and caring communities. We are dedicated to inspiring people to reach
their full potential as productive and valued citizens.
The agency was formed in 1972 as a community response to the
devastation being wrought on families by the problems of abuse, neglect,
addiction, and crime. Beginning with our flagship program, Connection House, a halfway house located in an attractive Middletown neighborhood, The Connection has been a leader in creating community-based treatment programs. We have found that services provided in the community are very effective, helping both the person in need and contributing to the well-being of the entire community. While the agency has grown dramatically – now totaling over 38 programs across the state, providing services in the areas of supportive housing, women and children, behavioral health and community justice – each of our programs must pass this simple test: it must cost the taxpayer less than if the government provided the service, or cost society more if the service were not provided at all.
We are proud of a long history of innovation. Many of our programs – described in detail on this website –
have been the first of their kind in the state. Examples are Liberty Commons, the first supportive housing program in Connecticut; our Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior, a nationally-recognized program that promotes public safety by treating sex offenders; and Supportive Housing for Families, a unique program that seeks to reunite children with their parents. We have a strong history of working in true partnership with our primary funding sources – Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, Court Support Services Division, Department of Correction, and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – to develop, test, and implement innovative solutions to complex human problems.
As someone who has been at The Connection since 1976, when it was comprised of a staff of four, to the present day more than 40 years later, I invite you to learn about our wonderful agency and our 600 employees who serve over 6,000 neighbors in need every month throughout Connecticut.
The Connection, Inc., was formed in 1972 as a community response to the devastation being wrought on families and communities from the problems of substance abuse, dependency, addiction, crime, poverty and neglect.
The Connection was one of Connecticut's first agencies to initiate community-based treatment programs. We have found repeatedly, and research has shown, that services provided in the community are especially effective – helping both the person or family in need, as well as contributing to the well-being of the community. We strive to offer the community a chance to recognize the power and benefits of caring for people and supporting their ability to grow.
The Connection boasts a staff of more than 400 full- and part-time employees dedicated to the agency's mission of "helping men help themselves." These competent, caring professionals, ranging from counselors and senior managers to supervisors and support staff, work tirelessly to respond to the ever-growing needs of those seeking our help. Please get acquainted with these staff:
"We get to know the children and impact their lives"
As a program director for The Connection’s Connecting Children and Families Foster Care Program, Michele and her staff match children with parents in Connecticut who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the child, then provide an array of all-encompassing services when and where they are needed. Michele has worked with us for more than ten years and she acknowledges that she gets pleasure from placing children in homes and then watching them grow up. According to Michele, “We get to know the children and impact their lives.”
Connecting Children and Families Foster Care Program
"I am able to see families and children reunified"
Prior to coming to The Connection, Daniel coordinated a micro credit program for individuals in one of the poorest areas of Mexico City, so he understands the need for self sufficiency among families. As a case manager for three years in our Supportive Housing for Families program®, Daniel works toward seeing children reunified with their parents, saying, “I like the fact that I am able to see
families and kids reunified while working to help the family become self suffcient.” He is currently working toward a Master of Social Work at UConn.
Supportive Housing for Families Program®, Hartford
"I've found a place in the world where I can fit"
Rita Natale struggled with alcohol addiction for over a decade, but is celebrating 22 years of sobriety. Getting sober wasn’t as easy as she had hoped, and she struggled for more than six years with sobriety and recovery. Over the years, Rita has volunteered as an advocate for the recovery community, sponsoring other women in recovery, speaking at conventions, prisons and retreats. She enjoys her role in connecting women and families in need with housing.
The ConnectionSupportive Housing for Families® Program
Acclaim for The Connection
"The Connection's dedication to the well being of its clients and its capacity to provide high quality services to the most vulnerable members of our community is well known. Throughout its history, it has turned around the lives of at-risk individuals and families throughout Connecticut."
U. S. Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro
Representing Connecticut's Third District
“Growing up in Middletown – the home-base of The Connection, Inc. – I have seen firsthand the extraordinary efforts the agency has made to serve people in need in Connecticut. The agency’s high quality services help our most vulnerable citizens to become productive citizens, prevent the use of costlier emergency and higher-intensity services, and enhance the quality of life for us all.”
Former State of Connecticut Secretary of the State
"The Dime Bank Foundation supports and gives back to the communities it serves. We are pleased to support The Connection and thank them for the admirable goals and excellent work achieved by their organization."