CRT is proud to announce that its video PSA about completing the 2020 U.S. Census has won a Silver prize in the prestigious international “Davey Awards.”

Our deepest thanks to our videographer, Abby Garger the Creative Director from Lean Media Creative Agency, for all of her hard work and commitment to this important project.

You can learn more about our work with the videographer here.

It is with deep sadness that CRT must share the passing of our former President and CEO Paul C. Puzzo.

Paul’s work at CRT began in 1964, where he started as a field worker in the community services division. During his lengthy career with CRT, Paul assumed increasing responsibilities for the agency in a variety of program and administrative positions. He was appointed President and CEO in 1983, and served in that role until he retired in 2005.

Paul was the driving force behind a capital fund drive that led to the construction of CRT’s headquarters at 555 Windsor Street in Hartford, in the heart of north Hartford’s Enterprise Zone. The 60,000 square foot facility, which opened in 1991, includes a state of the art food production kitchen for our Elderly Nutrition Program (including Meals on Wheels), along with administrative offices for the state’s largest community action agency.

He instituted fiscal management practices that produced an unbroken record of unqualified, “clean” opinions of CRT’s fiscal soundness from independent auditors.

During his 40 year tenure with CRT, he saw the agency grow from a budget of a mere $75,000 into a $50 million organization that positively impacts the lives of thousands of people throughout Central Connecticut each and every day.

In his final letter for the 2004 CRT annual report, Paul wrote:
“I believe the future is bright for CRT. My final message to the Agency is, ‘Be bold, be innovative and be creative. Do not fear change, but embrace it, for the best is yet to come.’”

His obituary is available on the Hartford Courant website.

RIP, Paul Puzzo.

CRT shared everything you need to know about how to be ready on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3), and what to do if you see anything suspicious at the polls!

Give a listen to the “Beat of CT” with Jenny Boom Boom and DJ Meechie on Hot 93.7 FM for full details!

Listen now!


Our latest email newsletter is available now, and includes details about how you can “Double the Difference” for families in need this holiday season.

Find out how you can support our work now.

The election next week (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020) may be the most important election in our lifetime. But you must register to vote first!

The deadline to register to vote in Connecticut – either online, in person, or by mail – is TODAY (Oct. 27, 2020)!

Your vote will help decide the future of your local community, your state and your country. Register now.

Visit the CT Voter Registration page now!

Need health insurance coverage for you or your family?

You can start browsing available plans today with Access Health CT, and CRT also has a Navigator who can aid with enrollment.

Get complete details in this article from CT News Junkie, which includes details about CRT’s Navigator service.


Feeling the economic pinch these days? You may be eligible for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program to help pay your home-heating bills this winter.

You can also find out if you qualify for Weatherization services to make your home more energy efficient all year long!

Check out this CRT interview with Margaux Farrell on Fox 61 to learn more about how you can get support from these valuable programs.

As Chris Arnott notes in the Hartford Courant, the Glastonbury Newcomers’ and Neighbors’ Club is truly putting its best foot forward once again this year with their 4th annual “Socktober” efforts, collecting new pairs of socks that will be donated to the residents at CRT’s homeless shelters!

Every year, the most requested item for the homeless continues to be new, clean socks.

Find out how you can support this amazing project!

Note: The image above is from the 2018 Socktober event, pre-COVID-19 restrictions. 

Our dear friends at the Glastonbury Newcomers’ & Neighbors’ Club are once again hosting a “Socktober” event this month, collecting new socks for the month of October to be given to the residents at CRT’s homeless shelters in Hartford and East Hartford. This is the fourth annual Socktober event from the Club!

Check out this video by the kids from the Club to see how you can support this amazing effort!

For more information about how you can support this effort, check out their website.

CRT is seeking proposals from artists to create a massive public mural as a visual tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and other strong women who have made significant contributions to the advancement of women and social justice. The mural will be painted at 330 Market Street, Hartford – home of CRT’s Women’s Empowerment Center.

Learn more in this report on WTNH News 8.