Promoting Independence

A young family of four at the kitchen table eating


  OUR GOAL: Individuals achieve financial stability.


Financial Stability logoLast year we invested and leveraged $1,720,855 in programs that not only promote independence, but help people become the best version of themselves while meeting the costs of living.

These programs include career education, employment preparation training, and job development. In fact, partner programs provided 4,722 of these opportunities to our neighbors in need last year. We also support homelessness prevention, shelter diversion, financial assistance, and Independent Development Accounts.


New Capacities: Norwich is a collective impact initiative convened and funded by United Way of Southeastern Connecticut.  It began with a request from the City of Norwich in November 2016 asking United Way to take the lead on an opportunity to promote economic growth. United Way secured funding, convened a team of cross-sector partners, and designed a project to achieve systems-level change that would increase the number of financially-stable households to 66%.

What began as a meeting between United Way and the City of Norwich is now an initiative comprised of numerous organizations, including nonprofits, city departments, businesses, residents, and funders. The plan is the culmination of a year of training, learning, meetings, one-on-one discussions, and community conversations with input from over 450 people all committed to seeing Norwich thrive.


Our Partners in Promoting Independence

Partner Programs


New London County Fund to End Homelessness
Coordinated Access Network Operations Fund
Coordinated Access Network Housing Search
CDBG Small Cities - Town of Stonington (Diversion)
  • Access Agency
  • Always Home
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center
  • Noank Community Support Services
  • Thames River Community Service