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The Connection has been helping to unlock recovery in Connecticut for fifty years! Today we help thousands of people and their families with the complex challenges of homelessness, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral healthcare each year. We need your help to continue to sustain this good work for our communities. We are celebrating our anniversary with a special campaign to raise $1,000 for every year we have been in operation. Donate today to provide the key to recovery for your neighbors in need.

Individual and Planned Giving

Thank you for considering a donation to The Connection. Giving is simple and the benefits are great.

Many companies offer gift matching programs. Ask your employer’s personnel office for details.
Make a gift in honor or memory of a friend, colleague or loved one.
If your workplace participates in the United Way campaign, you can designate your pledge to The Connection through United Way’s Donor Choice Program. The codes to designate your gift to our programs are 4934 for the Connection Center for Behavioral Health or 4935 for the Eddy Shelter.
The Connection gratefully accepts gifts of goods or services.
Create a legacy of giving in your family by remembering The Connection in your will.

The Cornerstone Society

cornerstone-logo-small1The Cornerstone Society was established to honor the legacy of the former Cornerstone and ALSO-Cornerstone and to build a fund that will support individual client and programmatic needs of The Connection’s New Haven-based behavioral health programs. Gifts to the Cornerstone Society honor the Cornerstone legacy and help to serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

The mission of the Cornerstone Society is to ensure that the focus of The Connection’s behavioral health services in New Haven remains true to the letter and spirit of the original mission of Cornerstone, Inc.: “To assist individuals with psychiatric disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community, and to enhance public understanding and support for service to those who suffer from mental illness.”

The partnership between ALSO-Cornerstone and The Connection has been highly successful, resulting in the agency’s continued growth in the areas of behavioral health, supportive housing, and community justice in New Haven and beyond.

To learn more about The Cornerstone Society and its giving opportunities, view/download our brochure.

Cornerstone Society Honor Roll

(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $10,000 and greater)

(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $2,500 – $9,999)
Peter and Val Nucci

(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $500 – $2,499)
NAMI Elm City
Judith Normandin
Phil and Cindy Rockwell

(Lifetime or testamentary gifts of $100 – $499)
Gloster B. Aaron, Jr. and Katherine Allocco
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Bayley in Memory of Keith Corrow
Claire Bien
Dr. Harold D. Bornstein, Jr.
Beth Connor
Maureen Carney and John Cox
Evergreen Fibres
Kathi Geisler
Justin Girolimon In Honor of Chelsey M. Gerlat
Elizabeth Haas
Margie Hudson
Barbara Johnson
Paul and Diana Ryan

(Gifts of up to $99)
Nanci Jutras
Olivia C. Martson

Annual Events

The Connection hosts, or is the beneficiary of several fundraising events each year to benefit the agency and to provide entertainment to the community. This year’s events include:

  • The Connection Golf Tournament: August 30, 2021
  • CFA Society, Hartford Corporate 5K: TBD

Gift Payment Options

Checks may be made payable and mailed to:
The Connection Fund
Fund Development Office
100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 203
Middletown, CT 06457

The Connection also accepts donations through credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover). Click here to donate via our secure site:

Or, contact Beth Connor, Chief Administrative Officer, at (860) 343-5500, ext. 1600, or at to learn more about other opportunities to assist our neighbors in Connecticut.

The Kätchen Coley Society

katchenKätchen Coley, co-founder of The Connection, was a social services pioneer—and a true believer in second chances for those whose lives were negatively impacted by poor choices and circumstances.

Kätchen passed away after a short illness in August 2013. Soon after, The Kätchen Coley Society was created in tribute to Kätchen for her extraordinary vision and values in establishing The Connection in 1972. After more than 40 years of service on The Connection’s Board of Directors, Kätchen (and her family) were delighted to know that The Society will serve as an enduring compass for the organization. Gifts to The Society honor her and further the work in which she passionately believed.

In the short term, gifts to the Kätchen Coley Society will be utilized for Connection client and family events and special needs and for The Connection/environmental improvement initiatives. In the long term, specific projects will be developed to help those The Connection serves that are not funded by our traditional revenue sources. These projects will seek all types and sizes of gifts, including annual, major outright and planned gifts, such as bequests.

The society will stand as a permanent tribute to Kätchen’s values in founding the agency. It will be a powerful platform—utilizing the stories of client rehabilitation and redemption—from which to encourage others to support The Connection’s mission.

We recommend that you consult with a professional advisor before making any complex donation to a charity, and always consult a tax advisor about current tax laws regarding any kind of charitable giving. The Connection does not render tax or legal advice for any purpose. The agency is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service.

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

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