Partnership for Strong Communities announced today the award recipients for their annual and final Reaching Home Awards Ceremony. The Reaching Home Awards celebrates the collaborative successes of Connecticut’s housing advocates, leaders, and organizations, and the enormous progress made in preventing and ending homelessness across the state.
The award recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony virtually via zoom.
The annual event brings together hundreds of policymakers, advocates, and service providers, and features awards and recognition for professionals who have strived to provide new homes and vital services to those who have experienced homelessness, and provided those who have fallen on difficult times the ability to return to or find new homes, work, education, training, and reconnection with friends and family.
2022 Award Recipients
2022 Carol Walter Housing Tenant Award recipients are James Powers, of Columbus House INC, and Rosemary Rainey, of Hands on Hartford. The Carol Walter Housing Tenant 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.
2022 Diane Randall Leadership Award recipient is the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Court Support Services Division (CSSD). The Diane Randall Leadership 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.
2022 Rev. Richard Schuster Advocacy Award recipients are Jamie H. Ortiz-Cordoba & Kendrick Pozzo, both of Family and Children's Agency. The Rev. Richard Schuster Advocacy 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.
2022 Barbara Geller Lifetime Career Achievement Award recipient is Rev. Bonita Grubbs, Executive Director of Christian Community Action. The Barbara Geller Lifetime Career Achievement Award recognizes 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.
About the Reaching Home Awards Celebration
Each year, the Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) invites people to come together to present the prestigious Reaching Home Awards. The awards are presented to individuals and groups that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Connecticut.
We will join together over Zoom with distinguished awardees to recognize their accomplishments and the work of so many to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.
This year, we’ll also come together to celebrate the work of the Reaching Home Campaign over the last 18 years. Earlier this month, PSC announced that we are concluding our formal work supporting Reaching Home and sharpening our focus on preventing housing insecurity and homelessness by addressing the urgent issues with affordable housing in Connecticut. Read the full statement and our path forward here. During the event, we will hear from collective impact partners and celebrate the cumulative success of the Reaching Home Campaign effort.
We are so looking forward to gathering virtually to celebrate together.