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Moving Upstream: The Connection’s 2020 Virtual Conference

The Connection hosts an annual conference, offering excellent professional development opportunities for the human services community. The conference has an industry-related theme and is an immersive day of learning and networking with colleagues. The 2019 topic was Cultivating Resilience and featured internationally renowned Trauma-Informed Care Expert Tonier Caine as the keynote. The COVID-19 pandemic has […]

The Connection Training Sessions, Fall/Winter 2020–2021 Courses Now Enrolling

The Connection provides quality training and professional development designed to promote excellence in the human services field. Our Fall/Winter catalog is now available and enrollment is open for all sessions. We have a deep commitment to keeping our staff, clients, and community partners safe and healthy during this time. All our Fall/Winter courses will be […]

The Connection to Receive Donation From Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Provide Technology for Telehealth Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a unique landscape in which all organizations have had to adjust their operations and expectations during this unprecedented time. The Connection, a statewide non-profit organization, is grateful to receive a $10,000 sponsorship from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut to acquire the technology needed for residential clients to […]

Notice of a Privacy Incident

The Connection Inc. is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the information we maintain. This notice describes an incident that may have involved information for some of our clients. On June 8, 2020, The Connection concluded our investigation of an incident that involved unauthorized access to two of our employees’ email accounts. The […]

A Message From Our CEO

During this time of unrest and protest in our communities and nation, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the values we hold dear at The Connection. Our commitment to compassion, equity and inclusion remain paramount to our core. We commit to learning more, doing better and being better so that we can […]

The Institute for Innovative Practice to Host Community Collaboration in a Crisis Virtual Roundtable Discussion

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided a unique landscape in which all organizations have had to adjust their operations and expectations during this unprecedented time. The Connection, a statewide non-profit organization, is inviting other non-profit leaders to come together for a virtual roundtable discussion to share best practices, solve problems and learn from each other during […]

We’re Here to Help!

At The Connection, the health and wellness of our communities, clients and staff is our first priority. The Connection is proudly continuing to provide essential services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community though this Coronavirus crisis. Just as COVID-19 is impacting everyone, our staff and agency leadership are adjusting daily and […]

Notice of Program Changes

At The Connection, the health and wellness of our communities, clients and staff is our first priority. We wanted to share some information about the proactive precautions we are taking to minimize risk at our organization. All our locations are following enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols. We have also made the decision to make the […]

A Message From Our CEO

At The Connection, the health and wellness of our communities, clients and staff is our first priority. We wanted to share some information about the proactive precautions we are taking to minimize risk at our organization. All of our locations are following enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols. We have made the decision to reschedule all […]

The Connection’s Institute for Innovative Practice Provides Evidence that Peer Mentorship Reduces Risk to Reoffend

For over a decade, community-based organizations have called for the expansion of peer-based services in the criminal justice system, as it has become common practice in the behavioral health field. However, efforts to employ peer mentors for individuals reentering society after periods of incarceration have been stalled in part because of a lack of evidence […]

The Connection Announces Third Annual Golf Tournament

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, The Connection is taking the precautionary measure of postponing this event until August 17. The Connection is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 3rd Annual Community Links Golf Tournament! Get your foursome together and join us on Monday, August 17, 2020 at the spectacular Great River […]

The Connection Training Sessions, Spring/Summer 2020 Courses Now Enrolling

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, The Connection is taking the precautionary measure of postponing all Connection training sessions through mid-April. When we are able to reschedule sessions, we will contact registrants to provide updated information. Thank you for your understanding as we take the measure necessary to ensure the well-being of our participants and staff.  The […]

Announcing: Mental Health First Aid Courses for First Responders

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, The Connection is taking the precautionary measure of postponing all Connection training sessions through mid-April. When we are able to reschedule sessions, we will contact registrants to provide updated information. Thank you for your understanding as we take the measure necessary to ensure the well-being of our participants and staff. Beginning […]

Why Individual Giving is So Important to Nonprofits

by Sarah Dudzic, Director of Philanthropy As a fundraiser, I’m often asked why we are always soliciting donations, when we have State contracts and grants that fund our programs. The truth is, to sustain our operations, provide the high-quality services our clients deserve, and have the flexibility to respond to community needs, we incur expenses […]

Top 10 Reasons to Give to The Connection

by Sarah Dudzic, Director of Philanthropy As we end the year, please take a moment to consider a donation to The Connection. I am always filled with gratitude at this time of year – for the good health of my family and friends, for having a place I call home, and for the good fortune […]

The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice Director’s Book Receives
National Attention

The Connection Institute Co-Director Charles Barber recently published a book, Citizen Outlaw: One Man’s Journey from Gang Leader to Peacekeeper. The nonfiction book follows the journey of William Outlaw from housing project youth, to drug kingpin, to prisoner in the most notorious Federal correctional institutions across the country, and finally as an award-winning community advocate […]

The Connection Training Sessions, Fall/Winter 2019–2020 Courses Now Enrolling

The Connection provides quality training and professional development designed to promote excellence in the human services field. Our Fall/Winter catalog is now available and enrollment is open for all sessions. Click the cover image below to browse the full training catalog — which includes important information about our policies and registration, and also includes descriptions […]

A Middletown Works Update

Did you know that out of all the families living in Middletown (10,570 families) almost half (43%) are single parents? And that one-third of those families are living at or below the Federal Poverty Level? Middletown Works wants to change this! Middletown Works is a Working Cities Challenge Initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

Spring–Summer 2019 Grant Announcements

The Connection was one of five agencies in the State awarded a $205,346 Women’s REACH Grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). Under the auspices of this grant, women with lived experience of substance use will serve as Peer Navigators, reaching out to and working with women who are struggling […]

April 2019 Funding Announcement

The Eddy Shelter received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to support client and programmatic needs. These funds were drawn from the Howard and Yvonne McAuliffe Fund, the Chuck and Rachel Wiltsie Fund, and the Elizabeth Swaim Middletown Fund. We are truly grateful for this vitally necessary support. Grant dollars will […]

Cultivating Resilience Conference

Thank you to all our guests who attended the conference, Cultivating Resilience, on October 21, 2019 at the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown. The event featured keynote addresses from Tonier Cain, former team leader for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and Dr. John Woodall, Founder and Director of the Unity Project, as well as […]

2019 CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K

Join us after work with your friends, family and co-workers for the CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K benefitting The Connection! The race starts at 6:20 pm on Thursday, August 1st in Bushnell Park features live entertainment, a post-race cookout and celebration, computerized race results and awards.

Supportive Housing for Families Needs Landlords Like You.

The Supportive Housing for Families Program helps families thrive by finding homes in safe, nurturing neighborhoods and providing the support necessary for achieving economic independence, developing healthy relationships and a stable and caring home environment. The program assists parents with reuniting with children who have been placed in foster care or prevents the placement of […]

The Connection Announces Second Annual Golf Tournament

COUNTIES OF FAIRFIELD, NEW HAVEN, AND MIDDLETOWN, CT The Connection is proud to announce the Second Annual Golf Tournament taking place on Monday, June 24, 2019 at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield. Golfers will enjoy an exciting day of golf on a beautifully maintained public course that will include 18 holes of golf […]

Common Threads Event, May 11th — Benefit, Dinner, and Silent Auction

The Connection is pleased to announce that we will be a beneficiary of the Common Threads event hosted by Dawn’s Pizzazz Group. The event will be held at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, CT on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6 pm. The event will feature special guests from The CARES Foundation and The […]

Creating Positive Change

The Connection partnered with an outside consulting firm to develop a strategic plan to guide the organization for 2018–2021. The Connection’s strategic plan, Creating Positive Change, represents the shared aspirations of the agency’s leadership, staff and Boards of Directors. Established in 1972, The Connection has grown to be a state leader in the provision of […]

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment, and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. Gambling doesn’t only impact the problem gambler themselves, family members are often caught up in the storm. In the interest of better understanding of the consequences of problem gambling, family […]

Thursday Is Giving Day

The Connection would like you to MARK YOUR CALENDAR! This Thursday, February 28th is Giving DAY at The Connection powered by The Fairfield County Community Foundation. To learn more about The Connection and services, please go to The Connection’s link below and meet James who is featured in a short video! As Brené Brown wrote: […]

In Memoriam, Honoring Dr. Edward Friedman

Since Katchen Coley founded The Connection in 1972, the agency has since grown to a staff of more than 400 and operates 45 programs. Her innovative vision of community based progams would not have come to fruition without the support of Dr. Edward Friedman, who died on January 30, 2019 at the age of 94.

2019 Funding Announcements

Many thanks to our community partners! The Connection has received a total of $10,079 in grant funding in recent months. We are truly grateful for this support—we can’t do it without you! The Connection has received a total of $5,079 in Neighborhood Assistance Act donations from Avangrid/United Illuminating ($4,579) and L. Suzio Concrete Co. ($500). […]

New episode! The Connection’s WTIC Podcast: “David shares His Story”

Ann Baldwin, CEO of Baldwin Media and Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CEO of The Connection, sit down with Roger Sherman House graduate David. David shares his story, tells us how he is doing today, and talks about the special connection he has with a staff member who inspired him and helped him rejoin society after incarceration. Stream […]

Connecticut Agencies Receive $6.5 Million in Federal Grant Funding to Combat Youth Homelessness — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy Meets with Agencies Putting the Dollars to Work

(Photo, Pictured From Left to Right: Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CEO, The Connection; Senator Chris Murphy; Mary Ann (Mimi) Haley, Deputy Director, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Steve Dilella, Director, Department of Housing) MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (January 7, 2019) – Before a packed house of various agencies tackling the issue of youth homelessness in Connecticut, U.S. Senator Chris […]

2018 Funding Announcements

Many thanks to our community partners! The Connection has received a total of $62,000 in grant funding in recent months. We are truly grateful for this support—we can’t do it without you! The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to support Home Works, a new initiative that seeks to address deep housing insecurity […]

Give and Give Back

Blaine, a graduate of The Connection’s Roger Sherman House prison release program, works for the City of New Haven, and recently opened his own cleaning business, McKay’s Custom Clean. Blaine was ready to reclaim his life when he came to the program. “They gave me structure,” he says. Upon graduation, Blaine was offered a job […]

Meaningful Connections: Exploring Engagement in Human Services is Theme of 2018 Connection Agency Conference

The Connection has finalized the schedule for its 2018 annual conference on Meaningful Connections: Exploring Engagement in Human Services. The conference will take place Monday, October 22, at the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown. The conference will feature multiple breakout sessions on topics related to engagement, including Engaging Mandated Clients; Emotionally Intelligent Engagement for Professionals; Engaging […]

The Connection Golf 2018 — First Annual Fundraiser Tournament

Middletown and Fairfield, CT. The Connection is proud to announce the First Annual Golf Tournament taking place on Monday, September 24, 2018 at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield. Golfers will enjoy an exciting day of golf on a beautifully maintained public course that will include 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, […]

Joey Logano Foundation Awards $30,000 Grant to The Connection’s Connecting Children and Families Therapeutic Foster Care Program

Middletown, CT. The Joey Logano Foundation has awarded The Connection’s Connecting Children and Families therapeutic foster care program $30,000 in funding to support program services and foster family recruitment efforts. “The Joey Logano Foundation has been a wonderful resource for The Connection since we first partnered with them in 2014,” said Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, CEO of […]

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Awards $9,000 to The Connection’s Mother’s Retreat Program

Funds will support expansion of Groton-based substance use treatment program for pregnant or parenting women as part of The Connection’s response to growing opioid crisis. Middletown and Groton, CT. The Connection’s Mother’s Retreat program will increase the number of clients served each year with a $9,000 grant awarded by The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. […]

CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K

Join us after work with your friends, family and co-workers for the CFA Society Hartford Corporate 5K benefitting The Connection! The race starts at 6:20 pm on Thursday, August 2nd in Bushnell Park features live entertainment, a post-race cookout and celebration, computerized race results and awards.

Not just a place to live: From homelessness to citizenship

Twenty years ago, Jim lived under a highway bridge in New Haven, Connecticut. He was in his 50s and had once been in the Army. A New Haven mental health outreach team found him one morning sleeping under the bridge. His neon yellow sneakers stuck out from underneath his blankets. Read on to find out […]

Connecting criminal justice, mental health, and family support for better delivery of human services

The Connection’s uniquely flexible and cross-disciplinary service approach has been featured in a special World Health Organization-curated issue of the International Journal of Public Health. The article explores the elements of the institutional culture at The Connection, and outlines the role that The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice plays in integrating research practice and advocacy. […]

Transform Lives Today

In the 45 years since The Connection opened its doors, the agency has touched the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and families struggling with homelessness, mental health conditions, and addictions. Their success has been made possible through our partnerships with individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout the state who are invested in the […]

2017 Connection Agency Conference

Addictive Disorders: Innovative Approaches ♦ Reclaimed Lives — 2017 Connection Agency Conference to be held Monday and Tuesday, October 23 and 24 at Wesleyan University Middletown, CT The Connection has finalized the schedule for its 2017 annual conference on Addictive Disorders: Innovative Approaches ♦ Reclaimed Lives, to be held on Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 on […]

Driving Hope Home 2017 Golf Tournament

The Connection and The Joey Logano Foundation invite you to Driving Hope Home, the annual Joey Logano Foundation (JLF) charity event in Connecticut. The special day will feature a golf tournament, dinner, VIP dinner, car show, live and silent auctions, and raffle on July 13, 2017 at the Southington Country Club and Aqua Turf Club […]

The Connection’s Brand New Radio Show is Here!

Co-hosted by Ann Baldwin and our very own CEO Lisa Dematteis-Lepore, the two talk about various programs offered by The Connection as well as some obstacles people in our state face when trying to access the right services for behavioral health issues. Tune in to WTIC Newstalk 1080, each week on Sundays at 5:30am; or […]

Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore Selected as The Connection’s CEO

The Connection today announced that Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore is named Chief Executive Officer of the organization. The Boards of The Connection, Inc. and The Connection Fund, Inc. selected Ms. DeMatteis-Lepore as The Connection’s Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Peter Nucci, who retired in 2016. This appointment is made after the Board’s Search Committee conducted a national search through […]

Introducing Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, Our Interim CEO

The Connection’s Boards of Directors have appointed Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore Interim Chief Executive Officer. Lisa, who previously served as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, has more than 25 years of service to all areas of the agency and is an accomplished, results-oriented leader with proven success in the strategic development and growth to the organization. She […]

Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH) Receives Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Northeast Region

The Connection, one of Connecticut’s largest nonprofit human service and community development agencies, today announced The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) honored the Re-Entry Assisted Community Housing (REACH) program with its Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Northeast Region in recognition of their work in reducing recidivism.  The award is given out annually to […]

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