NEW BRITAIN – CCARC has begun its annual appeal, seeking to support its team that has been working on the front lines throughout the pandemic to provide care for individuals with disabilities.
Anne Ruwet, CEO of CCARC, said the focus of this year’s appeal is to be able to support her staff, whom she credited for “staying vigilant” throughout the pandemic. She said they have been working hard to ensure the individuals they care for are not only staying safe and healthy but their needs continue to be met.
“It can be scary for families to put their loved ones into any environment during this time; they need to feel comforted,” Ruwet said. “We have been taking every precaution that we can to ensure that they are safe. We follow all guidelines – six feet social distancing is maintained and we have all of the personal protective equipment we need.”
So far, Ruwet said there have been no positive coronavirus cases at CCARC sites.
Ruwet said currently 85% of CCARC’s budget goes to supporting their staff’s efforts. However, they have not received an increase in state grant money since 2007, despite persistent advocating for additional funding.
“Normally, our appeal would be focused on an individual that we serve or a team member but this year we have focused our appeal on our staff,” Ruwet said. “We are resilient and the dedication our staff has shown is unbelievable. They have a lot of people with intellectual disabilities depending on them. But the lack of additional funding for 13 years has really been hurting our system of care.”
Ruwet said she is “pursuing every opportunity for state and federal dollars.”
“We have a new legislature including some returning legislators that we will continue to reach out to,” she said. “It is essential for us that we continue the fight to secure more funding.”
Founded in 1952, CCARC currently employs 280 staff and assists 70 individuals with disabilities.
In addition to their main facility on Slater Road, CCARC has also made use of its satellite location on Myrtle Street for their day programs. They have also utilized the hall at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, whom Ruwet says have been “wonderful” partners.
“We also have 11 group homes in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Bristol, including some where our clients live more independently” Ruwet said.
For more information, visit ccarc.com, call 860-220-6665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.