North Central Regional Mental Health Board strives to ensure that citizens take part in monitoring the state’s mental-health services. The organization works directly with people who have mental-health or substance-abuse issues through a variety of programs and advocates on their behalf through legislative and fundraising events. One of the many services available, the Day in the Life project, observed the lives of people who receive behavioral-health services through the state to determine how best to help them in the future. In addition, the annual Celebrating Recovery dinner invites individuals in recovery to share their stories as a way of reaffirming that recovery is always possible.
Focused on caring for the elderly and disabled, the talented staff at Polish Caregivers & Homemakers gladly duels with debris and disarray during customized cleaning services that cover all areas of the house. After arriving at homes in need of a bath, the tidying technicians get busy scrubbing kitchen countertops, mopping floors, and ridding refrigerators of expired confetti eggs. Vacuums roll happily across carpets as bathtubs and sinks squeak at the magical touch of disinfectant. Maids will come equipped with cleaning products and an economy-size tube of elbow grease; customers should supply their own mops, brooms, and vacuums.
Covenant to Care for Children aims to create a future where all Connecticut children have a caring support system and a safe place to live. Operating with this vision, the organization helps to mobilize community members to serve as advocates, mentors, and supporters for children who are neglected, abused, or impoverished. Additionally, its Children's Enrichment Fund collects critical items for children, including clothing and bed linens, and channels donations toward meeting the special needs and less ordinary requests of underserved youth, such as helping a child get a haircut, go to summer camp, or attend prom.
When she’s not teaching creative writing or crafting award-winning songs, Kate Callahan helps high school seniors channel their own creativity into college essays. A 12-year artist-in-residence in West Hartford public schools, Kate walks students through essay-writing step-by-step, from brainstorming to revision. Along the way, she shows pupils how to incorporate creative elements into their pieces, such as dialogue or building suspense. For students who already have an essay ready, Kate happily makes content or grammar suggestions during her one-on-one Skype or in-person sessions. Along with seniors, she extends her services to juniors, who can develop and refine their pieces a full year ahead of the application grind in senior year.
Working to empower individuals with disabilities to live life to the fullest, Futures, Inc. provides social-skills training, tutoring, independent-living training, and other support services to students and adults with disabilities. At the Futures School—Connecticut’s first community-based special-education school to be approved by the Department of Education—students aged 14–21 receive customized, one-on-one special education in their home communities. These education services include real-world work experience, transportation services, sessions with a full-time counselor, and typically lead to a high-school diploma from Futures School.