Always Home Announces New Executive Director

Always Home is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Betty Smith. Smith is passionate about Always Home’s mission, Preventing Family Homelessness. She has been a member of Always Home’s Board of Directors and an active volunteer. Smith brings to the position a history of high-level, corporate experience and a commitment to volunteerism.
 
“Always Home is a non-profit that has had an out-sized positive impact in our community and is poised for tremendous future growth,” shares Smith. Of special interest to Smith are the children who, as a result of being homeless, experience detrimental physical and behavioral outcomes throughout their lifetime.  “We help families stay together in safe, secure homes.  We advise and guide parents in developing habits that help to ensure they don’t become homeless. We offer upstream solutions to many causes of homelessness, including the loss of an automobile, need for a security deposit, and lack of safe, affordable child care. We help families address these problems before they become toxic and homelessness becomes a threat to the development, and indeed, the future of their children,” said Smith. “I am honored and excited to lead Always Home at this time. The work that Always Home does matters greatly to Eastern Connecticut and, most importantly, to the over 200 families we help annually.”
 
Every day families in our communities struggle to remain housed. Many are living at or near the Federal Poverty Level, unable to afford the area’s high rents on their minimum wage jobs. For these low-income, working families a relatively minor financial crisis is enough to trigger an episode of homelessness. Helping families in housing crisis is of critical importance to the youngest members of our community as it spares them the negative and lasting impacts of homelessness. Last fiscal year, Always Home served 231 families seeking emergency housing assistance (729 family members including 435 children under the age of 18). By combining case management support, short-term financial assistance and creative homelessness prevention services, Always Home helped these families find immediate solutions to their housing crisis and create a viable path forward.
 
“Always Home is fortunate to have a leader like Betty who cares deeply about the organization and its mission,” states Always Home Board member and Senior Minister of Mystic’s Union Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Lonnie Brown. “She is willing to roll up her sleeves and get the work done.”
 
About Always Home
Always Home is a private 501(C)3) non-profit formed in 1998 to address the needs of Eastern Connecticut's homeless and imminently homeless families. Formerly known as Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality, Inc. (MASH), the agency continues to pursue its mission of Preventing Family Homelessness. As a key player in the Eastern Coordinated Access Network (ECAN), Always Home works closely with the other service providers in the Eastern Connecticut regional network to ensure that at-risk families receive the services they need to attain housing stability.
 
For more information about Always Home, visit www.alwayshome.org