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257 Lawrence St
Hartford, CT, 06106

(860) 721 7876

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness launched be homeful in December, 2014. This campaign is a bold and innovative project designed to help Americans stamp out family homelessness for good. Our mission is to end homelessness one family at a time for the 1,000 families in Connecticut that experience homelessness in any given year.

While shelters across the state are bursting at the seams, there is currently no major source of funding to keep struggling families from slipping into homelessness in moments of crisis. By making funds available to keep families in the comfort of home, we can help break the cycle of homelessness that can carry forward across generations.

Through community partnerships and collaboration with families across Connecticut, the be homeful project will establish the first state-wide emergency assistance fund for shelter diversion. This fund will be accessible to case workers serving families at the front door of shelter and will reimburse expenses for rental assistance, security deposits, gas cards and other sundry expenses tied to diverting family from shelter in favor of actual homes.


About Us

be homeful: Proving that ending homelessness before it begins is possible

The be homeful Project

We know that homelessness is a tough issue for adults to explain to their children. That’s why be homeful's goal is simple: to end family homelessness for the 70,000 homeless families in our country by creating tools for people to teach their children about this difficult issue and raising funds to keep families across America housed. Starting here in Connecticut, we aim to give families across our country the tools to understand this difficult issue and make a real impact in the lives of neighbors in need. 

Mission and vision

The mission of be homeful is to end family homelessness, one family at a time. Our vision is a country where resources exist to keep families out of shelter and in actual homes.

Starting with a fabulous and refreshing partnership with Paddington Bear, we will be kicking off our campaign with a series of promotions and corporations designed to raise awareness and funds nationally and around the country.

Click here to learn about upcoming promotions for be homeful 

Goal and Strategies

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds to give families and businesses tools to help neighbors in need. Starting here in Connecticut, we aim to:

  • tell the story of family homelessness in the United States, starting in our home state
  • offer parents, educators, and libraries tools for helping children understand this difficult issue
  • provide families and businesses with concrete tools for keeping informed and lending a hand
  • launch a fund that communities can access to help families stay in the comfort of home
  • develop cause marketing arrangements and promotions that raise awareness and funds 



Meet the people who are making The be homeful Project happen.

 Lisa Tepper Bates

Lisa Tepper Bates

Lisa Tepper Bates • President

Lisa is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. A former foreign service officer, Lisa joined CCEH as Executive Director in 2013 from Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality.  She is in charge of the program design for be homeful.


 Madeline Ravich

Madeline Ravich

Madeline Ravich • Campaign Director

Madeline is the campaign director for be homeful and a development advisor who serves as CCEH’s Director of Development. She has more than a decade of experience managing development initiatives for a wide range of nonprofits and has also provided corporate responsibility consulting services to companies and industry associations. She is in charge of the campaign strategy and coordination of be homeful.

 AnnaDea Diotalevi

AnnaDea Diotalevi

AnnaDea Diotalevi• be homeful Coordinator

AnnaDea is in charge of the day-to-day coordination of be homeful including fund administration and fundraising. She serves as Development Associate at CCEH where she provides day-to-day support to support our fundraising efforts.