About New Opportunities

New Opportunities - Building Relationships to End PovertyNew Opportunities mission is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment.

New Opportunities Inc. is the community action agency that serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 27 surrounding Connecticut towns. We offer a variety of social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist people in need.

Headquartered in Waterbury and the cities fourth largest employer, New Opportunities has additional offices in Meriden, Torrington, Danbury and Thomaston for the convenience of those they serve. Annually, more than 70,000 individuals benefit from programs offered at this agency, guided by the New Opportunities staff who helped them find the way to meet their needs.

In accordance with the mission of New Opportunities, the Agency aims to increase the self-sufficiency of its customers and support their move out of poverty toward a more middle-class lifestyle.

In 1964, the Agency incorporated as a private non-profit corporation in the State of Connecticut and is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. With an annual budget for 2011 in excess of $60 million dollars, New Opportunities administers more than 50 social service programs targeted to the low-income, elderly and disabled communities.

While the range of programs is broad, they fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Energy Assistance and Weatherization
  • AIDS / HIV Prevention
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Education and Support Services
  • Child Welfare and Family Services
  • Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Elderly Services
  • Homeless Shelter and Transitional Housing
  • Ex-Offender Programs and Re-entry Services

New Opportunities is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board directs agency activities and approves program proposals. The overall responsibility for day-to-day operations resides with the CEO and the senior management team.

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