NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team recently volunteered twice for the Stepping Stone Transitional Housing Program earlier this week in New Haven. The trip was organized as a part of Quinnipiac Athletic’s commitment to the Positive Play initiative which encourages student-athletes to volunteer and give back to the surrounding communities.
The trip downtown saw the Bobcats work alongside the organization to clean up outside facilities, raking leaves, cleaning up the playground and trash. The entire Bobcat squad volunteer their services over the two day period with members of the coaching staff including head coach Tricia Fabbri. Assistant coach Danielle Brennan helped organize the event and commented afterwards.
“We hope to continue our services with the Stepping Stone Program throughout the year,” Brennan said. “We’re also looking to connect with the families and help paint and clean up the apartments new families will be moving into. We hope to see them at one of our games this season as well!”
ABOUT STEPPING STONE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM
The Stepping Stone Transitional Housing Program is a housing and apartment complex. Guests can stay for up to two years, and they will be furnished an apartment based on their family income and size. Families throughout the Greater New Haven County Connecticut area who are homeless, facing eviction or at risk of homelessness are eligible for support from the CAA Stepping Stone program.
One of the key goals of the temporary housing program is to offer low income and homeless families case management services in a safe, supportive environment. It will foster the growth of the client and also increases the self-sufficiency of each family member. Families will go through a process of responsibility and self-sufficiency attending school, budgeting workshops, job training programs, etc. 16716
The people who stay in the housing units will work with a case manager to develop a comprehensive, Family Service Plan for those that need help. The plan will be the road map to ensure resident’s success as they focus on family and individual goals. Throughout their time living at Christian Community Action Stepping Stone, residents participate in many social services offered to them. Programs may offer Job oriented life skill training, Computer training, Parenting education, Income/budget training, Childcare for workshops, and After school programs.
Quinnipiac has already planned several more activities in the surrounding towns as the Bobcats continue along with their preseason schedule. The 2016-17 season opens on Friday, Nov. 13 when the Bobcats host Florida Gulf Coast at 2:00 PM.