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Nominate Your Housing Hero!

25 January 2017
Partnership for Strong Communities


Would you like to honor a supportive housing tenant, leader, or advocate for their commitment to the movement to end homelessness in Connecticut?


We are accepting nominations for the 2017 Reaching Home Celebration Dinner & Housing Awards.

The annual Reaching Home Celebration Dinner & Housing Awards honors the dedication of the many people across Connecticut who contribute towards ending homelessness through the implementation of Opening Doors-CT. We encourage you to nominate all of your colleagues, partners, volunteers and consumers who have truly stood out in the implementation of Opening Doors-CT. The Reaching Home Coordinating Committee will have the unenviable task of selecting award recipients from your nominations - Send in yours today!

Click here to nominate an individual or group.

If you have any issues accessing and submitting this form, please contact Amanda Trothier at or 860-244-0066 ext 303 and she will assist you.

Nomination Guidelines & Awards Categories

Please review the following nomination guidelines:

1) Individuals who live or work in Connecticut, and who promote or advocate solutions to end homelessness are eligible for nomination.
2) Members of the HOMEConnecticut or Reaching Home committees, boards or partner organizations are eligible. Partnership for Strong Communities employees are NOT eligible.
3) Award recipients of any of the awards in the last 5 years are not eligible.
4) You may submit as many nominations in as many categories as you would like.

Award Categories:

The Carol Walter Supportive Housing Tenant Award
This award recognizes two supportive housing tenants who show commitment to supportive housing advocacy, leadership skills, and an effort to make their community a better place. 

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

Reaching Home Campaign Manager, Cindy Dubuque, congratulating Joseph Grillo, a 2016 Award recipient.


Joseph Sicilia receiving his award from Carla Miklos.


The Diane Randall Leadership Award
This award recognizes those who demonstrate leadership and commitment in the public or private sector by advocating for systems change, policies and funding opportunities that create solutions to prevent and end homelessness. 

The Diane Randall Leadership Award was established in 2011 to recognize 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 Connecticut 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.

The Frontline team who worked tirelessly to end Veterans homelessness.


The Rev. Richard Schuster Advocacy Award
This award recognizes a professional or volunteer who demonstrates a strong commitment to preventing and ending homelessness through either legislative or client-centered advocacy in an effort to raise awareness about the needs of individuals and families in danger of becoming homeless.  

The Rev. Richard Schuster award was established to honor Dick Schuster, a true leader in advancing and advocating for supportive housing, who passed away in August 2009.  Dick made ending homelessness his life’s work for over forty years and he led 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.

Lydia Brewster receiving her award from Ron Krom.


The Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award
This award recognizes those special individuals who work tirelessly throughout their careers to help people experiencing homelessness to find housing and support, reconnect with family and friends, and reach their full potential. 

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.

Barbara Geller's family accepts the first Career Achievement Award at the 2015 Reaching Home Celebration Dinner & Housing Awards.


Click here to submit a nomination.