Total Donations to Date: $310,410
Founded in 1989, Vista Life Innovations is a full-service organization supporting individuals with disabilities throughout the various stages of life.Vista recently launched a new program in Southeastern Connecticut, New Heights, a Post-Secondary Training/Day Services program for neurodiverse young adults age 17 and above located at 101 West Broad Street in Pawcatuck, CT. This Vista designed and led program offers curriculum-driven instruction Monday through Friday from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their five core areas designed to teach, train and promote independence among individuals include vocational training, life skills, cognitive and social behavior, community involvement, and post-secondary options for training and education.
The Mission of A Sacred Place is to foster hope among incarcerated women of York Correctional Institute in Niantic, CT in order to help them lead responsible, educated, spiritually enriched lives that are drug-free and crime-free. A Sacred Place provides programs addressing emotional and educational literacy, modalities to foster healing, spiritual connection and a successful return to society.
The Eatern Connecticut Community Gardern Association (ECCGA) offers educational and financial resources to groups and individuals wishing to start a community garden. They work with schools, non-profits, giving gardens, and community groups, and are engaged in a wide variety of activities, all aimed at empowering community gardens. The Groton Family Farm, Garden Pawcatuck, Grasso Tech, Fresh New London, and the Ledyard Garden Group are just a few of their many collaborative partners.
The Jason Hyatt Center came into being following the closure of a homeless shelter in Noank. They are supported by Sound Community Services which provides support and services for individuals with behavioral health and substance abuse disorders. The Jason Hyatt Center has the capacity to house 3 boys and 2 girls ranging in age from 18-24 years old for up to 18 months. While they do have access to mental health and social services support, there is currently no actual budget for food and other essentials.
The mission of Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH) is to clean up and protect Fishers Island Sound and its coves, inlets, bays, rivers and harbors. Twenty-five CUSH volunteers collect water samples, monitoring the water quality of Stonington and Mystic Harbors, the Mystic River, Pequotsepos and Wequetequock Coves, and the major freshwater streams that feed them. Those results are then formulated into a single Aquatic Health Index. CUSH shares its data with state and local officials as well as regional environmental organizations and the general public. Long-term monitoring can reveal the biggest pollution challenges and help identify how to fix them.
The Thames River Family Program (TRFP), established in 1992, is the lead program of Thames River Community Service, Inc., which provides safe housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, abuse or mental illness. Since its inception, the TRFP has served nearly 975 families with over 1,500 children who have resided and transitioned through their furnished 24 unit, two- and three-bedroom, apartment building.also educates the community and local service providers on immigration law and policy. Since May 2017, TRCS has become a transitional housing program for families headed by youth ages 18 to 24 years of age. They are mothers, fathers, or couples who have been in the foster care system themselves, have been victims of human trafficking, have been homeless or unstably housed, with little or no healthy support system. While at TRFP, they work with the staff to develop life skills, including parenting, employment and tenancy. This enables many to leave TRFP for permanent housing within a year. The POT funding will be used to help families with rent.
The Immigration and Advocacy and Support Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality low-cost immigration legal services in Southeast Connecticut. IASC also educates the community and local service providers on immigration law and policy. IASC focuses on “family immigration law” - filing new permanent legal residency applications to reunite parents, children and spouses; renewing and replacing legal permanent residency cards; and applying for citizenship. IASC is funded by generous donors, foundations, and sliding scale service fees, and is grateful for the assistance of many volunteers.
Operation Fresh Start Inc. helps foster children and adults who have aged out of the foster care system have a fresh start. By providing household items to set up apartments for the adults, backpacks full of items for the children, and a helping hand when needed, Operation Fresh Start Inc. serves our neighbors in Southeastern Connecticut. Thus far, everything Operation Fresh Start has provided to those in need has been donated. In the future, they hope to create a scholarship fund to give these young people the skills they need to succeed. Currently, they are in need of a storage space to keep all the donations they have received.
Mystic Geriatrics Institute (MGI) is a non-profit organization with a mission to make a significant difference in improving the lives of the elderly and to make our region a center of excellence for elder well-being through specialized health care and education. Our mission is to create an organization in our region to foster the development and communication of effective geriatric care; to coordinate responses to elder issues, broadcasting effective strategies to invested audiences through workshops, conferencing and symposia; and to educate and collaborate with communities to establish infrastructure and services that promote elder well-being. MGI is planning a conference in November covering the seven areas of competency a caregiver needs in order to do this. They wish to offer this program free of charge. The PoT2 funding will help them accomplish this.
New London Homeless Hospitality Center Founded in 2006, HHC collaborates with dozens of public and private programs and agencies to address the underlying causes of homelessness for each person and help him/her find permanent housing as quickly as possible. HHC Services provide much needed meals and services to homeless men and women, including: HHC Diversion Program with employment specialists working in concert with "We Work 2" and Connecticut state agencies; help finding housing and employment and connecting the homeless to much needed medical services. All totaled HHC impacts over 750 people a year.
FRESH New London hosts multiple community gardens around the city of New London. Since 2004, FRESH New London looks to build momentum for food system change through community based agriculture and youth empowerment. We are a community farm and educational hub dedicated to building a healthy and just food system. We use food to connect the community, encourage stewardship, inspire leaders and incite change.
The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut (JFEC) convenes, connects and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners. The funds from the Power of Together donation will contribute to the JFEC's Relief and Recovery Fund to not only help the needs of those who became food insecure but also to help with the shortage of face masks in nursing homes.
Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center The mission of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center is to be the resource for basic needs for people experiencing financial hardship, as well as services for seniors in need of socialization and transportation for those living in Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly. During the extremely challenging time of Covid-19, the PNC has seen an uptick in need across the board, from food insecurity needs to financial assistance with mortgage/rent and utilities payments.
Neighbors for Neighbors, Community Foundation Eastern Connecticut In mid-March, the CFEC established the Neighbors for Neighbors Fund to deploy resources to those most deeply impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The CFEC partnered with the United Way of Southeast Connecticut and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and offered grants of $473,517 to 61 recipients. These grants provided flexible resources to organizations throughout Eastern CT that serve
the basic needs of local residents, particularly to high-need populations, including low-income individuals,
residents without health insurance , communities of color and individuals with disabilities. The CFEC pledged a 100% match for this fund during this time, which doubled the donation from Power of Together!
AZ Pawn Gift of Mobility Giveaway is a program that collects, refurbishes, and distributes wheelchairs to those in need. Phil Pavone, a cancer survivor, has given away 650 wheelchairs to date. “Once we give these chairs to people and see how grateful they are —the tears and the hugging and kissing—I know we’re making a difference,” says Pavone. “These chairs offer a way for people to live an independent life.” The Power of Together 2 funding will be used for batteries, which Pavone said cost between $125 and $250 each, and advertising.