THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION
One in ten people in New London County, over the age of 12, struggles with addiction - nearly 30 million people nationwide. We firmly believe these statistics are VERY conservative! There were over 80,000 overdose related deaths in 2019, in the US alone!! In honor of those who are trying so hard to stay in active recovery, and in memory of all our loved ones for whom it is too late, TheCharityChallenge.net is raising money for a nonprofit organization who is committed to challenging the revolving door system of recovery in the U.S. and who will offer a very different and holistic alternative to treatment that will END the current vicious cycle of relapse and recidivism. TheCharityChallenge.net's recipient organization: TriCircle, Inc. was established in CT, and is dedicated to creating real, long-term solutions. In its full implementation, it will offer a residential, comprehensive, individualized, uninterrupted continuum of care with treatment options for participants with co-occurring mental health issues!
BAGS OF HOPE CT
Many children in foster care carry their belongings in a trash bag as they move throughout the system. Bags of Hope seeks to provide personalized monogrammed duffle bags filled with comfort items to all kids in local foster care. There are approximately 4000 children in foster care in CT at any given time. Bags of Hope, founded in 2018, provided 410 duffle bags to children in CT. In 2019, 620 bags were provided. This year, the goal is to distribute 1000 Bags of Hope!
Last year, there were more than 43,000 domestic violence related criminal cases in CT courts, those are just the victims we KNOW ABOUT! Safe Futures, is a place where lives are saved, hope is restored, and the future is changed for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in southeastern Connecticut. Founded in 1976, as the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, Safe Futures began as an information and referral service for women entering the workforce. Today, Safe Futures operates two 24-hour hotlines, an emergency shelter, and a transitional living program for families working to rebuild lives shattered by domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. Safe Futures also provides counseling and advocacy, case management, court advocacy, support groups, and educational programs for schools and community groups. All 21 towns in New London County are served by the agency.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."
CT VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBER
For 70 years, award winning and CARF accredited Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut (“Easterseals CR&EC”) has been removing barriers and making a profound positive difference in the lives of Veterans, seniors, adults and children. Veterans Rally Point is a program of Easterseals CR&EC and provides FREE life changing services to Veterans/Service Members and their families. These services include: employment, emergency financial assistance, mental health, peer-to-peer support, education and job skill training, navigating military benefits, legal, service coordination, caregiver training and support, professional clothing and food pantry. It is with integrity, commitment and rapid response that Easterseals CR&EC continues to leverage their 70 years of expertise and experience to remove barriers and rebuild the minds, bodies and lives of our American Warriors and their families.
Reliance Heath is a private, non-profit mental health organization serving Eastern Connecticut. The agency opened in 1976 as a drop-in center for disenfranchised individuals, primarily those individuals who were in or recently discharged from Norwich Hospital. Today, Reliance Health serves over 1,500 individuals each year, employs over 250, and offers a variety of recovery oriented services such as homeless outreach and engagement, individual and group therapy, medication management, supportive housing, residential supervised housing, recovery coaching, social rehabilitation services, employment and education supports, service coordination, transportation and supported living. Reliance Health is an integral part of the community network of service providers and community stakeholders whose purpose is to collaborate for the purpose of building a cohesive community.