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: 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!

FPCCT Rings in 2022!

As 2021 comes to a close, join us in reflecting upon our past, present, and future… 2022 is full of promise, be a part of the promise as we continue to fight family homelessness!

Click the image to view our message for the New Year on YouTube

From all of us at Family Promise of Central CT, we hope that the new year brings each one of you peace, joy, and happiness!

To donate, visit our website:

For the full text version of our message for the New Year, use the URL below to download the PDF: