Become a Leader
With the Connection's
I-RISE Program
Training & Professional Development
A Message from
Our president & CEO,
Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore
Lisa Dematteis, President and CEO of The Connection.
Mental Health is
Everyone's Business
healing, stability & well-being
Our agency can help you on your personal recovery journey
work in the community
Build on your individual strengths and learn new skills
meet your own mission
We have 50 years of Non-Profit operations and business experience
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partner, or participate
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Improving lives and promoting well-being for every person in need of help

The Connection is a statewide community-based human services agency that partners with individuals and their families to provide the needed resources to improve their lives. We help people find solutions to the problems of homelessness, mental illness, substance use, and community justice rehabilitation.

A Message from
Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore

President and CEO of The Connection

After spending my career in Non-Profit management in human services, I feel especially privileged to be writing this message as Chief Executive Officer of The Connection. This is a special time in this company’s history as we celebrate our successes and the tremendous growth of our valuable services in Connecticut over the past 50 years.

The Connection has become synonymous with our commitment to helping thousands of individuals, families and children grow and thrive through our array of Family & Child, Young Adult, Adult, and Housing Services. Our programs provide multiple levels of care that can range from outpatient care to residential settings. We take pride in providing exceptional client care and are dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional, intellectual health and wellness of the people in our communities.

At The Connection, we stand by our six core values in every interaction:

> Compassion
> Equity and Inclusion
> Courage
> Knowledge is Power
> Excellence
> Capacity to Change

Our mission is building safe, healthy, caring communities and inspiring people to reach their full potential as productive and valued citizens. The Connection stands for excellence in leadership, integrity, and full transparency in the spirit of community collaboration.

Looking ahead, we are focused on strategically accelerating our growth while continuing to build the quality of our organization. We are excited to expand our Institute for Innovative Practice by providing quality professional development, training and consultation to help people, communities and organizations solve problems, adapt to change, and evolve.

I am incredibly grateful to lead The Connection and am excited about its ongoing journey. The best of The Connection is yet to come!

Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Connection

I am writing to express our sincere appreciation to The Connection for making Cochegan House available during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was a lifeline to house residents who tested positive for the Coronavirus. We applaud your efforts and support!

Executive Committee
Community Justice Division, The Alliance

Working with The Connection


Contribute to solving complex community problems by supporting The Connection as a sponsor, partner or participating in our special events.

program clients

Healing, stability and well-being are possible when you choose our agency to support you on your personal recovery journey.


Build on your individual strengths and learn new skills while doing meaningful work in the community.

consultation/training clients

Harness the power of nearly 50 years of Non-Profit operations and business experience to learn more about how to meet your own mission.

How can we help?

(860) 343-5500