By Cara Rosner
A small group of women got together at an area YMCA several years ago to discuss ways they could improve their community.
“We had a very engrossing discussion about the power of women together,” recalled Barbara Healy, a founding member of United Way’s Women’s Initiative.
The women — busy with work, family and other philanthropic endeavors — wanted to focus on the “big picture but also very small, impactful things we could do,” Healy said.
United Way's Tocqueville Society is pleased to honor and celebrate Linda Koch Lorimer and Charley Ellis, recipients of the 2013 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Herbert H. Pearce Award.
The couple received the award, in recognition of their leadership and generosity in making Greater New Haven a better place, at a Nov. 14 reception at the New Haven Lawn Club. (See more photos from the evening here)
By Uma Ramiah
He’s in a paint-splattered shirt and cargo shorts, feet clad in work boots, hopping into a white cargo van with his 5-year-old son, Jordan. The van is emblazoned with his company’s logo: Imperial Wall & Floor Covering. This is Jerome C. Richardson, Jr: father of two, motivated, hardworking small-business owner, and employer of six people.
One month ago, he was homeless.