You Can Give a Family Another Chance. Please help HOPE Partnership provide affordable housing opportunities for families living in southern Middlesex County and surrounding towns.
“To think how we have come so far in such a short period of time is so amazing. If we didn’t have this opportunity, I don’t know where we would be.” — Santina Ragonese
“I was originally from Connecticut, but moved away to Florida for work and spent fifteen years establishing myself. I had a successful job, bought my own home at the age of 30. Everything was going according to plan. Shortly after my son was born, he was diagnosed with a rare, potentially life-threatening, genetic disorder. At that moment, I vowed to do whatever it took to save my son’s life. So we put our house on the market, packed up in three days and moved back to Connecticut to be nearer to our families and support systems. The next two years were dedicated to getting the best medical care for my son. The challenges associated with caring for a child with special needs are debilitating both financially and emotionally. I wasn’t working during that time period, and was staying with family until I found a rental I could afford. Unfortunately, the only home I could afford was an academic rental that had a lease that doubled during the summer months. At the end of the lease, I was running out of time and couldn’t find a rental that was not double or triple what I had been paying. I will never forget, standing over my son’s crib as he slept, frightened by the thought of not knowing where we would be in a few months. I was the person he counted on to protect him and love him, and we were on the verge of being homeless.”
Santina was encouraged by a local social service agency to apply to live at Ferry Crossing. HOPE Partnership’s newest affordable development in Old Saybrook. In June 2012, she and fifteen other families were fortunate enough to move into these beautiful homes. Today, Santina’s life is back on track. Her son is thriving and she is able to provide for them on her salary. She takes pride in the home she made for her family. With grant funding she is working to finish her college degree and is focused on giving back to the community. She advocates for families with special needs and is an active member of HOPE Partnership’s Board of Directors, causes she is very passionate about.