The WNBA’s Connecticut Sun continued its holiday tradition on Tuesday, November 17th, celebrating Thanksgiving with Thames River Family Program.
CT Sun General Manager Chris Sienko, and head coach Mike Thibault and his wife Nanci were on hand along with the entire Sun staff, serving a dinner that included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, lasagna, salad, pies and cookies to Thames River Family Program residents.
“It’s great for the kids, and I think it’s something they always look forward to,” said Kathy Allen, Director of Services and Operations, Thames River Community Service, Inc. “They didn’t know what to expect. They get so excited, just like their mothers do.”
Thames River Family Program (TRFP) was founded in 1992 in response to the rising number of families headed by single women living in poverty. TRFP is a supportive community of formerly homeless families headed by single mothers pursuing goals of self-sufficiency, independence from public assistance and control over their lives. Participating families reside at Thames River for a maximum of two years, while preparing for employment and developing life skills.
“I’m thankful that we do this, and I’m thankful that in the last year since we did this, there have been more success stories,” said Mike, addressing a gathering of about 50 residents before dinner. “Thank you for having us here.”
Food from Tuesday night’s event was also delivered to Martin House Inc., a transitional living facility for men located in Norwich.