St. Philip House is a haven for those with HIV/AIDS and their families in the central CT area. St. Philip House is best described as a home; a place to feel safe, and as a doorway to a better life. The programs that fall under the St. Philip House “roof” include many of the needed necessities for those touched by HIV/AIDS to reach their goals.
What began with an informal breakfast meeting sponsored by the Farmington Valley Task Force on AIDS in 1989 to address the housing needs of HIV+ individuals grew to a network of twenty seven units of housing for 47 individuals. In 1994, Saint Philip House opened its first facility housing residential units and administrative offices. In 1996, another residential property was purchased. Additional rental properties are acquired as needed. St. Philip House has served over 185 clients taking some of these individuals from homelessness and addiction to homeownership and self-sufficiency.
Statement of Values
The Saint Philip House organization fosters an atmosphere of compassion, respect, and caring in its interactions with all clients, their families, friends and loved ones. We encourage individual empowerment while upholding one’s dignity and right to privacy.
Our mission is to provide access to safe and affordable housing, increase community awareness through education, render support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones and encourage empowerment.
Funding for the St. Philip House organization comes through many ways:
- State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
- HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) program
- HUD through its McKinney-Vento program
- Personal contributions from civic minded supporters
- Fund Raising events such as the Mad Hatter Auction and our annual Comedy Night.
All of the funds raised from these events are returned directly to the residents and clients of St. Philip House. Additional support is provided through ‘in kind’ donations such as wheelchairs, furniture and clothing.
St. Philip House is a program of Chrysalis Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) recognized Federal IRS regulations.
- The New Britain Foundation for Public Giving’s 2001 Celebration of Excellence for “AIDS 101: Prevention Education for the Exceptional Learner
- Connecticut Department of Public Health 2001 Commissioner’s AIDS Leadership Award presented to Saint Philip House’s Executive Director Richard Baraglia.
- Connecticut General Assembly’s Official Citation in recognition of the agency’s “dedication and support in providing housing and daily care to those individuals diagnosed as HIV positive”
- Recognition from Connecticut Housing Coalition for “exemplary efforts toward decent and affordable housing” through Grassroots Housing Action