In their featured segment “Jobs for CT”, news anchor Mark Zinni from WFSB News Channel 3 highlighted CRT’s need for a Budget Specialist in the Finance Department.

This individual must be knowledgeable in accounting, budgeting, financial trend analysis and reporting. Additionally, responsibilities include assisting with the preparation of budget documents for grant applications, budget revisions and business projects.

Visit the Careers page on CRT’s website to apply now.

Through the CRT Meals on Wheels Golf Classic Program Book, our goal is to gain as much exposure as possible for our partnering businesses.

  • During the dinner program, special recognition is given to businesses and other sponsors who placed ads.
  • A list of advertisers and sponsors is placed on our website and social media.
  • The CRT Meals on Wheels Golf Classic Program Book has a wide distribution, providing targeted business exposure. During the event, every participant in the tournament, as well as those who attend the networking hour and dinner, will receive a copy of the Program Book.
  • Following the event, the CRT Meals on Wheels Golf Classic Program Book is mailed with a personal letter from Lena Rodriguez, CRT’s President and CEO, encouraging recipients to support businesses that have participated in our annual fundraiser.

The mailing list includes:

  • CRT donors
  • CRT vendors
  • Elected officials in the 40 towns in CRT’s service delivery area in Central Connecticut
  • CRT Partners: 90 non-profits, 31 for-profits, 24 faith-based organizations, 10 school districts

We can help design your ad, and you are welcome to keep the file to use for other advertising opportunities if you choose.

Program book ad pricing: 

  • Full-Page Ad: $500.00 (5.5” wide x 8.5” tall)
  • 1/2- Page Ad: $250.00 (5.5” wide x 4.25” tall)
  • 1/4- Page Ad: $150.00 (2.75” wide x 4.25” tall)

Ads can be in full color. When submitting materials to us, either a .pdf, .png, or .jpg format is preferred.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ilana Bernstein at Office: (860) 560-5657; Cell: (860) 541-1272; or by e-mail at [email protected].


The weekday call-in show “Where We Live” on Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) featured a replay of a program from this past spring about “financial literacy.”

The show includes a conversation with CRT’s Director of Community Services, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, who discussed the opportunity to sign up for CRT’s annual Financial Literacy Institute. The next course will begin in September.

During this free, 14-week online course, participants (age 18 and over) can educate themselves about tough topics in their personal financial world, including: budgeting, saving, credit, investing and more!

Applications for this year’s Financial Literacy Institute are due by August 9, 2021.

Interested students can sign up online now.

It was reported today that $300 million dollars will be making its way to Connecticut over the next 18 years to help fight the opioid epidemic locally. Fox 61’s Keith McGilvery spoke with Dr. Sharon Hasbani, CRT’s Medical Director within the agency’s Behavioral Health Services group to understand the importance of this funding for recovery services across the state.

Dr. Hasbani also spoke about CRT’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program and holistic services to help people who are dealing with recovery from opioid addiction. As she noted: “Help is available, without judgment.”

For more information, please visit the Medication Assisted Treatment page.

We couldn’t contain our excitement any longer! CRT is excited to announce the winners of our 30th Annual National Arts Program.

Below you will find Title and Artist information on the winning work from CRT’s 2021 National Arts Program.

Please visit: 2021 WINNERS! – CRT National Arts Show 2021 ( to view all the winning work!

And the winners are …

Youth Category (age 12 and under):
Honorable Mentions:

  • Cozy Coffee by Tessa Carlson
  • Queen at Home by Lauren Pomells
  • Summer Fun by Clara Carlson
  • Dino Destruction by Journee Howard

3rd Place Winner
Title: Happy Family
Artist: Sandra Velasquez Maineri

2nd Place Winner
Title: Animal Crystal House Artist: Finley Givan

1st Place Winner
Title: Tree Trunkz
Artist: Saevone Gordon

Teens Category (age 13-18):
Honorable Mentions:

  • Mixed Media by Abigail Bloom
  • Untitled by Jared Flaks
  • First Wave of the Pandemic by Lauren Peruta
  • Capgras Castle by Sydney Budaj

3rd Place Winner
Title: Two Women
Artist: Isabella Taverney

2nd Place Winner
Title: Self-Portrait
Artist: Christian Friedman-Ringwood

1st Place Winner
Title: Summoning Myself
Artist: Alexander Sanborn

Art Education Award Winner
Title: Spellbound
Artist: Nicholas Clate

Teens Looking Out for Teens Category (age 13-24):
Honorable Mentions:

  • “I Can’t Breathe” by Autumn Sankofa
  • Color vs. Dyslexia by Audrey Buccheri
  • Our Voice is Our Power by Anabella Cartiera
  • Reflection by Sean Desjardins

3rd Place Winner
Title: Terra-Cotta Figures of Ancient Chinese Lady
Artist: Ten Zhong

2nd Place Winner:
Title: You Don’t Need a Sign
Artist: Juliana Buonopane

1st Place Winner
Title: Covid Conversations
Artist: Andrea Moyano

Amateur Category:
Honorable Mentions:

  • Yonic Rainbow by Meghann Osgood
  • Alone in Thought by Terese Maineri

3rd Place Winner
Title: Image #A2
Artist: Jim Salafia

2nd Place Winner
Title: Storm Coming
Artist: Jane Macomber

1st Place Winner
Title: Sincerely Yours
Artist: Carson Millican

Intermediate Category:
Honorable Mentions:

  • Asphyxiation by Gillian Symolon
  • Serenity by Paul Uccello
  • Nakhi Musician by Weitao Wang
  • Soliloquy by Heather Delaney

3rd Place Winner
Title: Vector
Artist: Eddie Hall

2nd Place Winner
Title: The Young Legend
Artist: Sydney Halsall

1st Place Winner
Title: Covid 4th, 2020
Artist: David Sierra

Professional Category:
Honorable Mentions:

  • Vinny by Michelle Hawran
  • Blue by Caleb Brackett
  • The New Savior by Thea Wilcox Ciciotte
  • Woven Wool Shawl – Maroon by Mateo Velasquez Lopez

3rd Place Winner
Title: Roddy
Artist: Alex Ranniello

2nd Place Winner:
Title: The Demonstration
Artist: Susan Goldberg

1st Place Winner:
Title: Mother Son Collaboration
Artist: Cristina Pinton

Best in Show Winner:
Title: Rethinking Time
Artist: Semaj Campbell

Congratulations to ALL of this year’s artists!

We are putting the final touches on the video of our “Virtual Awards Ceremony” for this year. We will be in touch very soon with a link to the video so that you can watch it and celebrate together with your friends and families.

And don’t forget to view the winning work on SmugMug:
2021 WINNERS! – CRT National Arts Show 2021 (


Pictured above: Youth First Place Winner, “Tree Trunkz” by Saevone Gordon.

Free 14-week online course begins Sept. 7, 2021, open to adults (18 and over) in the Greater Hartford area

Hartford – The Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) annual Financial Literacy Institute is now accepting applications for the fall semester. Adults (18 and over) are encouraged to apply for this free, intensive 14-week course to see how to take back control of your own financial future.

This online course provides an in-depth and engaging way for participants to educate themselves and their families about tough topics in their financial world.

“Our financial literacy mantra is: ‘Make your money work for you!’ This mindset, embraced and practiced, can lead you and your family on a journey to a more secure financial future. All you need to do is to take that first step with us,” said Eileen Feliciano, CRT’s Financial Literacy Coordinator.

During CRT’s 2021 Financial Literacy Institute, participants explore many aspects of financial fitness, including: budgeting and savings; establishing and/or rebuilding credit; investment planning; dealing with the financial stress of underemployment and unemployment; protecting yourself and your assets through insurance, and so much more.

Classes for the 2021 Financial Literacy Institute will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., starting on Sept. 7, 2021 through Dec. 7, 2021 (Graduation day).

Space is limited! Applications for this year’s course are due by no later than August 1, 2021.

Take control of your financial future. Register now for this free course.

For more information, please contact CRT’s Communications Director, Jason Black at 860-230-4535.

CRT’s 11th Annual Tee Off with Women to benefit the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford was a tremendous success, raising much needed funds for the Center and its work to help women thrive.

The morning of the event, Heidi Voight from NBC Connecticut shared details with their viewers.

To learn more about the Women’s Empowerment Center, please click here.

This Unique Women’s-only Golf Tournament Will Support CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford

Hartford – The Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) 11th Annual Tee Off with Women golf tournament, being held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington will once again benefit CRT’s Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford, which offers women the opportunity to be supported and support themselves.

The goal of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center is to help women thrive.

As the designated community action agency for both Hartford and Middlesex Counties, CRT has been committed to serving the needs of individuals and families in local communities since 1963. As it happens, the majority of the people that CRT serves each year are female, and often they are the head of their household, too.

“This annual golf tournament is a big part of CRT’s summer-time calendar, and gives a big push to the work of our Women’s Empowerment Center, which is a much-needed safe haven and resource for women from the Greater Hartford area,” said Tenesha Grant, CRT’s Director of Women’s Services. “We are dedicated to bringing women and families out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. We want to empower women to lead sustainable, thriving lives.”

This unique, all-women’s golf event is being held to raise funds for CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford. The Center was opened in 2019 to help women focus on their own personal or professional goals, and it also serves as a support system for everyone who is involved with the Center. One-on-one case management sets the path for women to begin their journey, along with other tools for success such as workshops and mentoring are available and customized to the needs of each member.

This special golf event offers many ways to participate, even for those who are not golfers.

  • Golfers can play nine holes for $150 per player; or 18 holes for $225 per player in a best-ball format.
  • Registration for 18-hole golfers will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.
  • BBQ lunch for all golfers begins at 11:30 a.m., with the shotgun start for the 9- hole golfers beginning at 12:00 p.m.
  • Throughout the day there will be special games and contests, unique to CRT’s Tee-Off tournament, such as “Putting with Bling” and “Closest to the Wine.”
  • If you are not a golfer and would like to learn, there will be a “Not a Golfer” one-hour lesson from Professional Golf Coach Estela Morales Segarra, the Co-Founder of the CT Latinas Golf Team beginning at 1:30 p.m. for $50.
  • A Networking hour will begin at 3:30 p.m. with exciting raffle prizes.

For those individuals who are unable to attend the golf event, the Networking Hour and Empowerment Dinner tickets are available separately for only $50 per person.

The Lead Sponsors for CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center are Liberty Bank, OneDigital and Latin Financial. Sponsorship opportunities, tee signs, and program ads are still available.

Registration details for the 2021 Tee-Off event are available in the Events section of CRT’s website.

For more information about this year’s Tee-Off event, please call (860) 560-5657 or email [email protected].

For more information, please contact CRT’s Communications Director, Jason Black at 860-230-4535.

The Community Renewal Team (CRT) can help homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for up to $8,000 in mortgage payment assistance. CRT’s goal is to help as many households as possible access this valuable mortgage assistance program.

Fox 61 News spoke with Elizabeth Horton Sheff, CRT’s Director of Community Services, about how homeowners can apply for this valuable resource.

For more information, please visit CRT’s Housing Counseling page.

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