Program
Wolcott Lions Club Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Blaschke Jennifer Daly Norman Jones Nancy Shapiro Hook & Ladder Restaurant
Xerox Corporation Deborah Boyd Michael Daly Margaret Joyner James Shannon, Jr. Hurston Research LLC
YMCA of Greater Hartford Susan Scanlan Bransfield Ivelisse Davila Sara Kaplan and Ken Malley Dan Shea IGA/Bozzutos
Betty Brew Teresa Davis Andrew Kelly Molly Shelton Knox Parks Foundation
Individuals Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford
Todd Abramson Cathi Ann Brewer Ashley Debenian Patty Kels-Murphy Joseph & Lori Shield
Richard & Joan Brigham Dawn Dickenson Kevin Kenzenkovic Edison Silva Maple Hill Farms
Julie Ackerman Metropolitan District Commission
Monty Aheart Effie Brown Marilyn Dickson Jonas & Carmela Kozikis Greg Sneed
Richard Brown Lynne Donnelly Mary Kozich Jennifer Squier National Amusements
Robert Aheart New Britain Rock Cats
Kerri Kay Allen Erika Brown Terrence Donohue John Lomberg Joe Stanford
George Brusznicki Patricia Donovan Karl Lund Elliot and Sheila Stone New England Air Museum
Diane Alverio Performance Food Group Springfield
Bildade Augustin Denise Callahan Edward Drysgula, Jr. Dr. Conrad Mallett G.P. Tanksley
Deborah Cawley Kenneth Dubois and Francesca French Dan Mara Valerie Taylor Phoenix Companies
Wendy Austin Pollo Tropical
Daniel Babella Maria Cheema Mayo Edghill Lorenzo Marshall Tim Toner
Thomas Clark Joseph Eleazer Ronald Mathis Bethanne Vergean Rolling Meadows Country Club
Allan Baker Safari Micro
Eric Barfield Angel Codear David Eppner Robert and Susan Mazzonna Jay Victorick
Richard Cohen Steven Erickson Christopher McCluskey Richard and Bette Walmer Six Flags New England
Jim Barts Ski Mount Southington
Doris Battle Janice Copeland Kevin Evans Carl Merz Jeremy Walter
Leonard Paul Copes Timothy Evans Lydia Miazza David Walters Ski Sundown
Edward Begley Sovereign Bank
Stefanie Belding Brian Cowell Mary Everett Maria Michele Tim Weaver
Sharon Cowell Wesley Feshler Bill Miller Dana Wilson Sparkle Jewelry
Walter Benjamin Steve McCluskey of Diageo
Marta Bentham Gretchen Craffey Robert Fishman Saul Mora Paula Wright
James Cullen Grady Fitzpatrick Teri Morrison Francis Yankson University Club Golf Course
Fernando Betancourt TheaterWorks
Keith Czarnecki Glenn Gabianelli Donald Neel
UConn Athletic Marketing
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CRT IN THE COMMUNITY
Head Start Parade
The first-ever CRT Head Start Parade was both a spectacular
and successful event. On May 6, more than 2,000 CRT
preschoolers, their families and teachers turned Bushnell
Park into a rainbow of tee shirts and balloons. The highlight
of the day was the performance by members of the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who brought dogs,
acrobats and clowns to entertain the crowd. Then, as the
children shouted the magic words of “Zing! Zang! Zoom!”
five elephants appeared under the Soldiers and Sailors Arch!
Photos by Claudine Bernard, Michael Daly, Riley D. Johnson, Jr.,
Jordon Polon and Anthony Quinn
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
In March, Susan Komisar-Hausman, author of the children’s
abuse awareness story, “Kisses From Dolce,” participated
in activities at several of CRT’s ECE centers. That morning,
a variety of community stakeholders read her book in every
CRT classroom. Guest readers included DCF Commissioner
Susan Hamilton, far right, and State Senator John Fonfara,
8th Annual CRT Golf Tournament
CRT’s Annual Golf Tournament in September raised funds
for the Elderly Nutrition Program. This event draws Locust Earns NAEYC Accreditation
participants, supporters and volunteers from all facets The state’s largest preschool, Locust Street Early Care and
of our community, and benefits Meals on Wheels and Education Center, celebrated their NAEYC Accreditation
the nearly 800 frail seniors CRT nourishes throughout with Mayor Eddie Perez in February. Unit Manager Elizabeth
Central Connecticut. Mosquera holds the plaque, at center.
2nd Annual Bike Night
This June fundraiser for our Generations campus was
attended by hundreds of bikers and spectators, who
enjoyed music and entertainment, youth activities, food,
and a classic motorcycle contest. Capital City Ryders
motorcycle group lent their support, along with several
business sponsors, staff and volunteers.
Attorney General Visits
Joanne Perloff, second from left, was proud to bring Atty.
Gen. Richard Blumenthal to speak at The Retreat in
October. After years organizing events in the community, WHY RUSH Teenage Anti-Drinking Billboard Contest
she is currently the coordinator of a Speakers Series Healthy Teen Hartford, CRT’s coalition to prevent underage
that is sponsored by the Retreat Members Council. Lena drinking, initiated a billboard contest that urges teens to avoid
Rodriguez, CEO, far left and Gus Keach-Longo, Executive alcohol. Six winners were honored in September by Mayor
Director of Senior Services, at right. Eddie Perez at City Hall, and the winning billboards have been
posted on 12 sites in Hartford and featured on a high profile
electronic billboard on I-91. Posters will be put up at Hartford
Community Court and in the five city Recreation Centers.
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Dedication of Generations Portrait Gallery
In February, CRT held a celebration at Generations honoring the
“Pioneer Grandfamilies” residing at CRT’s campus. Also honored
were State Senator Eric Coleman and State Representative
Marie Kirkley-Bey for their roles in obtaining much needed
funding; local artist Marela Zacarias who worked with youth
at Generations to create the beautiful mural; and CRT staff
member Michael Daly who shot the photography. Generations
residents also shared moving stories about their lives before
and after their move to the campus.
Senator Dodd Comes to Listen
The day after Thanksgiving, Senator Chris Dodd visited the
Generations campus for a roundtable discussion on home energy
assistance and other financial concerns in the community. Senator
Dodd, joined by Mayor Eddie Perez, listened as Hartford residents
spoke about problems with health insurance, affordable day care,
home foreclosures and job losses, as well as energy assistance.
City of Hartford Grandparents & Family Day
CRT co-sponsored this September event, held in Bushnell Park.
Over 200 families participated in a day of fun, festivities,
and services, and even the steady rain didn’t dampen their
enthusiasm. Customers learned about, signed up for, and met
staff from many CRT programs. Working alongside the 20 CRT
staff were over 20 volunteers.
CRT Annual Report 2009
Nancy Pappas, editor
Maria Cheema, designer
Val Nanovsky, photographer
A special thanks to the individuals and families
who shared their stories
and all who contributed to this publication.
For more information about CRT visit us at www.crtct.org
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Winning designs by six local youth were blown up into billboards, in a contest put together by CRT’s
Healthy Teen Hartford, a coalition to stop underage drinking. The digital billboard on Interstate 91 (left)
and the print billboards were seen by more than 118,000 people each day. First prize winner Ja Quan
Sullivan-McCalop is shown with his family, above right.
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