Immediate Release: April 2, 2009
Community Resource Fair Prepares Residents of Hartford’s Southend
for Stimulus Opportunities
With Stimulus Funds imminent, more than a hundred people met with new possibilities at the Community Resource Fair on Park Street. The Fair provided information on education, employment, housing and health services – and delivered a sense of opportunity by introducing job training and skill development programs that can help residents get ready for the funds coming to Hartford.
SINA along with Hartford MetroHartford Alliance and the Connecticut Puerto Rican Forum and the Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Committee organized the fair.
SINA Executive Director, Luis Caban said, “Through this event we provided the community with knowledge on employment requirements and an opportunity to network with others and for service providers to promote their organizations.” Caban went on to say, “By partnering with other organizations the fair developed effective workforce solutions to increase workers’ skills and advance families to self-sufficienc
SINA and its partners say they’re filling a gap in services because of the lack of an employment center in the Southend. Also, SINA says the fair at St. Anne’s Immaculate Conception Church was a microcosm of their effort to assess community needs and coordinate the service providers to utilize resources that support each other and the community.
One Community Fair visitor Amaan Hasan said, ‘The fair was positive because it was nice for people to have a place where they can walk off the street and get info on things they may not know about.’
More than 20 vendors representing community based organizations (Financial Resource Center), private companies (like FedEx), and government agencies (Dept. of Labor and Census 2010) all participated. The CT Children’s Medical Center was there focusing on kid safety and gave out free smoke alarms as the Department of Labor Career Express bus was parked right outside the site fair on Park Street.