Category: News

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

By: Paul Marks,Special to CTMirror.org 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 CTMirror.org 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 CTMirror.org 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 »

CT Mirror Series: After Years of Cuts, Nonprofits Struggle to Survive.

By Tom Condon August 7, 2018 The term “nonprofit organization” may well be misleading. Some might think nonprofits aren’t really businesses. Ah, but they are; indeed, some are large, intricate and highly regulated businesses. Like for-profit businesses, they need revenue to execute their missions. When that revenue falls off, they must make creative and/or hard-nosed… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: Change is Coming for Nonprofit Human Service Providers, But Will It Make or Break Them?

August 6, 2018 By Keith M. Phaneuf It is a time of reckoning for Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social services. After two decades of flat or reduced funding from its chief client — state government — community-based agencies are struggling to retain both their programs and the low-paid staff who deliver care for thousands of poor,… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: Luckier Than Many, But an Uncertain Future

August 6, 2018 By Paul Marks, Special to CTMirror.org Robert Embardo is a 29-year-old guy in a Red Sox cap who weighs upwards of 300 pounds. Approaching with a slightly unsteady gait, he greets visitors with a left-handed handshake and a nod. But he doesn’t say much, even to his mother. The word he uses… Read more »

CT Mirror Series: ‘It gets harder and harder to make choices’

August 6, 2018 By Paul Marks, Special to CTMirror.org New Britain – Behind a rusting iron fence, inside an aging red-brick building leased from the 170-year-old St. Mary Roman Catholic Church next door, Farrell Treatment Center offers a way out for people gripped by drug and alcohol addiction. Dennis Pupowski says the staff there caught… Read more »

Fox61 | The Real Story: Denying tax exemptions

The Real Story: Denying tax exemptions July 15, 2018, By Al Terzi and Jenn Bernstein HARTFORD — Many Connecticut cities and towns, dealing with the decline in financial aid from the state, have found a new way to boost revenue: They are denying property tax exemptions for non-profit organizations. How the non-profits are fighting back…. Read more »

Westfair | Survey: Nonprofits’ tax-exempt status under attack

Survey: Nonprofits’ tax-exempt status under attack By Kevin Zimmerman – July 9, 2018 A member survey conducted by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance has found that an increasing number of municipalities in the state are denying or challenging nonprofits’ property tax exemptions. A total of 35 nonprofits responded to the survey, with 66 percent saying… Read more »