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Community Health & Wellness Center Receives Two Health Resources and Services Administration Awards



TORRINGTON, CT, September 1—Community Health & Wellness Center (CHWC) has received two awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the country’s more than 1,300 health centers.  HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving health care for people who are geographically isolated, and/or economically or medically underserved. 

A Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHWC received a Uniform Data System (UDS) Quality Award for “Advancing Health Information Technology (HIT) for Quality Improvement.”  UDS is an annual reporting system that provides standardized informationabout the performance and operation of health centers delivering health care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

CHWC also received an award recognizing its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status. The Patient-Centered Medical home is a model of care that empathizes patient engagement and patient participation in decision making for their plan of care. PCMH practices build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams, and practices that earn recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.

“We are extremely honored to have received these two awards,” said Joanne Borduas, CEO of CHWC.  “CHWC continues to rise to the challenges of the pandemic, and I am proud of our dedicated staff for the critical role they play in enabling us to provide compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered care. They consistently go above and beyond, making us a recognized center of excellence that offers integrated healthcare services to the Northwest region of Connecticut.”  


In a compassionate, patient-centered environment, CHWC services are accessible and provided without discrimination, with cultural competence, and where all people matter regardless of their ability to pay. CHWC offers healthcare services to over 6,000 underserved patients throughout Northwest CT, including medical, dental, chiropractic, nutritional, podiatry, and behavioral health services, as well as offering an on-site pharmacy. It strives to achieve the reputation of “provider of choice” for affordable, high-quality services that achieve positive patient outcomes in a welcoming and caring environment.

CHWC is located at 469 Migeon Avenue, Torrington, and 10 Center Street, Winsted, with plans to open a third center on property it purchased in Canaan. 

CHWC also serves the following satellite locations: FISH of Torrington, 332 South Main Street, Torrington; Sullivan Senior Center, 88 East Albert Street, Torrington; The Open Door Soup Kitchen, 160 Main Street, Winsted; YMCA Emergency Shelter, 480 Main Street, Winsted; Torrington Soup Kitchen, 220 Prospect Street, Torrington; and Oliver Wolcott Technical School, 75 Oliver Street, Torrington.

CHWC contact information:, on Facebook, and by phone at 860-489-0931

September 1, 2022

Application Now Open: NW CT Arts Council Grants

Applications Now Open: NWCT Arts Council Grants

NEA American Rescue Plan Subgrants to Artists and Organizations 

LITCHFIELD COUNTY CT, AUGUST. 1, 2022 – Last fall, the Arts Council was awarded a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), part of the American Rescue Plan grants to local arts agencies. These funds were given to be redistributed to the arts and cultural sector in Northwest CT to aid their recovery from the pandemic. In response, the Council created “Creative Partnerships” grants and “Access” grants to do just that. After months of planning and outreach, they are excited to begin accepting applications. 

Creative Partnerships Grants: Funding for collaborative artistic proposals with a focus on community engagement and betterment. Proposals could be the creation of new work or expansions or new realizations of existing programs and services. The Council welcomes partnerships between artists of all disciplines, all nonprofits, units of state/local government, schools, and federally recognized tribal governments. 

Access Grants: General operating support grants to arts and cultural nonprofits, schools, and/or units of state or local government dedicated to arts and culture. The Council hopes these grants will equip entities to carry out their missions with greater capacity for engaging underserved populations in the arts. 

“Our goal is that this funding will help foster collaboration and help build infrastructure to integrate the arts into community programming,” said Steph Burr, Executive Director of the Arts Council. 

The Council has assembled a peer panel to review applications. This panel will engage in several rounds of review during the month of November where they will score each application against the following pre-established scoring criteria: READI (Relevance, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion), artistic merit, artistic excellence, and sustainability. Panelists were selected based on the diversity of experience and perspectives they offer and in a manner to ensure fair, unbiased review. 

“It really is a privilege to have these funds and the chance to give life to some of the thoughtful proposals taking shape”, says Katherine Pelletier, Grant Administrator. “The creativity, talent, and dedication of local artists and nonprofits is beyond impressive. I know our panel will have a tough job deciding which proposals to fund”. 

Applications for both grants open August 1, 2022 and close October 31, 2022. Interested applicants can find specific program guidelines as well as the link to apply on our website Any questions concerning these grants can be directed to Katherine Pelletier, at Northwest CT Arts Council sincerely hopes all eligible applicants will submit an application. Spread the word!



The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to engage the public in building a strong and connected arts and culture community that is integral to the economic development and the collective well-being of the 25-town region it serves. Access to arts and culture is a universal human right, meeting both a social and psychological need. The Arts Council supports a vibrant, vital, and necessary component of the community through promotion and advocacy.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, and the Connecticut Community Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation,


August 1, 2022

‘A helpful and valuable neighbor’: New Ace Hardware Store to Open in Litchfield

Ace Hardware recently announced that its new Litchfield, Conn., location will be hosting its grand opening on April 23 and 24.

According to a press release, the new Ace Hardware of Litchfield, located at 348 Bantam Road, will soon begin offering its products and home maintenance services to area residents.

“Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice and assistance they have come to expect from Ace,” said Ace Hardware, according to a recent press release. “We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”

The store will provide solutions to the specific needs of the Litchfield community and offer products for maintenance needs including paint, lawn and garden.

The Ace Hardware of Litchfield store will also include products in categories including hardware, electrical, plumbing, automotive and home décor.

Established 90 years ago, Ace Hardware provides its services and products to thousands of communities across the nation. 

April 25, 2022

EdAdvance Looking for Teachers

Would you be interested in teaching a class for our local adult-education program? I act as a Site Coordinator for Northwest Connecticut’s Region 1’s EdAdvance program, and I am currently planning our Fall 2022 course offerings. Would you be interested in teaching an Intro to Creating a Small Business or Intro to Moving from an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader Class — or a similar class — for adult students ages 18+? We are doing online and in-person classes. It sounds like a wonderful subject for students to learn more about. Teaching a class can also a great opportunity to broaden the instructor’s audience and to emphasize one’s brand. I enclose a very brief Course Proposal Form to submit along with a brief bio/syllabus to that effect for your completion at your earliest convenience. We pay our instructors $20/hour.

Fall 2022 non-credit enrichment online classes can be held anytime — daytime, evening, and weekends. Many of our online courses are held via Zoom (either the instructor’s own Zoom account or a Zoom account that our agency can provide you that comes with a moderator to handle the technical stuff).

In-person classes can be held at any of our many sites that range from Falls Village to Waterbury (chances are, one of our sites is near you). Depending on the site’s schedule, in-person classes are held Mondays through Thursdays, between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. All classes are weekly and can be scheduled anytime between October 2022 and mid-December 2022, excluding holidays. Classes are generally two hours maximum. The number of classes in a course can range from one class to a total five maximum; if a second-level course to the subject is desired, we can develop that as well.

We are putting together courses for the Fall 2022 semester in coming months. Many returning instructors will soon be filling up available time slots and classrooms. We would like to fit in your class. Please be sure to submit the completed very brief Course Proposal Form at your earliest convenience if you are interested. EdAdvance reaches about 81,000 households, and nearly double the amount of individuals, and it would be great to have such a class among our courses offered. Our courses have been acclaimed by several local media, including most recently by The Republican-American (Waterbury, CT).

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at the below contact information.

I hope you will consider doing a class. I look forward to being in touch. I appreciate your kind consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to assist.

Thank you,
Noel Ambery II
Site Coordinator
Region 1/Falls Village

April 14, 2022