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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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Spread some holiday cheer. Give a gift to a homeless child and help end family homelessness in Connecticut.

This holiday season, give a little bit of comfort to a child in shelter and help a family remain housed in the process. Between now and Christmas, for every $25 you donate to the be homeful project, we will donate an adorable Paddington plush, book, or baby gift to a child in a local shelter. The best part is that thanks to underwriting from our funders, all donations go directly to help local families.

Choose your favorite gift.

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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Sponsor a family to help a child stay at home.


Sponsor a family.

No family with young children wants to live out of a suitcase. Donate $1,000 today to help a local family stay home. Your gift will also allow us to give bears and books to every child in a local shelter. Click here to learn more.

Hold a Paddington bear-raiser drive to end homelessness for a local family.

Since 2015, the be homeful project has prevented more than 1000 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.

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.

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