destination success

Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) has received funding from the Melville Charitable Trust’s “Employment and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).” With this funding, MHC has created the Destination Success Program in order to award qualified candidates (living in Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield, or Hartford County) the support needed to reach their education or employment goals in 2017.


what is the program for?
The Melville Charitable Trust wishes to support Connecticut residents who have recently experienced homelessness (within the past 1-2 years) and who need assistance in order to reach their education or employment goals. Some examples include bus passes, a computer, uniform, a college course, a certification program, textbooks, office supplies, a job coach, skill training, equipment, or tools. These are simply examples and not a complete list of what individuals are able to apply for. We encourage applicants to be creative as we will consider requests of any type that fit within the necessary guidelines.

who is eligible and what are the requirements to apply?
To receive an award through the Destination Success Program, an individual must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Currently or have recently experienced homelessness (within the past two years)
  • Currently live in one of the following CT counties: Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield or Hartford*
  • Have a specific need for support that will help retain or sustain employment or participation in an educational program
  • Convince MHC that the request will have a long-term impact on their life and/or their community
  • Use MHC’s PDF application form (submitting a typed application is required)
  • Provide two (2) or more letters of support with their application or a letter explaining why these support letters cannot be obtained
  • Apply during the calendar year of 2017

*Individuals who wish to apply are not required to be an MHC program participant.

how and when will MHC award the selected applicants?
MHC has appointed a Destination Success Review Committee consisting of MHC Staff and members of MHC’s Independence Center Leadership Council. The Committee will accept and review all applications received between now and December 31, 2017. The Committee will review all applications on a rolling basis and select winning applicants regularly until the available funds for this program have been utilized.

additional information
No more than one award will be granted to an individual during an application period. Recipients will be required to respond to any questionnaires, attend all related program events, and notify the Destination Success Coordinator immediately if for any reason they cannot utilize the items granted to them.

conflicts of interest
Individuals cannot apply for awards in order to benefit their employer. Mental Health Connecticut employees and Destination Success Review Committee Members and Coordinators are not eligible to apply.

Destination Success program team
Destination Success Coordinator: Alexandrea Papp, Director of Employment & Education Services
Phone: 860-712-1586
Fax: 203-757-9337

Destination Success Review Committee: Members of Independence Center’s Leadership Council
Phone: 203-756-5772
Fax: 203-756-9744

Please contact the Destination Success Review Committee or Coordinator with any questions, problems, or recommendations.


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