A Word From Our Clients...

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- Kristin Calderon

CAANH has given me hope back! When I first came in, I felt hopeless and felt as if my situation would never change; that it would be the way it always was. I felt helpless to change things, but the SMART women program gave me my hope back and taught me that there were things I could do to make my situation better. Now I’m hopeful!


- Sheree Murphy

SMART was a life changer!  It brought me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to go to the classes, rather than stay at home. I enjoyed the experience of the program and it has taught me a lot about money and finances. I didn’t have a goal, but once I was started going to SMART I began to think about what my goals were and I came up with some.


- Yisel Ortiz

One of my biggest barriers was my limited English skills, the SMART Women Coordinator encouraged me and gave me tips on how to learn more and find resources.  She said, “Don’t say you can’t speak English, because you are doing it!” Those words went down to my heart and they are still there. After I graduated from SMART, I started my internship at CAANH in the Family Service Department while I worked a part-time job in the afternoon. I also started working on my bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Albertus Magnus College!  I was then offered a job as an Energy Case Worker. I was so excited, thankful and grateful for the opportunity.

- Abraham Gallishaw, New Haven 

First of all, I like the because it stopped me from getting old.  I was at my house having nothing to do until this program came up. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. This and Surfing with Seniors are the best things that ever happened to me! Now I’ve got something to look forward to in my day. I’ve got a whole new family since I got here, I love it! I try not to miss it because it keeps me going and keeps my mind going. I don’t eat breakfast when I come here because the food is that good!

- Eddie Whitehead, New Haven 

With Mature Adults Activity Program, I enjoy all the different trips we go on. I’ve been to places I never thought I’d be and places I never knew existed! This is something to do and keep your mind occupied and I’ve met a lot of nice people who I enjoy being around. It’s a good program. You come in hungry and leave full. The food is great

- Vivian Robinson, New Haven  

I look forward to just getting up and coming to the Mature Adult Activity Program, rather than staying at home sleeping and getting more lazy. I enjoy going to the different places and going out to eat and what-not. It’s wonderful because everyone here feels like family.   We all stick together and help each other out, which I think is a beautiful thing. I just love coming here!