BIG Y GIVES BACK

At an in-store presentation today, Always Home received a $5,000 donation from Big Y. Always Home is one of 37 charitable organizations benefiting from the proceeds of Big Y’s annual Paul & Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. “We are so pleased to be able to give back to the local community,” shared John Connolly, Store Director for the Stonington Big Y (in center of photo). Always Home’s Executive Director, Betty Smith, acknowledged that this gift will have a positive and enduring community impact. “A single episode of homelessness can have a profound and lasting effect on young children’s social/emotional growth. Donations like this one from Big Y support our efforts to prevent fa

CAMP CAMARADERIE AND CHILDCARE SOLUTIONS

Sometimes preventing family homelessness is as simple as helping a family send their child to 4H Camp. Through our Whaler's Inn Childcare Solutions program,10 families have given their kids a fun summer and the lasting memory of camp camaraderie.

EVERSOURCE ENERGY GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

Eversource Energy's Teresa Jackman (far right) and Always Home's Social Worker, Marlynn Benker (far left) posed with a client family on the steps of Always Home's below-market-rate rental property. Grandmother is living with this mom and her kids in order to help pay the rent and provide critical child care. This multi-generational living arrangement supports housing stability today and tomorrow. Teresa Jackman presented Kathy Keller of Always Home with a $1,000 grant from the Eversource Energy Foundation, Inc. in support of preventing family homelessness. Thank you, Eversource!

It takes a village...

Special thanks to Mike Sauchuk for donating his time and plumbing expertise to Always Home. What was used primarily as a storage closet has been refurbished into a working bathroom with help from Mike, Rob Richards and Always Home Board President, Bill Smith.

It's not just a car...it's a life-changer

Left to right: Joe Murli with Marlynn Benker, Always Home's Social Worker Thanks to Joe Murli for supporting Always Home's Wheels to Work program. Joe's donation of a well-loved 2010 Chevy Cobalt will be donated to a client family who is currently without a car. Having their own means of transportation gives parents the ability to get to work, the grocery store and to children's school and activities. When families have transportation, they have a better chance of achieving long-term housing stability. This blue four-door is going to change a family's life!

LIBERTY BANK FOUNDATION IS HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES

Left to right: Lonnie Brown, Senior Minister/Union Baptist Church and Always Home Board Member; Betty Smith, Always Home Executive Director; and Dave Bouffard, Liberty Bank, Waterford Branch Manager. Always Home is the happy and grateful recipient of a $5,000 grant award from the Liberty Bank Foundation. This grant will help keep 5 families housed and out of emergency shelter. The relief that families feel when they know that they won't become homeless...that's what real community impact is all about. Thank you to Liberty Bank Foundation for their partnership in Preventing Family Homelessness!

Giving Back to Community

Left to right: Kimberly Damien of Savings Institute Bank & Trust with Always Home's Betty Smith Thank you to Savings Institute Bank & Trust for their generous support. The $1,500 grant will pay for three children to attend camp this summer. Childcare is critical to parents being able to work, pay the rent and sustain housing for their children.

A Community Partner in Chelsea Groton

Left to right: Anne Wilkinson of Chelsea Groton Bank with Always Home's Betty Smith What makes a good partner? Someone who supports your efforts to be the best version of yourself. Always Home thanks Chelsea Groton Foundation for their long-time support of our mission. Our success in Preventing Family Homelessness is on account of community partners like Chelsea Groton!

DONATING YOUR OLD VEHICLE CAN PREVENT KIDS FROM BECOMING HOMELESS

When families have reliable transportation, parents can get to work,earn an income and maintain stable housing for their children. Thanks to a number of car donations and transportation-directed grants and gifts, 28 families were helped through Always Home's Wheels to Work program this past fiscal year. Together, we're preventing family homelessness through transportation solutions.

Say Hello to Always Home's New Case Manager

Trisha Shah, Always Home's new case manager, is a familiar face to many. Trisha started at Always Home as an intern in 2014, and was soon hired as our Office/Data Manager. A recent graduate of UConn's Human Development and Family Studies program, Trisha is eager to work directly with housing-insecure families. "Always Home has been a great learning experience for me. I look forward to this new opportunity to serve the many families who need our help," said Shah.

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