We are shifting the way we work during the COVID-19 crisis - you can help!
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is having a profound impact on both the people that the CRT serves and the people that work at CRT – but not in the ways you might think.
CRT is a community action agency based in Hartford, and for more than 55 years we have helped individuals and families from all over Central Connecticut in times of need. Our mission, “Preparing Our Community to Meet Life's Challenges,” rings louder now than perhaps at any other time in the history of the organization.
We serve the young and the old, the homeless, veterans, single mothers, grandparents, people recovering from addiction issues, people who are trying to get a second chance in life following incarceration, and many more. We serve thousands of people each and every day.
A few weeks ago, someone put up a sign at one of our homeless shelters that reads “Heroes Work Here” and those three words speak volumes about the people who give of themselves every single day to help ensure the health and safety of the people we serve.
And while our working conditions have changed – many of CRT’s employees are now working from home – the people who do work for CRT have demonstrated their true commitment to the mission-driven nature of the work we do. CRT’s employees are now working harder than they have ever worked before, helping to ensure that we are continuing to meet the needs of the people we serve, and keeping everyone involved safe and protected.
For example, CRT oversees the Meals on Wheels program for all of Central Connecticut, distributing hot, nutritious meals to over 1,000 medically, home-bound seniors every single weekday. Recently, this included a special delivery of three-week’s worth of shelf-stable meals to these seniors, just in case the normal delivery run could not take place, so as to ensure these seniors would not go hungry.
It also includes working with a consortium of local anti-homelessness organizations, and with state and local officials, to help get the homeless out of shelters and into area hotels where they can live safely in an environment that can best support needed social-distancing protocols.
It includes mitigation plans that were put into place back on March 10, 2020 to protect and keep COVID-19 free, the 100 seniors living at—and the staff who are working at—CRT’s assisted-living facility in Hartford, known as The Retreat.
CRT’s Behavioral Health Services team continues to offer its programs to people who are coping with recovery from addiction to drugs and other substances; and their medication-assisted treatment program continues to offer induction services for people who need help to turn their lives around.
These examples just scratch the surface of the dozens of programs and services that CRT provides to people every day. The Coronavirus crisis has created new challenges, but it will not disrupt the important work that CRT does to help protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Financial support from GoFundMe for #GivingTuesdayNow will go a long way to help CRT continue to fulfill its mission. And now more than ever, finding ways to support people during the time of their greatest need is paramount.
If you can make a financial contribution, please know that the money you donate really does go to pay for the programs and services that we offer. At CRT, $0.94 of every dollar donated goes directly to our programs and services.
On behalf of the individuals and families that we serve, thank you for your support of our work.
To view further updates visit us on the web: https://covid19.crtct.org/