2021 Annual Report

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We are pleased to share our 2021 Annual Report, which highlights the important work that our clients, staff, board, and you–our supporters–have accomplished over the last fiscal year.

Last year presented everyone, including Homes for the Brave, with significant challenges. In spite of all the obstacles, we made adjustments to overcome them and produced outstanding outcomes for our Veterans.
The Covid-19 pandemic impacted our entire 2021 fiscal year. We never had the option of closing our doors to regroup or re-energize. Simultaneously, a renewed struggle for racial justice unfolded nationally. We engaged in a process of ongoing learning and humility to advance racial equity for the individuals we serve, our staff, and our community.

Even in a job market that was significantly affected by Covid-19, our Vocational Program again excelled. A full 82% of Veterans in the program obtained jobs, enabling them to save money and move closer to independence. Under the leadership of Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Stephanie Lynam and Clinical Director, Sarah McDonald, our clinical team rose above numerous challenges. Case managers found ways to provide services despite the growing demand for mental health treatment due to anxiety, isolation, and stress caused by the pandemic. Many mental health resources in the community were only available via telehealth, which is not a good fit for many of our residents. We modified our approaches to include both in-person and telehealth appointments to best meet the needs of our Veterans in overcoming addiction, PTSD and other mental health concerns.

We were thrilled to reopen our Homes for the Brave Veterans Service Center on June 1, 2021. All interested Veterans, including those currently in our residential programs, alumni, and others, can be enriched by our computer classes, job prep workshops, life skills seminars, and other HFTB Veterans Service Center programming.

We will mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of our PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home for Female Veterans. We are proud to be the first and still the only program in Connecticut exclusively for female Veterans experiencing homelessness and their young children.

We look to the future and will continue to consider the changing demographics of the Veterans that we serve. We are working on the installation of an elevator in our 114-year-old headquarters and men’s transitional residence on Park Avenue in Bridgeport and an expansion of the building to improve conditions for the men we serve. We are so proud of the resilience of our residents and the dedication of our staff. We are grateful for our remarkable Board of Directors and by our loyal donors’ support.
We hope you enjoy this Community Report. Please continue to walk with us so Veterans who answered the call are housed, fed, clothed, employed, and supported.

Highlights From the Past Year

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