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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.

Paddington Storytime

Host a Paddington Storytime

Libraries across Connecticut are joining the be homeful effort by hosting Paddington Storytime events to help children in their communities learn about and discuss family homelessness in a safe and friendly environment. 

How do Paddington Storytime events work? It's easy!

  1. Read the story of Paddington by Michael Bond. Paddington is homeless when he first travels from Darkest Peru to London.
  2. Lead a discussion. How would Paddington have felt when he didn't have a home? Why is it important to have a home? How can we help families who don’t have homes be safe and comfortable? You can find facts about family homelessness in the Learn section of this website. 
  3. Ask the kids to show they care! Here are two great activities you can do as part of your Storytime:

    1. We all know that Paddington loves marmalade. Buy or collect some used marmalade jars, have kids decorate them (materials can be downloaded here) and bring them home to collect funds to help families in your community. Then stay tuned for an announcement about a local bank that will be collecting donations between Mothers and Fathers Day to help families around Connecticut stay in the comfort of home!

    2. Print out these "i'm homeful" activity sheets and have kids draw what having a home means to them. Then hang the sheets up during the month of May. You can also send your activity sheets to your local senator with a message asking them to make sure there are resources available to protect families from becoming homeless.

Interested in hosting a Paddington Storytime? 

Click the button below to send us an email regarding your interest in hosting a Paddington Storytime event. 


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