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Join the Celebration on June 14th



Please join us at the

13th Annual Reaching Home Housing Awards


June 14, 2018 

from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anthony's Oceanview

450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT 06512

**Click here for directions to Anthony's Oceanview.**

Event Flyer

You can purchase tickets or sponsor the event by check or credit card. The above buttons link to our online form. Please send all checks payable to Partnership for Strong Communities, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

If you have any questions about sponsorship, ads, or tickets please contact Amanda Trothier at 860-244-0066 or at To download a sponsorship brochure click here

Reaching Home is the campaign to end homelessness in Connecticut. The campaign aims to:

  • Maintain an end to Veteran homelessness
  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2018
  • Prevent and end homelessness among families with children and youth by the end of 2020
  • Set a path to ending all homelessness in Connecticut

The evening celebrates the campaign's collective successes and recognizes supportive housing tenants who have made significant contributions to their community as well as people who have shown exceptional leadership and advocacy. 

The evening will consist of:

MC - Renee DiNino

We are excited to welcome Renee DiNino as our Reaching Home Housing Awards M.C. She is the Director of Community Affairs & On Air Programming for iHeart Media in Connecticut.

You can hear her weekly syndicated talk show on these stations: The River 105.9, Country 92.5, Kiss 95.7, KC101, 97-9 ESPN Radio, 960 WELI News Talk Radio, Fox Sports Radio 1410 & ESPN RADIO 1300. Click here for more on Community Access Radio! To read Renee's bio, click here

Renee will be our M.C. for the evening. She shares a passion for giving back to the community and for our mission to end homelessness. 


This year's reception will take place in the gardens and along the ocean front at Anthony's Ocean View's gorgeous patio. You’ll enjoy a wide assortment of homemade breads, crostini, gourmet pizzette, focaccia and imported cheese. The patio will provide a beautiful backdrop for networking with key partners of the Reaching Home Campaign, sponsors, colleagues and guests who all share our mission to end homelessness. There is even a beachfront photo-opp. 

We’ve added a Silent Auction to our reception this year, and you are all invited to participate. Be sure to check out our list of auction items!

We are also very proud to exhibit the Youth Action Hub’s PhotoVoice Project, each tells a powerful story.  


Anthony’s OceanView has consistently received 4 to 5 stars from tripadvisor, yelp, the knot and facebook. This year’s dinner will consist of 4 courses including a garden salad, penne ala vodka, entree of your choice (prime rib, chicken francaise, or vegetarian/vegan stuffed pepper) and assorted Italian pastries for dessert.

To see the full menu click here. 

Housing Awards

Our Housing Awards will begin with a message from our Executive Director, Alicia Woodsby. Award recipients will receive recognition for their advocacy, leadership and career achievements as they relate to the efforts of the Reaching Home campaign. Awards will be given for the following categories:

  • The Carol Walter Supportive Housing Tenant Award
    Faith Mack and Carla Witmer
  • The Diane Randall Leadership Award
    Middlesex County Community Care Team
  • The Rev. Richard Schuster Advocacy Award
    Caitlin Mongillo and Justin Williams
  • The Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award
    Sharon L. Castelli
  • Special Honor
    Commissioner Evonne Klein, Connecticut Department of Housing for all of her leadership and contributions to the Reaching Home campaign efforts. Click here to read her bio.
Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker will be Rafael Lopez, click here to read his full bio. 

Music Performance

Javier Colon, Winner of NBC's hit show The Voice will perform at this year's celebration event. To learn more about him click here

Thank you for all that you are doing to help vulnerable members of our community!

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Send questions to Amanda Trothier at

A recap of the 2017 celebration event can be found here.


THANK YOU to our 2018 Reaching Home Dinner Sponsors!



Charlotte and John Suhler
















Harry E. Goldfarb Family Foundation

Bronze (Non-Profit)

Beacon Health Options
Capital Region Development Authority
Career Resources, Inc. 
Chrysalis Center, Inc. 
Community Health Network of CT, Inc. 
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Connecticut Housing Coalition
Connecticut REALTORS® 
Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network (CAN)
Hartford Hospital
Howard Rifkin
Leeway, Inc.
Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
Middlesex Hospital
New Reach, Inc.
Preservation for Affordable Housing
Shepherd Home
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown
  Supportive Housing Works
The Hearth
Quinnipiac University - Frank H. Netter MD, School of Medicine

Special Thank You to Our Gift In Kind Donors:

Back East Brewery
Best Cleaners
Bob's Discount Furniture
Boston Bruins
Boston Red Sox
Bridgewater Chocolate
Burton's Bar & Grill
Center for Latino Progress & BiCi Co.
Center Framing & Art
C'est La Vie Day Spa
Connecticut Science Center
Dave & Buster's
David Fink & Phyllis Hyman
Elite Island Resorts
Fairways Miniature Golf
Firebox Restaurant
First and Last Tavern
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Gouveia Vineyards
Hanging Hills Brewing Company
Hartford Stage
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Hartford Yard Goats
iHeart Radio
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
J. Gilbert's Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood
J Restaurant & Bar

Katz Ace Hardware
Kramer Portraits
Miner Hills Golf Course
Monster Mini Golf
Mount Southington
Muse Paint Bar
Mystic Aquarium
Okemo Mountain Resort
Pure Romance by Stephanie Berman
Quassy Amusement Park
Sharpline Detail
Stanley Golf Course

Stonewall Kitchen
Stony Creek Brewery
The Adventure Park at Storrs
The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
The Capital Grille

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The Pottery Piazza
TMI Hospitality/Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Manchester
Tom & Sue Hayes
Trader Joe's
Two Pour Guys
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
West Hartford Yoga
Westport Country Playhouse

W.B. Mason

Additional Supporters of the Reaching Home Campaign:

Capitol Strategies Group, LLC
CT Dept. of Housing
CT Health Foundation
Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Janice Elliott
Judy Eaton
Mike and Maryann Hanley
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Patrick McCabe
The Hartford
The Tow Foundation
United Health Foundation