Janice M . Hart:
Janice is a phenomenal dynamic Inspirational speaker, author and a performing artist, a true renaissance woman. She has appeared on several television shows from Hartford to New York. She has preached in several churches throughout the United States and the Caribbean. She has been an invited guest at the White House twice, 2007 & 2009. The Lincoln Center and Apollo theatre in New York. Her most recent performance and appearance was with the world-renowned Jazz Pianist Monty Alexander at The Shubert Theatre in New Haven.
Janice, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Degree, Master’ Degree in Theology, a Diploma in Business, Certificate in Advance Pastoral Counseling from Hartford Seminary, She has studied at Yale Divinity School. Studies focused on Science and Religion and appeared on the front page of the New Haven Register Sunday newspaper January 21, 2018. Certified Life Coach, Certified Diversity Consultant, Certificate in Critical Decision Making, Certificate in Mediation and Facilitation, is a mentor for young people. Janice has been an educator at The Seminary of the Open Bible for the past eight years. She is a Published author “CHAT BOUT” with Author house. Her book is endorsed by Harry Belafonte. This book is about Caribbean culture and Poetry. She is also an advisor and a true Leader, Mentor, a Facilitator and Mediator with the Community Dialogue of New Haven. She volunteers at Columbus House and Christian Community Shelter in New Haven.
Janice is an ordained Minister following the footsteps of her dad. Janice is a 32-year employee at Yale New Haven Hospital in the Perioperative Services as a Supervisor and Trainer and has held several positions throughout her tenure at Yale. She uses her talents to raise scholarship funds for minority students. She has been a beacon of strength in raising funds and goods for victims of hurricanes and earthquakes in the Caribbean. Janice is an integral part of the American Friends of Jamaica and have gone on several trips to aid with distribution of both medical and school supplies that she has provided for Jamaica .. She also took the time to do Inspirational speaking, at their annual conference.
For the past 15years she has single- handedly started a project of feeding the homeless on the streets of New Haven and in shelters. She has extended her gifts to provided Holiday meals for men in half-way houses and have included children in family shelters. These meals are prepared and cooked by her.
Janice has adopted over 40 children from the homeless shelters and with the help of friends she gives each child self-wrapped gifts of clothing for Christmas. Janice is a great support of Shar and Shar Scholarship Fund who specializes in helping inner city high school graduates with funds towards their college education.
Since the pandemic that caused the temporary shelters in the winter to close and disbursed the homeless in different places throughout the city. Janice became relentless in her work and effort to provide warm home cooked meals and bags of toiletries for these unfortunate people. You can see her some evenings during the week but especially on Saturdays and some Sunday evening with meals not less than a hundred meals with drinks and desserts and jackets for these people. In addition, she goes over to an elderly home on Ferry Street and feed the elderly there also. I am not sure how she finds the time, energy and resources to do such a phenomenal job but she does. When it gets too cold, she contacts Columbus House and Bring supplies of groceries to them. She has inspired so many people to give and volunteer that’s why I am writing this about her. It’s ironic that she does all this in the city of New Haven because realistically speaking she has been a resident of Hamden for over 25 plus years. She says love, passion and compassion has no boundaries or borders.
Janice have received several Awards and Recognition: Order of Distinction, Humanitarian Services, and The Jamaican American Award for Culture. The Avitar Award for Excellence, State of Connecticut, Office of the State Treasurer, Outstanding Service Award, Connecticut HealthCare Heroes Essay Winner, writing about her first Trauma experience, Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Award for Diversity, Marcus Mosiah Garvey Award for Culture, The Honorable Rosa De Lauro Award for 2019 Community Service Award, The Faithful Few Church Award for Outstanding Community Service. On April of this year 2019, The 2020 John S. Martinez Community Service Award, from The Columbus House Inc. of New Haven CT. Celebrating 38 years of finding solutions to an end for Homelessness. In Honor of Janice Hart for her dedication and support of Columbus House. Since COVID Janice provides her home cooked meals for
100 plus people on the streets and in senior shelters weekly. She is supported by a core group of people who believes in her work. Janice is in the process of forming her own non-profit organization HART to HEART FOUNDATION 501-C3 Janice is a true renaissance woman.