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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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Donate Today

Spread a little bit of winter cheer! Donate a plush bear, book, or blankie to a homeless child and help end family homelessness in Connecticut!

A bear

Gift a Paddington™ plush bear to a child in shelter and help a family stay housed in the process.

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A bear and a book

Gift a Paddington™ plush bear and book to a child in shelter and help a family stay housed in the process.

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A bear, book, and baby gifts

Gift a Paddington™ plush bear, book, blankie, and board book to a family of children in shelter, and help a family stay housed in the process.

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The average cost of keeping a family housed is $1,000. Please consider sponsoring a family or holding a "bear-raiser" with your family, friends and colleagues. 

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Would you like to hold a drive to help local children this winter? Your community can join the fight against homelessness by signing up to hold a bear-raiser drive. For every $25 your team raises, we will gift a Paddington™ plush bear, book, or blankie in your honor to a child in shelter. 

The best part is, thanks to underwriting by the Connecticut Realtors® Foundation and Citizens Bank, every dollar you raise provides emergency assistance that helps a family remain home rather than enter shelter. The more bears you raise, the greater your impact.

Since 2015, the be homeful project has prevented more than 500 children in families from ever having to experience the hardship of homelessness in the first place by providing much-needed emergency funds that frontline workers can access to help families in your community remain housed. In short, your gift will provide critical emergency assistance to help families on the verge of homelessness stay where they most want: at home.

Generously supported by:

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Additional notes: View the behomeful  for the holidays terms and conditions here. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) receives funding from United Way; please consider making a direct contribution to United Way through your workplace campaign to continue supporting CCEH and other local organizations.