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The Virtual Reaching Home Awards Celebration

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Congratulations to our Raffle Winner Rose S.

Each year, Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) invites people to come together to celebrate, and to present the prestigious Reaching Home Awards (RHA). The awards are presented to individuals and groups that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Connecticut. 

We'll join together over Zoom with distinguished awardees to celebrate their accomplishments and the work of so many to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. 

Although we are still unable able to come together in person, we remain united. Now more than ever, we are committed to the vision that no one should experience homelessness; that everyone should have a safe, stable place to call home. We know now from experience that neither pandemic nor distance are strong enough to separate us. We are stronger together, for that we truly have reason to celebrate.

We are so looking forward to gathering virtually to celebrate together with our partners, speakers, award recipients, sponsors, friends, and family.

To learn more about accomplishments and work during the Covid pandemic click here

The 2021 Reaching Home Awardees. 

Carol Walter Housing Tenant Award
Teth Pickens, and Antwayn Riggs

Diane Randall Leadership Award
Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, Jessica Arroyo and Phil Costello

Reverend Richard Schuster Advocacy Award
Stacey Violante-Cote

Barbara Geller Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Kosowsky

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Love, USICH

Anthony Love

Interim Executive Director,
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

Anthony Love serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Community Engagement for Veterans Healthcare Administration, Homeless Programs working out of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Homeless Programs Office. In this role, he provides timely and insightful advice to the National Director of VHA Homeless Programs on operational and strategic opportunities, as well as identifies and recommends best practices related to homeless solutions, community, state and local government engagement.

Anthony previously served as Deputy Director for at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), where he was responsible for coordinating the state and local work of the Council and serve as the lead on Veterans issues for the Council.

Anthony has over 20 years of experience in homelessness and poverty issues. He was Site Director for the nonprofit United States Veterans Initiative’s Houston office. During his leadership there, US Vet's Houston became the largest provider of housing and support services to homeless veterans in Texas, providing housing and services to more than 20,000 homeless veterans.

Before leaving Houston for Washington, DC, Anthony served as President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, the principal agency for the Homeless Continuum of Care for a county of almost four million people. Under Anthony’s leadership, the community developed and unveiled its first Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, coordinated one of the largest one-day outreach and rapid rehousing initiatives in the state of Texas and increased its annual HUD homeless allocation from $14 million to $20 million.

Anthony earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri‐Kansas City. He has been recognized by numerous groups and organizations for his work to end homelessness.

Honorary Emcee

Renee DiNino

Director of Community Affairs

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Thank you
2021 Reaching Home Awards Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors

Adams Family Foundation Diamond Sponsors

Connecticut Department of Housing Logo




Platinum Sponsors


Melville Charitable Trust


Webster Bank Logo

Gold Sponsors

Beacon Communities Logo


Carabetta Enterprises logo

FHLBank Boston


Harry E. Goldfarb Family Foundation, Inc.


Liberty Bank



We Work for Health logo

Silver Sponsors


Berkshire Bank Logo


Capital Strategies Group Logo


Community Health Network of Connecticut


CT Association of Realtors


Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Logo


CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services logo


Hartford Hospital logo


LaRosa Building Group Logo


Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut


Webster Investments


Previous Award Recipients

The Carol Walter Housing Tenant Award:

2020 - Ronald Buxton
2019 - Joe White and Cathy Kriss
2018 - Faith Mack & Carla Witmer
2017 - Willie Thomas Miller, Jr. & Natalie Garcia
2016 - Joseph "Gypsy" Grillo & Joseph Sicilia
2015 - Jolene Ball & Wilson Bauero
2014 - Shumra Chambers & Anastasia Chamiec
2013 - Michael Rose & Ray Spur

The Diane Randall Leadership Award:

2020 - Dan Shetler
2019 - Anne Foley
2018 - Middlesex County Community Care Team & Terri DiPietro
2017 - Kathy Hunter, Carla Miklos, & Carmen Colon
2016 - Frontline team to end Veterans homelessness
2015 - Adam Bovilsky & David Rich
2014 - Merle Berke-Schlessel
2013 - Betsy Crum

The Reverend Richard Schuster Advocacy Award:

2020 - Sarah Fox
2019 - Leigh Duffy
2018 - Caitlin Mongillo & Justin Williams
2017 - Paula Crombie
2016 - Lydia Brewster
2015 - Cathy Zall
2014 - Helen Lavin
2013 - Dave Martineau

The Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award:

2020 - Richard Porth
2018 - Sharon L. Castelli
2017 - Allison Cunningham
2015 - Barbara Geller