Christian Community Action

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Economic Development

Location: 168 Davenport Ave New Haven CT 06519 USA

Mission: Christian Community Action is an ecumenical social service organization that expresses faithful witness by providing emergency food, housing and support to those who are poor in New Haven, encouraging them in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency, and working to change systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice. 
Programs:  The Advocacy andEducation Project (AEP) originated in 1977 as the Welfare Reform Project. ThisProject seeks to fulfill Christian Community Action’s mission to change systemsthat perpetuate poverty and injustice.” Its goal is to promote social changeand justice for all by focusing on issues such as empowerment, grass-rootsorganizing, leadership training and economic justice. Its commitment is toinsure that previously unheard voices are given the opportunity to share theirstories, participate in public policy conversations and to have opportunitiesto advocate on the issues that concern them. It has sponsored Mothers for Justice, a group for women that was establishedin 1993, which is dedicatedto improving the lives of families who are low-income. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

CCA has a strong legacy of service to individuals and families in need in the New Haven Community. Please support CCA so they can continue the wonderful services and support they provide to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes, as a long term Board Member

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide and seek greater spport

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Rating: 4 stars  

Christian Community Action Inc. is a remarkable organization dedicated to the plight of homeless families in New Haven. Its mission is not only to provide shelter, food and counseling services designed to ease the pain of what homeless families have lost but also to inspire and help them find affordable housing and, most important, to develop their skills so they can find stable employment. I’ve been a volunteer at CCA for 4 years and have nothing but praise for the dedication of the director, Rev. Bonita Grubbs, and her wonderful staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I worked at CCA's main office at 168 Davenport Avenue and was able to witness first hand the hard work and dedication of Rev. Grubbs and her amazing staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage others to support the work of CCA so they could continue providing for the existing clientele as well as the many others for whom help is also needed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Christian Community Action of New Haven is a truly amazing organization. They motivate the members of the community to help each other out while also accomplishing so much for the families in need. They truly make the most of out their resources and make a real difference in the New Haven Area. They have been achieving this wonderful work for over 40s! It is always a pleasure to make donations (clothing, food, money) since I know it is truly getting to the people who need it. Keep up the great work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the most recent experience I had was helping CCA win a Community Foundation for Greater New Haven challenge grant by making a time sensitive donation. I was proud that my donation was able to help CCA win this grant!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure. They're doing a fantastic job already

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor and privilege of serving on the Christian Community Action Board for 8 years, 4 as Chairman. Regardless of the ups and downs of financial fortunes, the Agency remains steadfastly focused on its goals of serving needy familes in New Haven, through its multi-unit housing facilities, its substantial food pantry, its many education- and work-focus programs to assist families rise above their current situation, and its advocacy programs in the political arena to make our elected representatives aware of the needs of those constituents without a clear voice to be heard. CCA is a true treasure in New haven.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...speaking with various tenants in the Stepping Stone program, which prepares families to move out of a housing shelter environment into a house rental/ownership environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...have the Agency try even harder to spread the word about what CCA does and why New Haven locals should support CCA's efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am pleased to have the opportunity to support the mission and work of CCA. I have been actively involved with the agency for twenty years. Most recently8 members of my family worked with the staff and other volunteers on the Thanksgiving Food Drive. My 7 year old Grandson has been working at this operation since he was 3. He looks forward to coming and works diligently. It is a fantastic opportunity for him to be involved with various groups in the community. i am also on the Fund Development Committee. Economics times are tough and providing needed services is a challenge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Since my involvment with CCAa long term housing program was implemented which allows families to make critical changes in their life in order to be better parents and achieve their own goals. Also the food pantry has been reorganized to allow families to shop for appropriate food items. It is one more way of recognizing the individual dignity of the clients we serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Much of staff energy is directed to fund development. Having long term reliable funds is tantramount to achieving the goals we have set for ourselves and that respond to the needs of the community. My husband and I have a small fund with the CFGNH and this year we made a $2000 to CCA. Additionally we sponsored The Capital Steps show at Shubert because we believe in the work and the way it is performed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Christian Community Action since 2002 and I have been inspired and impressed by the amount of work they do and how those that they help do move on and grow from help with this agency. It gives me a lot of hope when I see the efforts of everyone involved and everyone deserves all the credit in the world for their efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading about the case studies in the newsletter that focus on an indivdual's struggle and journey to a better life be it secure housing or a better paying job. I love the human interest articles as they really show how much people can benefit from CCA's services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money. They need an army to do what they do and they all work so hard.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Christian Community Action feeds and houses those in need in the New Haven area with great joy and honor. Their clients are treated with love and respect. They also take significant steps to break the chain of poverty through the Stepping Stone program that works with families to help them transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Donating food, clothing and furniture for a number of years and watching the way folks are treated inside their doors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them a stable permanent source of funds to expand their outreach and be able to serve more clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am constantly amazed by how much this organization does with so little money to help families in crisis on the road to self sufficiency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing from staff members about the experiences of their clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide the resources it needs to carry out its mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the board and staff members who make it work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

good people who believe in CCA's mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

establish an endowment to help assure a stable source of funding.

Ways to make it better...

new board members had been given a tour of the programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

inadequate resources from public and private sources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish more people knew what great work this organization does.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I am a regular donor to CCA because of the people I have met that have been directly influenced by their giving! A co-worker several years ago told of an agency that helped her manage heating costs to stay warm in a brutal winter after one call and plea. This young lady is also a graduate of one of their programs designed to educate and empower parents in employment, nutrition and advocacy for themselves and their children. She received this wonderful help from CCA. I know without a doubt that what is given goes directly to those in need . Often I have observed the giving on the same day. CCA has a hand on the pulse of those in need. I pray God's blessings on this organization and the people it serves!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the needs, donations and what actually returns right back to those in dire need of food, housing and hope.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see more staff to serve those in need!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I know families are recieving help and hope!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and faithful workers there for 10 years or more.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide services for more families and therefore may an impact on children and families prospering in the New haven community and giving back!

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more staff and able to help more families.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial support

One thing I'd also say is that...

please join us in giving

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Christian Community Action is an organization that is true to its creed. Consider CCA to be faith-in-action with a determination and commitment to serve those in need of food, shelter, counseling, and a time-tested program of helping those in transition from homelessness lead productive and stable lives. I have served with great pleasure on the board of directors for six years and currently chair the development committee. It is remarkable to witness the highly respected executive leadership and dedicated staff sustain an ongoing successful operation that does just what the mission statement of the organization proclaims. All those who work at CCA work hard and effectively. People's lives have been transformed. The pain of hunger is stopped. The hurt and confusion of economic dislocation is eased. Children, families, individuals have a safe roof over their head on cold winter nights. For over 40 years CCA has been serving the New Haven. However, CCA faces the ongoing challenge of needing the community's assitance to meet the growing needs of some of the poor in greater New Haven. To witness the largest meal distribution at Thanksgiving every year is to see how CCA's work to provide to those in need is so vital. There are so many organizations providing similar services across the nation but I believe you would be hard-pressed to find one doing it so effectively as Christian Community Action.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Witnessing the leadership and staff be so very good at what they do. They are effective!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Feed and house a lot more people with great efficiency and care. CCA would be a stalwart advocate for the voiceless in the community. Also, certain effective programs such as Stepping Stone, a transitional housing program, could be expanded.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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