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Updates

A series of entries designed to capture the ongoing adventures of NINA! See how we came to be where we are today, and follow along as we enter the new century of social media!

Congratulations to Mike Stockman!

Congratulations to Mike Stockman!
Today, Mike Stockman worked his last day as construction manager for NINA as he officially embarked on retirement.  Mike has worked for NINA for nearly a decade, and he has been a jack-of-all-trades as he's managed our construction schedules, overseen volunteers, worked on the houses himself, and completed, as he always called them, his "honey-do" lists that ensured that every house was ready for our new homeowners.

Mike was instrumental in the completion of the Zunner Building, stepping in to oversee the final stages of construction which included the installation of the elevator.  Mike's role in seeing this project through to the end simply cannot be understated.

NINA will of course miss Mike, and we have tremendous gratitude for everything he has done while working for us.  We wish him well in his retirement -- he tells us he plans to do some traveling, see some Broadway shows, spend time with family, and, once he gets that out of his system (and Carrie orders him out of the house!), come back as a volunteer on future NINA projects.  We're not fooled of course:  we know he's coming back for the weekly "fellowship meeting"!

Best wishes, Mike:  thanks for a great decade and the enormous difference you've made in Asylum Hill!

Posted on 5/5/2017 by NINA
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Thanks to Our Friends from JELLO!

Thanks to Our Friends from JELLO!
On January 17, a group of students participating in Trinity College's January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) volunteered at 115 and 117 Sigourney Street.  Work included cleaning up the site, inside and out, and making the whole place look presentable.

Trinity College and NINA have partnered now for close to 10 years, with groups of students coming up at least three times each year to work on NINA sites.  We're very glad to have their help, and thanks to the support of our member institutions everything these volunteers do goes directly toward the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities in Asylum Hill.

Posted on 1/17/2017 by NINA
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In Memoriam: Stu Beckett

We were very saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Stu Beckett on January 7, 2017. Stu was a dedicated member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and in that capacity he was instrumental in the foundation of ServCorps, the building ministry that worked to re-build homes in disaster-stricken areas around the country.  ServCorps, of course, was a long-time partner with NINA, and although we met Stu through ServCorps we quickly came to know him in his own right.  Stu lent his carpentry skills to our projects, and his involvement can be seen on many of the porches of our homes.  We still have a batch of trim that he ordered for us in our storage area, and we will think fondly of him as we install it at 94-96 Ashley Street.

Stu was a wonderful person to have around, and NINA and our homeowners all appreciate the contributions he made toward our work and toward the revitalization of Asylum Hill.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family.



Posted on 1/7/2017 by NINA
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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at the Zunner Building

NINA and its partners held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Zunner Building, 207-215 Garden Street, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  The ceremony marked the formal conclusion of work on the building, which was NINA's biggest project (5 years, $2.5 million) to date.

Look for a dedicated page under Some of Our Past Projects under Our Work soon!



Posted on 5/11/2016 by NINA
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People's United Community Foundation Supports NINA!

People's United Community Foundation Supports NINA!
NINA is very pleased to announce that we received a $10,000 grant from the People's United Community Foundation to support our initiative to expand affordable homeownership opportunities in Asylum Hill for low- to moderate-income families.  The support provided by the People's United Community Foundation also furthers the Foundation's goal to increase homeownership opportunities in Hartford.

People's United Community Foundation has been a tremendous partner with NINA for over five years, and its funding has contributed to the creation of over 20 owner-occupied homes in Asylum Hill.

Many thanks to our friends at People's United Community Foundation!

Posted on 10/28/2015 by NINA
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Consecration of 54 Huntington Street
Consecration of 54 Huntington Street - Our partner on our project at 54 Huntington Street, the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, held a ceremony following its Sunday morning service to consecrate the new house here.  Approximately 100 parishioners and neighbors came up for the cerem
In Memoriam:  Liam McGee (1954-2015)
In Memoriam: Liam McGee (1954-2015) - It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Liam McGee, who had been CEO of The Hartford from October 1, 2009 through July 1, 2014.  Mr. McGee arrived at The Hartford during a transitional period in that company's history, but as he wor
Illumination Night in Sigourney Square Park
Illumination Night in Sigourney Square Park - Working with the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Sigourney Square Park, we staged a modern version of "Illumination Night," a late 19th century tradition in Sigourney Square Park that involved paper lanterns strung about the p
Raising the Wall at 54 Huntington Street
Raising the Wall at 54 Huntington Street - With the foundation in and the first floor fitted into place, it was time to raise the walls at 54 Huntington Street.  Our partners gathered together for this momentous event, marking the start in earnest of construction on the house.  "In
Consecrating and Breaking the Ground at 54 Huntington Street
Consecrating and Breaking the Ground at 54 Huntington Street - Our latest project, the construction of a new home at a vacant lot at 54 Huntington Street, officially got underway today as we broke the ground and consecrated it to its new use with our partners on this projdct.  The land here had been owned b
First Fresh Express of the 2014 Summer Season
First Fresh Express of the 2014 Summer Season - A happy giant carrot greeted everyone who attended the opening Summer Farmers Market at Billings Forge today.  The happy giant carrot highlighted the importance of good nutrition as well as the difficulties inherent in finding fresh produce in H
Summer Walking Tour Series Kicks Off with a Concert at HartBeat Park
Summer Walking Tour Series Kicks Off with a Concert at HartBeat Park - A string quartet from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra helped to kick off our 2014 Summer Walking Tour in style at The Hartford's HartBeat Park.  About 200 people enjoyed the event, strolling around the park, eating lunch, and listening to the mu
Congratulations to our friends at JELLO!
Congratulations to our friends at JELLO! - We just learned that our friends at Trinity College's January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) won the prestigious 2014 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards.  
In Memoriam:  Robert Knowles
In Memoriam: Robert Knowles - We were very saddened to learn recently of the passing of Bob Knowles, one of our most steadfast volunteers.  Bob worked with us for the last several years, bringing his skills and his work ethic -- as well as his sense of humor -- to our work s
Ribbon Cutting, 33 Sargeant Street
Ribbon Cutting, 33 Sargeant Street - NINA and its partners celebrated the completion of the new home at 33 Sargeant Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Placing the Commemorative Cornerstone, 21 Ashley Street
Placing the Commemorative Cornerstone, 21 Ashley Street - NINA held a ceremony to place a commemorative cornerstone at 21 Ashley Street.  The house is now firmly ensconced at its new location, and the next step will be to build the front porch.



Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 2
Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 2 - She sat at the corner of Garden and Ashley overnight, but today we delivered her to her new location!  Next steps will include building the foundation under her and then adding a historically appropriate front porch and steps.


Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 1
Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 1 - After weeks of preparation, today was the Big Day!  The Victorian Lady began her move from 47 Sigourney Street to 21 Ashley Street, traveling along Farmington Avenue and then up Cogswell Street to Garden Stree