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Join Us In Our Belief that People Can Change.

One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the country, Community Partners in Action was founded nearly 150 years ago to champion criminal justice reform and advocate for preserving the dignity of those in and out of prison.

Our programs provide a long-term impact that positively transforms individuals and society at large. Our work is possible due to partnerships with and support from individuals, government, private funders, organizations, and businesses.

Our Work

Serving thousands of adults and youth each year, CPA focuses on behavior change, advocating for people, and justice reform. Our programs promote Recovery, Restoration, and Responsibility.

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Annual Giving

Support mission-driven projects to strengthen clients’ success

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Resettlement Program

Support women and men during pre and post release

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Prison Arts Program

Support art workshops, exhibitions and advocacy

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Housing and Basic Needs

Provide urgent assistance for housing, education and training

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Roadmap to Restoration

Join us for a short video to learn about our work

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Footwear with Care

Provide footwear to homeless adults and children in Hartford

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Community Garden Project

Support mission-driven projects to strengthen clients’ success

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In-Kind Donations

From gift cards to bus passes, your in-kind gift can help

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Learn how the gift of your time can make an impact

Our Impact

Less than three years ago, Michael was released from prison to a halfway house. While there, he joined CPA’s STARR Training to Work 2 Program, where he flourished. Michael enrolled in an eight-week course through a training partner and earned 11 certifications in the Health and Safety, and Industrial Technology Fields.

Michael said having nationally-recognized career certifications really made a difference. He was hired by a Hartford construction company and joined Laborers Union Local 230. With a vision for his future, Michael completed PRIDE, an entrepreneur training program offered by Reentry Survivors. Michael and his wife Sandra plan to one day open a nonprofit to assist disadvantaged youth.

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“As a means of making our community safer, it is critical that we provide comprehensive resources and opportunities for people involved in the criminal justice system.

Given that 95% of those incarcerated will eventually return to the community, there has to be a fundamental commitment to more effective justice investments and reinvestments.”

— Community Partners in Action