The Initiative Helps Keep Families In Their Homes

December 21, 2021—WALLINGFORD, CT—For over 50 years, Calcagni Real Estate has helped Connecticut families buy and sell their homes. But this year, the company has set their sites on helping families throughout the state stay in their homes by supporting the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ be homeful project. The project launches an annual “Homeful for the Holidays” campaign to raise money to benefit families across the state who are facing the possibility of entering homeless shelters.

For Calcagni Realtor Doug Blackwood, who has been involved with “Homeful for the Holidays” since 2018, supporting such an initiative is a natural fit. “We are in the business of putting people into homes,” he says. “Why not share a little to keep people in their homes? It takes so little—as little as $1,000—to help a family stay in their homes and out of shelters. Currently, ‘Homeful for the Holidays’ has raised over $20,000 this year to benefit families statewide.”

Launched in 2015, be homeful seeks to educate people of all ages about the effects of homelessness on children while raising funds to help families stay in their homes. This year, be homeful is also seeking to brighten the holidays of children living in shelters. For every donation of $25, young children will receive a Paddington Bear stuffed toy, and older kids will receive a backpack. According to CT Realtors Foundation, 1,500 bears and 600 backpacks were provided this holiday.

“Our company believes strongly in supporting the communities where we work and live,” says Calcagni Real Estate President & Broker, Antonio Liguori. “After an incredibly successful year helping families across Connecticut buy and sell their homes, we made a donation of $5,000 to help families in need remain in their homes. We are so thankful to be in a position to do so, and we’re grateful to be homeful for the incredible work they do—not just during the holidays, but all year long.” Calcagni employees and Realtors have donated an additional $1,800 to the initiative.

For anyone thinking about making a donation to “Homeful for the Holidays,” Blackwood encourages them to do so—for the families in need, and the feeling that comes with helping others. “Knowing that we were able to help people stay in their homes, and knowing their children will never know who we are, but will get a gift of Paddington Bear or a backpack this year? It means more to me than anything else I do.”

To donate to “Homeful for the Holidays,” visit


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