Successful Application - CCA received grants from the CT Dept. of Social Services and the Community Foundation to launch the envisioned a new program called the ARISE! (Accessing Resources for Independence, Skill-building and Employment) Center. It will offer longer-term solutions for families that are poor and/or homeless. Through a two-generational approach, families will receive tools to survive and thrive.
Successful Application -CCA applied for and received a $10,000 grant from the NewAlliance Foundation, in connection with its 10 for 10 Grant Opportunity, to
pursue a longstanding dream to establish Faith Movers, a social entrepreneurship focused moving company.
Another Successful Thanksgiving Distribution - CCA provided turkeys and food in 2014 to 2,180 families who resided in the Hill Section in New Haven. This would never have been possible without the involvement of Blum Shapiro. Again in 2014, this firm served as the presenting sponsor of this Distribution for the second year, provided both volunteers and financial support. Many individuals, groups and congregations also donated to this effort.
In 2010, CCA began using Results Based Accountability as a way to measure success. Data collected by the Advocacy and Education Project (AEP) documents the extent to which it organizes empowered people to become empowered voices for social and system change. It also documents the impact that these empowered people have in their efforts to be effective and authentic in their activism and recognized for their contributions to making conditions better for people who are poor.
When Jane (not her real name) became a member of Mothers for Justice (MFJ) - one of CCA's grassroots groups - she was unable to do public speaking or facilitate a meeting. As a result of advocacy related training and meetings attended, she is now comfortable describing her experiences to policy makers and politicians. She and other MFJ members presented recommendations included in the "Living in a Broken System" video to the Commissioner and staff of the CT Dept. of Social Services. They continue to advocate for changes in programs that are designed to help families in need. In addition, for the last three years, CCA has graduated 40 individuals who enrolled in the CT Commission for Children's Parent/Children Leadership Institute, a 20 week training to develop leadership skills & understand public policy so that the graduates can influence it. People have run for political office, joined boards of directors & become involved in community building activities.
CCA provides direct assistance by helping people tap the resources available to them, making referrals to other agencies, intervening between individuals and bureaucracies and helping people through crisis, such as fires, evictions and utility shut offs. CCA also provide notarizing services.
The ARISE! Center's purpose is to prevent a first experience with or a return to homelessness, using a two-generational focus. it is to offer holistic an comprehensive services and affirm the dignity and value of everyone, not matter what a person's life experiences have been.
An integral component of ARISE is to CCA is to hire an Employment Services Specialist and a Child and Family Specialist, along with a Director of Social Work Services to expand and enhance services within CCA's Hillside Family Shelter (HFS)
and the Stepping Stone Transitional Housing Program (SSTHP). These efforts will offer an enhanced array of social services
to entire families, rather than just serving the heads of each household and
will result in more effective, evidence-based and comprehensive family services.
CCA began a collaboration with Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Hamden in a post-shelter placement of one family in its Rectory.
In addition, CCA is engaged in partnership meetings to explore potential ARISE! Center partners and working with members of the Greater New Haven Opening Doors Steering Committee around coordinated access, ending chronic homelessness and providing a secure and stable future for families.
Christian Community Action, Inc. has been living its motto
of providing “Help, Housing and Hope” to New Haven families in need for 48
years. All our board members support the organization financially and seek to
generate additional gifts through personal outreach, small gatherings in
people's homes, regular special giving campaigns and at least one major annual
fund raising event. CCA has a long and storied history in New Haven, a dynamic
Executive Director and a dedicated, hard-working staff that accomplish much
with limited resources. It is a very lean organization both administratively
and financially, but it is rich in faith and compassion. CCA has a strong
record of helping families that are homeless or in crisis to achieve major
changes in their lives, including greater permanency and independence. The
major challenge facing CCA is finding the financial resources to continue and
expand the work the agency is doing to help the increasing numbers of adults
and children who are suffering in today's economy, and to adequately compensate
the staff for the remarkable work they do. The Board is currently working on a
major fund raising effort to enhance existing programs and launch a new program
that will collaborate with other service providers to focus on improving access
to resources for skill-building and employment as a means to achieving long
term stability and economic independence (The ARISE! Center). Support from
individuals and faith communities who share our vision of a more just and
equitable world will be key in this effort, as will continued support from
government resources, businesses and private foundations. I welcome anyone
interested in learning more about CCA and its work to contact our Executive
Director, Rev. Bonita Grubbs or our Director of Development, Al May at (203)
777-7848 to arrange for a visit and a tour. You can also visit us on our
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