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Ray Andrewsen

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Christian Community Action
December 17, 2009

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Board member; fundraising; marketing; donating supplies. food, and furniture;.