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The Connecticut Community Foundation donated $8,000 to benefit CMHA's Waterbury Child & Family Services new Outpatient Behavioral Health program. The funds will help to provide individual and group therapy to children who are at risk of hospitalization or institutionalization and are transitioning from more intensive services.

CT Community Foundation President & CEO Paula Van Ness (left) presented a check to Waterbury Child & Family Services Program Coordinator Suzanne DeRosa (center) and CMHA President & CEO Ray Gorman on December 17 at CMHA’s Waterbury office.

 Bill Riiska

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

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
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

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.