Reaching Home Housing Award Categories


Award recipients will receive recognition in the following categories:


The Carol Walter Supportive Housing Tenant Award
This award recognizes two housing tenants who show commitment to advocacy for permanent housing solutions, exhibit leadership skills, and work to make their community a better place. 

The Award is named in honor of Carol Walter, a much-loved Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. A respected advocate in the area of housing and homelessness, Carol was passionate and tireless in her work to end homelessness.

Award recipients Willie Thomas Miller, Jr. and Natalie Garcia surrounded by friends, family and colleagues at the 2017 Reaching Home Celebration. 

The Diane Randall Leadership Award
This award recognizes an individual or group who demonstrate(s) exemplary leadership in the public or private sector by promoting systems change, policies and funding that create solutions to prevent and end homelessness. 

This award recognizes Diane Randall, the first Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities. Under Diane’s leadership, the Partnership advocated for more than $400M of funding from the CT General Assembly for supportive and affordable housing, launched the Reaching Home Campaign and served as a leading voice for housing opportunity, homelessness elimination and the creation of vibrant communities.

Carmen Colon, Carla Miklos, and Kathy Hunter posing with their Leadership Awards. 

The Rev. Richard Schuster Advocacy Award
This award recognizes a professional or volunteer who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to raising awareness about the needs of individuals and families currently/in danger of experiencing homelessness, using either legislative or client-centered advocacy. Either through direct work with people experiencing homelessness, managing local programs, or organizing advocacy, they’ve had a strong and positive impact in efforts to end homelessness.

This award honors Dick Schuster for his work advancing and advocating for supportive housing. Dick made ending homelessness his life’s work for over forty years, leading St. Luke’s LifeWorks as Executive Director for twenty-two years. A founder of the CT Coalition to End Homelessness and the CT AIDS Resource Coalition, Dick was also a founding member of the Reaching Home Steering Committee which he chaired for three years.

Paula Crombie giving her acceptance speech after Carl Schiessl introduced her as the recipient for the Advocacy Award. 

The Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award
This award recognizes those special individuals who work tirelessly throughout their lifetime or career to help people experiencing homelessness to find housing and support, reconnect with family and friends, and reach their full potential. This award goes to people who stand above the crowd over decades of truly extraordinary work toward ending and preventing homelessness in Connecticut.

The Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award was first given in 2015 to Barbara to honor her for her longstanding commitment, passion and accomplishments in providing supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness. Recipients of the award will embody the spirit that made Barbara an unforgettable friend and colleague: her leadership, guidance, and inspiration, all unfailingly delivered with grace, good humor and respect for everyone. Awardee names will be added to the commemorative plaque housed at Geller Commons in Hamden, an affordable and supportive housing development named in Barbara’s honor.

Janice Elliott acknowledges Allison Cunningham for her lifetime commitment to ending homelessness with the Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award. 

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