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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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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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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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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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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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-11-01

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