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Acquired by HRA, Bristol agency wraps up

CAFCA | January 18, 2017 |

Yellowed files, stationery with letterhead, holiday decorations and pamphlets, were tossed into large gray garbage barrels Friday, on the last day of operations for the Bristol Community Organization. The agency’s acquisition by the Human Resources Agency of New Britain is official on Tuesday.

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TVCCA and Share the Love Event

CAFCA | January 18, 2017 |

Secor Subaru’s Charlie Secor, owner, and Paul Holden, general manager, joined TVCCA's Meals on Wheels program last month to deliver a hot meal and a smile to home bound seniors in New London.

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The toll poverty takes on children's mental health

CAFCA | January 18, 2017 |

Growing up in poverty exposes children to greater levels of stress, which can lead to psychological problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers at Cornell University reported that kids who grow up poor are more likely to have reduced short-term spatial memory. The study also reported that such kids seem to be more prone to antisocial and aggressive behavior, such as bullying.

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HRA to host World AIDS day event

CAFCA | December 22, 2016 |

The city’s Human Resources Agency Inc. will mark World AIDS Day on Thursday with a program of awareness and spirituality at South Church. HRA’s Division of Health and Wellness will host the program, running from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the downtown church’s Cooper Hall. World AIDS Day is recognized on the first day of December every year to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection.

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TVCCA partners with New London police to distribute winter boots at schools and childcare centers in the city

CAFCA | December 22, 2016 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action’s (TVCCA) Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is partnering with the New London Police Department to distribute winter boots to children in New London. Over the last two months, RSVP volunteers have collected boots and monetary donations to purchase boots. Based on requests from area teachers, more than 800 pairs of warm, winter boots have been gift-wrapped for children in Southeastern Connecticut.

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HRA acquisition of Bristol agency approved

CAFCA | December 22, 2016 |

Human Resources Agency of New Britain’s acquisition of the Bristol Community Organization has been approved by the boards of both agencies. “The assets transfer for the sales agreement is done,” said Rocco Tricarico, HRA executive director, Thursday. “We hope it will be completed by the end of the month.”

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Palace toy drive benefits New Opportunities

CAFCA | December 22, 2016 |

Members of the staff and volunteers of the Palace Theater recently conducted a Toy Drive with toys collected to be donated to New Opportunities, a community action agency that serves economically disadvantaged people from Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns.

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David Morgan Named as TEAM's New President

CAFCA | December 29, 2014 |

On October 3, TEAM's Board of Directors announced that David Morgan would be promoted as the successor to Richard Knoll as President and CEO of TEAM. Also announced was the promotion of Diane Stroman to Executive Vice President. Mr. Morgan and Ms. Stroman previously held positions as Vice Presidents, managing the education, family support, and development activities at the agency. David has worked at TEAM for nine years and currently serves two current legislative and executive appointments for the State of Connecticut. He has a Masters degree from UCONN and has completed his sixth year certification. He is a nationally certified ROMA trainer as well as a reviewer for the Northeast Institute for Quality Community Action. He has served as Chair/President of the Connecticut Head Start Association for the last 4 years, and is well known in education circles in the State and region. He currently resides in Litchfield with his wife, Kristy, and their three children. Diane's promotion includes ongoing relationships with community partners and major donors and funders, and she will monitor the alignment of TEAM's strategic objectives, agency mission, and community needs. Congratulations to David and Diane on their new positions!

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HRA Commemorates World AIDS Day

CAFCA | December 29, 2014 |

Over 75 members of the community, elected officials, clients and staff joined HRA’s Division of Health and Wellness to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, 2014 at South Church in New Britain. Observed on December 1 every year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. New Britain’s Mayor Erin Stewart joined State Senator Terry Gerratana, State Representative Robert Sanchez and other elected officials to commemorate the fact that HIV and AIDS still exist in our communities and to praise the important work that HRA’s Division of Health and Wellness does in preventing the spread of this disease. Speaker and poet, Ms. Brandy Williams reflected on her mother’s journey with the virus. An interdenominational prayer for healing and a candle lighting ceremony followed her remarks.

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TVCCA's Meals on Wheels Facing Challenges in Northeast Region

CAFCA | December 29, 2014 |

As the director of nutrition for Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Tim Grills knows better than anybody the importance of connecting the region’s most needy with life-sustaining programs – among the most vital of which is Meals on Wheels. But the program has been financially troubled in recent years as federal and state grants have dried up or shrunk dramatically. Grills recently spoke about the health of the program.

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