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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Governor’s Nonprofit Grants Program Awards The Connection $908,851

Funds will be used for facilities upgrades at 48 Howe Street, New Haven, and upgrades to telephone and IT systems at agency locations throughout the state. The State of Connecticut has awarded The Connection $908,851 in funding from the Governor’s Nonprofit Grant Program. These funds will be used to support upgrades to The Connection’s 48 […]

HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and other Dignitaries Celebrate Grand Opening of Milestone Supportive Housing Project

The Connection will provide case management services to residents in need at Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust’s newest affordable housing development      On Friday, January 15, Federal, state, and local officials gathered at 1803 Stratford Avenue in Bridgeport to celebrate the grand opening of the Milestone Apartments, a new, 30-unit permanent supportive housing development designed for low-income adults with […]

Winter Grove Apartments Open Doors to Low-Income Elderly

Two former guests of Eddy Shelter now occupy two of Winter Grove’s eleven
Supportive Housing Units On Thursday, November 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Winter Grove, an apartment complex for low-income elderly in Southington, held an open house to celebrate the most recent development by NeighborWorks® New Horizons. The Connection is providing on-site counseling services to […]

Joey Logano Comes Home to Host Local Fundraiser

Always one to go fast, Joey Logano proved he can push the limits on anything with four wheels — even if it is a golf cart. The 2015 Racing for Hope event held on July 16th in Portland, CT was a partnership between The Joey Logano Foundation and The Connection. The event hosted 96 golfers […]

Blue State Coffee Selects The Connection as a Nonprofit Partner

Patrons of 320 Congress Avenue, New Haven, Store Can Help Support The Connection The 320 Congress Avenue, New Haven, Blue State Coffee has selected The Connection as one of its nonprofit partners for the second half of 2015! Donors and friends who frequent the Yale-New Haven Hospital/Yale School of Medicine area are encouraged to stop by […]

The Connection Receives COA Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that our organization has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation — also known as COA. COA is an independent organization, separate from the government, that ensures all of our programs and services are being delivered at the highest possible standards. Achieving accreditation was not easy; it took us over […]

CFA Society Corporate 5K Benefits The Connection

Join us on Thursday, August 6th, at beautiful Bushnell Park, Hartford, for the CFA Society Corporate 5K. The CFA Society Hartford is the new title sponsor of the Corporate 5K. This road race benefits The Connection, a statewide non-profit human service and community development agency.

The Connection Congratulates Joey Logano, Daytona 500 Winner!

Middletown, CT native Joey Logano was the second-youngest driver to ever win the Great American Race. Joey is much more than a great NASCAR driver. Through his Foundation, he’s a passionate supporter of those who need a restart in life. With gratitude, The Connection named its new transitional housing program for homeless adults, Logano Place, […]

Joey Logano Gives Back To His Hometown Community Through The Connection

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano, a Middletown, CT native, returned home to kick off the Inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown at On Track Karting in Wallingford on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The night provided an opportunity for fans to test their racing skills against Joey in a fun competition along with other racers […]

State Senator Paul Doyle Visits Connection House, Middletown

When Connecticut State Senator Paul Doyle, who represents the City of Middletown learned that Connection House received $14,000 in funding from the State’s Nonprofit Grant program, he arranged a visit to learn more about the program and agency. He liked what he learned and saw. “The Connection is a leader in the Middletown community and […]

$372,000 Bond Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements

The Connection has received $372,000 in bond funding from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). These funds will be used to purchase a 20 KW cogeneration (cogen) plant for the 48 Howe Street property in New Haven. The 90,000 square foot New Haven landmark, built in 1929 by the YWCA of New […]

Homeless Man’s Family Honors Memory, Donates

On Thursday, December 19, Portland resident Libby Carrier and her sons, Devin, 15, and Liam, 12, went to the Eddy Shelter with Holiday/winter gift bags for every man and woman in residence at the shelter. Each bag contained toiletries and other items including gloves, chemical toe and hand warmers, hats, a bus pass, and a […]

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