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January 2016 Edition

Happy New Year! We hope that 2016 is treating you well and that you're enjoying quiet time with loved ones after a busy holiday season.

Here at Homes for the Brave, our residents are working to make 2016 a year of positive life changes. To help them maintain their resolutions, our vocational staff opened the year with pre-employment groups focused on past employment challenges and best practices for job seeking. Additionally, our case managers led weekly life skills classes that teach our residents how to build budgets, repair their credit, and take the first steps toward securing permanent housing. 

We look forward to sharing the results of our residents' focus and persistence in the months ahead.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the January edition of The Perimeter.
Words of Joy
As many of you know, our CEO, Joy Kiss, will retire at the end of Feb ruary. In next month's edition of The Perimeter, we will reflect on Joy's fourteen-year journey with ABRI/Homes for the Brave. If you would like to share well wishes or memories that we can include in her tribute, please email Katie or call her at (203) 338-0669.
Supporter Survey
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We're starting the new year with a qu
ick temperature check to make sure that we are meeting the needs of those who support us most: YOU

Will you please take five minutes to complete a brief survey to let us know how we're doing? Your feedback will help us communicate with you more effectively and enhance the services we provide to our clients and community.

To take our brief survey, please click here
A Fond Farewell
If you've ever visited Homes for the Brave, chances are you were greeted with a big smile, a roaring laugh, and maybe even a hug from this guy:



That's Paul Hudson, a Vocational Specialist who has served our residents and community for nearly ten years. January was Paul's last month on the HFTB Team, as he will be moving into a new role in which he'll help prisoners prepare to enter the workforce upon their release.

Paul joined what he calls "the family" in 2005 as a Vocational Specialist, providing employment coaching and resources to our residents. He also worked as a Case Manager for several years, helping the men at Homes for the Brave develop and meet their personal goals before returning to his original post.

Throughout his tenure at HFTB, Paul's motto has been: "As long as you have the heart and strength to ask for help by walking through these doors, I have open arms for you." We are grateful for the years we had Paul on our team and are proud that he will keep his arms open for individuals in need.

Best of luck, Paul!
Giving Back
Veterans Serving Veterans

The new year brought us two new volunteers who both served in the military themselves. Holly Heaven (U.S. Army) and Erin McBurney (USMC) reached out to Homes for the Brave to learn what they can do to help their fellow Veterans. They both decided to start by preparing homemade dinners for our residents.

On Jan. 10, Holly cooked for the men at Homes for the Brave and reflected on fond memories from the service: "I was a cook in the Army so it was fitting for me to prepare a dinner for the residents; sort of a reminder of my days of cooking for other soldiers." The residents raved about her flavorful food and said she is welcome to return anytime she likes! In February, she will share her culinary talents with the women in our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program.

Erin McBurney, a former officer in the Marine Corps, served her first meal for our female Veterans on Jan. 28. Our FS:FH residents enjoyed her comforting meal (featuring chicken pot pie and brownies a la mode) and spending the evening with a fellow female Vet. "Having served as a female officer in an overly male military environment," Erin said, "I feel a strong desire to help other women who have also served." We believe that Erin's gardening, academic, and military backgrounds will also prove helpful to our residents.

Thank you, Holly and Erin, for bringing cuisine and camaraderie into our residents' homes.


Milford Walmart

Thank you, Milford Walmart for your generous grant to our Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program! Your gift will help us continue to provide housing and support services to Connecticut's women Veterans.


Rock of Waterbury


On Jan 30., Pastor Gary Packnick and his Sunday School students from Rock of Waterbury Church visited Homes for the Brave to deliver backpacks full of personal items and snacks that they collected and compiled over the holidays. After presenting the gifts, they met with our residents and staff to learn more about serving in the military and life at HFTB. The children were especially impressed to see that the residents go to school (in the computer lab) just like they do. Thank you, Pastor Gary and Rock of Waterbury Sunday School, for proving that you're never too young to begin serving your community.

Sincerely,
  

The Board of Directors & Staff at ABRI/Homes for the Brave.

In This Month's Issue...
Words of Joy
Supporter Survey
A Fond Farewell
Giving Back

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Tributes

In Honor of Janet Baldi

In Honor of Joan Duffy

In Memory of George Eschert

In Memory of Al Freer

In Memory of Douglas Haviland Janson

In Memory of Frank L. Richards

In Memory of Joseph L. Russo

In Honor of Mark & Annie Ryan