Cause for Celebration at This Year's Reaching Home Dinner


Please join us at the

12th Annual Reaching Home Celebration Dinner and Housing Awards

June 15, 2017 

from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Radisson Hotel Cromwell

100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 

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 with this form

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 2017
  • 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. This year's award recipients include the following;

Barbara Geller Career Achievement Award
Alison Cunningham, Columbus House

The Rev. Schuster Advocacy Award
Paula Crombie, Yale New Haven Hospital

The Carol Walter Supportive Housing Tenant Award
Willie Thomas Miller Jr. and Natalie Garcia

The Diane Randall Leadership Awards
Leaders within ODFC and on the forefront on ending homelessness in Fairfield County; Kathy Hunter, Supportive Housing Works, Carla Miklos, Operation Hope and Carmen Colon, Alpha Community Services-The Y.

Major Accomplishments include:
  • Federal recognition as one of only three states to have ended Veteran homelessness
  • More than 1400 chronically homeless individuals housed since January 2015 through Zero:2016 initiative
  • Secured $5 million from the CT Housing Finance Authority for permanent supportive housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness
  • Renewed funding investment in the Coordinated Access Networks through DOH
  • Creation of a Coordinated Entry System that is on the cusp of ending chronic homelessness
  • Creation of statewide lists that identify those experiencing homelessness by name
  • Established the Families with Children Homelessness workgroup to develop and implement the plan to end family homelessness by the end of 2020
  • Creation of Youth Engagement Team Innovators (YETIs) to work with youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and the development of a common assessment tool for assessing vulnerability and need among youth and young adults
  • Secured $6.6 million form the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a coordinated system to end youth homelessness
  • Created a unified statewide policy agenda for ending homelessness and protected critical state resources for housing and homelessness


We’ve added some exciting new accompaniments to this year’s event that we are excited to share with you, including: a guest speaker, very special MC, an art display from a local artist, music by a local songstress/writer, and a fresh new summer menu.



This year's guest speaker at the Reaching Home Dinner will Ben Vereen, an accomplished entertainer who has starred in Wicked, Pippin, A Christmas Carol, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more recently, Time Out Of Mind. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. As an engaging speaker Ben will bring his passion for our cause.


Since 2012 Abby Carter has been drawing and painting the faces of the many individuals who have walked into the St. Vincent de Paul Middletown soup kitchen. At this year's Reaching Home Dinner some of her exhibit will be on display. To learn more, click here


Radisson Chef Chris Steele will treat all Reaching Home Dinner guests to a new menu including prosciutto wrapped chicken, salmon filet, and buffalo mozzarella ravioli!


Debra Lynn Alt, a local songstress/writer, will perform throughout this year's dinner as we celebrate the many successes of the campaign. She has written a song specifically about the need for decent and affordable housing which will tie in well to the evenings line up of events. To hear some of her music, click here


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

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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A recap of the 2016 celebration event can be found here.


THANK YOU to our 2017 Reaching Home Dinner Sponsors!



Charlotte and John Suhler


Garden Homes Management Corporation


Yale New Haven Health



Columbus House
Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.
CT Coalition to End Homelessness
CT Health Foundation
CT Housing Coalition
CT Realtors
Hartford Hospital
Howard Rifkin

Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
The Connection
Middlesex Hospital

Supportive Housing Works
Quinnipiac University, School of Medicine

Special Thank You to Our Gift In Kind Donors:

Baribault Jewelers
Bob's Discount Furniture
Morneault's Stackpole Moore Tyron
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local Union No. 40
Floral Expressions
Infinity Music Hall
Debra Song

Additional Supporters of the Reaching Home Campaign:

Garden Homes Management Corporation
The Hartford
The Tow Foundation
United Health Foundation
Janice Elliott
Fairfield County's Community Foundation
Mike and Maryann Hanley
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving