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Bluefish Game!
A special thanks to our long time CLASP friend, John Videler for documenting our annual Bluefish game resident outing! John is a Westport native who has the gift of making people feel at ease in front of the camera with his "cool and calm energy." Visit his website to see more of his beautiful work. Whatever the event may be, John will capture you in the best light! 
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Our very own CLASP resident, Rachel rockin' out! 
Bridget and Rita ready to wrap!
Barnes & Noble of Westport hosted CLASP again!!
Thank you to all who came out and all of our volunteers for our annual gift wrap. It was our best year yet! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, see you next year!
Valentine's Day Festivities with NCL Girls! 
Our residents are all smiles when the National Charity League (NCL) Girls put on a party!! Thank you to the girls and moms for the delicious treats, fun crafts, and contagious laughter shared by all!
CLASP Homes Receives $35,000 Grant From Newman's Own Foundation
Celebrating 35 Years of Paul Newman's Commitment 
WESTPORT, CT – CLASP Homes has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate 35 years since Paul Newman began the food company bearing his name. CLASP Homes is one of the original recipients of Newman’s generosity.

This funding will help bridge the gap so CLASP can continue to provide the highest quality of services to the men and women it serves. 

“CLASP Homes is enormously proud to be chosen to receive this generous grant of $35,000. Mr. Newman’s support of our organization began in 1982, when there were virtually no community services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. During those 3 decades we have been able to add dignity, joy, laughter, friendship and interesting choices to the lives of over 85 people who had previously been marginalized. We are following Mr. Newman’s goal of making the world a better place,” said CLASP President, Tracy Flood. 

Newman’s Own Foundation is giving $35,000 to 15 of the nonprofit organizations that were originally funded and have been supported for over three decades. The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. Since 1982, more than $495 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.

CLASP's New Venture!
We can't thank the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center Foundation enough for their generous grant allowing us to create an art program for the men and women of CLASP! Chairman, Nick Visconti and board member, Miggs Burroughs efforts have enabled CLASP to hire fabulous teachers and provide materials. CLASP President, Tracy shared, "Our participants' artwork gives us a glimpse into their world that might have otherwise gone unnoticed." We are so grateful our residents have such a beautiful new outlet! 
From left to right: Nick Visconti, Susan, Miggs Burroughs, Denise B., Art Instructor, Leonor Dao, and Denise M. 
Band Together for CLASP!
Photos Courtesy of Tony Riggio and John Videler.
Long time CLASP friends Rob Fried and Jerry Vigorito once again put together a dynamic musical  crew for this year's Band Together Arena Rock Show! 
Taste of Westport! 
Photos Courtesy of John Videler, Tony Riggio, and Fides Ostbye. 
Norfield Dance! 
A big thanks to the Norfield Congregation for generously hosting a dance for our residents in honor of their annual Day of Giving! The afternoon was filled with crafts, prizes, dancing and fun! 
Thank you to everyone who donated for #GivingTuesday! You helped make our commercial kitchen dreams a reality at our new Art and Education Community Center! The men and women we serve can't wait to test out their cooking skills and learn about the benefits of healthy living. See the items below that your donation helped us purchase! 
"Tools of the Trade"
​Santa and his Elf made an appearance at our annual Holiday Dinner Dance! A special thank you to Al's Angels for all the fabulous gifts!! 
Holiday Dinner Dance!
Christopher is 36 years old. At age 2 he moved in with his grandmother. Christopher saw his other family, but mostly he grew up with his grandmother. They moved many times but home for Christopher was always with his grandmother. Even though most families think there is no place like a traditional home for their loved ones, sometimes they have to acknowledge that as care givers age and children grow to adults, some situations become harder for families to deal with.

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There's No Place Like Home!
As Christopher grew up, it became more difficult for grandma to take care of him. He transitioned from a child to a man. As a teenager he spent time in a residential school and also in a group home, but there were issues, always issues. In the end, Christopher went back home with grandma. But she was growing older too.  
Grandma did her best, but as she aged, she became ill. Christopher’s mom moved in with them to try to help, but ultimately there was no holding back the passage of time. Grandma would first be hospitalized and then eventually moved to a skilled nursing facility. Christopher was crushed. Then, as often happens, the trouble came in pairs. First grandma was gone, then came the bills. Without Grandma’s help, the bills could not be paid. Then came the warnings and then the shut off notices. When we first met Christopher, his family was on the verge of losing their home. He was on the State’s “Emergency List” for placement. His home was being foreclosed on.  
When he eventually moved to CLASP, he was heartbroken about his beloved grandmother, confused about what was happening and terrified of what was to come. He came to us with two bags of belongings. He had no money, no furniture, little clothing, beyond a few changes. That was it.  
Now that Christopher has been at CLASP for some time, he has begun to develop a social group within in his home which he seems to enjoy. He says he feels safe at the group home, but whenever somebody new comes around, who looks official, he continues to express fears that he will have to move or be taken away.
CLASP has always been a safety net for people whose lives are falling apart and we’re proud to be that safety net. Unfortunately, over time it leaves us underfunded. 
With your help we’re able to provide a caring loving home for all our folks. 
Will you help us let Christopher know he has a home? 

Warm regards, 

Tracy Flood
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