We take great pride in announcing that O&G has been honored with the prestigious CCIA 2023 Community Service Award for our dedicated involvement in the “Divine Renovation of FISH” project for Friends in Service to Northwestern Connecticut, Inc., located in Torrington. The program has been chosen as a featured story for the second season of “Divine Renovations: Destination New England,” hosted by Erik Estrada.

The mission of FISH is to combat homelessness and hunger by empowering the less fortunate with the tools, resources, and confidence they need to regain their independence. This agency has now become the largest emergency homeless shelter in the Northwestern Connecticut region, providing a secure and comfortable environment for families, individuals, and veterans to stay while awaiting permanent supportive housing. In addition, they serve over 1200 people each year through their food pantry and have distributed nearly 110,000 meals in the past year alone.

In order to continue providing essential services to the community and address various safety and cosmetic concerns, FISH required a new kitchen floor, fresh landscaping, a newly-painted front porch, a complete rebuild of the back porch, an upgrade to the ADA ramp, installation of a new pantry freezer, a bike rack, and a 25-foot flagpole.

O&G eagerly stepped in to offer skilled tradespeople for over ten days to complete the construction project, while Iffland Lumber generously donated all the wood needed for the porch renovation. The renovation and filming took place in May 2023 and will be featured on an episode set to air in Spring 2024. This initiative has raised awareness about homelessness and food insecurity in Northwest Connecticut and will be showcased at the Warner Theater in Torrington.

“Investing in your community gives the public a positive outlook and improves the community’s quality of life. On behalf of CCIA’s membership, I would like to congratulate O&G Industries, Inc. on its exemplary efforts in its commitment to improving the overall quality of life for Connecticut’s citizens,” said Don Shubert, President of CCIA. “Your company’s involvement in the community has not only made a positive impact but has enhanced the overall image of the construction industry.”