As promised, here is an introduction to another VISTA helping the Hartford Community. HOH is so excited to be working with so many enthusiastic young people!
Celia Caffery is the new Opening Doors: Greater Hartford AmeriCorps VISTA at Journey Home. She will be working on a number of projects including creating a coordinated entry system to allow households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to go through a single system to determine their eligibility for public benefits, rental assistance, and shelters. She will also be working in communications, development, and planning numerous awareness-raising events throughout the year (keep an eye out for more information on Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week this November and a Sleep Out in the spring).
Celia is a recent graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where she majored in Classical Studies. While in school, Celia’s classes, internships and extracurricular activities continually steered her towards her passion for human rights and civic engagement. During college she interned in the district office of Congressman John Olver (MA-01) and as a court monitor with Watch MN, an organization focused on protecting the rights of women and children through public scrutiny of court hearings. She is particularly interested in the intersections between different human rights issues and interested to see how her previous work informs her work on homelessness this upcoming year.
A native New Englander, Celia is excited to be back in the Northeast working at Journey Home and getting to know Hartford. Through her work at Journey Home, she hopes to expand awareness about homelessness in the Greater Hartford community and help make the homeless crisis response system more efficient for clients and providers.