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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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be homeful for the holidays

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Donate today

It's cold out there. Do you want to spread a little bit of cheer to a homeless child this winter? With a donation of $25 today, an adorable Paddington™ plush bear or book will be given in your honor to a child in a shelter. Your gift will provide critical emergency assistance to give families on the verge of homelessness what they most want: a home.

The best part is that thanks to the CT REALTORS® Foundation for generously providing the bears, and to Citizens Bank for their valuable support of our campaign, every dollar raised will allow CCEH to provide emergency assistance to help children in Connecticut stay at home through the be homeful project. It’s a win-win!


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

Donate a Paddington plush bear

Donate a Paddington plush bear to a child in shelter. Your gift will be used to help a local family remain at home. 

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Donate a Paddington book

Donate a Paddington book to a child in shelter. Your gift will be used to help a local family remain at home.

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Help a family stay home

Sponsor a family! $1,000 is all it takes to prevent a local family avoid the hardship of homelessness. 

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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 give a plush bear or book in your honor to a child in shelter. 

You can request your bear-raiser kit to create a bear-raiser drive page that you can share with your friends online! Please contact AnnaDea Diotalevi for more information at (860) 721-7876 x 107 or

For more information on holding a bear-raiser you can download our  business and community engagement flier here

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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.