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    Help coming for CT nonprofit that has been victim of break ins, massive thefts

    By Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant,

    2024-06-16

    After a series of break-ins at a local nonprofit, funds are on the way to help recoup some of the losses.

    Hartford nonprofit Angel of Edgewood has been the victim of burglaries over the last few weeks, where founder Jendayi Scott-Miller said thousands of dollars in donated items were taken from the nonprofit’s Franklin Avenue warehouse. Among the items stolen included air conditioners, TVs, clothes and jackets, toys and LEGO sets.

    Despite the doors being locked, police believe the thieves climbed through a trash chute to enter the building. The chute has now been welded shut, Scott-Miller said. But despite closing the chute, thieves struck again after tampering with the front door, police said.

    State Sen. Doug McCrory said the group would receive $10,000 in funding from the Blue Hills Civic Association to enhance its security.

    “When a group as vital as Angel of Edgewood faces challenges, you can count on this community to step up and support them,” McCrory said. “They’ve been a beacon of hope for Hartford families, providing essential food and amenities. Now, it’s our turn to ensure they can continue their critical work without fear of vandalism or theft.”

    The Blue Hills Civic Association is a nonprofit that works to foster a healthy Hartford through schools, stable neighborhoods and culturally competent health care, according to their website.

    “The Blue Hills Civic Association is honored to assist the Angel of Edgewood in their hour of need and for Jendayi and her team to resume the wonderful service they perform for the community daily,” said BHCA Chief Operating Officer Victoria Fennell.

    “Many thanks to Senator McCrory and others for their efforts and commitment to our community at the State Capitol. His work not only helps two great organizations, but many more throughout the area.”

    The nonprofit organization, which gives food, toys, electronics and clothes to people in need, was started by Scott-Miller four years ago out of the house Miller shares with her husband. The 17,000-square-foot building on Franklin Avenue is used to store donations, but also is the planned site of a community café, food pantry and resource center, she said. The nonprofit was launched to help with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I am incredibly grateful for the generous support from Senator McCrory and the Blue Hills Civic Association ,” said Scott-Miller.

    “These funds will significantly enhance the security of our facilities, allowing us to continue our mission of serving the Hartford community without interruption. It’s heartening to see our community rallying together to protect the resources that so many families depend on. This support ensures that we can maintain a safe environment for both our staff and the individuals we serve.”

    Stephen Underwood can be reached at sunderwood@courant.com

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