HARTFORD - The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is pleased to announce a continued partnership with the Salvation Army in 2018 with a grant of $10,000. This funding will provide operational support for the 27-bed Marshall House Family Shelter, which offers shelter, meals, case management and life skills workshops to single women and families facing homelessness. The program operates 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. During the 2016/2017 fiscal year, the Family Shelter served 55 families and 13 single women, totaling 173 people.
In spite of efforts to eliminate homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness remains high. Specifically, in Connecticut, according to the 2017 Point-in-Time survey conducted by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, over 3,387 people were homeless. Marshall House’s Family Shelter seeks to address these issues by providing shelter, meals, case management, and life skills workshops to single women and families who are homeless. Additional services are provided at Marshall House, including a rapid rehousing program, to assist shelter residents in gaining stability. The shelter’s unique design allows Marshall House to keep families together while other shelters may have to exclude certain members, such as infants, teenage boys and fathers with their children.
Last year, The Hartford awarded a $10,000 grant to Marshall House’s Family and Overflow Shelters. The grant has enabled The Salvation Army to upgrade Marshall House’s laundry room and purchase three commercial washers and a dryer for shelter residents to use during their stay. The grant has also supported operations at the shelters, and allowed for the purchase of bedding and towels for shelter residents’ use.
The Hartford is dedicated to building stability and vitality in local communities by providing those in need with access to food, shelter, and economic opportunity. “We are committed to building safe, strong and successful communities,” said Diane Cantello, vice president of corporate sustainability at The Hartford. “This grant represents our continued support of the Salvation Army as we work together to help people in the communities where we live and work.”
Since the late 1800s, The Salvation Army has been a forerunner in responding to the needs of the homeless. In Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood, Marshall House’s Family Shelter has been in operation since 1974 and was the first family shelter to open in Hartford. Over the years, Marshall House has developed a variety of programs that provide comprehensive services to individual adults and families with children.