OUR MISSION

HCTC provides a non-violent and drug free environment through the coordination and collaboration of services, promotion of education, healthy lifestyles, and practices and by the formation of effective partnerships with key members of the community. 2018 Recommendations for Preventing and Reducing Gun Violence.
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“Thanks to all our partners and supporters, HCTC will strengthen efforts to meet the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of victims of violence in our communities."

HCTC Executive Director

About HCTC 

Hartford Communities That Care (HCTC) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3), community-based organization founded in 1998, whose mission is to create a thriving, non-violent and drug free environment for youth and families.  As a leader and advocate for victims of violence and trauma in underserved communities, HCTC identifies, develops and implements culturally appropriate, high quality and evidence-based crisis response, mental health and supportive programs, partnerships and policies to improve the lives of youth and adult victims of crime and their families.

 To address the issues of violence in Hartford, HCTC implements distinct and intentionally overlapped programs and service models to address the social-emotional, behavioral, trauma, academic and workforce development needs of youth and families living in Hartford.

We are about to add a new chapter to the story of our two decades of service, which increasingly have improved conditions for many of the city’s most vulnerable residents: those directly victimized by shootings – and those indirectly but traumatically drawn into these tragedies, as family and loved ones.

HCTC Staff

Andrew Woods, MSW, VPP
Executive Director, HCTC
Director, CT Hospital Violence

Intervention Program Collaborative

Joseph Wilkerson Jr., MBA
Deputy Director & HR Administrator

Edward Brown, BS, Director
Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy

Shenell Benjamin, AS, VPP
Lead Case Manager, Hartford Care Response Team

Larry Johnson, VPP, Director
Hartford Care Response Team

Darlene Childs, MS, VPP, Coordinator
Community Health Worker Program

Daniel Palmer, BS, VPP 
Intervention Specialist/Community Health Worker

Winston Kennedy, VPP
Intervention Specialist/Community Health Worker

 

Samariya Smith, MSW 
Intervention Specialist 

Kelvin Lovejoy, AS, VPP
Intervention Specialist 

Clifton Drayton, BS 
Intervention Specialist

Areader (Ari) Cruz, MSW, VPP
Case Manager, Hartford Care Response Team

Sherelle Reid, AS 
Case Manager, Hartford Care Response Team
 
Aaron Ellis 
Community Health Worker

Jennika Lebron, BS
Marketing and Branding Associate 
Special Events Coordinator

Johanna Schubert, MSW
Adminstravie Coordinator, CT Hospital Violence Intervention Program Collaborative

HCTC is pleased to partner with the following organizations and alliances in our work.

 

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