Bringing hopes & dreams to life
|Gini's House - A Dream Come True|
|Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, LPI Board Member Femi Olowosoyo, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, LPI President and CEO Alan Mathis, New Neighborhoods' Ross Burkhardt, Governor Dan Malloy, Bob Bantle and United Healthcare's Stephen Farrell surround new resident Robin DePaiva as, with her infant son Patrick in arms, she cuts the ribbon signalling the official opening of Gini's House in Norwalk.|
On July 29, 2014, along with community leaders, housing advocates and corporate partners, Liberation Programs proudly celebrated the grand opening of "Gini's House," our new $7.2 million housing development for women who are overcoming substance abuse.
The newly renovated building at 4 Elmcrest Terrace in Norwalk contains 1 one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom furnished apartments. Gini’s House features security, a fitness center and a community room with computers and Internet access, as well as onsite case management and support services for residents such as connections to education, job training and employment assistance.
UnitedHealthcare, through a partnership with Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., invested $5.4 million in Gini’s House through the use of Low Income Housing Tax Credits to help fund the $7.2 million community. The investment is part of an initiative by UnitedHealthcare to improve health by building affordable-housing communities with supportive services that help people who need assistance live healthier lives. The company has provided more than $150 million in funding to development projects throughout the United States, $77 million of which is in partnership with Enterprise.
“Gini’s House will create new opportunities, hope and a foundation of support for women and their families who will make this their home,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company. “We are grateful to be a partner in such an important project that will help so many women who need a helping hand.” UnitedHealth Group employs more than 4,000 people at four locations in Connecticut. Left to right: Rev. Lindsay Curtis from Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, Governor Dan Malloy, United Healthcare's Stephen Farrell shares celebratory remarks, Charlie Werhane from Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., former State Rep. Christel Truglia, State Senator Leone and State Rep. Livvy Floren
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Additional funding partners for Gini's House include the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), which provided a $2 million loan; Liberation Programs, which contributed $343,000 in private support; and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through a $49,000 housing grant. New Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI), a Fairfield County-based nonprofit developer, and Liberation Programs were the general co-partners. NNI now provides property management services for the development. Each of the apartments features refrigerators, ranges and dishwashers that were provided courtesy of GE Capital.
Gini's House is named for Virginia Bantle, wife of Lou Bantle who passed away three years ago. Lou's investment toward the project included the purchase of the building at 4 Elmcrest Terrace in Norwalk as well as making a sizable contribution, which enabled the us to begin the project groundwork. Lou and Gini Bantle were the first to receive the Spirit of Hope Award for their extraordinary devotion and understanding of the disease of addiction and the possibility of recovery. Mr. Bantle's staunch support of recovery services inspired the agency to allocate proceeds from the yearly Spirit of Hope benefit dinner towards the creation of Gini's House.
Brooke, Kate, Lori and Bob Bantle.
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A Message to Our Friends
At Liberation Programs people are taking concrete steps towards leading happier, productive and substance-free lives. Women, who all too often have few treatment options, have turned to our Families in Recovery program to begin a new journey. Our team helps pave the way for people to rebuild their self-esteem, to learn to value their abilities and to make healthy decisions. Everyone deserves the opportunity for a fresh start; we provide the tangible support and services to improve their lives. Just as we work to empower mothers in our residential program, we are here for you, and we believe you too can achieve phenomenal success on your path to a better life.
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