NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont honored a large group of pandemic heroes Friday, recognizing the thousands of non-profit workers who have been working tirelessly to provide services to children in the past seven months.

The pandemic has put pressure on families and caregivers-including foster care and group homes.
But we saw so many have stepped up to the challenge.

Merry Cassabria couldn’t turn away. She’s a foster mom-despite the hardships of the pandemic her calling has only grown louder.

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Cassabria spotlighted by the governor as he stopped by the Klingberg family center in New Britain – thanking nonprofits who have stepped up to help children and families.

The state Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families was also present. The event highlighted the Children’s League of Connecticut and the non-profits within them, who have helped those in group homes and foster care settings.

The governor also participated in a roundtable to touch upon the uncertainties kids have been facing, especially distance and hybrid learning.

“Every day, we needed you more than ever [with] what these kids are going through. We’ve got to make sure that on the backside of this COVID, these kids know that we love them, we’re standing with them, and there’s going to be a better day,” Governor Lamont said.

The governor plans to distribute more CARES Act funding to help these non-profits before the end of the year. The Children’s League of CT represents 11 non-profits in the state.

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The governor also toured Jewish family services in west Hartford shown how the center provides food and help to families in need.

“We provide food clothing job training case management support for people need it in the community,” Katie Hanley, Jewish Family Services CEO.