A news release from the State House Democrats March 4, 2011:
Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) joined State Representative Danny Rovero (D-Putnam) on a tour of the TEEG house in Thompson on Friday morning. Formed in 1987, TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) is a community-centered, non-profit human services agency providing services and support to Northeast Connecticut residents and families.
“When Operation Fuel exhausted its winter fuel program funds, TEEG was there,” said Rep Rovero. “40-50 families in northeast Connecticut have benefitted from their hard work.”
“As we move through budget negotiations, we need to keep in mind our “safety net” facilities and all the good work they accomplish,” said Speaker Donovan. “Thousands of our most vulnerable utilize agencies like TEEG.”
“TEEG began many years ago when I served as first selectman of Thompson,” said Sen. Williams. “They do an excellent job helping people in these tough economic times.”
In 2010, TEEG delivered services to 2,433 individuals and 912 families in the Quiet Corner area. The support and services TEEG provide include:
• Food distribution
• Children’s services
• Parenting programs
• Senior services
• Operation Fuel assistance
TEEG secures funding from many different sources, including local, federal and state level governments as well as issue-specific foundations, and local community organizations. They also engage in fundraising from local individuals and businesses. TEEG is entering phase three of building a new facility, as their current one is not sufficient to cope with the needs demonstrated by the community.
Communicated by Joe Gresko