Catalyst Grant Goes to Family Promise

Family Promise of Central Connecticut Earns Catalyst Fund Grant To Tackle Local Youth & Family Homelessness

$10,000 Grant Goes to Affiliate of National Non-Profit With Track Record of Success

New Britain, Conn., November 17, 2016Family Promise of Central Connecticut, a newly established Connecticut affiliate of a national organization addressing family homelessness, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by members of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Catalyst Fund to tackle youth and family homelessness in Central Connecticut.

The grant award comes following presentations in May and September and a lengthy review of three proposals submitted to the Catalyst Fund membership. In addition to Family Promise, applicants for the 2016 grant award included the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Friendship Service Center, New Britain.

family-promise-logo“This grant will be an integral part of our planning moving forward and will have a measurable, positive impact on local youth and families – we are going to make this grant count,” said Skip Collins, Director of Congregational Recruitment for Family Promise of Central Connecticut. “This support represents a very important step toward what we hope to accomplish and we are thrilled to have the support of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and its Catalyst Fund membership.”

“Family Promise’s track record of success and experience in addressing family homelessness across the country impressed the membership,” said Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives for the Community Foundation. “Catalyst Fund members and the Community Foundation are excited about being on the ground floor of helping this successful organization’s new Connecticut affiliate make a difference in the lives of families here in the towns we serve.”

Family Promise of Central Connecticut was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2015 and is the first Connecticut-based affiliate of a national network of 200 affiliates in 43 states. The organization provides homeless families with the support they need so that they may eventually make a successful return to a life with stable housing, uninterrupted schooling and adequate employment.

The non-denominational, volunteer-staffed local affiliate will host homeless families on a weekly rotating basis in temporary housing provided by a network of 13 local churches. Each church will provide housing for families one week at a time, four weeks per year.

Family Promise of Central Connecticut will operate a day center at 40 Cornelius Way, New Britain, which will provide families – as they rotate from church to church – with access to laundry and shower facilities, computers and a consistent place from which children can be transported to and from school. According to Collins, work continues on renovating the Erwin Home to meet the needs of the program and its affiliate guests in the coming months.

Family Promise intends to use the Catalyst Grant funding to help meet a projected $130,000-plus annual operating budget.

The Catalyst Fund is a group of local citizens interested in improving the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. Members make a modest $250 investment per couple or individual each year. Three times per year, members gather to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their community, and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing this issue. The year concludes with a collective vote to award a $10,000 grant to a chosen grantee.

Earlier this year, Catalyst Fund members chose to offer the 2016 grant to an organization which offers or proposes to develop solutions to the challenge of youth and family homelessness in the Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington region. Proposals were required to offer solutions that minimize, relieve or prevent homelessness among young families with children and/or unaccompanied young people in the 14-24 year-old range.

In its 13 years of existence, Catalyst Fund members have awarded more than $130,000 to a variety of programs meeting important needs and addressing difficult challenges in the community.

For more information about the Catalyst Fund or how to become a member, contact Joeline Wruck, Director of Community Initiatives, at or (860) 229-6018, ext. 307.

Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is “Where Good Begins” in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The Foundation works to inspire philanthropy, manage permanent charitable assets effectively, and partner to address key community issues through strategic leadership. For more information, visit