In 1967, a house was destroyed by fire on Congress Avenue in New Haven, leaving a family homeless. A group of Catholics and Protestants, seeking a way to put their faith into action and to demonstrate their concern during a highly turbulent time in our history, came to the rescue. Thus, Christian Community Action, Inc. (CCA) was born.
Since that time, CCA has grown and evolved substantially, while remaining true to its origin mission of serving families in crisis and assisting individuals to realize their unique strengths and potential. In addition to dealing with unexpected, short-term emergencies such as fires and evictions, CCA is now actively involved in helping families attain self-sufficiency through initiatives such as our Stepping Stone Transitional Housing Program and our ARISE Center while, at the same time, advocating change in the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice through efforts such as our Advocacy and Education Project.
We have grown in so many ways, yet we have also remained true to our roots as an organization focused on promoting dignity and respect. While we may be bigger in size and broader in scope than we were in 1967, we work hard to maintain the high-touch personalized approach to people and their problems we have been known for since our origins.
We have been fortunate in having visionary leadership throughout our history. Prior to my coming to CCA, the agency was led first, by the late Rev. David Nehring, second, by the Rev. Philip Grigsby and third, by Rev. Karl Hilgert, each of whom brought originality and inspiration to our work. Together with those who have served selflessly on our Board of Directors and our dedicated staff, these three gentlemen contributed substantially to the high regard in which CCA is held in the New Haven community today.
As much as we have accomplished so far, many challenges lie ahead. With trust in the Lord, we look forward to meeting these challenges. Watch us and pray for us as we grow and remain faithful to our mission.
Rev. Bonita Grubbs