Ending Homelessness: Building Our Vision Together - A Supporter Recognition Event and Community Discussion

Thanks to all who attended our Ending Homelessness community discussion via Zoom. If you were unable to attend below is a link to the video recording of the presentations:

Program Agenda

  • Welcome Guests and Panelists
  • A Year in Review & Thanks

Hear how your contributions and support are being used to keep vulnerable community members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and how together, we accomplished exceeding housing and meal goals for 2020!

  • Panel Discussion- Ending Homelessness: Building Our Vision Together

Julia Orlando will discuss the successful resources, best practices and partnerships used to accomplish her county's goal of ending Chronic and Veteran Homelessness.

Kelly Fitzgerald will discuss the framework of the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network and the partners that exist with the CAN to support the work of ending homelessness.

Panel discussion moderated by Jenn Paradis.

Zoom Link and Information to Join the Event

Please click the link below to join the webinar on December 1, 2020:


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About Our Panelsts

Kelly Fitzgerald is the Director of the Greater New Haven Coordinated Access Network (CAN) based out of United Way of Greater New Haven. In her role as Director, Kelly brings together key stakeholders to maximize regional resources and efforts to meet the needs of one of the most vulnerable populations. In addition to her efforts to end homelessness and housing instability, Ms. Fitzgerald has spent over 10 years convening cross sector partnerships to address the needs of households throughout Connecticut. Kelly has a Bachelor's in Political Science from Eastern CT State University and a Master's in Public Policy from Southern CT State University.

Julia Orlando is the Director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack, NJ. The mission of this nationally recognized and award winning Center is to end homelessness in Bergen County. Ms. Orlando is nationally recognized expert on homelessness. In 2016, she provided leadership for the successful community-wide effort to end veteran homelessness in Bergen County as part of the Mayors Challenge. Bergen County is the first jurisdiction in the New Jersey and among the first 28 nationally to achieve this goal and was recognized at White House for their successful contributions to the First Lady's Opening Doors Initiative to end Veterans Homelessness. Ms. Orlando also provided leadership that led to Bergen County becoming the first in the nation in 2017 to successfully reach functional zero for chronic homelessness.

Ms. Orlando is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including the "Larry Inserra Leadership Award" from Holy Name Medical Center, "Hometown Hero" for the 5th District in NJ by Congressman Josh Gottheimer, "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" from the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, "Woman of Action" award from the YWCA of Bergen County and recipient of the "Citizen Community Service Award" by the Bergen County Bar Foundation. In 2016, Ms. Orlando was selected for recognition during Women's History Month by the NJ General Assembly for her work to ameliorate poverty in New Jersey and by the SOS Veteran's Stakeholder Group with the Distinguished Veteran Provider Award. The Care Plus NJ Foundation awarded Ms. Orlando with their "Courage Award" for her mental health advocacy in 2013.

Ms. Orlando currently serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and is a member of the Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council and the Mental Health Board Professional Advisory Committee. Ms. Orlando serves on the faculty of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and has provided consultation and training for a wide variety of non-profit organizations. Ms. Orlando served as a member of the Governor Chris Christie's Interagency Council to End Homelessness and from 2015-2017 on the Governor's Homeless Work Group.

Ms. Orlando earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University and Master's degrees in Counseling Psychology and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ms. Orlando is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. Ms. Orlando is proud to be a certified instructor and provides mental health first aid training to further the efforts of the Stigma Free Initiative in Bergen County. Ms. Orlando proudly serves as the Ambassador on the Stigma Free Taskforce in her hometown of Oradell, NJ where she is a resident and lives with her husband and two sons.

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