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Gomes, Moore Welcome State Grants to Assist Bridgeport Nonprofits

BRIDGEPORT, CT—Senator Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport) and Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) today welcomed over $790k in state grants to assist three Bridgeport nonprofit providers in capital improvement projects.

“Nonprofits are the heart of every community. In Bridgeport, we are lucky to have many dedicated organizations that provide essential services to people in the city, and across the state. An investment in our nonprofits, is an investment in our community,” Sen. Gomes said. “I’m especially pleased to note that The WorkPlace will be using the state grant funds for their mobile career center. As the chair of the General Assembly’s Labor Committee, I fully support any initiative that increases accessibly to career services.”

“This city’s wellbeing is contingent on the work of our dedicated nonprofits. I am glad to see continued support from the state for these organizations,” Sen. Moore said. “These funds will help support our workforce, our elderly, and those who are seeking substance abuse and mental health treatment.”

Over $15.1 million in grants are being awarded to 50 nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut as part of the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program, which assists organizations with the costs associated with one-time infrastructure improvements that upgrade the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the agencies.

Bridgeport recipients include:

Southwestern CT Agency on Aging: ($243,600 for a case management system)

The SWCAA provides leadership and resources to meet the needs of the rapidly growing elderly population and to maintain and improve the quality of life and independence of older persons.

“The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging is thankful for the state’s support of vital community-based services. The bond funding will support mobile computing for the Agency’s nurses and social workers as they assess the health & social service needs in a secure environment the homes of clients,” SWCAA Executive Director Marie L. Allen said. “This technology will ensure our most at-risk elders have access to safe care plans designed to provide an alternative to institutional care.”

The WorkPlace: ($200,000 for mobile career center)

The WorkPlace is one of five Regional Workforce Development Boards in Connecticut that conduct comprehensive planning, and coordinate regional workforce development policy and programs. They prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.

“We are grateful to the Department of Labor for the opportunity to acquire a mobile career center to enhance outreach to individuals that may have difficulty accessing an American Job Center,” said Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace. “This vehicle will bring career services, job search supports and computer training to locations throughout southwest Connecticut.”

CT Renaissance, Inc.: ($347,292 for Central Avenue windows and Maple Street improvements)

Since 1967 Connecticut Renaissance has provided quality substance abuse and mental health treatment to men, women, and adolescents throughout the state. Their mission is to help people begin the journey toward recovery from substance abuse, mental health and/or other behavioral health issues and to assist in improving their quality of life.

Created by the governor in 2013, the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program has helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations across Connecticut with a wide variety capital improvement projects. These allocations are the fifth round of grants since the launch of the program. The program is administered by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

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