Nicole Shows How it’s Done


Nicole shared how the Young Adult Services program has helped her gain independence. This was the first year a cut was proposed for DMHAS YAS, unfortunately.


Merry Christmas!


We hope you and yours are having a comfy Christmas.



Concert With Friends


Just last night, our Common Ground crew took in a chorale concert at the Bushnell in Hartford. Tomorrow night, they’ll be at it again, so be sure to check the activity board in the Common Area!


YASBIZ Entrepreneur Celebration


Another Common Ground member honored at this year’s festivities. We were all proud to share that special moment with Hector.


Mayor’s Annual Clean-Up Day

14330123_10210706057070325_4842938804306493256_n.jpg14238183_1409674425712823_8438196289087775338_n.jpg14333159_10210706059630389_5813288310363460662_n.jpg14232400_1410164478997151_8816645379587359848_n.jpgOn Saturday members of Common Ground joined the Mayor of East Hartford for the Annual Mayor’s Cleanup Day at the Town Green. Participants worked hard all morning, to help beautify the streets of town.


Nubble Lighthouse

One of the most famous lighthouses in the world was a perfect spot for this amazing photo of Bob and Carlos.


Friends Embrace as We Arrive in Saco, Maine!


DSC_0717It honestly seems like we have been waiting for this trip forever. John and Anthony were not the only ones happy to be in Maine after all of the hard work and planning that went into this opportunity. There will be many, many more photos and hopefully a few more blogs to highlight all of the fun we are bound to have. The weather is still a bit glum, but the forecast looks promising!


Common Ground and YAS at NCRMHB Annual Dinner

Anthony and Torry Win Awards at Last Night’s Event

Most of the Common Ground crew and some friends hanging out at the event.

Our friends at the North Central Regional Mental Health Board always throw a good party. Besides having wonderful speakers, the best raffle prizes and some amazing food, the overall theme regarding advocating for and helping people in need was stronger than ever. It’s amazing that during this whole fiscal crisis, that our friends at the NCRMHB are always our pillars of hope, keeping us on course when it seems there’s no choice but to just cry. Marcia, Quyen, Dani, Phoebe, Sue and so many other people involved with the Board have no purpose other than making the world a better place for all of us. It’s an honor to work with them.


Last night, Anthony and Torry were awarded, basically due to nominations that came in directly from Common Ground. Without all of the common ground members, our amazing night would not have been possible.  Anthony was awarded with the Whitney and Edna Jacobs Family Advocate Award, an award given in honor of the folks who started NAMI, another great partner of ours. Torry was awarded for her tireless support of persons in recovery.

Marcia says nice things about our Torry 🙂

Blue Man Group!




Carlos and other Common Ground members were able to spend some quality time with the Blue Man Group following their show at the Bushnell. Everyone had an amazing time!