“ART DAY” in Common Ground – June 24th

DSC_0286On Friday June 24th, in Common Ground, we will cancel all activities for the entire day and have staff and interns available, while we have our first ALL DAY “Art Day.” We will spend the whole day making art and will save work to be displayed in our first ever Art Show that will take place in July. If these events end up being half as good as we think they will, we are all in for a great treat!



2016 Redfield Awards

Every Year, Common Ground awards outstanding contributors, who go well beyond what’s necessary in terms of service to our program. This important celebration highlights our most dedicated staff (outside of Common Ground), community partners and members. Please view the photos below and read the captions for more on this year’s winners.

Maria Lawrence, is a staff member in our Young Adult Services Program. Maria constantly performs tasks for Common Ground that are outside of her job description. She is a beloved member of the InterCommunity team, due to her work ethic and willingness to do whatever she can to help.
Maura Sheil-Hughes works for NAMI-CT. She supports us every time we testify at the capital, which is quite OFTEN. Maura has worked to obtain scholarship funds for countless members of Common Ground, making it possible for them to attend important trainings to learn advocacy.
Cindy Andisio is a savior to the Common Ground program. When we were moving, settling into the new space, redefining our programming, and in dire need of a constant, Cindy and her ever-evolving team of Occupational Therapy Assistant Interns were just that. Common Ground is a much better place because Cindy is in it!
Britney Darleen Bidmead has been supporting Common ground for more than 6 years. She has volunteered on several trips, including 8 full days in Acadia in 2012. In 2014, she ran a summer long project that taught dozens of members how to create their very own business plans. To this day, she helps Common Ground in countless ways, virtually every day.

There were two other awards presented yesterday. Unfortunately, neither recipient was able to attend our ceremony. There descriptions are below:

Claude R. has been a member of the Common Ground Program for several years. He is known most for his friendly personality and generosity. Frequently, Claude brings in pizza, pastries, etc. without being asked to do so, to feed those less fortunate. He even cleans up after the group every time, without being asked to do so, to ensure he will continue to be allowed to provide these much-anticipated gifts to his peers.

The Glastonbury Home Depot has been providing donated vegetable and herb plants to the Common Ground Learning Center for 3 consecutive years, as an effort to support our community garden through Goodwin College. The Home Depot takes particular interest in our efforts to educate our community about gardening and healthy food choices.

Visiting Our Friends at Team Time

Today 21 people from Common Ground visited our friends at Team Time, CMHA’s social club in New Britain, for their annual cookout. There was plenty of food, music, sunshine and friendship to go around!


Crossing the Giant

A photo from last month, when a group of Common Grounders conquered the most difficult hike at Sleeping Giant State Park!



Join Us TOMORROW for the 2016 Redfield Awards


Every year, the annual Phyllis M. Redfield Awards are given for outstanding contributions to Common Ground. This year, we will enjoy the wonderful weather together, in Town Green Park, directly behind Common Ground at 1 PM. Hope to see you there!



This past Saturday, May 21st, Common Ground showed up and supported our friends at NAMI CT as part of their huge annual event, the NAMI Walk.

Common Grounders pose with Chompers, mascot for the Yard Goats, Hartford’s new minor league baseball team. We are looking forward to visiting their games soon!

Bushnell Orchestra


Common Ground has made a great effort to get their members out to theater productions and musical performances around the state. Members have loved all of the special events they have been able to experience. This photo was taken at the Bushnell last week when the group took in a beautiful orchestra performance.


Our Generous Friends from Home Depot

Yesterday, our great friends and community partners from The Home Depot in Glastonbury donated huge quantities of plants for our community garden. This year, Common Ground will also be partnering with Goodwin College, this time with twice as many garden plots as in previous years. All produce will be given out to members and/or sold to farmer’s markets. The gardening team will have the responsibility of tending the garden and deciding where this years crop will end up 🙂


Final “Fun Fest” Planning Session


Today was the last day of planning for the upcoming Fun Fest event in Southington on June 10th. Advocates from around the state gathered to make sure their ideas would be part of the festivities. Be sure to join us that day!



Tammie Simmons Wins YAS Award


InterCommunity Young Adults and YAS Program staff and mentors came together and decided to officially thank Tammie for all of her hard work above and beyond the call of duty, for young adults over the years. Congratulations, Tammie!!!