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Community Impact - Meeting Basic Needs

The Community Foundation supports services that target immediate basic needs as well as efforts that seek long term solutions. Organizations completing recent grant transformed the delivery of shelter services to the homeless and provided food to the hungry.

Work We Fund 

   

Collaborating to end homlessness

Homeless providers in the region have created the New Haven Coordinated Access Network (CAN) -- a new homeless referral and services system within the region. CAN  has standardized the assessment, referral, and placement of homeless individuals and families and improved collaboration, efficiency, and transparency among service providers. The Community Foundation grants to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and New Reach helped launch and implement CAN. Read more about the regional collaboration to end homelessness.

Youth Continuum works to address youth homelessness. Youth in crisis are connected with mental health and substance abuse assessment, counseling or case management, full or part-time employment opportunities and assistance with educational/vocational placement, meals, housing, and baby and hygiene supplies.

Youth Continuum recently increased its capacity to serve additional youth through the launching of its Permanent Supported Housing program and construction of new housing units. 

Volunteers prepare meals at Beth-El Center. Photo credit: Beth-El Center.

Reducing food insecurity

Three grantees, Community Soup Kitchen, Beth-El Center and CitySeed, provided meals and increased access to healthy foods to individuals and families throughout the region.

  • Collectively, Community Soup Kitchen and Beth-El Center distributed 27,500 meals throughout Greater New Haven during their respective grant terms.
  • CitySeed and Beth-El conducted programs designed to increase people’s access to food and also educate individuals on healthy lifestyles and ways of selecting and preparing foods that can optimize health and budgets.

Making a difference - stories from our grantees

Learning to Cook - For Work and Life »

12.11.2017

The Connection offers cooking classes at the Roger Sherman halfway house.

Weekend Food Program Comes to New Haven School »

11.20.2017

Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation ensures that New Haven schoolchildren who were at risk of going hungry during weekends are now taking home backpacks filled with grocery staples.

Food for the Homebound »

11.13.2017

FISH of Greater New Haven, which delivers fresh food to the homebound, strengthened the safety net for local veterans this past year through a new partnership with the Veteran’s Administration of West Haven.

Recent Grant Awards

  • Aid for Orphans Relief Foundation - $12,000 to support a comprehensive weekend food assistance program for food insecure children and their families attending the John C. Daniels Magnet School of International Communication in New Haven. 
  • Columbus House, Inc. - $164,000 to provide general operating support to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter/housing, and fostering personal growth and independence.
  • Community Soup Kitchen - $40,000 to provide general operating support for the provision of free, nutritious meals to New Haven residents in need.
  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen - $70,000 to provide general operating support for free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals and families, and the working and non-working poor of the Greater New Haven area.

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