The Community Renewal Team (CRT) spoke with Julia LeBlanc from Fox 61 about opportunities to join the agency as a driver for our Meals on Wheels program in Central Connecticut.

If you’re qualified, and want to help serve your community, please apply today!

Do you want to support homebound seniors in need in your community? The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is hosting its 20th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, CT to raise funds supporting the Meals on Wheels program for Central Connecticut.

CRT spoke with with Julia LeBlanc from Fox 61 about how people in the community can get involved in this annual event.

Find out how you can support CRT’s 20th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Classic.

We’re in the middle of another summer heatwave here in Connecticut, so it is important to check in on the most vulnerable among us, especially homebound seniors. CRT’s Meals on Wheels program helps to deliver hot, nutritious meals each weekday and provides valuable wellness checks to make sure seniors in our community are safe.

CRT spoke with Julia LeBlanc from Fox 61 about this important program.

More information is available on the Fox 61 website.

To find out how you can support CRT’s Meals on Wheels program, please visit the Donate page.

At this time, Connecticut doesn’t require financial literacy courses for students in the state, but lawmakers may change that. However, you can become financially literate for free thanks to CRT’s annual Financial Literacy Institute. On the last day to sign up for the class taking place this fall, CRT’s Jason Black spoke with Dan Corcoran from NBC Connecticut about why it is so important to learn these valuable life skills.

The full report is available on the NBC Connecticut website.

More information about this valuable adult-learning program is available on the Financial Literacy page.

In the summer edition of CRT’s email newsletter, we highlight the upcoming Meals on Wheels Golf Classic that will be held on Monday, Sept. 13 at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington, Conn. This golf course was also the host for CRT’s 11th annual Tee Off with Women golf event benefiting CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center in Hartford.

The newsletter also points readers to sign-up details for the next session of CRT’s Financial Literacy Institute. Registration for that class is taking place until August 9.

Read the summer newsletter now.

Featured photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

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.

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.

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.