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The Day: Human services provides an opportunity for structural change

Human services provides an opportunity for structural change By Paul Choiniere, Day Editorial Page Editor December 30, 2018 For years a debate has taken place as to how the state can best and most economically assist the developmentally disabled — people dealing with mental illness, those struggling to overcome the disease of addiction, the vulnerable… Read more »

Comcast Newsmakers: CT Community Nonprofits

While their services are in greater demand, Nonprofit organizations find funding an increasing challenge, even in rich states like Connecticut. Eric Clemons’ guest is the President and CEO of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, Gian-Carl Casa: Click here for more.

CT Mirror Series: For Connecticut’s Nonprofits, A Time of Reckoning

The Connecticut Mirror is running a multi-part series about Connecticut’s nonprofits and their struggles with state budget cuts. Scroll down to see all the articles in the series. This page will be updated as more articles are published. Part 1: August 6, 2018 Change is Coming for Nonprofit Human Service Providers, But Will It Make… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: How to Stop Squeezing Nonprofits and their Clients

August 9, 2018 By Tom Condon The task for caring for society’s most vulnerable citizens was first taken on by churches, then by towns, and now primarily by the state. Folks like Patrick J. “Pat” Johnson Jr., former head of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford and Oak Hill, Inc., believes that is as… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: He’s Among 1,800 on the Waiting List for a Place to Live

By Paul Marks, Special to August 9, 2018 Twenty-seven-year-old Dan Fiorentino grew up in West Hartford and graduated from Hall High School, just like both of his parents. He has a job, a supportive family and a passion for the Boston Red Sox. But because he has Down Syndrome, there’s no telling when he’ll… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: As needs continue, prices rise, state contribution falls

By: Paul Marks,Special to August 9, 2018 Last year Ed Harrison had hip replacement surgery, and before long he was walking on his left leg again. Then all of a sudden he wasn’t. Harrison fell and broke his leg in two places and wound up back in the hospital, then in a Groton nursing… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: CT’s Two-Tiered Human Services System: ‘One Tier Too Many’

by Tom Condon August 8, 2018 Oak Hill, Inc., the largest nonprofit provider of human services for the state, recently trained two group home workers, only to see them jump to the competition earlier this year. The competition is the state. Connecticut has an unusual two-tiered system of residential programs for persons with developmental disabilities…. Read more »

CT Mirror Series: Budget Cuts, Programs Ended, and ‘We went off the cliff’

By Paul Marks, Special to August 7, 2018 Salem — Three years ago, Tom and Arlene Reith moved into a slate-gray, four-bedroom colonial on a quiet street in rural Salem with their 27-year-old daughter Sarah, who has Down Syndrome and autism. They’d come from Long Island, where he was an executive at an engineering… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: A 5 Percent Budget Cut Translates to Lost Hours, Lost Jobs

By Paul Marks, Special to August 7, 2018 Five years ago, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County decided to try a new model of outreach and treatment for clients in and around Danbury who struggle with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. It renovated a storefront along West Street, a block away from… Read more »