September newsletter

The BOOST video features Madelyn Robles, a program graduate who is now an Intensive Community Health Worker at our Institute for the Hispanic Family, and her son.


A team from Catholic Charities is headed to Cleveland next week for the Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering to present a video about our BOOST program, which is a finalist in an Innovation Challenge contest held by Catholic Charities USA. Each finalist had to submit a video for the final round and the winning agencies, who will earn prize money, will be announced in Cleveland after attendees vote on the videos. Attending for our agency is Ivelisse Acevedo, Liz Bryden, Joel Cruz, and Luis Santiago.

“Ivelisse and I are excited to share about our grant proposal and our plans to expand BOOST to be able help even more individuals achieve upward mobility,” Luis said. “We are bringing our passion and enthusiasm for the work we do with BOOST to Cleveland and we are confident that the conference will get excited with us and vote to approve to continue to fund our work here in the Hartford region.”

The BOOST program was created in a partnership with Capital Community College to help young families who are struggling to find work, food, housing, and medical care.

Click here to watch the BOOST video.

Click here to see the videos from the other agencies in our large agency category.

Community Schools featured on Catholic Charities USA site

The Communications team at Catholic Charities USA saw the story about a barbershop program that our Community Schools team had launched and were intrigued by the good work they were seeing us doing in Hartford Public Schools. They sent a video crew to Hartford in late spring to produce a video about Nick Lebron’s team and it is currently featured at the top of the national agency’s website,

Foster grandparents program featured in news story

CT Latino News recently published a story about the foster grandparent program at the Institute for the Hispanic Family (en español) in Hartford. The program brings together members of our seniors program with young children in the Early Childhood programs. The seniors help teachers set up the classrooms and run activities, while also spending valuable time with the children who may not spend much time with their grandparents — abuelitas — or have never met them.

Click here to read the story.

“Live From Catholic Charities” a new outlet for your stories

In case you missed it, the new webinar “Live From Catholic Charities” launched on Sept. 21. This exciting new venture will feature us telling stories and sharing information about the work you all do to make our communities stronger and healthier. In the first episode, Jillian Webb and Sue Noonan from the Developmental Services team talked about Bella, a true success story in the Limitless II program, and answered questions about their services. Stay tuned for the next “Live From Catholic Charities!”

Stronger, bigger family for program director

Congrats to Melanie Santos, the supervisor of our SF2 (Stronger Families, Stronger Futures) program that is based at the Southside Family Center in Hartford. Her co-workers recently gathered for a baby shower.

Hartford Athletic soccer tickets available

There are only 2 more Hartford Athletic soccer matches left in the season. They are Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 14. Click here to get tickets. Matches are at Trinity Health Stadium (formerly Dillon) at 250 Huyshope Ave. in Hartford. If you go and take photos, tag us on Instagram (@catholiccharitiesaoh).

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@catholiccharitiesaoh Our Waterbury School Readiness students and staff picked apples and pumpkins at Norton Brothers Fruit Farm in Cheshire! It was a very good day. #CatholicCharities #waterbury #schoolreadiness #earlychildhoodeducation ♬ Good Day – Nappy Roots
@catholiccharitiesaoh The two senior centers in Hartford operated by Catholic Charities were awarded the Program of the Year recently by the agency and both centers gathered to celebrate the news today at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. The seniors, from programs at the Institute for the Hispanic Family on Wadsworth Street and the South End Wellness Senior Center on Maple Avenue, enjoyed getting together to dance, play dominoes, have pizza, and be with friends. Congrats to both programs. The award was well-deserved. #Hartford #HartfordCT #CatholicCharities #WestHartford #ElizabethPark #seniorsrock ♬ September – Earth, Wind & Fire
@catholiccharitiesaoh Our Centro San Jose school program in New Haven started its new school year today in predictably fun fashion. CSJ is a School Readiness program that serves students ages 3-5 with the purpose of preparing them for kindergarten. It is one of 3 School Readiness programs that Catholic Charities operates in New Haven's Fairhaven neighborhood. #newhavenct #fairhaven #catholiccharities ♬ original sound – catholiccharitieshartford

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