Jan. 31, 2024

Regular at fitness class going strong at 97

The fitness classes at our South End Wellness Senior Center in Hartford have the feel of a dance party, with instructor Jeffrey Shealey getting everyone waving their arms, moving their feet and grooving around the room to the high-energy music. And right up front when the classes meet three times a week, is Catherine Connor, a 97-year-old who drives to the center for the workout, lunch and laughs.
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Have a Heart campaign to help clinic clients

We recently launched the Have a Heart Campaign to help clients in our Behavioral Health programs who are often struggling with financial situations that only intensify their mental distress. We have asked businesses and organizations to collect and donate basic essentials like toiletries so our staff can package the items and distribute to our clients beginning on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).

If your site wants to collect for the drive, let Susan Wright (swright@ccaoh.org), Andrea Swenson (aswenson@ccaoh.org), or Scott Griffin (sgriffin@ccaoh.org) know.


IHF Peer Support Specialist earns national certification

Congratulations to Harold Grimes of the Behavioral Health Clinic at IHF for earning the title of National Certified Peer Specialist from the National Board for Behavioral Health Professions. At our IHF clinic, Harold works as a Peer Support Specialist, offering unique help for clients because of his background. On the board’s website, it says the certification “recognizes advanced competency in mental health, peer-to-peer services, which are focused on providing hope and support to those seeking recovery from a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder. NCPS’ have the lived experience as a person in recovery to engage and encourage others to build the skills necessary to achieve and maintain wellness.”

Well done, Harold!


Looking ahead to summer and baseball

The Hartford Yard Goats have a few Saturday nights available if we want to have another Catholic Charities night at a game. There are 3 nights open with $12 seats in the right outfield. 
Saturday, July 6 / Saturday, July 27 / Saturday, Aug. 17
If you have any interest in going, please click here for a quick survey.


Important accreditation process has begun

We have begun the year-long process of renewing our accreditation with COA (Council on Accreditation), something we have done for many years every four years. We are currently in the Self-Study stage and a team is already collecting evidence to show we meet the 18 standards established by COA, which will send a team to review us in September.

Although accreditation is not required, it is useful because it provides a framework for an agency like ours to manage resources, offer best practices, and strive for continuous improvement. As a result, it helps us deliver quality services to clients, support staff, satisfy the Board of Trustees, and inspire confidence in legislators, donors, funders, and the community. It is also something outside organizations appreciate when we approach them for grants.

COA accreditation covers all of Catholic Charities except for the Early Childhood program, which has a separate accreditation from the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

Liz Rotavera, our Quality Assurance Coordinator, is heading up this very important initiative so if she contacts you, it’s important. Liz will have more details in the future.


Scenes from around the CCAOH world

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Holiday bonus question …

The staff at our Behavioral Health Clinic in New Haven held an “Ugly Sweater” Party during the holidays.
But the question is, can ANY of these really be considered UGLY?


Send in your news!

We want to know what’s happening in your world for the next newsletter! Births, weddings, awards … If it’s newsworthy, send it to sgriffin@ccaoh.org.