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December 17, 2009

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December 17, 2009

I am a relatively new member of the Board of Christian Community Action, Inc. (CCA) but it is an organization that I have thought highly of for the the 35 years I have lived in New Haven. CCA offers families in need a fresh start. Whether they seek short term basic needs like food and fuel or whether they seek longer term support with housing, job counseling and financial management CCA promotes family stability and self sufficiency. It seeks to put faith into action by supporting and empowering the people it serves. In my first six months on the Board I have been impressed with the commitment of both Board members and staff in carrying out the mission of CCA made especially challenging by the current economic downturn.

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

Incredibly dedicated and committed to carrying out the mission of CCA

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

Start up Spirit Movers - a new business venture providing furniture moving services that has long been planned but hasn't had the capital to get underway. Spirit Movers would give CCA clients a chance a economic self suffieciency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

Christian Community Action has been in existance since 1967 in New Haven, CT. The organization provides vital social services and is engaged in advocacy by providing emergency and transitional housing, food and other support to those who are poor and by encouraging them in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. And CCA works to change systems that perpeturate poverty and injustice. In spite of a bare-bones budget, the organization has grown and continues to serve those who are in need. I have been involved at CCA since 1968 in one way or another. I have volunteered my time to do jobs around the office and have worked on the newsletter. For a great many years I had been on the Board and after a hiatus of a couple of years, I am presently on the Board again. It is wonderful to see the successes that have come from the work of CCA, mostly in its work with and the advocacy group called "Mothers for Justice" and in our 3rd shelter, Stepping Stone Transitional Housing where families get more of an opportunity for education and empowerment. There is an analogy that is used at CCA regarding the giving: We "feed people" through emergency services, and "teach people how to fish" through our transitional and vocational programs, and start folks on "owning the fishery" through owning a business program, and finally, we help to "change the quality of the water so that eating and fishing would be successful" by our grassroots and public policy advocacy. In all, CCA rates so high on my list of people helping and inter-acting with people that I cannot stay away and continue to see this as my primary source for sharing time, talent and treasure.

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

really make a difference to the folks who are needy in the Greater New Haven area. We could re-instate the program for creating jobs and training for those jobs. Also, more advocacy staff means more emapowerment for those who are in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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