What could convince over 150 New Haveners to walk through the city in the pouring rain? An overwhelming desire to inspire change. The walkers gathered Saturday to take part in a "Passport to Prosperity Walk-a-thon and Activity Day," hosted by the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH). The purpose of he event was "to galvanize our community and protect the interests of the young people growing up in our community. Passport to Prosperity is designed to ensure that all elements that are able to contribute to our community's well-being can participate in generating a new belief system about this community," said Amos Smith, president and CEO of CAANH.
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The Community Action Agency of New Haven was $5.2 million in debt for a variety of reasons before Amos Smith became the agency’s president and CEO. Now, the agency serves more than 1,000 additional families.
Computer literacy course with other over-55 New Haveners Whalley Avenue offices of the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAA).
On the last Friday in January, 12 new clients signed up to receive food packages from the Open Choice Food Pantry at 781 Whalley Ave. So far, the pantry is on track to serve more people this winter than the 800 families served last year, said Isadora Del Vecchio, business development and program coordinator for the Community Action Agency of New Haven, which operates the pantry.