Who We Are

About Us:

Community Partners in Action (CPA) provides crucial services that help adults and youth live crime-free lives. We are a dynamic agency that continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of men, women, and youth involved in the criminal justice system. We don't see our participants as "ex-offenders". We see them as "people" who have the ability to create a better future, contribute to their families, and make our communities safer.

Founded in 1875, CPA's "Guiding Beliefs" are the foundation of our work:

  • People can change
  • Prevention and intervention are preferable
  • Program decisions must be knowledge-based
  • Community groups and citizen volunteers are crucial partners with us in this work
  • Mutual respect must mark all our relationships

The Challenges of Staying Crime-Free:

Our participants have many challenges to overcome in their quest to change their lives---poverty, fractured families and homelessness; gaps in their education and chronic unemployment; substance abuse, trauma and mental health disorders. They face barriers to services, housing and jobs because they have a record. For many, change is hard because of the complex issues they face.

How CPA Helps:

Our programs help participants to learn to think differently and make better choices. We help them address their personal and basic needs. They prepare to become employable, re-engage in their education and stabilize their families. They also grow by giving back to their communities.

Community Partners in Action at a Glance:

Our Participants: Statewide, we serve over 10,000 men, women, and youth a year. The majority of our participants receive services in one of our community-based programs.

Our Program Locations: We run 16 prevention, intervention, and reentry programs in Hartford, Hamden, Manchester, Waterbury, and in CT Correctional Institutions.

Our Services: Intensive Case Management; Cognitive Therapy; Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention; Employment Services; Transitional Housing; Artistic, Cultural and Educational Enrichment; and Community Service Projects. Our many community partners work with us to provide additional services to support our participants’ needs.

Our Funding: CPA operates many of its programs on behalf of Connecticut’s Judicial Branch - Court Support Services Division and the Department of Correction.  Federal, state and private grants, as well as individual donors and fundraising events, allow CPA to pilot innovative new programs and enhance our existing ones.

"Ninety-seven percent of those incarcerated in prisons will eventually be released. This results in nearly 650,000 people being released from prisons and 7 million individuals being released from jails in this country each year."

— Re-Entry Policy Council Report