Thames River Community Service. Inc.  provides safe housing and support services for families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse or mental illness.  The agency promotes family wellness, self-sufficiency and housing stability.

1992  Thames River Family Program (TRFP) groundbreaking and start of
           Transitional Housing Program
1993  Received the "Maxwell Award for Excellence"
Received contract for the Beyond Shelter Program
2008  Collaboration with Thames
Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA)
           on region’s Housing Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP)
2008  Awarded a Supportive Housing Program (SHP) contract from the CT State
           Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
2013  Collaboration with TVCCA on the Connecticut Rapid Rehousing Program
2014  Joined the region’s Coordinated Access Network (CAN) to provide quicker

           access to housing and resources for homeless or unstably housed families
2014  Began to prioritize housing and services to meet the demand for young parents

           between 18 and 24 
2017  Became the only program in Connecticut to exclusively serve families

           with young adults as head of household
2018  Awarded a Youth Rapid Rehousing Program (YRRH) contract
           from the CT State Dept. of Housing 


It is with a heavy heart that I inform our Thames River Family and friends that Tom Hyland, the former Executive Director and founder
of Thames River Family Program passed away today after a brief illness. He served as the leader of this program from its inception
in 1992 until he retired in 2016.

Tom was a major spokesperson in this community for the needs of those who endured poverty and homelessness. Thames River grew
out of Tom’s vision that families headed by women with their children could have a dignified and safe place in which to live where they could begin to have hope of a better life.   To date, over 1500 individuals (children and adults) have called Thames River home.
Tom will be sorely missed!

Kathy Allen
Executive Director