It looked like another traffic jam getting into the Xfinity Theatre parking lot in Hartford Wednesday morning, but the performers were volunteers, distributing to each vehicle $300 worth of food and hygiene products. "Giving to the community to try to help everybody - that's excellent. That's the best thing we can do," Alfred Herger, normally a foreclosure preventer at Community Renewal Team, said.
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Kathy Crouch of East Windsor was recognized last week for her 35 years as a volunteer driver for the East Windsor branch of the Meals on Wheels program. Through the program, Crouch delivers nutritious meals on a weekly basis to local seniors and “shut-ins,” people confined to their homes as a result of medical constraints. The program currently is in need of more people like Crouch to help deliver meals for the Community Renewal Team, or CRT, based in East Hartford.
It was a blue day at Head Start’s Lake Avenue unit Wednesday as the staff and students observed World Autism Awareness Day by participating in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign. The staff wore blue T-shirts and painted blue streaks in their hair, and the 3- and 4-year-olds participated in a variety of blue-themed activities, like finger painting and playing with blue stickers.
AVON — Community Renewal Team’s third annual “Tee Off with Women” golf tournament, to benefit domestic violence prevention programs, got a boost with its two new co-chairs announced recently...
HARTFORD— Community Renewal Team’s residential program for grandparents raising grandchildren has walked away with top honors in a national competition concerning excellence in case management. Generations, a campus for seniors and grandparents raising grandchildren in Northeast Hartford, won the Case in Point Platinum Award for Social Work recently at a luncheon held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Community Renewal Team (CRT) recently partnered with the West Hartford ShopRite to provide an innovative, educational nutrition class to parents with children in CRT programs in observance of National Nutrition Month.
Emilie Montgomery is the new director of the Community Renewal Team's Early Care and Education program. Montgomery began her post on Jan. 28 but will be formally introduced at a March 6 public reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at CRT's Hartford offices at 555 Windsor Street. CRT provides early child education programs to more than 1,400 pupils a year, including Head Start, in Hartford, Windsor, Bloomfield, Portland, Clinton, Middletown as well as delegates in East Hartford and Bristol.
The Community Renewal Team Senior Services Gatekeeper Program relies on neighbors, family, mail carriers, hairdressers and others who encounter seniors to make referrals, then dispatches social workers to assess the situation and refer people to any services that are appropriate. The program includes education about signs of problems for people likely to come into contact with seniors, including postal workers, meals-on-wheels delivery workers, residential property managers, visiting nurses and seniors.
While housing security is a larger problem in Connecticut, Wilson and other advocates say it is especially compelling for veterans, some who have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I don’t think veterans who sacrifice for us should come home and be homeless,” she said.