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AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available

Journey Home is currently recruiting for two new AmeriCorps VISTAs. These will be full-time, year-long positions starting in July of 2014. For further information and instructions on how to apply, please click on the links below.

 

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Homeless Memorial Event

Join the national movement to honor those we've lost and shine a light on the unjust impact of homelessness. On Saturday, December 21st, the longest night of the year, and the first day of winter, from 11am-1pm, join us at Center Church on the corner of Gold St. and Main St. in Hartford to memorialize the lives of those who died during the year who were experiencing homelessness or who were recently homeless. There will be music, testimonials from individuals who have experienced homelessness and who knew those who passed away, and sparklers (rather than candles) to conclude the service. If you are looking for something meaningful to do this holiday season, please attend this event and help memorialize those who have experienced so much suffering. Light refreshments will be served.

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Journey Home welcomes new Americorps Volunteer, Ana Elisa Franco

Ana Elisa Franco is a recent graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Theory and Social Justice. In college, she worked as a tutor/mentor for Gear UP Project Higher Learning in Los Angeles Unified School District. She is passionate about social justice and wants to work to improve the programs and policies that are in place to better people's lives. Ana Elisa will be serving at Journey Home as the Research and Innovations Amercorps VISTA.

Amina Musa

Journey Home welcomes new Americorps Volunteer, Amina Musa

Amina Musa graduated with a degree in Sociology last May from Arcadia University. During college, she was able to study abroad in London and Belize. Her junior year, she interned at the CT Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations, Inc in Hartford that serves new immigrant populations. She enjoys working with people and is passionate about social justice issues. She is excited for this year and to serve in the Greater Hartford Area. Amina will be serving at Journey Home as the Housing and Economic Security Networking Americorps VISTA.

Journey Home Names Two Directors

Hartford, CT/June 28, 2013 - Journey Home, the Capitol Region’s non-profit organization working to end homelessness, has named two new directors: Mary Ellen Kowalewski, AICP, Director of Policy and Planning at the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), and David T. Doot, Partner at Day Pitney, LLP. Mark F. Fox, Chairman of the Board of Journey Home, commented, “As we continue to expand our board, we are delighted that these two recognized leaders will be bringing their extensive experience to Journey home”. READ MORE

Encore!Hartford Graduation

Encore!Hartford 2013 Graduation

Roy Mainelli graduated from the Encore!Hartford program on Thursday, June 20. This program is offered by the University of Connecticut in partnership with Leadership Greater Hartford which supports and facilitates the transition of professionals from the private sector to careers in the nonprofit sector. During his fellowship with Journey Home, Roy completed two top priority projects for the Opening Doors – Greater Hartford Economic Security Task Force – hosting an Employment Case Conference and implementing an employment survey of the emergency shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing residents to obtain employment focused baseline data. We look forward to continuing the work of Opening Doors – Greater Hartford Economic Security Task Force with the data obtained from both the Employment Case Conference and Survey. We appreciate all the hard and meaningful work Roy did, as well as the Encore!Hartford program. Roy will continue on with Journey Home as a consultant working on a social enterprise project seeking to create employment opportunities for those experiencing homelessness.

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Traveler’s Championship Outreach

As a participating non-profit in the Birdies for Charity Fundraiser, co-sponsored by Cohn Reznick and the Travelers Championship, Journey Home was offered the chance to man the Birdies for Charity booth at the Travelers Championship. Journey Home staff spent all day Friday, June 21, talking to attendees about Journey Home’s mission and current initiatives to prevent and end homelessness throughout the Hartford region. In the spirit of the Birdies for Charity fundraiser, Journey Home held their own Guess the Birdies sweepstakes for those who visited our booth on Friday. A large thank you goes out to Max Downtown and Burger Baby in Hartford for their generous donation of prizes for this sweepstakes. Winners will be notified soon! Thank you to Birdies for Charity for this excellent opportunity to spread the word about Journey Home’s work. Check us out in the Travelers Championship Daily video (at the 2 minute mark)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOUpuvEqC88

HVRP

On Thursday, April 25, Kara Svendsen of Journey Home, Inc., Jay Wood of Capital Workforce Partners, and Patrice Moulton of Community Renewal Team presented on the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Project (HVRP) at the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)'s 21st Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities. The keynote speaker for the conference was Laurie Harkness, Ph.D., founder and Director of the VA Conecticut Healthcare System's Errera Community Care Center. The day also included a panel discussion of returned veterans about their experiences reintegrating into school and work following deployment. Journey Home was happy to be a part of such an interesting conference and to share with education professionals our employment program for veterans experiencing homelessness, HVRP.

Roy Mainelli

Encore!Hartford Fellow Joins Journey Home

Roy Mainelli is a Fellow from the Encore!Hartford Program; a program offered by the University of Connecticut in partnership with Leadership Greater Hartford which supports and facilitates the transition of professionals from the private sector to careers in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Encore!Hartford Program, he had a successful career at UTC Aerospace Systems as a seasoned executive in strategic planning, program and operations management.

Roy holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in West Hartford with his wife and has three children.

Roy will be working to plan and implement a survey event that will help gather information on employment skills and barriers among the homeless population and residents of transitional and supportive housing. The survey results will be used to plan for employment training, literacy, and transportation programs to serve the homeless population and housing residents.

Cardboard City Sleep Out

CT Residents Come Together to Learn about Homelessness

Last Friday 88 students and community members from across Connecticut braved the lightning and rain to devote their Friday night to learning about homelessness at Journey Home’s Cardboard City Sleep Out. The Sleep Out was hosted by the University of Saint Joseph Social Work Student Alliance on their campus in West Hartford. READ MORE

Starting the Year Off Right: Church Group Devotes Their Weekend to Helping People Experiencing Homelessness

On January 4th-6th, 2013, a group of eleven volunteers from the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury explored Hartford through service projects with different housing providers to help people experiencing homelessness. Projects included painting at The Open Hearth, serving dinner at McKinney Shelter, and brunch and more painting at Peter’s Retreat. Thank you to Dave and his crew for all of their hard work!

Celebrating the Lives of Citizens Who Die on the Street

By Verinda Birdsong, posted on Examiner.com, Ms. Birdsong's reflections on the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Services in New Britain and Hartford.

Hartford Homeless Memorial

On Friday, December 21, 2012 members of the Hartford community came together to remember and honor 20 individuals known to have passed away over this last year while experiencing homelessness. It is a time honored tradition on this shortest day and longest night of the year to remember those who spend these long nights out in the cold, without a home, particularly those who have died from living in such circumstances. Pastors, formerly homeless individuals and advocates spoke to those in attendance, drawing attention to the injustice that is homelessness and asking the community to come together to continue the efforts to prevent and end homelessness. One moving piece of the ceremony, was a poem written and delivered by John E. Q. Butler, who has his own previous experience with homelessness. His poem and the names of those who passed can be viewed here.

Journey Home Names 6 New Directors to Board

Does Supportive Housing Encourage Bad Behavior?

Executive Director Matt Morgan explores whether permanent supportive housing promotes recovery or dependency for drug-addicted individuals in Partnership for Strong Communities' Partnership Blog.

Presentation to Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club

Read about Executive Director Matt Morgan's presentation on innovative solutions to homelessness in the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club Newsletter.

Homelessness Prevention: An Inexpensive Solution to a Costly Social Problem

Written by former Journey Home intern Emily Anderson and printed in Communities & Banking, this article explores the Greater Hartford Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.

Home for the Holidays

A Home for the Holidays

Journey Home’s newest Moving On resident, Florence Times, received a blessing from Gilead Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon. The Moving On Initiative, transitions people out of permanent supportive housing into their own, more independent living environment. Ms. Florence Times was extremely excited to move into her new unit in the beginning of October. Her story is one of resilience and, according to her, the grace of God. Prior to entering permanent supportive housing with Chrysalis Center / YWCA, Florence was homeless for about 10 years, living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, cars, or couch surfing. Her history of trauma is extensive, from witnessing violent murder as a child to being attacked and left for dead by a serial killer, surviving abusive relationships and culminating with the shooting and murder of her son while she was incarcerated for a brief period. Yet after it all, her main expression is one of gratitude and faith. Since experiencing homelessness Florence has been able to connect to services and rekindle relationships with her family. She has been reunited with a son who was removed from her home when he was just a baby, and has been able to establish a strong relationship with him and her grandchild. Florence’s one wish was to be able to unite the one’s she loves around a table for the holidays. Thanks to Carol Geyer, and other members of Gilead Congregational Church, Florence will be able to invite her family to her new home for the holidays. In addition to a table, generous community members donated silverware, dinnerware, pots and pans, and other important items for a hostess. Thank you to Florence for opening up about her life to us, and to Gilead Congregational for their continued generosity to help those less fortunate.

Journey Home Executive Director, Matthew Morgan selected as one of 2012's 40 under 40!


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Journey Home Receives Grant from US Labor Department

On June 19th, Journey Home was one of 64 grantees to be awarded the Homeless Veteran’s Reintegration Program grant through the U.S. Labor Department. The funds awarded through this grant will be used to implement a collaborative intensive employment training program for homeless veterans in Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex Counties. The collaborative includes housing and shelter providers, Workforce Solutions Collaborative, healthcare providers, Capitol Workforce Partners, local employers from growing fields, and other community organizations that provide training and other necessities to get people back into the workforce.

Amity High

Four students from Amity High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut are donating the proceeds from their marketing class project to benefit Journey Home. The boys, Skye Zawadski, Dan Hecht, Timmy Fox and Nick Walker (left to right), found Journey Home online and decided to organize a raffle to raise money to help us in our work to end homelessness. Raffle tickets have been for sale during lunch periods to other students with winners to be drawn on May 18th. All of the items up for raffle have been donated by local businesses to help them in their effort. Journey Home would like to offer a huge thank you to the four young men and the local businesses they turned to. We could not continue our work without thoughtful actions like yours!

Gilead Congregation Church: Once Again a Blessing for a Newly Housed Resident

Hartford, CT-On Sunday, May 6th, members of Gilead Congregational Church in Hebron, donated household furnishings to a previously homeless Hartford resident moving into her own place. A bed, sofa, dining room set and kitchen supplies were among the items collected and delivered on Sunday evening. The excited and motivated new tenant, Oletha, is working with Chrysalis Center and Community Renewal Team to get back on her feet, and has just started a new job. She was incredibly appreciative for the kindness of these individuals and their church community. Oletha’s rental certificate was made available when one of Chyrsalis’ clients graduated from permanent supportive housing into one of Journey Home’s Moving On units.

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Youth Take Time From Their Spring Break to Paint a Property in Hartford

On Friday, April 20th, youth from Gilead Congregational Church in Hebron, helped landlord, Carlos Valinho, to paint a rental property on Hungerford St in Hartford. 10 units at this location are part of Journey Home's Moving On initiative which encourages individuals and families to move out of permanent supportive housing into more independent living situations. We would like to extend a big thank you to the youth from Gilead Congregational for taking the time to make this property more of a home for the residents that live there!

Presentation to Women's League of Voters

Presentation to Women’s League of Voters

West Hartford, CT- On March 22, Journey Home staff and partner, Mercedes Soto, Director of Housing for Community Renewal Team, were given the opportunity to present to the Women’s League of Voters Greater Hartford at the West Hartford town hall. The presentation included information about the innovative solutions to homelessness being implemented and developed by Journey Home and partners, as well as a brief summary of what the homeless population currently looks like in the Greater Hartford Region. The presentation was followed by a Q&A period that sparked interested discussion. We would like to give a big thank you to Sandy Fry with the LWVGH for the invitation to speak to the League.

Hilton Hartford Donates TVs and Furniture to 23 Area Non-Profits

HARTFORD, CT - Journey Home, Inc., the nonprofit organization leading greater Hartford’s fight to end homelessness, is teamed up with the Hilton Hartford, located at 315 Trumbull Street, to facilitate the donation of nearly 225 TVs and 225 armoires to area nonprofits and faith-based organizations which provide temporary or transitional housing, health care and related services to greater Hartford families who are homeless or in need. READ MORE

WNPR - Where We Live: A Look at Homelessness

Featuring Journey Home’s, Matt Morgan, and other partners in the effort to prevent and end homelessness here at home.

New Apartment Signals A 'Journey Home' For Hartford Man
by Kim Velsey (Hartford Courant)

 

Medically Vulnerable Homeless Individual Housed...

On Sunday afternoon, members of Gilead Congregational Church, donated their time and home wares to turn one man's new apartment into a home. The tenant, a chronically homeless man with chronic health issues, has been on Journey Home’s Vulnerability Index Survey for two years running. The apartment, obtained through Hands on Hartford, was made available through Journey Home's Moving On Initiative, which helps residents of permanent supportive housing move on to more independent living situations as their service needs decrease, freeing up their units for those with greater needs, such as the tenant who moved in on Sunday.

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