Announcement from FPCCT President

April 19, 2022

Dear Family Promise Supporters,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this message.  Our Executive Director, Marlaina “Nina” Rodriguez will be moving back to her home state of California and therefore her last day at FPCCT will be June 17th.  We are so very grateful for Nina’s commitment to FPCCT for the past four years.  She started with us as a volunteer, moved into a case manager position, earned her Masters Degree of Social Work and has served as our Executive Director for the past year.  Nina has been instrumental in leading FPCCT during the pandemic and expanding the impact of our current Homeless Prevention Program (HPP).  

Although there is a definite sadness in my heart when I think of Nina leaving us, I am feeling confident in the plan that our leadership team has developed for us to deal with her departure.  We are asking for your assistance in spreading the word about the open Executive Director position.  The position listing will also be posted on many job sites.  Our hope is that the new Executive Director will be able to work alongside Nina for training purposes and then Nina will move into the Case Manager position.  The next phase of the transition plan will be to have the part-time Case Manager position filled by early June.  Click the link below to download the Executive Director Job Description (PDF file):

Executive Director Job Description

In closing, I just want to say how much I have enjoyed working with Nina during her time with us.  FPCCT will be forever grateful for Nina’s hard work and dedication to the families and supporters of FPCCT. We will all miss her tremendously but also realize that you can only keep a true Dodger’s fan away from their team for just so long. 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Be well,

Cheryl Liedke
President of the Board of Trustees, FPCCT

2022 State of the Affiliate Event

Thanks to all who tuned in to our 3rd Annual State of the Affiliate Presentation on March 8, 2022 at 6:30pm. This virtual event was hosted online by our friends at Kensington Congregational Church. We are so grateful to KCC for opening their doors to our leadership team so we could broadcast our presentation!

The Board of Trustees and staff of Family Promise of Central Connecticut shared testimonials, statistics, and plans for a promising future. 

In case you missed it or would like to view it again, please visit the link below to watch the recording on our YouTube channel:

PRESS RELEASE: Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation Grant Award

New Britain – Family Promise of Central Connecticut receives three-year $75,000 grant from the Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

New Britain, March 2nd — Family Promise of Central Connecticut, the New Britain-based nonprofit that works with area congregations to provide aid to children and their families facing homelessness, has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $75,000 by the Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation was established in 1957 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services, environmental, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Moore Charitable Foundation specifically serves the people of Kensington and Berlin, Connecticut.

Family Promise of Central Connecticut, which will be celebrating their fifth anniversary this March, is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees, and began helping families experiencing homelessness by providing shelter coordination services with a network of nearly 20 places of worship in Central Connecticut including New Britain, Berlin, Kensington, Newington, and Bristol. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of the participating congregations unable to provide shelter to families due to safety concerns, the organization created a new Homelessness Prevention Program. The Homelessness Prevention provides families who are at risk of homelessness a variety of vital supportive services. The staff works with each family to ensure that basic needs are met and that they are safely housed or sheltered. Based on availability, families participating in the program may receive services like rental and/or utility assistance, groceries, and customized case management services including one-on-one supportive conversations, program referrals, and financial literacy activities. The Homelessness Prevention Program launched on October 1, 2020 and as of today the program is serving 10 households and has a 100% eviction prevention rate. Thanks to this generous grant from Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Homelessness Prevention Program will be expanded to help even more families struggling with housing instability.

“This gift from the Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation will go a long way towards helping Family Promise of Central Connecticut continue our mission to fight family homelessness,” says Marlaina “Nina” Rodriguez, the Executive Director of Family Promise of Central Connecticut. “The key to keeping children and their families in a stable housing situation is direct rental assistance and nearly one third of the grant funds are designated for that use. This grant is going to enable us to make a meaningful impact.”

Upcoming projects planned by Family Promise of Central Connecticut include a “State of the Affiliate” presentation on March 8th; a basketball tournament at the Vale Sports club on April 9th and 10th, and a month-long “calendar” raffle starting on May 1st.

PRESS RELEASE: Basketball Tournament 

Family Promise of Central Connecticut seeking sponsors and players for April 9 and 10 Basketball Tournament 

New Britain, February 25, 2022: Calling all athletes and basketball fans! Lace up your sneakers, start practicing shooting some hoops, and get ready to have some fun at Family Promise of Central Connecticut’s first-ever Basketball Tournament fundraiser taking place April 9 and 10 at the Vale Sports Club in Middletown.  

“We are hosting our first-ever basketball tournament. It is going to be a fun, two-day event that will benefit Family Promise, the New Britain-based non-profit that works with area congregations to end homeless in our area,” explains Jay Williams, Vice President of the organization, and the tournament chairperson.  

According to Williams, the tournament, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will consist of three divisions with eight co-ed squads in each division. Division A will be comprised of 6th to 8th grade students, Division B will be comprised of 9th to 12th graders and Division C will be comprised of adults of all ages. Two games, plus playoffs are guaranteed. Games are composed of two 20-minute halves. 

There is an entry fee of $500 per team and 8-10 players can be on each team. To register for the Family Promise of Central Connecticut Basketball Tournament or to become an event sponsor, please go to:

Contact: Nina Rodriguez

2022 Sleep Out

On Friday, March 4th, High schoolers from Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington, braved the cold and took turns sleeping outside overnight in cardboard boxes to raise awareness of family homelessness in Connecticut. Participants collected over $2,300 in donations! All proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Central Connecticut. FPCCT is currently serving 15 local families at risk of homelessness and every penny raised will be used to support their mission.

General donations for the “Sleep Out” are welcome; donors supporting a particular teen should indicate the participant’s name in the PayPal note field. To donate online now, click the PayPal logo below or scan the QR code.

To donate by check or Venmo please contact Kara Russell, the Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington, Assistant to the Pastor for Youth and Outreach:

Thank you for helping us fight family homelessness – because every child deserves a home!