Chrysalis Center's 'Clean Crew' helps clear up downtown New Britain

Published on Monday, 28 June 2021 15:27
Written by Catherine Shen


NEW BRITAIN – Keeping the city’s streets tidy and sidewalks beautiful, the Chrysalis Center’s “Clean Crew” helped clear up downtown New Britain Friday to help maintain clean neighborhoods.

“At Chrysalis Center, our motto is ‘Getting Help, Getting Better and Giving Back’ and this is one way our clients love giving back,” said Adria Giordano, director of Development and Communications at Chrysalis Center. “The Clean Crew program empowers our clients, giving them a sense of community spirit, as well as gives us an opportunity to get to know our neighbors and bring a positive presence into downtown New Britain.”

Chrysalis Center is a private, nonprofit multiservice organization that serves people and their families living in Connecticut. The center helps those living in poverty, veterans, men, women, children, and young adults who are struggling with mental health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and those returning from incarceration.

The center has always had a strong focus on employment for all clients in their services and many times volunteering is a first step on a path to being prepared to enter the workforce.

“We believe that each person, regardless of their illness, disability, or life circumstance, has strengths, skills and experiences to build on,” said Giordano. “We work to offer quality services that respect the dignity of each person and their cultural background and are proud that so many of our clients choose to give back by volunteering in the ‘Clean Crew’.”

The Chrysalis Center Real Estate Corporation recently opened its newest affordable housing site, Courtland Arms, the long vacant building on Court Street in downtown New Britain. The historical building has been converted into 24 affordable one-bedroom units, including four dedicated to formerly homeless veterans, aiding in the revitalization efforts of the city’s downtown.

Gerry Amodio, executive director of New Britain’s Downtown District, said they were happy to welcome back the Chrysalis Center clients to help the city with its Clean Campaign program.

“Chrysalis’ programs and goals are aligned nicely with ours in New Britain,” he said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Justine Moriarty, chair of the Downtown District’s Clean Committee, said the district is fortunate in having a wonderful relationship with the Chrysalis Center.

“Their vision of keeping the downtown clean closely aligns with the district’s vision and efforts to keep the downtown clean and beautiful and we are thrilled that they chose to support New Britain,” she said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 28 June 2021 15:27. Updated: Monday, 28 June 2021 15:30.