Center City Churches
Scope and Content
The records of Center City Churches contain Board meeting minutes, Executive Committee meeting minutes, committee reports, newsletters, financial information, some correspondence, newspaper clippings, and historical information. Also included are programs, brochures and flyers from Center City Churches sponsored events. The material ranges in date from 1963 – 1996, with the bulk of records being from 1970 – 1987.
- 1963 - 1996
The records are stored ina restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.
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Center City Churches was begun informally when the clergy of several downtown Hartford churches began meeting in 1965 to discuss better ways to minister to their changing congregations. In 1967, the eight congregations of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), First Church of Christ (Center Church, Congregational), First Presbyterian Church, Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), Emanuel Lutheran Church, South Park Methodist Church and Central Baptist Church, founded Center City Churches for the Aging, Inc. (SPA). In 1969, these eight churches formed Center City Churches, Inc. The organization was governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the eight churches. The Rev. David S. King served as the first full time administrator.
Over the years, the agency created Connecticut’s first supportive housing program for people living with AIDS, Hartford’s first and only group home for adults with mental illness, Hartford’s first soup kitchen, Hartford’s only fuel assistance program for the working poor, Connecticut’s first and Hartford’s only weekend senior nutrition program, Hartford’s most comprehensive after-school tutoring and arts education program for elementary school children, six week summer programs for grades k – age 11, a year round children’s theater program, day care for children age 3 – 6 of employed parents, Center for Youth Resources (CYR) for teens, Friendship Center for alcoholic and lonely adults in the downtown area, and a healthcare screening and referral service.
In 2006, Center City Churches became the Hartford affiliate of the HandsOn Network. The agency changed its name to Hands On Hartford in 2007.
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The collection contains the philosophical, administrative, financial, and historical records of Center City Churches, Inc. The records are comprised primarily of the meeting minutes of the Board and committees as well as programs, brochures and flyers from Center City Churches sponsored events.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Collection is closed. Additional material is not expected.
Collection processed by Maureen Heher in 2019. ArchivesSpace finding aid created 2021.
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