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Voluntown Peace Trust receives Equity Trust loan

Voluntown Peace Trust receives Equity Trust loan

The Voluntown Peace Trust (VPT) is a nonprofit educational center and retreat dedicated to social change and sustainable living, occupying 57 acres in southeastern Connecticut near New London. It provides hospitality and resources to “people constructing alternatives to the violence of our age” and serves as the home of the Cooperative for Nonviolent Action (CNVA), a coalition of grassroots groups …

New London Homeless Hospitality Center

New London Homeless Hospitality Center The New London (Connecticut) Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC) is a non-profit human services agency whose mission is “to serve as a bridge out of homelessness by helping our guests pursue their self-selected path to permanent housing.” Begun as a coalition of citizens, faith communities, and service organizations, the Homeless Hospitality Center has operated a daytime hospitality center and overnight shelter since 2007, and also offers employment and health care assistance.

Alice Acres Farm

Alice Acres Farm

Alice Acres Farm and Greenhouses, a diversified 20-acre farm in Gales Ferry, Connecticut, received a loan from Equity Trust 2009 to strengthen the farming operation. Alice Acres offers a great variety of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and animals, as well as educational fieldtrips for schoolchildren. 2009 was farmer Pete Bargmann’s first year operating a CSA, but it was such …

Community of Hope

Community of Hope

Community of Hope is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to assist people recovering from substance-abuse. The loan was used as the down payment for the purchase and conversion of a multi-family house for use as transitional “sober” housing for women…