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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Resident Leadership Program Highlight!

About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Instructor Highlight!
Stacy Spell will be the instructor for the third session of our resident leadership program (Understanding Power for Community Change).

Mr. Stacy Spell is the current Program Manager for Project Longevity – New Haven (PL-NH).  Mr. Spell attended New Hampshire College and is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corp. and retired from the New Haven Police Department as a Homicide Detective. During his time with the Police Department, he worked in the major crimes, firearms, and narcotic enforcement units and was assigned to the Connecticut State Police Gang Unit. He is one of the original founding members of the New Haven Police Department K-9 unit.  He is also the past president of the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation.

Mr. Spell has sat on the board of directors for the West River Neighborhood Services Corporation, The New Haven Land Trust, the Dwight Development Corporation, The Newhallville Community Center, and is currently a board member of Elmseed. Stacy is an active tutor at New Haven Reads, a member of the Urban League of Southern Connecticut and the chairman of the Deacon Board of Pitts Chapel U.F.W. Baptist Church. Mr. Spell lives by the motto that “a good man serves God, his family, and his community.  Mr. Spell has been the recipient of numerous civic awards for his community service and the 2011 New Haven Independent “Man of the Year.”


He is married to Virginia Spell, is the proud father of five children and five grandchildren.  Mr. Spell is an avid outdoorsman and gardener.  



REGISTER TODAY -- JUST 2 WEEKS UNTIL THE DEADLINE!
Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meet the Instructor! Resident Leadership Program Highlight!

About the Resident Leadership Program: 
In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.

Instructor Highlight!
Leslie Radcliffe will be the instructor for the first session of our resident leadership program (Art & Science of Leadership).

Leslie Radcliffe is a life-long resident of New Haven. Her association with NHS began almost two decades ago when she began her journey to become a homeowner. In addition to attending financial literacy workshops, first-time homebuyer seminars, landlord classes, and resident leadership programs at NHS, Leslie has attended two Community Leadership Institute national programs, completed the New Haven Citizens Academy, graduated from the New Haven Democracy School, and is certified member of the Community Emergency Response Team. Active in service to her community, she worked with other residents, Urban Resources Initiative and New Haven Land Trust to establish the Truman Street Community Garden and Greenspace; is a Board member of the City of New Haven City Plan Commission; holds a seat on the New Haven Farms Community Advisory Board; serves as Secretary on the NHS Executive Board; reactivated the Truman Street Block Watch; participates in her District Management Team; holds office and serves faithfully in her church; and is a devoted mom and grandmother. 

This will be the 4th NHS Resident Leadership Program class that Leslie has facilitated. She brings a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective to the RLP as one who has not only gone through the program, but who utilizes the skills she attained in RLP’s on an almost daily basis. She advocates for her community by working with residents, municipal and non-profit agencies, and other stakeholders for the betterment of her neighborhood and community. Her outlook on neighborhood improvement is ‘we may not be able to change the world but we can start right where we are ... yard by yard, block by block, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood …’.



REGISTER TODAY -- JUST 3 WEEKS UNTIL THE DEADLINE!
Participants must attend at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive a NeighborWorks Certificate. Sessions will be held from 6pm-8pm at NHS of New Haven. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. 

March 28, 2017: Art and Science of Leadership
April 4, 2017: Mapping Community Assets
April 18, 2017: Understanding Power for Community Change
May 2, 2017: Planning Successful Campaigns
May 9, 2017: Leading Great Meetings

HOW TO APPLY:
There are a number of options you can utilize when applying for our Resident Leadership Program. The application, as well as $20 registration fee, is due by March 14, 2017:

1) Click this link and fill out the online form. Save the document on your computer and then email to cgibbs@nhsofnewhaven.org

2) Click this link and print the application. Then mail to 333 Sherman Avenue, New Haven, CT 06614 (ATTN: Chandel Gibbs). Application must be received by March 14, 2017

3) If you do not have access to a computer, feel free to stop by our offices during normal business hours to pick one up and fill it out in person. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE! NHS OF NEW HAVEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $7,000 IN FUNDING FROM WEBSTER BANK


For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Maria Perez-Martinez, 475-227-0530, mmartinez@nhsofnewhaven.org


NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF NEW HAVEN
ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $7,000 IN FUNDING FROM WEBSTER BANK

NEW HAVEN, CTNeighborhood Housing Services of New Haven announced today that Webster Bank has contributed nearly $8,000 under the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. The NAA Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations.

Webster Bank’s funding will support energy conservation workshops offered by NHS subsidiary, the New Haven HomeOwnership Center. Workshops are held in NHS’ Home Improvement and Energy Conservation Lab and provide a vital perspective (both financially and environmentally) for prospective and current homeowners. Participants learn about the measures they can take to reduce their energy consumption and lower their utility bills. Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven and The New Haven HomeOwnership Center look forward to continuing these class offerings and expanding the number of new and existing homeowners who will benefit from the materials presented in their energy conservation workshops.

“Webster Bank’s funding of our programs clearly demonstrates the bank’s strong commitment to energy conservation and financial responsibility,” said Bridgette Russell, managing director of the New Haven HomeOwnership Center. “Webster Bank’s contribution is a strong reaffirmation of its support of our work to revitalize New Haven’s most challenging neighborhoods.”

“We are pleased to support Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven through our CRA program,” said Jeff Klaus, regional president for Connecticut at Webster.  “By investing in our communities, they become stronger and more vibrant and we applaud the agency’s commitment to this goal and to reducing our carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption.”

LtR: Jeff Klaus, Webster Bank Regional President-Connecticut; Kevin Moran, Webster Bank Senior Vice President, Sales Team Manager; Jessica Buchanan, NHS of New Haven Resource Development Specialist; Nikki Westfall, AmeriCorps VISTA Member; Henry Dynia, NHS of New Haven Director of Design and Construction


Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven and its subsidiary the New Haven HomeOwnership Center, work to revitalize selected neighborhoods in New Haven by increasing homeownership; making homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable; and helping residents take charge of their neighborhoods. We believe that increased homeownership, educated homebuyers, and rehabilitated houses will produce stable, revitalized neighborhoods that our clients will be proud to call home. During the course of our 37-year history, NHS has fully renovated and sold more than 270 houses to low- and moderate-income families (www.nhsofnewhaven.org). NHS of New Haven is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America network (www.nw.org). 

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $25.6 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust, and investment services through 175 banking centers and 350 ATMs. Webster also provides telephone banking, mobile banking, and Internet banking. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, which provides health savings account trustee and administrative services. Webster Bank is a member of the FDIC and an equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com.

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