“Every year in January, a count is done of the homeless families in the area, a snapshot of homelessness,” says Denise Collins, executive director of MASH. “Between 2010 and 2014, the numbers have been pretty much constant. Typically, there are around 50 families a night in shelter or transitional shelter.”
Longtime clients of Grader Jewelers have noticed a new smile behind the polished rows of glass cases, rings, and gleaming gemstones. At 22, Andrea Grader is the third generation of her family to proudly take her place in this line of work.
Last fall, in collaboration with Child and Family’s executive director Tom Gullotta, local philanthropist Alva Greenberg launched Serve Here CT, a program that matches qualified applicants between the ages of 18 and 29 with jobs at area nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities.
I had the good fortune of meeting Amy Jones, or “AJ,” in the seventh grade. I didn’t yet know the specifics of all that she would teach me in the years I knew her ... I didn’t yet know that she’d lead our team to back-to-back All-Star Dance Worlds championship titles. I didn’t yet know the abundance of life...
While music has always been her passion, it hasn't always been her profession. There have been times – School of Hard Knocks times, she calls them – when Davis made her living working in far less glam fields.