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.

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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Nothing stops CRT’s Meals on Wheels delivery team and dedicated volunteers from getting hot, nutritious meals out to the homebound seniors they serve across Central Connecticut – not even a heat wave! As Connecticut entered the third day in a row with temperatures above 90 degrees (F), CRT’s Meals on Wheels program keeps on rolling. In addition to providing meals, these visits provide an important wellness check for the seniors in their homes.

Rachel Piscitelli and Fox 61 followed Wade Lay, CRT’s Transportation Manager, on his route to see the program in action.

For more information, please visit the Meals on Wheels page.

The Community Renewal Team (CRT) is alerting area homeowners affected by #COVID19 that they may be eligible for up to $8,000 in mortgage payment assistance through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Cares Act Emergency Resource Fund. These relief payments represent a combination of two months short-term mortgage payment assistance; and up to two months for mortgage arrearages, for a total of four months’ worth of possible mortgage payments for qualified individuals.

Mark Zinni at WFSB News 3 shared the details with their viewers:

Additional information about this mortgage payment assistance program is available in the Hartford Courant.

To get help with this valuable program, please visit the Housing Counseling page.

To help combat childhood hunger during the summer months when school is out of session, the Community Renewal Team (CRT) is proud to participate in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) once again this summer.

CRT will deliver hundreds of meals for children each weekday to the 14 locations in the Greater Hartford area. In total, CRT will deliver more than 35,000 meals for kids this summer.

NBC Connecticut shares the details with their viewers:

Under the SFSP, nutritious meals (including Breakfast and/or Lunch, and even Supper), will be provided free of charge to children 18 years of age and under at 14 locations in Hartford, East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, and Wolcott. (Additional sites in Manchester, Enfield, and Windsor Locks are “closed” locations that require registration to participate.)

Many of these summer food sites for children begin on June 21, and most will continue until mid- to late August to help ensure that children are receiving nutritious meals while school is out for the summer.

For more information, please visit the Summer Food page.