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Need help in reuniting and stabilizing your family after issues with abuse, neglect or homelessness? The Connection offers nationally recognized child welfare-focused case management, and supportive housing services providing stable, loving homes for all children. We also have supportive housing programs for single adults with histories of chronic mental health issues and homelessness; youth and young family support programs; and several women and children’s centers where young mothers can receive the help they need to be successful, independent parents.

Below is a listing of some of our Family, Residential and Housing Services programs, click on each to read more…

Connecting Children & Families

Connecting Children & Families

Want to make a “forever” impact in the life of a child? Connecting Children & Families is a licensed, therapeutic foster care program of The Connection seeking supportive foster parents for children who are at risk of being placed in long-term residential psychiatric settings.
Foster parents are part of a team whose members work closely with one another and are focused on helping the therapeutic needs of the child placed in your care. In addition to this support network foster families receive:
  • 24/7 On-call support
  • Generous tax-free monthly stipend
  • Medical, dental and prescription insurance coverage for the foster child
  • Paid college tuition for the foster child
  • Counseling assistance
For more information about Connecting Children & Families, please contact Linda Robertson-Matson, Recruitment Specialist, at (203) 789-4427 x107 or at lrobertsonmatson@theconnectioninc.org.

Eddy Shelter of Middlesex County

Eddy Shelter of Middlesex County

The Eddy Shelter is an emergency homeless shelter for single adult men and women in Middlesex County. The Shelter provides leadership in identifying and promoting innovative solutions to ending homelessness, while allowing for each individual’s unique capability. We accomplish this by meeting basic human needs with a warm bed and hot shower, providing skills to live in the community, resources and referrals to end homelessness and support to decrease the return to homelessness by utilizing prevention techniques.

The Eddy Building, which houses Eddy Shelter, Eddy Center and Logano Place, was built in 1955 as a residence for 96 Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) employees. It was named Eddy Home in honor of Pearl and Otis Eddy, longtime and dedicated CVH employees. They were members of a family with a long and close relationship with the hospital, as both employees and advocates.

Still located on the grounds of CVH, the shelter now has the ability to house 30 adults. The number of beds increases during the winter months. Case management is provided to shelter guests to help them obtain housing, connect them with health resources, if needed, and employment opportunities. The shelter is involved with the statewide campaign, Reaching Home, to end homelessness in the state of Connecticut by creating 10,000 units of supportive housing over the next 10 years.

Program services include:
  • Housing assistance
  • Clothing provision
  • Access to healthcare
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Access to mental health and addiction services
  • Counseling assistance
For more information about Eddy Shelter of Middlesex County, please contact Mackenzie Tyson, Program Manager, at (860) 343-5520 or at mtyson@theconnectioninc.org.

Elm City Women & Children’s Center

Elm City Women & Children’s Center

Elm City Women and Children’s Center is a licensed, long-term, residential substance abuse treatment program for women age 18 and over who are incarcerated and/or on probation. The program serves both single women and women with children under the age of five. Program participants are referred to the program by the courts or probation.
PLEASE NOTE: As of July 1, 2016, the Program is closed. For more records or information about Elm City Women & Children’s Center, please contact us at info@theconnectioninc.org or at (860) 343-5500 x1300 .

Hallie House for Women & Children

Hallie House for Women & Children

Hallie House for Women & Children is a long-term, residential treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women who desire to live a clean and sober life. The program was named in memory of Philip and Doris Hallie. Philip was president of The Connection’s Board of Directors for many years.

Located in Middletown, Hallie House for Women & Children, provides substance using women, a safe, home-like environment where they can learn life and parenting skills to be better mothers. Relapse prevention assists the clients in maintaining their sobriety along with developing coping skills to better deal with stresses in their life.
Clients can be both self-referred or referred by state agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Correction.

Program services include:
  • Relapse prevention assistance
  • Drug and addiction education
  • Relationship and communication skills
  • Life skills
  • Parenting skills
  • Women’s issues
  • Community outreach activities
  • Counseling assistance
For more information about Hallie House for Women & Children, please contact Sherrie Weaver, Program Manager, at (860) 343-5513 or at sherriew@theconnectioninc.org.

Intensive Supportive Housing for Families

Intensive Supportive Housing for Families

The Intensive Supportive Housing for Families Program is a 5-year initiative to develop, implement, and study the effectiveness of a supportive housing program for families who come to the attention of the child welfare system due to severe housing issues and high service needs. The program is funded by a grant through the US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families. The project aims to reduce child welfare system contacts, maltreatment, child removal, and foster care placement; and increase family housing stability and parental employment.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families and The Connection, with a proven track record in the design and implementation the Supportive Housing for Families® program, have developed a collaborative relationship to meet the needs of child welfare involved families who experience severe housing barriers. This new initiative is designed to provide an enhanced version of the already well-established SHF program in order to better meet the mental health and trauma needs of the parents and children served by the program. The Connection provides primary services and the University of Connecticut (UConn) researchers will evaluate the program.

Under this new model, ISHF clients will have access to evidence-based interventions for parenting, trauma, and other mental health challenges, substance abuse, health, housing, and employment preparedness. Triage and assessment will prompt team-based services, engaging parents as full members. Interdisciplinary teams will include the parent, case manager, and representatives from support providers. Fidelity, client engagement and satisfactions measures, will ensure families’ access to interventions and housing assistance.

For more information about Intensive Supportive Housing for Families, please contact Chelsea Humphrey, Program Manager, at (860) 822-2564 x222 or at chumphrey@theconnectioninc.org.

Logano Place

Logano Place

Logano Place is a new transitional housing program for up to 28 homeless adult men and women who are actively working on their recovery from behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

The goal of the program is to provide supports to these men and women so that they can successfully re-enter the work force and permanently exit from homelessness. The program will offer second chances to those who are working to achieve independence in their lives.

The program is named for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Joey Logano. Through his foundation, Joey lends support to the program to assist people in his hometown community.

For more information about Logano Place, please contact Christina Jackson, Program Manager, at (203) 786-5316 or at cjackson@theconnectioninc.org.

Mother’s Retreat

Mother’s Retreat

Mother’s Retreat, located in Groton, is a long-term, residential treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women who desire to live a clean and sober life.

The program assists young women in their recovery from substance use by providing quality clinical services and individualized treatment in a warm, supportive environment. Mother’s Retreat also assists women who are seeking to reunite with their children. All clients participate in a personal recovery plan, as well as individual and group therapy. Clients can be both self-referred or referred by state agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Correction.

Program services include:
  • Relapse prevention assistance
  • Drug and addiction education
  • Relationship and communication skills
  • Life skills
  • Parenting skills
  • Women’s issues
  • Community outreach activities
  • Counseling assistance
For more information about Mother’s Retreat, please contact Sherrie Weaver, Program Manager, at (860) 405-2107 or at sweaver@theconnectioninc.org.

Robert T. Wolfe Supportive Housing

Robert T. Wolfe Supportive Housing

The Robert T. Wolfe Supportive Housing Program is housed at the Robert T. Wolfe Apartments near New Haven’s train station. The program is provided in partnership with the Housing Authority of New Haven and is funded by grants from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and HANH. In order to be accepted into the program, clients must be on the Robert T. Wolfe housing list. Under the terms of the agreement with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, 12 of the 25 clients served by the program are Housing Authority clients and 13 are Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services clients.

The program serves individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and who have either a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use. Client programming includes traditional 12-step groups and substance use prevention as well as motivational and life skills, behavioral management and meditation groups. Clients are assigned case managers upon entering the program.

Program services include:
  • Case management (Coordination of vocational, employment, financial, psychiatric, medical and social services)
  • Daily living skills training
  • Supportive housing
  • Crisis intervention
  • Daily living skills training
  • Medication supervision
  • Recreational activities
  • Transportation assistance
For more information about the Robert T. Wolfe Supportive Housing program, please contact Deborah DeJarnette, Program Director at (203) 773-3366, or at ddejarnette@theconnectioninc.org.

Ruoppolo Manor Supportive Housing

Ruoppolo Manor Supportive Housing

The Ruoppolo Manor Supportive Housing Program enables community agencies to collaborate in offering services to at-risk populations. It is administered in collaboration with the Housing Authority of New Haven.

Ruoppolo serves 25 individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and who have either a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use, or a history of substance use with at least a year in treatment. Because Ruoppolo Manor is a Housing Authority of New Haven facility, clients must be on the Ruoppolo Manor Housing list in order to be accepted into the program. Client programming includes traditional 12-step groups and substance abuse prevention groups, as well as motivational and life skills groups.

Program services include:
  • Case management (Coordination of vocational, employment, financial, psychiatric, medical and social services)
  • Daily living skills training
  • Supportive housing
  • Crisis intervention
  • Medication supervision when needed
  • Recreational activities
  • Transportation assistance
  • Men’s and women’s motivational groups
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Training for Seniors (TIPS for Seniors)
For more information about the Ruoppolo Manor Supportive Housing program, please contact Christine Pollifrone, Program Manager, at (203) 785-8136 or at cfarasciano@theconnectioninc.org.

The Start Program

The Start Program

The Start Program provides homeless youth ages 16–24 with emergency housing, temporary rental assistance, and intensive support services aimed at assisting the youth in transitioning towards safe, stable housing and self-sufficiency.
Program services include:
  • Street outreach services for homeless youth aged 16 – 24 in the Hartford area
  • Host home options for homeless youth under the age of 18 in the Hartford area
  • Emergency housing apartments for youth ages 18 – 24 for a stay of up to 60 days in the Hartford area
  • Temporary housing rental assistance for up to 2 years for youth aged 18 – 24 across the state
  • Intensive case management services
  • Financial literacy skill development
  • Life skill development
  • Educational/vocational support
  • Referrals, advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling services
For more information about the Start Program, please contact the program’s referral line, at (860) 878-4042 or at youthoutreach@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing Fairfield

Supportive Housing Fairfield

Supportive Housing Fairfield is scattered site supportive housing for individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless in the Bridgeport area. Our mission is to provide subsidized housing to individuals who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result of chemical dependency and/or psychiatric disability.

Supportive Housing Fairfield, based in Bridgeport, is a permanent supportive housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and monitored by the City of Bridgeport. The program has a capacity to serve four individuals and three families and the criteria for the program eligibility is to be homeless with a disability.

Program services include:
  • Case Management
  • Transportation
  • Rental Subsidies
  • Vocational Assistance

All referrals come from community providers. Individuals must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or possess a disability in order to be eligible and meet income guidelines.

For more information about Supportive Housing Fairfield, please contact Sandra Hill, Program Manager, at (203) 336-1148 or at shill@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing for Families

Supportive Housing for Families®

The Supportive Housing for Families® program provides families served by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families with support services and access to safe, quality, affordable and permanent housing.

Our mission is to help families thrive by finding homes in safe, nurturing neighborhoods, achieving economic independence, developing healthy relationships, and providing their children with a stable and caring home environment.

Supportive Housing for Families® is located throughout the state, with offices in New Haven, Groton, Middletown, Hartford, Waterbury, Torrington, Danbury and Bridgeport. The program helps families become reunited with children who have been placed in foster care, or prevents the placement of children in foster care by providing adequate housing.

Program services include:
  • Housing subsidy and/or rental housing assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Referrals, advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling services
  • Coordination of substance use treatment
  • Provision of children’s services, educational support and parenting training
The Connection’s Supportive Housing For Families® program contracts with statewide partner agencies:

The Connection is proud to be a member of the Child Welfare League of America and of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.

For more information about Supportive Housing for Families®, please contact Anne Ventimiglia, Program Director, at (860) 343-5500, ext. 2106 or at aventimiglia@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing Litchfield

Supportive Housing Litchfield

Supportive Housing Litchfield is a Next Steps branch providing scattered site supportive housing to individuals who have substance use or mental health issues in Litchfield County. Our mission is to provide subsidized housing to individuals who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result of chemical dependency and/or psychiatric disability.

The Connection, in collaboration with Prime Time House, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Social Services, provides supportive housing and case management services for 10 individuals with severe and prolonged mental health and/or chronic chemical dependency who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness in the northwestern portion of the state. The program also provides intensive strength-based, relational, case management and vocational support services.

Program services include:
  • Case management
  • Transportation assistance
  • Rental subsidies
  • Vocational assistance

All referrals come from community providers. Individuals must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or possess a disability in order to be eligible and meet income guidelines.

For more information about Supportive Housing Litchfield, please contact Christina Jackson, Program Manager, at (860) 510-3200, or at cjackson@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing Middlesex

Supportive Housing Middlesex

Supportive Housing Middlesex is comprised of two branches: PILOTS and Next Steps. PILOTS provides permanent scattered site supportive housing to individuals and families with disabilities in Middlesex County. Next Steps provides permanent scattered site supportive housing to individuals who have substance use or mental health issues in Middlesex County.

The Next Steps branch is a collaboration of The Connection, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Social Services’ collective efforts to provide effective housing and social services for individuals with severe and prolonged mental health and/or chronic chemical dependency who are chronically homeless or at risk of homelessness and who have incomes at or below 50% of area median income. The Department of Social Services has allocated 10 Rental Assistance Program (RAP) certificates in order to provide rental subsidies to assist these individuals in maintaining stable housing in Southern Middlesex County (Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Westbrook, Clinton and Old Saybrook). Case Management services are available as long as needed by the client.

The PILOTS branch is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services that provides a rental subsidy for individuals or families in which at least one adult member is homeless, disabled and has a household income at or below 50% of the poverty level. Clients are referred to PILOTS through the Shelter Plus Care program that has eligibility requirements for individuals with mental health and/or significant substance use problem that is of a chronic and long term nature, and/or are living with HIV/AIDS.

Program services include:
  • Case management
  • Transportation assistance
  • Rental subsidies
  • Vocational assistance

All referrals come from community providers. Individuals must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or possess a disability in order to be eligible and meet income guidelines.

For more information about the PILOTS and Next Steps programs, please contact Christina Jackson, Program Manager, at (860) 510-3200, or at cjackson@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing New Haven

Supportive Housing New Haven

Supportive Housing New Haven is a PILOTS branch that provides permanent scattered site supportive housing to area individuals and families with disabilities. Our mission is to provide subsidized housing to individuals who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result of chemical dependency and/or psychiatric disability.

The New Haven PILOTS Program, also known as the New Haven Family Partnership, is a collaborative effort between The Connection, New Haven Home Recovery and the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis. The program provides long-term, scattered-site supportive housing services to families where the head of household has a mental health disability, substance abuse issues, a physical disability, or HIV/AIDS.

Program services include:
  • Case management
  • Transportation assistance
  • Rental subsidies
  • Vocational assistance

All referrals come from community providers. Individuals must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or possess a disability in order to be eligible and meet income guidelines.

For more information about Supportive Housing New Haven, please contact Samantha Batson, Program Manager, at (203) 776-9900 or at sbatson@theconnectioninc.org.

Supportive Housing New London

Supportive Housing New London

Supportive Housing New London is a PILOTS branch that provides permanent scattered site supportive housing to area individuals and families with disabilities. Our mission is to provide subsidized housing to individuals who are chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless as a result of chemical dependency and/or psychiatric disability.

The New London PILOTS Program provides long-term, scattered-site supportive housing services to families where the head of household has a mental health disability, substance abuse issues, a physical disability, or HIV/AIDS.

Program services include:
  • Case Management
  • Transportation
  • Rental Subsidies
  • Vocational Assistance

All referrals come from community providers. Individuals must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or possess a disability in order to be eligible and meet income guidelines.

For more information about Supportive Housing New London, please contact Christina Jackson, Program Manager, at (860) 510-3200, or at cjackson@theconnectioninc.org.

West Village

West Village

The West Village Program offers case management and rehabilitative services to 40 individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who have a diagnosis of mental illness and/or substance use.

Services include obtaining subsidized housing, case management, social networking and access to community resources. Upon admission, clients are assigned a case manager who meets with the client at least weekly to provide assistance in activities of daily living, money management, medical transportation, entitlements, relapse and prevention techniques and individualized treatment planning. Staff is on duty from 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday and from 9am to 5pm on the weekends. Clients have access to their case manager whenever necessary through office hours or through a pager system.

Program services include:
  • Case Management
  • Relapse Prevention Techniques
  • Recovery Groups
  • Psycho-social Activities, such as bingo, life skills, and community outings
  • Crisis Intervention

West Village is a partnership between The Connection and Alpha Community Services, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. The apartments are managed by The Community Builders of New Haven and the program is funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. In 2009, the West Village program received $2 million in funding over five years from the Federal Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand the program to 40 clients.

For more information about the West Village program, please contact Deborah DeJarnette, Program Director at (203) 785-8136, or at ddejarnette@theconnectioninc.org.

Women’s Recovery Support Program

Women’s Recovery Support Program

Women’s Recovery Support Program is a voluntary substance use recovery and supportive housing program for single women. Our mission is to support women in substance use recovery and to provide safe, affordable housing, in addition to offering opportunities for personal growth and development.

Located in Bridgeport, Women’s Recovery Support Program strives to help women become part of the community. By connecting them with the resources they need to maintain their recovery, find a job, and ultimately an apartment the women build a support system around them. Through all the support services provided by the program, women are typically living independently within 6 to 18 months.

Program services include:
  • Relapse prevention assistance
  • Vocational assistance
  • Financial management skills
  • Housing assistance
  • Counseling assistance
For more information about Women’s Recovery Support Program, please contact Michelle Giardina, Program Manager, at (203) 330-9304 or at mgiardina@theconnectioninc.org.

 

Contact Us

Main Office
100 Roscommon Dr, Ste. 203
Middletown CT 06457
(860) 343-5500

For easy access to our services call our Toll-free Helpline at (855)Help955 — (855)435-7955 anytime during business hours. A trained staff member will assist you with your questions and will guide you to the appropriate Connection service.

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