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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 1,300 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 President of the be homeful fund and 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 overall strategy and 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 strategy and coordination of be homeful.

Katherine Kenney

Katherine Kenney

Katherine Kenney • Campaign Coordinator

Katie is in charge of the day-to-day coordination of be homeful and has also designed this website. She serves as Project Assistant at CCEH where she provides day-to-day support to training, technical assistance, and development initiatives.

Michael Asphar

Michael Asphar

Michael Asphar • Brand Strategy

Michael is the architect of the be homeful brand. A former SVP at Foote, Cone, and Belding, Michael is Creative Director at Avon-based Adams and Knight who has done through-the-line advertising and communications for a variety of major brands. Michael generously donates his time to be homeful.