Stories – Lifetime Achievemnt Award

Chrysalis Center CEO, Sharon L. Castelli receives the 2018 Barbara Geller Lifetime Career Achievement
““For over three decades Sharon has dedicated herself to helping those in need working to tackle the state’s most challenging issues, including homelessness, housing behavior health care and social justice,” said Delphin-Rittmon. ”

At the 13th Annual Reaching Home Housing Awards Dinner hosted by the Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide nonprofit policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness, expanding the creation of affordable housing, and building strong communities in Connecticut, Sharon Castelli was honored for her dedicated service to the State of Connecticut and the mssion to end homelessness.

The Barbara Geller Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes special individuals who work tirelessly throughout their lifetime or career to help people experiencing homelessness to find housing and support, reconnect with family and friends and reach their full potential. Presented by Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut, the award recognizes people who stand above the crowd over decades of truly extraordinary work toward ending and preventing homelessness in Connecticut.

Sharon embodies a palpable personal energy and passion for recovery which is contagious and inspirational.  As the leader of the Chrysalis Center team, her innovative approaches to recovery, housing services and client and community engagement are extraordinary and deserving of this special recognition,” said Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon.

Since 1999, Sharon has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Chrysalis Center, Inc. Under her exemplary leadership, the 42-year-old organization has expanded its presence throughout Connecticut and grown to nearly a $10M non-profit organization, employing close to 100 staff.