In Honor of Carol Walterby Representative Joe Courtney
Posted on 2013-01-04
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 4, 2013
Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy
of Carol Walter of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
(CCEH). A tireless advocate for our State's most vulnerable citizens,
Carol passed away on Thursday, December 27th.
Carol's dedication to people and service was apparent in her extensive achievements and contributions to our State. She began her career working in shelters in many of the largest communities across the State. Displaying a knack for leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit, Carol moved on to the Connecticut Aids Resource Coalition where she founded the National Working Positive Coalition. She became director of CCEH in 2006.
While heading the Coalition, she helped institute greater coordination of services among nonprofits, managed the annual Point-In- Time homeless census, and led the State in rapid re-housing and shelter diversion strategies. Carol's years of dedication and tireless hard work impacted countless lives across our State. Due in large degree to Carol's leadership statewide, there has been historic progress made in the effort to combat homelessness in Connecticut's Second Congressional District.
Carol's passing marks an irreplaceable loss for our community, for the fight against homelessness, and the battle to provide justice for underserved communities. Carol leaves behind a lasting legacy of passionate service to those in need. I ask my colleagues to join me today in honoring Carol's life and accomplishments.