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February 2017 Blog Posts (7)

Welcome New Board Member Mike Vezzoli

Family Centered Services of CT welcomes Mike Vezzoli, ADP Human Capital Management Consultant as our newest member of the Board.  Mike is a graduate of Providence College where he was a member of the swim team. Mike has a passion for volunteering and serving the community, as a member of the Family CT Board of…

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Added by Susan D'Orvilliers on February 23, 2017 at 10:13am — No Comments

Providing For Those In Need

During the cold winter months, low-income Valley residents can apply for home heating assistance atTEAM, Inc., which has been helping families become financially stable since 1965. Read more in this week's …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on February 13, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Want YOUR name splashed all over ECDC's upcoming premiere?

ECDC is looking for sponsors for our upcoming premiere of

"If You Knew You Then"

March 31, April 1, 7,…

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Added by Elm City Dance Collective on February 11, 2017 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Being Their Best Selves

St. Martin de Porres Academy opened its doors twelve years ago with the promise of giving life-changing opportunities to disadvantaged kids. That promise is being fulfilled as the first graduates are now in college making dean’s lists and winning awards at places such as Villanova, Fairfield, St.…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on February 2, 2017 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Staff Meet with State Representatives & Senators to discuss the importance of funding Family Centered Services of CT

Staff members Amie Melillo and Sabine Romsaint of the Family Based Recovery Program and Raycean Wright and Shannon Ryan of the Teen Outreach Program met with State Senators and Representatives to enlist their support of Family Centered Services of CT at the Legislative regional lobby day. Non-profit organizations from across CT met with their representatives to discuss the impact that state cuts will make to their programs and to encourage their support.

Family CT will be ce…

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Added by Susan D'Orvilliers on February 2, 2017 at 8:42am — No Comments

Black History Month - The Paper Bag Principle

CONFRONTING THE VESTIGES OF RACISM WITHIN BLACK COMMUNITY
Professor Audrey Kerr’s The Paper Bag Principle is an enlightening and challenging look at the black community and the…
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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 1, 2017 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

A Message to Elected Officials of the Connecticut Legislature

The Mary Wade, is a nonprofit senior care community located in New Haven.  We were founded, and continue serving the community, in our same location 150 years ago, and have developed into a full continuum of senior care services, that includes a Skilled Nursing Center, Residential Care Home, Adult Day Center, Home Care, Community Navigator, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, Primary Care and a transportation program, serving the senior population and their families in the…

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Added by David V. Hunter on February 1, 2017 at 1:55pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Home for the Holidays, and for Good

This is the story of Michael Elliot, who was homeless and fighting cancer when his life took a sharp turn for the better. Through a unique partnership with ProMedica Health in Toledo, where he was receiving treatment, Elliot was introduced to a LISC Financial Opportunity Center. There, he worked with a financial coach, who helped him secure a safe, affordable apartment and even begin saving money—all within a few months. Said Elliot, “It’s the greatest thing in the world that I have a place to call home.”

Kindling Hope in a Chicago Neighborhood

You can feel the change, say residents. Police data show it, too. In just one year, crime and violence have dropped precipitously in Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood where LISC has long partnered with local leaders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. How did it change? A concerted mix of strategic policing and community engagement, says Julia Ryan, LISC’s VP for health & safety—the very approach LISC supports in Englewood and dozens of communities across the country.

LISC Pledges New Commitment to Health

LISC has invested deeply in the health and wellbeing of people in the places where we work for 40 years. But we’re upping the ante. President and CEO Maurice Jones calls partners to join us in upending health disparities through tailored investments in communities, and designing a plan to assess the health outcomes of our broad work in economic development, housing, safety and financial stability.

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