CCA is making preparations to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 through a yearlong series of events and activities.
Successful Application - In 2014, CCA received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the the CT Dept. of Social Services the ARISE! (Accessing Resources for Independence, Skill-building and Employment) Center.
Successful Application - CCA applied for and received a grant in 2015 from the City of New Haven for operation of a Diversion and Prevention Service within its Neighborhood Assistance Program. This new Service extends CCA's continuum of care to prevent an experience with homelessness, connects families to shelter, case management, employment and housing stabilization. It serves families with greater intensity regardless of whether they are receiving emergency assistance (i.e., food, diapers, clothing or fuel assistance) or needing housing assistance (pre and/or post shelter tenancy and community-based stabilization through the ARISE Center for up to six months after families have moved into permanent housing.
Another Successful Thanksgiving Distribution - CCA provided turkeys and food in 2015 to 2,277 families who resided in the Hill Section in New Haven. This would never have been possible without the involvement of Blum Shapiro. Again in 2015, this Firm served as the presenting sponsor of this Distribution for the third year, provided both volunteers and financial support. Many individuals, groups and congregations also donated to this effort.
Action, Inc. has been living its motto of providing “Help, Housing and Hope” to
New Haven families in need for 49 years. CCA 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 large annual fund raising event. CCA has a long and storied
history in New Haven, a dynamic Executive Director and a dedicated, hardworking
staff that accomplishes a lot with very limited resources. It is a very lean
organization, administratively and financially, but it is rich in faith and
compassion and 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 an on-going fund raising effort to enhance
existing programs and expand our newest program (The ARISE
Center) focused on providing improved access to resources
for skill-building and employment as a means for clients to achieve long
term stability and economic independence. We have several organizational partners
in this effort. 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. Finally, we are already working on the CCA 50th Anniversary
celebration that will commence in February 2017 and continue on
through next year. A working committee with two external co-chairs has
been formed and an honorary committee is in formation. 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, John Noonan at (203)777-7848
to arrange for a visit and a tour. Please also visit our website at http://www.ccahelping.org.
The Advocacy and Education Project (AEP) originated in 1977 as the Welfare Reform Project. This Project seeks to fulfill Christian Community Action's mission to offer hope to those who are poor in New Haven through community engagement and system change. Its goal is to promote equity, access and justice for all by focusing on issues such as empowerment, grass-roots organizing, leadership training and economic justice. Its commitment is to insure that people whose voices have previously been unheard are given the opportunity to participate in public policy conversations and advocate on the issues that concern them. It has sponsored Mothers for Justice, a group for women that was established in 1993, which is dedicated to improving the lives of families who are low-income.
In January 2015, CCA partnered with the Connecticut
Alliance for Basic Human Services’ efforts to survey 104 newly insured low
income residents about their experiences accessing healthcare services.
Members of CCA Healthcare Kitchen Cabinet shared their stories and our newly
created report ” What Healthcare Should Be” with legislators, Lt. Gov.
Nancy Wyman, staff from the CT Department of Social Services and the public at an event held at the Connecticut
In July 2015, the Connecticut
Health Foundation asked CCA, because of its grassroots advocacy approach, to provide outreach for a "Let’s Talk Healthcare"
event at the Courtland Seymour Wilson Library, located in the Hill Section of New Haven. The event was attended by more than 40
community members. The following article in the New Haven Independent captured this Session.
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.
The Hillside Family Shelter provides temporary housing for families who are homeless. Working from two sites, the Shelter has 10 furnished apartments at our Sylvan site and 7 at our Davenport site. Apartments range in size from 1 room efficiencies to 3 bedrooms, accommodating a range of family sizes. Within Hillside, the philosophy is that families that are homeless deserve to be treated with dignity, an essential first step toward breaking the cycle of homelessness. In addition, CCA believes that reducing stress in families' lives by providing adequate living space will increase their chances of making the initial steps towards self-sufficiency. It is because of these two beliefs that CCA provides a furnished apartment for 60-90 days through a program that is not overburdened with rules & regulations. This keeps living conditions roughly comparable to living conditions that families would have if not homeless, while giving them a time limit and guidance for locating permanent housing.
In 2015, HFS joined with other homeless service providers to form the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network, as an systemic way to end homelessness, by establishing an systematic way to screen, assess and house families and individuals on the basis of the severity of their condition and need.
Since the early 1970's, CCA has made a food pantry available to families with children, senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Hill section of New Haven, Connecticut. Over the years we have served more than 50,000 people. Starting in the spring of 2001, we have offered a "Client Choice" Program. Food pantry participants are given the opportunity to "shop" for their food items rather than receiving a pre-made bag. CCA maintains membership with the Connecticut Food Bank, allowing us to distribute 3,217 bags of food to 7,681 in 2015.
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 is engaged in partnership meetings to explore potential ARISE! Center partners and working with members of the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network around coordinated access, ending chronic homelessness and providing a secure and stable future for families.
Christian Community Action,
Inc. (CCA) has been living the mission of providing “Help, Housing & Hope”
to families in crisis for a half-century. CCA
came into existence through a faith-led effort for one family in 1967, and has
been working from New Haven’s Hill Neighborhood since.
Today, strides are being made to end homelessness in Connecticut. But what does
this mean? It means that organizations including CCA use resources and
talent effectively to serve families in need and divert others away from the
trap of homelessness. It does not mean that we can pack up and go
away. In fact, services are more needed than ever.
CCA is unique. It is the only organization in
Greater New Haven dedicated to helping families experiencing or threatened by
homelessness. CCA keeps families intact, providing safe and dignified shelter
through emergency apartment-style spaces as well as transitional housing to
help families achieve a goal of permanent housing. In addition, CCA offers services that ensure
recovery and diversion from homelessness including food/clothing pantries,
employment support, life skills classes, social events, health/service referrals
and much more. CCA’s services are in
demand, because we touch families from every surrounding community and beyond.
CCA has a proven track record of lasting
and positive impact, a dynamic
Executive Director in Rev. Bonita Grubbs and a dedicated staff. It is a lean organization,
but rich in faith and compassion that drives the work to help families achieve
major changes in their lives, including greater permanency and
self-determination. Yet there are challenges facing CCA today as
an organization and in the mission to serve families more effectively. Public
resources are contracting, yet CCA strives to improve its delivery model,
measure impact more effectively and make a lasting difference in the lives of the
we approach our 50th Anniversary (2017), CCA is committed to growing the new ARISE! Center, which will bring
together families and services needed to achieve stability and economic independence
under one roof. The Board is dedicated
to efforts to enhance existing programs and expand ARISE!
thrives by the generous donation of time, treasure and talent of many. In
addition to opportunities to support our many efforts, CCA is recruiting
volunteers to help with the organization and execution of events. We
are thankful to have the support from individuals and organizations who share
our vision of a more just and equitable world especially for children and
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