Rolling up her sleeves and getting to work on behalf of the community has never been a problem for State Rep. Stephanie Cummings, so when Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury announced they were taking on their next build in her district she leapt at the chance to help out.
As a former board member, Rep. Cummings is no stranger to Habitat for Humanity’s mission, or the work that goes into making a family’s dream of home ownership come true. During the dedication ceremony in January, when she met the partner family and spoke with several new volunteers, Rep. Cummings decided to enlist friends and coworkers to help take on the challenge. Saturday, they did just that.
Arriving bright and early, more than a dozen volunteers joined the partner family and Habitat contractors and got to work clearing debris, removing rotten wood from the porch and working to replace a carrying beam in the basement. On the second floor, two workers framed walls while two others worked methodically to screw down subflooring. To bolster the crew, Rep. Cummings provided delicious Brooklyn Baking Co. donuts, Ami’s Crispy Bagels and hot Dunkin coffee. For lunch, she bought Angelina’s pizza to help them charge through the afternoon.
“Having been involved with Habitat builds in the past I know how much effort it takes to make one of these projects happen, but the tremendous amount of work they accomplished so far is just astounding,” Rep. Cummings said. “In just a few months, volunteers have truly begun to transform a distressed house into a new family’s home. I’m proud we were able to contribute even a small amount to make this dream a reality.”
State Representative Stephanie Cummings met with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury’s Youth of the Year, Tyrese Gallant, and club CEO Karen Senich during the 2018 Connecticut State Youth of the Year awards held at the Capitol Wednesday evening. Gallant, a club member for 12 years, said he wants to be an architect.
Rep. Cummings also met up with Club employees Manny Matias and Alyssa Giordano.
From left – Karen Senich, executive dir. of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterbury, Rep. Cummings, Youth of the Year Tyrese Gallant, and Club employees Manny Matias and Alyssa Giordano.
Two pieces of legislation, including one proposed by State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74), to help reduce crime and provide more resources for local law enforcement passed the legislature’s Judiciary Committee by bipartisan votes Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first, H.B. 5555 – An Act Concerning the Youth Violence Initiative – requires the state’s Judicial Department include Waterbury in the list of towns to which they provide part of a $1.9 million Youth Violence Initiative grant to reduce gang violence, and will provide funding to local community agencies and programs.
The second, supported by Rep. Cummings, S.B. 521 – An Act Concerning the Administration of the Department of Correction – creates the Connecticut First Chance Trust Fund which will provide grants for evidence-based programs that benefit at-risk-youth in distressed municipalities, such as Waterbury.
“Reducing the scourge of gang and youth violence in our state will have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life for our residents and this bipartisan legislation will assist local law enforcement, prosecutors and community activists to deter at-risk youth from heading down the wrong path,” Rep. Cummings said. “I’m pleased my colleagues on both sides of the aisle recognized these measures continue to respect the rights of our citizens and will make Connecticut safer.”
The bills now await action in the House and Senate. The legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9.