Press Releases

Norwich Winterfest 5K brings community together

NORWICH — A pair of women in gingerbread costumes were sprinting alongside a woman dressed like a Christmas tree down Franklin Street Saturday and a man riding a penny-farthing bicycle from the 1800s was in front of leader Will Sanders.

This was no ordinary road race.
And according to the man riding on top of the huge front wheel on that bike, Reliance House CEO Dave Burnett, that’s kind of the point.  Read more...

Reliance Health Receives 2016 Backus President’s Award

NORWICH— Reliance Health, formerly Reliance House, a Norwich-based non-profit community mental health center on a mission to enhance health through mental wellness, is the recipient of the Backus 2016 President’s Award.

The award, which includes a $5,000 donation to the organization, was announced at Backus Hospital’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 16. It was established in 2011 to honor people and organizations that collaborate with Backus to help improve health and quality of life in the community.  Read more...

'Range of services' to help panhandlers

NORWICH — Panhandlers who routinely stand at street corners near the city's shopping plazas or highway ramps, cardboard sign in hand and requesting cash, food or work endure both sympathy and scorn from passersby. Often they're just ignored.

It's a complex issue, said city human services officials including Human Services Director Lee-Ann Gomes, but Norwich has developed a course of action for addressing panhandling, and they want residents to be aware of it.  Read more...

Reliance House evolves to become Reliance Health

NORWICH — The signage, letterheads and business cards have all been changed, but the mission of improving health through mental wellness remains the same at Norwich-based Reliance Health -- formerly Reliance House.

The downtown nonprofit at 40 Broadway recently announced the name change, which is part of a long-planned initiative to better connect the agency’s name with the services it provides.  Read more...

National oral history project coming to Otis Library

Norwich – A national oral history project will take up residence at Otis Library this week to record stories of everyday life, emotional relationships and groundbreaking achievements to be aired on National Public Radio and archived in the Library of Congress.

The Norwich interviews will also be archived at Otis.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project will spend three days at Otis Library from Tuesday through Thursday to record and preserve 18 different stories from local residents. The StoryCorps sessions are part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services designation of Otis Library as one of the nation's top five libraries this spring.  Read more...