Friends of EMERGE
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven was incorporated in 1979 with a mission to revitalize selected neighborhoods in New Haven. Over time, their mission has evolved to focus on positioning New Haven’s neighborhoods to succeed by increasing homeownership; making homes beautiful, energy-efficient, and affordable; and helping residents take charge of their neighborhoods. NHS believes that increased homeownership, educated homebuyers, and rehabilitated houses will produce stable, revitalized neighborhoods that clients will be proud to call home. During the course of their 37-year history, NHS has purchased, fully renovated and sold nearly 300 units to low- and moderate-income families.
Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a both program of the Hixon Center of Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as a nonprofit guided by a local board of directors. The strength of this partnership is the connection of the expertise of the University and the board members whose diverse interests represent all corners of New Haven. Together they are creating field opportunities for Yale students to learn while simultaneously giving back to the community. Founder Bill Burch describes this as a ‘mutual pathway of learning’ where community members and Yale student interns learn from each other and together improve the environment.
The Yale Undergraduate Prison Project (YUPP) is a student-run social justice organization whose mission is to reduce recidivism and promote dialogue around issues connected to mass incarceration. YUPP runs a number of programs at both correctional facilities and community outreach centers in Connecticut. Its GED tutoring, literacy, and mentoring programs impact over a hundred imprisoned or recently imprisoned individuals annually.
Youth Continuum envisions a society where all youth are guaranteed a healthy and productive future. They believe that every young person is capable of strengthening the community as compassionate and resourceful members of society. Youth Continuum provides at-risk, neglected, abused, runaway and homeless youth ages 14-24 with shelter, basic needs and support services designed to help them gain self sufficiency. Their MacMullen Center in New Haven operates under an open door policy to any community youth with 24/7 access to shelter and emergency needs.
New Haven Bank are advocates of the community, and advocates for the financial success of each and every customer and business they serve. They offer the best of both worlds—personalized service and the latest in online banking technology.
The Food System Policy Division (FSPD) operates through a food justice framework and across three thematic priorities - health equity, socio-economic justice, and environmental justice.
To enact change, the FSPD works on food policy at all levels that impact New Haven residents: from changing practices within organizations and institutions, to modifying regulations at a city level, to advocating on legislation at a state and federal level, to shaping international agendas.
Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world.
Liberty was founded by volunteers in 1987 as Connecticut AIDS Residence Program (CARP) to house individuals with AIDS who had been
isolated from society. In the 1990s, as HIV/AIDS evolved into a chronic condition, Liberty changed their program to no longer be a long term residence but as a place where they provide a variety of supportive services and housing options for people who are homeless with disabilities such as HIV, mental illness and addiction. Liberty serves over 2000 households annually, focusing on housing, health and income.
Cityseed's mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that supports economic development, community development, and sustainable agriculture. They aim to accomplish this through a suite of food-based programs, including: improving access to fresh, healthy food through coordinating and managing a network of farmers markets and a mobile market with options for all income levels; providing cooking and nutrition education, with a focus on cultural relevance and maximizing snap benefits; offering food-based business incubation services and supporting small-scale food entrepreneurs; and supporting intercultural exchange through cooking classes and supper clubs led by refugee and immigrant chefs as part of their sanctuary kitchen program.
New Paradigms Consulting
Over the course of his career, John Padilla, the Principal of New Paradigms Consulting (NPC) has been a practitioner, funder, evaluator and consultant to numerous workforce development programs over the past twenty years. NPC has extensive experience working with low-income populations and implementing program strategies that make a difference for people. It was in his role as a Program Officer for the Annie E Casey Foundation that John created EMERGE and implemented its underlying program model in order to effectively serve the re-entry population. New Paradigms continues to provide EMERGE with a variety of consultant services and support.
MCCA, Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc. is the primary provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in the greater Danbury area. MCCA was established in 1972 in response to regional needs for high quality professional services for individuals and their families suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.
The New Haven Legal Assistance Re-entry Clinic provides civil legal representation to people with criminal convictions to help them challenge and navigate barriers to their successful reentry to society.
Project Longevity is a Community and Law Enforcement initiative to reduce serious violence in three of Connecticut’s major cities: New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford. Project Longevity is modeled after successful efforts implemented in communities across the country. Project Longevity uses a unique combination of Community Involvement, Social Services, and Focused Policing to positively influence group dynamics.
Quinnipiac University is a nationally ranked private university with 3 campuses, a college of arts and sciences and 8 professional schools, 7,000 undergraduates, 3,000 graduate students and 50,000 alumni who live and work in 60 countries. Through academic innovation, a focus on the professions, and extensive experiential learning opportunities, they provide a springboard for your career success and enable you to make your impact on the world.
Project M.O.R.E., Inc. was established in 1974 by a diverse group of individuals. Their resolve was to assist ex-offenders with re-entry into their community – thus the official name: Project Model Offender Reintegration Experience. Initially, PMI was under the sponsorship of the now defunct Hill Neighborhood Corporation, in which it remained until 1976 when it became a non-profit agency of its own. Upon start-up, the mission was clear though difficult: to provide employment opportunities, therapeutic services, and other programming and services that would assist clients in a positive transition home from prison. While that mission remains the same today as it was then, PMI has broadened its focus to provide comprehensive programs and services that better equips clients for today’s economic and social climates.
Public Works mission is to improve the overall cleanliness and quality of life in New Haven by providing effective maintenance and management of the City’s infrastructure and public assets.
The Livable City Initiative (LCI) is a neighborhood-focused agency with a mission to enhance the experience of the individuals who live and work in the City of New Haven. They achieve this mission and vision by encouraging the involvement of other city agencies, the public and enterprise. Through the cooperative efforts of the private sector, LCI will create a vibrant and exciting New Haven.
Gather New Haven is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located in New Haven, CT, committed to social and environmental justice. Gather New Haven promotes health, equity and justice for people and the environment by cultivating connections and access to the lands and waters and by inspiring individuals to care for their wellbeing, shared community, and environment.
Grand Avenue Special Services District is the newest of four Special Services Districts in New Haven. Business members in the Grand Avenue corridor united in 2009 to formally become this incorporated body. The organization offers support services to help grow businesses on Grand Avenue.
The Grand Avenue Special Services District (GASSD) is located in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, Connecticut. The GASSD is home to the largest concentration of Latino owned businesses in New Haven.
The businesses along the GASSD are the area’s finest selection of ethnically diverse products and services.
Winning Ways is an organization which uses a lived experience, evidence, and family-based curriculum to foster the rehabilitation of the formerly incarcerated and those with addiction, empowering individuals to live meaningful lives within our communities.
CT Bail Fund's mission is to reduce the direct harms caused by criminalization, incarceration, and deportation while building power among the people and families in the community who are most impacted by these systems. Their strategy is to pay bail for people who are being caged due to poverty, organize in opposition to the incarceration and deportation of community members, and educate and advocate towards a radical vision for safety, justice, and healing.
To date, CT Bail Fund has freed over 800 people from pretrial and immigration detention.
The Urban Philanthropic Fund fosters collaboration between the finance and nonprofit sectors by training the next generation of investment managers, nonprofit leaders, and philanthropists. The UP Fund bridges investment and community service unlike any other student organization using a two-pronged approach: Investment & Non-Profits & Grants. Through investments, they manage an investment portfolio and using their returns to provide grants to nonprofits. Through Non-Profits & Grants, they help nonprofits analyze efficacy of their efforts to better position them for large grants.
Dwight Hall's mission is, “To nurture and inspire students as leaders of social change and to advance justice and service in New Haven and around the world.” Dwight Hall's core values and beliefs are as followed: Commitment to the Common Good, Compassion, Diversity, Growth & Learning, Partnership, Reflection, & Students at the Core.
Restorative Food Justice Program
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, across New Haven, almost 25% of the city’s residents were food insecure—much higher than 13% statewide and 11% nationwide. In partnership with CitySeed and working alongside BIPOC community leaders in agriculture, EMERGE’s Restorative Food Justice program aims to provide crew members the tools and insight to build a stronger understanding of the racial disparities that permeate U.S. food and farming systems and pursue food or agriculture-related economic opportunities. This program consists of two multi-week courses: 1) An educational series on urban farming, addressing socioeconomic wealth, diversity in agriculture, environmental equity, culturally-appropriate food access, and community- and skill-building. 2) A topical series building on crew members’ interests in areas like Food and Farming Entrepreneurship, Technical Agricultural Training, and Mentorship & Leadership for Youth.