CityView Photos:  Home is Where the HeART is:  An Art Auction to Help Homeless Children Succeed

CityView Photos: Home is Where the HeART is: An Art Auction to Help Homeless Children Succeed

We had a wonderful evening of HeART at Connection’s first annual fundraiser!  Check out the beautiful photos from CityView!  Thank you to all our sponsors, artists and to those who attended and participated in Home is Where the HeArt Is, an art auction fundraiser on Thursday, September 21 at SkyView on Hay in downtown Fayetteville. More than 25 local artists offered their original art works to be sold by silent and live auctions. It was a great success and will help Connections to continue serving homeless women and children in our...
Home is Where the HeArt Is

Home is Where the HeArt Is

Thank you to all our sponsors, artists and to those who attended and participated in Home is Where the HeArt Is, an art auction fundraiser hosted by Connections of Cumberland County (CCC), on Thursday, September 21 at SkyView on Hay in downtown Fayetteville. More than 25 local artists offered their original art works to be sold by silent and live auctions. It was a great success and will help Connections to continue serving homeless women and children in our...
Honoring Eaton Corporation

Honoring Eaton Corporation

In recognition of Eaton Corporation’s valued support, commitment and strong partnership with Connections of Cumberland County, the Board of Directors of Connections has named its Conference Room in Eaton’s honor. The Eaton Corporation Fayetteville Plant has assisted Connections, since inception, in their mission to empower women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to become safe and self-sufficient. Connections operates the only walk-in Day Resource Center with comprehensive case management for women and children who are homeless or facing homelessness.  Pictured left to right: Vivian Tookes, CCC Board Member; Lucy Jones, CCC Board Vice President; Mark Lynch, CCC Board Member; Jerome Bell, CCC Board Member; Jeff Whitford, Human Resource Manager, Eaton Corporation; Rony Ruiz, Plant Manager, Eaton Corporation; Marshall Waren CCC Board Member; and Judy Klinck, CCC Board Member.”...
Connections Now Open on Mondays

Connections Now Open on Mondays

Connections of Cumberland County is now open an additional day each week, on Mondays.  The operation days are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The new client intake days and hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Making the Homeless Whole Again

Making the Homeless Whole Again

Check out a recent editorial on Connections work with homeless women and children. “One of the keys to success is accountability. Case managers carefully screen the homeless clients and see that they get help with problems that may have contributed to their homelessness. They find housing and work opportunities, as well as training. They track them for as long as two years. The effort is helped along by interns working toward a master’s degree in social work, as well as by volunteers in the mental-health profession. It’s a big, complex business model. And it’s working.” Tim White, Fayetteville Observer Editorial Page Editor Tim White: We can bring them in from the...
Connections Creates Learning Lab for Masters Level Social Work Students

Connections Creates Learning Lab for Masters Level Social Work Students

Most nonprofits that offer supportive services constantly struggle to raise funds for operational expenses. One local nonprofit, Connections of Cumberland County, took the basic concept of student internships and created a fresh approach with a mutually beneficial arrangement. The founders of Connections had a vision of creating a day resource center for homeless women and children that offered goal-based intensive case management with strong accountability. Now in its second year of operation, the walk-in (with no referral required) center offers all its services to women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at no cost to the clients.  Click to read more at:...
Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County Receives National Spotlight Award

Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County Receives National Spotlight Award

Congratulations to Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County, one of the winners of the Spotlight Awards for transformational grantmaking given out at WCGN’s national conference in Charlotte, NC in October. Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County (WGCCC) was honored for their work for not only identifying and addressing a need in their community, but also developing the solution. WGCCC’s focus is on women and children.  Each year, they take a deep dive into issues relating to their focus area using an annual scorecard they developed that measures the current status of women and children in their county.  In 2010, the scorecard revealed a significant increase in the number of homeless women and children as well as a significant increase in the number of homeless children enrolled in their schools. WGCCC also determined there were gaps in service to this population because there was no centralized location for such services. WGCCC convened over 100 community leaders to participate in a think tank regarding this issue, which led to more research on a national level as well discussion with service providers. In 2012, based on their efforts and research, WGCCC established a non profit—“Connections of Cumberland County”.  Sixteen community partners including Cumberland Country Schools, Urban Ministry, the police department, social services, the health department and the Salvation Army are involved in this day resource center—“a one stop shop” providing case management and referral resources specifically for women and children. In 2014 the doors opened providing rapid re-housing, goal-based mentoring and a learning lab. In the first 12 months, the organization had 105 active client cases, 89 of which are now in...
Fayetteville Observer Recognizes Connections of Cumberland County

Fayetteville Observer Recognizes Connections of Cumberland County

Our View: The elusive cure for homelessness is homes. It sounds so simple: The cure for homelessness is a home. But getting a homeless person from the streets to a house or apartment is anything but simple. It’s a frustrating challenge that has resisted the best efforts of a host of good people and organizations in this and countless other cities. But in two programs here, we’re seeing reasons for hope. The story of Ken and Rachel Phillips, told on Page 1 of last Friday’s Observer, shows the way. The couple’s odyssey took them through at least seven states, where they lived with friends or family, or in shelters, or even in their truck. But on Oct. 1, they moved into an apartment of their own, thanks to the efforts of the nonprofit Family Endeavors and a Veterans Affairs initiative to bring homelessness among veterans down to what the VA calls “functional zero.” The Phillipses’ move into that apartment was the signal that the VA had met that goal in Fayetteville, with more than 280 homeless veterans moving into some form of permanent housing since last year. The funding for that housing comes from Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers – a joint program of the VA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As programs across the country have found, the first step toward solving homelessness is to move people into housing, and then working to solve their other problems, which might include mental or physical illness, education shortcomings and sometimes addictions. At Connections of Cumberland County, a program started by the Women’s Giving Circle, there are...

Fayetteville Observer – Connections Continues to Grow in Work with Homeless

Antoinette Scroggins-Smith and her daughter Savannah were among the first guests to walk through the door of Connections of Cumberland County last summer. After being discharged from the Army and going through a divorce, Scroggins-Smith found herself behind on her bills. Her car had been repossessed in May, and the next month, she was evicted from her Reilly Road apartment on her birthday. During a brief stay at the Jubilee House, Scroggins-Smith and a friend heard about a new nonprofit to help homeless women and children. So they went to see what it was all about. There wasn’t much inside the new center that had just opened inside the old Cool Spring Tavern. “They had tables, chairs, a notepad and a pen, and people with open hearts willing to listen,” Scroggins-Smith said. Those were Robin Jenkins, who signed on as executive director, and his wife, Debbie, who worked as a volunteer to help get the new nonprofit up and running after it was started by the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County after years of research. On Friday, the giving circle received a national award for the project at the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network’s conference in Charlotte. The Women’s Giving Circle received one of three “Spotlight Awards” that highlight members who have made grants that are truly transformational for the organization or community. The Women’s Giving Circle, founded in 2008 as a program of the Cumberland Community Foundation, has grown to more than 120 members, whose collective dues go toward an endowment and pool for grants to help women and children. In 2010, the group’s annual scorecard of...
Cumberland County Headquarters Library staff donates hygiene items and assembles Blessing Bags for our clients

Cumberland County Headquarters Library staff donates hygiene items and assembles Blessing Bags for our clients

Hygiene kits, which we call blessing bags, are desperately needed for the homeless women and children who visit our day resource center. Some women are sleeping in their cars and these kits address their immediate needs  We are so grateful to the wonderful library staff who donated the items and their time to put these Blessing Bags together. We urge our readers to consider forming a group to assemble these much needed kits. Email kelsytimas@connectionsofcc.org for step-by-step instructions. (L-R) Pictured above: Board Member Leigh Anne McLean; Library Youth Services Coordinator Sheila Rider; Board Member Lucy Jones; Cumberland County Public Library Director Jody Risacher; Board Member Vivian Tookes; Board Member George Quigley. Not pictured, Headquarters Library Staff Selena...