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Greater Hartford Open Benefits Journey Home

Journey Home would like to thank the Connecticut Commercial Real Estate Alliance and Winstanley Enterprises for honoring us as the benefiting charity at the 9th Annual Greater Hartford Open on June 8th.

A variety of ticket options and packages are available, making a great gift for that golfer in your life (Fathers Day is coming!), and even the non-golfer can enjoy a delicious meal for a good cause.  Follow this link to register. Larger parties or participating organizations  can view the sponsorship packages below. All proceeds will support Journey Home in their efforts to end chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford by the end of 2016. We hope to see you there!

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Haircuts for Humanity!

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We all know how transformative a simple haircut can be. Our goal is to complete 80 haircuts on June 15th, in hopes of bringing a renewed sense of confidence and self-esteem to our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness. Please consider sponsoring a haircut. All proceeds will go to Journey Home as they continue to lead the effort of ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. The suggested donation is $25; you can contribute by check made out to Journey Home or via paypal (no account needed).





Spring Newsletter 2015

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Greater Hartford Homeless Resource Fair: Volunteers Needed!

This event, organized by the 100-day team, is an exciting chance to get our chronically homeless neighbors ready to apply for housing. Pre-register for the event HERE and register as a Volunteer HERE!!

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2014 Annual Report Now Available

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Whole Foods Market Supports Journey Home for 5% Day

We are excited to announce that this Wednesday, April 8th, 5% of all proceeds at Whole Foods Market of West Hartford will be donated to Journey Home. We are very grateful for the opportunity to spread awareness and appreciate this show of support for ending homelessness in Greater Hartford. So save all the shopping for Wednesday, it’s the perfect chance to stock up and give back!

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Journey Home Accepting Pledges for Birdies for Charity Fundraiser

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Since 2004 the Birdies for Charity fundraiser has been a staple of the Travelers Championship and an exciting opportunity for every non-profit in the Northeastern United States. Last year the championship raised $1.56 million for some 140 charities.

Similar to a walk-a-thon, donors pledge a small amount for each birdie made during the six-day tournament. For example, a 10-cent pledge with 1,500 birdies made will raise a total of $150. With the 1,828 birdies made at last year’s championship, $22,000 was raised for Journey Home. This impressive sum also earned us a booth in the “Fan Zone”, and the opportunity to raise awareness among the event’s 50,000 attendees.

In 2015 we are striving to surpass last year’s record breaking total. The pledges we receive will help ensure that we meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford by 2016. If you support this mission we ask that you please visit Journey Home’s pledge submission form here.

Thanks to Travelers Championship, Cohn Reznick, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Ford and other generous sponsors, Journey Home is afforded this amazing opportunity every year. Catch all the action June 22-28th at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. We’ll see you in the Fan Zone!

100-Day Campaign Kicks Off in Hartford

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will kick off Connecticut’s latest 100-day effort to reduce chronic homelessness at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 9 at Community Renewal Team’s Lumsden Center, 555 Windsor St. in Hartford.

The 100-day initiative involves advocates, activists, service providers, and others coming together to put existing resources together more effectively to advance the goal of ending homelessness. The Connecticut-based Rapid Results Institute, which developed the “100 day” approach will provide support.

Participating areas of the state include Greater Hartford, Fairfield County, and eastern Connecticut. Last year, a similar effort in New Haven led to the housing of 160 people who had long been homelessness in that community, the vast majority with disabilities including severe mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. In less than six months, this effort was hugely successful.

The effort starts with a two-day boot camp on Monday, the end of which will be marked by remarks by Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein at 2:30 on March 10 at the Lumsden Center.

The project is part of Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Earlier this year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut was one of six states chosen for Zero 2016, a national initiative organized by the nonprofit Community Solutions and dedicated to ending veteran and chronic homelessness within the next two years. At the same time, the governor announced an expansion of existing permanent housing subsidies meant to help the state move toward that goal.

“New Haven’s 100-day results in housing so many in urgent need show the power of this model,” said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, a sponsor of the effort. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to other Connecticut communities who can capitalize on the new resources available. We know this effort will advance our progress toward the Zero: 2106 goals.”

“Governor Malloy has a remarkably deep understanding of this problem and the cost effective solutions needed to end veteran and chronic homelessness,” says Matt Morgan, executive director of Journey Home, the organization leading the 100-Day effort in Greater Hartford. “His vision for a healthier, safer, and stronger Connecticut is clearly demonstrated in his commitment to championing Zero: 2016.”

Follow Hartford’s 100 Day Campaign here.

Greater Hartford’s 100 Day Rapid Results Campaign

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On December 3rd sixty members of the Greater Hartford community assembled at the Lumsden Center of CRT to begin planning for Greater Hartford’s 100-Day Rapid Results Campaign. This stakeholders meeting was a productive and powerful show of solidarity for a campaign that will depend on strong partnerships and innovative solutions to succeed. Led by Journey Home Executive Director Matt Morgan and co-facilitated by Nadim Matta of Rapid Results Institute, the conversation focused on collective problem solving and team building. “We will be looking for team members who are passionate about ending homelessness,” Matt Morgan said, “who are involved in direct service delivery while having sufficient status and credibility in their organization to influence the way things are done.”

In two short hours, representatives from a broad spectrum of state and federal agencies as well as housing, shelter and medical care providers identified the most prominent barriers to housing Greater Hartford’s chronically homeless. Areas of focus included: increasing the percentage of housing resources for the chronic/vulnerable population, preparing data systems to track progress and decreasing the number of requirements preventing clients from accessing housing. Task forces were established to tackle each of these areas, and begin preparing deliverable goals for the 100-Day kick-off in March. This productive session made it clear that there is a collective will to innovate and address what is not working for the homeless community. After the recent success of New Haven’s 100-Day Campaign, with 171 formerly homeless individuals housed, Journey Home and our partners are excited to see what can be achieved for Greater Hartford.

Nine Students Graduate from the Aerospace Employment Placement Program

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Nine of Hartford’s residents who are experiencing homelessness now have an opportunity to start a new career. Homelessness is a problem that impacts thousands of Hartford residents every year. The root of homelessness varies from person to person, but a common barrier to gaining housing is the inability to find and sustain long-term employment. Belcan Corporation and Journey Home have partnered, along with a number of local homeless service providers, to create and provide employment opportunities.

The Aerospace Employment Placement Program will end in career-track jobs for some of Hartford’s most disenfranchised residents. Belcan Corporation’s Windsor Locks location which primarily services companies in Connecticut provides a skilled workforce to their aerospace customers. “This program is in line with our mission statement to combine the resources of the company and the energy of our employees to be a positive force in the communities where we live and do business,” says Steve Houghtaling, Belcan General Manager. “We believe this program will help us meet our growing need for low to mid-level skilled employees.”

In July of 2014, Journey Home was awarded a Community Development Block Grant to execute the Aerospace Employment Placement Program (AEPP). The AEPP is a social enterprise program focused on creating and sustaining employment for Hartford’s underserved population. Journey Home has used this grant to select candidates from Community Renewal Team’s Hartford Veterans Reintegration Program, as well as programs at The Open Hearth Association, and at the Salvation Army Marshall House. All candidates are currently living in a homeless shelter, transitional housing program or a Rapid Re-housing Program and all candidates have experienced homelessness in Hartford. These candidates have all successfully completed classes at Goodwin College this past December, and will now have on-site training at Belcan, and begin their job positions within the next few months. Goodwin’s blossoming manufacturing program instructed the students in basic manufacturing as well as supply-chain logistics- two subject areas essential to the students’ success at Belcan. This program stands out because all program participants will be offered employment at Belcan Corporation upon successful completion of the program. More importantly it could be a springboard to a new career. “We are helping people who are homeless make the leap out of poverty that is necessary to truly prevent them from being at risk of experiencing homelessness again” says Matt Morgan, Executive Director at Journey Home.

A second class of students, this one with a majority of participants who are veterans of the United States military, and all of whom have experienced homelessness in Greater Hartford will be starting classes at Goodwin this January. For further information on Journey Home’s employment initiatives, contact Roy Mainelli, Economic Security Manager, at Roy.Mainelli@JourneyHomeCT.org. “This program/activity is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to Journey Home Inc, by the City of Hartford.” Belcan is a global supplier of engineering and technical services to a wide variety of industries. Our services include product design and analysis, embedded systems controls, and manufacturing & product support.

Thanks to the Hartford Business Journal for this great write-up !

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