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Coffee house opens up in Danielson

CAFCA | May 11, 2015 |

The Killingly Community Center cafeteria was packed on April 14 for a veterans' coffeehouse. Sponsored by the Thames Valley Council on Community Action, the coffeehouse will be held twice a month in Danielson. It will be open to all veterans as a place to gather, socialize and get information or assistance on the benefits they're entitled to.

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16th Annual WCTY/TVCCA Food Drive Aims to Help Through the Holidays

CAFCA | November 19, 2014 |

For almost 20 years, the warehouse of the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor/Food Center has been stocked through the holidays because of a partnership between two nonprofits and a radio station. And despite this week’s rainy, cold weather, donors to the 16th annual WCTY/TVCCA Food Drive turned out to make sure the region’s most needy don’t go without during the most trying months. “It means so much. The families and people we help really benefit from this, and they need it,” said Deb Monahan, executive director of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action.

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Poverty numbers grow

CAFCA | May 07, 2014 |

Extraordinary. It's not a word many would associate with poverty, but regional advocates who have spent years counteracting the plight of those struggling to succeed say the description is apt.

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Thames Valley Council receives grant for two Meals on Wheels trucks

CAFCA | March 04, 2014 |

After a year of state and federal funding cuts, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action received good news Wednesday, with the delivery of a check for $70,970 from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority to pay for two new Meals on Wheels delivery trucks.

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Holiday Greenery to Accompany New London, Waterford Meals

CAFCA | December 19, 2013 |

Members of the New London Garden Club fashion seasonal holiday greens arrangements Monday at Waterford Public Library. The arrangements, 70 in all, will be distributed with Thames Valley Council for Community Action Meals on Wheels deliveries today to 35 clients each in Waterford and New London.

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Murphy Greeted by Pleas for Help with Heating Costs

CAFCA | October 30, 2013 |

Nancy Paetzell worked her whole life and thought she would be able to live off Social Security in her retirement years. But in tears Tuesday afternoon, she told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that she is barely surviving on her $1,230 monthly Social Security check. She pays $825 in rent and tries to save $50 a week. But by month's end, she has cleaned out her savings account to pay bills. She is eligible for $15 a month in food stamps and receives help with heating costs through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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Taftville woman using donated yarn to help clothe needy

Norwich Bulletin | January 31, 2012 | Terri LaBarre; Lisbon; Walmart; TVCCA; Community Action; Housing Shelter; CAFCA

Terri LaBarre is working with the Lisbon Walmart to collect enough yarn to make at least 50 adult-sized hats and scarves and more than 100 child-sized hats, scarves, slippers and mittens to outfit children and their parents staying at the Thames Valley Council for Community Action family shelter.

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1-call shelter hot line started

Leslie Rovetti | December 29, 2011 | Emergency Shelter; Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut; Homelessness; Covenant Shelter; Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality; Community Action; CAFCA

Homeless families with children in Stonington, North Stonington and other towns in New London County have a new, easy-to- use system to reach the help they need. Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality, known as MASH, together with Thames Valley Council for Community Action, the Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut and the Covenant Shelter, now provides help to families in urgent need of shelter with just one phone call.

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