Affordable Housing, Community Development, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

2015 Reaching Home Dinner Looks Back, Celebrates the Present and Welcomes the Future


Approximately 350 people were on hand to celebrate the 10th annual Reaching Home Celebration Dinner and Housing Awards on June 11 in Cromwell. This year we commemorated the efforts made over the past 10 years. As a result of these efforts, we are within reach of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. A video highlighting the past, present and future of our statewide push to end homelessness was presented at the Dinner:

Click here if you have difficulty viewing the video. 

Alicia Woodsby, Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, reflected on the work done by the Campaign over the past decade and the past year. She welcomed Evonne Klein, Commissioner of the State Department of Housing (DOH), who spoke about the many investments they have made over the past few years and the investments they have committed to the future.

In addition to reflecting on the work done by the Campaign over the last decade to bring us closer to ending homelessness, several individuals were honored for their outstanding efforts. The honorees were:

  • The Reaching Home Career Achievement Award
    This new award was presented to Barbara Geller, who recently retired from her position as Director of the Statewide Services Division, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. On hand to receive this award on Barbara’s behalf were her husband and son.
  • The Diane Randall Housing Leadership Award
    Adam Bovilsky, Director of Human Relations & Fair Rent, City of Norwalk, and David Rich, Executive Director, Supportive Housing Works, for their leadership in the creation of Opening Doors of Fairfield County which lead to the collaboration of over 100 organizations, agencies, corporations and municipalities.   
  • The Carol Walter Supportive Housing Tenant Award
    - Jolene Ball, participant of the New Reach Supportive Housing Program, Chairperson/Parent Representative to the Policy Council and Health Services Advisory board at the United Way of Greater New Haven, and Chairperson of the Policy Council at All Our Kin.
    - Wilson Baquero, a participant and staunch supporter of the Frequent Users of Systems Engagement (FUSE) Program, now known as the CT Collaborative Recovery Program (CCR).
  • The Rev. Richard Schuster Housing Advocacy Award
    Cathy Zall, Executive Director, New London Homeless Hospitality Center, for her tireless work to expand and evolve the Hospitality Center to help New London make strides towards ending homelessness.

Click here if you have difficulty viewing the slideshow. 

Thanks to all of those who joined us for this year’s Dinner. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s dinner which will be held on June 9, 2016, also at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. We’ll see you there!

Click here for an electronic version of the dinner program.


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