CRT helps individuals, families, and entire communities take steps toward a healthy and economically stable future. Since 1963, CRT has worked closely with local officials, providers, private funders and the public to address challenges such as hunger, homelessness and unemployment. Together we have increased access to education, affordable housing, and mental health services.
CRT combines research, compassion and accountability to assess community needs, devise programs to meet those needs, and locate funding to turn those plans into reality. We offer a broad-based network of innovative, high quality programs and services designed to strengthen communities and help people of all ages overcome life’s challenges. By partnering with others, we have expanded resources available to the community.
As a leader with a strong organization in place, CRT responds to community needs with resources and programs. Our results-based Steps to Success approach to holistic service delivery, award-winning early childhood education and other innovative programs help build a more stable and successful future for families, seniors, and youth in Central Connecticut.
CRT grew out of a grassroots movement to help Hartford area communities experiencing the impact of poverty. In 1964, CRT joined a national movement to reduce the causes and conditions of poverty. CRT was designated the community action agency for Hartford County. In 1999, CRT expanded into Middlesex County — thereby serving communities from the Massachusetts border to the Long Island Sound.
- We serve our communities by listening to their concerns and working together to solve social problems.
- We urge government officials to create systems change, and to work with us to develop new and innovative service models to address ongoing challenges.
- Our diverse network of programs fosters independence and skill building. Individuals and families are encouraged to take steps toward a long-term and stable future.
- We recognize that participants experience longer-term benefits from an integrated approach to case management. Our 'Steps to Success’ approach addresses multiple needs and challenges in a single plan.
- Results-based accountability systems track program outcomes and impact on our communities, enabling us to accurately report data as we improve and enhance CRT programs.
- CRT uses funding efficiently: For every dollar received, 93.7 cents goes directly into programming.
- CRT was the first nonprofit organization in Connecticut to voluntarily submit to new federal audit guidelines. The Agency has had more than ten years of independent audits with no material findings.