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We are delighted to share with you CRT’s 2021 Annual Report – Facing the Future Together, in which we detail some of our many success stories from the past year.

As you will see in this year’s report, CRT worked closely with the community and our funders/donors to help our customers meet their needs throughout the pandemic.

With Federal CSBG Cares funding – we established an Emergency Client Assistance fund – which at the time of printing helped over 220 households address urgent needs to maintain housing.  Today, the number of households assisted has grown to 622 households.

As the report centerfold reveals, we had an opportunity to celebrate our community.  CRT unveiled a gorgeous mural at our multi-service center in Hartford honoring the work and legacy of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with four other powerful women leaders.   It is truly a magnificent piece!

We thank you for your partnership and support of our work and mission:  Preparing our Community to Meet Life’s Challenges and look forward to future opportunities.

Lena Rodriquez
President/CEO

 

 

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CRT’s 2021 Annual Report

Lisa Book, is a member of both Beth David Synagogue and Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. She coordinated the collaboration between these two synagogues to plan a community-wide Mitzvah Day event, that took place in December. At the event, and in some cases at individuals’ homes, congregation members participated in a range of social action projects benefiting those in need in the local community. Several members of the community participated and among them were students of the University of Hartford Hillel.

One of the activities offered was writing personal greeting cards stuffed into envelopes to be distributed to homebound seniors who receive meal deliveries through CRT’s Meals on Wheels program.

Hilary Silver (pictured below), who volunteered to bring the 85 greeting cards to CRT, shared her feelings about being involved in the project. “This project was especially important to me because the homebound seniors receiving these cards have little to no social interaction during the day. My hope is that when they receive their personal notes it will bring them a little joy.”

Other activities offered through Mitzvah Day included making meals for families in need, volunteering at Foodshare, and knitting blankets.

Mitzvah is a Hebrew word that translates to the performance of a good deed.

CRT is so appreciative to have been one of the organizations chosen to benefit from this incredible effort and our community members’ good deeds.

Hilary Silver of West Hartford

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.

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.

After losing one of the trucks in its fleet of custom delivery vehicles last year due to an accident, CRT was proud to show its brand new Meals on Wheels truck, complete with red bow, for the first time. This vehicle and custom chassis that holds hot, nutritious meals for homebound seniors was purchased with the support of donations from the local community.

Fox 61’s Keith McGilvery and Margaux Farrell spoke with CRT’s Director of Nutrition, Gariann Chiarella, about the new truck and what it means to this vital program for seniors throughout Central Connecticut.

Keith McGilvery from Fox 61 helped to “Share the Love” about an amazing act of kindness from a family in Portland, CT giving back to people in need during the holidays.

Lou and Wendy Vinci from Portland, CT are making “skid trees” this year out of salvaged wooden pallets in the shape of Christmas Trees that are being sold for only $5 each, and all of the proceeds are going to benefit the local food pantry in their community. Lou’s family has benefited from CRT’s Meals on Wheels program in the past and they wanted to find a way to help others this year. The handmade trees are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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