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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.

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Please be homeful and get involved!


Kids around Connecticut are joining Paddington and the be homeful project in making a difference in the lives of children in our state. You can do your part to make sure a child like you can stay in the comfort of home this year.

It's easy — simply empty out a marmalade jar, decorate it with pictures that remind you of home, and hang a be homeful tag around the neck. Then try to be clever like Paddington and figure out how you can fill your jar with change. Visit to learn more or tell us that you are planning a drive at the link here!


Businesses and communities interested in holding bear-raisers can order kits. The first 100 teams to start their drive will receive a free Paddington plush in their kit to use as part of their drive. Registration is currently open.

To order a FREE bear-raiser kit, please contact AnnaDea Diotalevi at or (860) 721-7876 x107 or fill out the form here.

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