Making Sure Our Voices Are Heard
CMHA staff and clients gathered with representatives from other local service organizations for a Legislative Breakfast at Central CT Association for Retarded Citizens (CCARC) in New Britain.
The event provided a forum for agencies and clients to voice concerns, share insights, and engage in dialogue with legislators regarding the state of affairs of health and human services in Connecticut. More photos on CMHA's Facebook page here.
New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart (l) with CMHA Director of Community Support Services Cheryl Sims-Coleman.
CMHA Welcomes New Board Members
Bill Riiska is an attorney and resident of Lakeville, CT.
A well-known and respected member of the Lakeville community, he’s been involved with a number of civic organizations in northwest Connecticut. Bill was the board president of the Northwest Center for Family Service,
before the organization merged with CMHA.
Jerry Holmes is President & CEO of Hovin Underwriting Partners in Simsbury. For the past six years, Jerry and his staff have gathered dozens of backpacks and filled them with school supplies for the kids in CMHA’s New Britain Child & Family Services programs.
Karen Cote has devoted 37 years as an elementary school teacher in Newington, CT. For the past three years, she has organized volunteers, family and friends to provide the children of CMHA’s New Britain Child & Family Services with a holiday party complete with personalized gifts for every child, games, and a visit from Santa.
Kinga Kostaniak is an associate at Rembish and LaSaracina in New Britain. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where she received a BA in Psychology and Sociology and also earned her Doctorate from the UConn School of Law in Hartford.
Donor Appreciation Event at the Ragamont
Event planning committee members Jane Worthington, Juliet Moore, Bunny Donahue, Mimi Harson, and Jerry Roth.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
- Sharon Hospital
- Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lynch
- Elyse Harney Real Estate
- Salisbury Bank
- Salisbury Wines
- The Ragamont House
SAAC Holiday Alcohol Awareness Radio Ad
The holidays are a time to celebrate, but kids need to know that they don't need alcohol or drugs to be merry and bright.
Check out CMHA's Substance Abuse Action Council (SAAC) ad, running on WTIC FM this holiday season, encouraging parents to talk to their kids about drinking and substance use.
Video Showcases CMHA Client Success Stories
A new video, which premiered at CMHA's Annual Meeting in November, features three CMHA clients who graciously accepted an invitation to share their inspiring stories on camera.