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In Times of Need: Home

Giving Blood

Why donate blood? Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. (Continue reading from American Red Cross)

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Drug Abuse

Drug use is dangerous. It can harm your brain and body, sometimes permanently. It can hurt the people around you, including friends, families, kids, and unborn babies. Drug use can also lead to addiction.

Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease. It causes a person to take drugs repeatedly, despite the harm they cause. Repeated drug use can change the brain and lead to addiction. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 47,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2017; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. (Continue reading from National Institute of Mental Health)

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SNAP and WIC

SNAP and WIC each are estimated to serve three in ten young children in the United States each month. These programs provide essential supplemental resources to purchase food. Research demonstrates that both of the programs have important positive impacts on children’s health and food security. (Continue reading from HealthAffairs)

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Husky Health Insurance

HUSKY Health offers coverage to eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, older adults, individuals with disabilities, adults without dependent children, and pregnant women. In Connecticut, HUSKY Health encompasses Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As administering agency, the Department of Social Services partners with Access Health CT, our state’s health insurance marketplace, in HUSKY Health enrollment. (Continue reading from Connecticut's Official State Website)

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Food Banks

More than 400,000 Connecticut residents struggle with hunger; more than 117,000 children are food insecure. These are people from all walks of life – children, working parents, seniors, or people living with disabilities. They are your neighbors. (Continue reading from Connecticut Food Bank)

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Homeless Shelters

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty currently estimates that at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans per year are sleeping in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. About 7.4 million more individuals are displaced from their homes due to economic reasons. (Continue reading from Kids 4 Community)

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Family Counseling

There are many benefits to seeking family counseling. Unfortunately, there are just as many obstacles that prevent families from seeking it. Individuals and families often do not realize that the barriers preventing them from seeking counseling are in fact the same ones affecting the ability of the family to adapt to change, communicate, avoid a crisis, or cope with a tragic event. (Continue reading from BetterHelp)

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Marriage Counseling

Marriage rates supposedly are on the decline. While it’s an oft-repeated statistic that 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce, that number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years. Divorce rates also vary with the partners’ level of education, religious beliefs, and many other factors.

While divorce may be necessary and the healthiest choice for some, others may wish to try to salvage whatever is left of the union. When couples encounter problems or issues, they may wonder when it is appropriate to seek marriage counseling. Here are seven good reasons. (Continue reading from PsychCentral)

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Housing and Rental Assistance

The Department of Housing (DOH) strengthens and revitalizes communities by promoting affordable housing opportunities.  DOH seeks to eliminate homelessness and to catalyze the creation and preservation of quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of all individuals and families statewide to ensure that Connecticut continues to be a great place to live and work. (Continue reading from Connecticut's Official State Website)

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Alcohol Abuse

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This means that their drinking causes distress and harm. AUD can range from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Domestic Violence Victims

If someone you love is being abused, it can be so difficult to know what to do. Your instinct may be to “save” them from the relationship, but it’s not that easy. After all, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, and leaving can be a very dangerous time for a victim.

Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help a person in an abusive relationship is to consider how you might empower them to make their own decisions. Additionally, you can offer support in various ways. (Continue reading from National Domestic Violence Hotline)

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Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (Continue reading from MedlinePlus)

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Unemployment Resources

All developed economies have unemployment benefit programs to protect workers against major income losses during spells of unemployment. By enabling unemployed workers to meet basic consumption needs, the programs protect workers from having to sell their assets or accept jobs below their qualifications. The programs also help stabilize the economy during recessions. (Continue reading from I Z A World of Labor)

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Legal Assistance

Individual lawyers (also called attorneys) are experts in different areas of the law. Some attorneys specialize in a certain field of law, such as business, civil, criminal, or juvenile law. You will need to determine which type of attorney is right for your legal situation. Once you find an attorney, ask about their experience, areas of expertise, and questions such as, "How would you handle my case?" and "What do you charge for your services/what is your fee structure?" (Continue reading from USA.gov)

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