As demand for services continues to rise, Prudence Crandall Center receives grant money to help ease burden

Published on Friday, 21 January 2022 14:56


NEW BRITAIN – The Prudence Crandall Center is one of several shelters throughout the state to have received a grant in order to assist residents in need.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has awarded $49,500 in grants to food pantries, domestic violence and homeless shelters from across the state. The grants will provide support and meals to food pantries that provide healthy food and meals to community members in need.

Throughout the country centers like Prudence Crandall have seen a need for domestic violence services, especially during the pandemic. Prudence Crandall Center CEO Barbara Damon said it’s been a challenging time for the center.

“We’ve seen the demand for our services increase like never before for the last two years,” Damon said. “We’re just so grateful to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for stepping up and being part of the community response to support our services and get through a challenging time.”

Connecticut Market Lead for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Paul Bartosic, said the Prudence Crandall Center received $2,000 from the organization. Bartosic said he and his team looked at shelters and food pantries throughout the state when considering giving out grants. Part of the reason the center was chosen was because of the number of different towns the center serves, from Berlin, Bristol and New Britain to Plainville and Southington.

“They’re one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in Connecticut,” Bartosic said. “They have fairly comprehensive services and they do serve a fairly broad geographic footprint.”

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care provides health benefit plans to more than three million members in New England. Bartosic said the Connecticut branch of the organization had additional funds available at the end of the year that the group decided should be donated to local groups. The grants varied from $1,500 to $2,000 depending on the organization or shelter. He said many groups were pleasantly surprised to have received the grants.

“We really thought it was an opportunity to share some good will throughout the state of Connecticut,” Bartosic said. “The team that works here live in many of these communities. We  feel it’s very important that we are able to give back to our community.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 21 January 2022 14:56. Updated: Tuesday, 8 February 2022 10:41.