Nonprofit veterans group Homes for the Brave names new CEO

By Kevin Zimmerman

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Vincent Santilli has been named CEO of ABRI/Homes for the Brave, a nonprofit organization based in Bridgeport that provides housing and support services to homeless veterans and other individuals.

Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute (ABRI), doing business as Homes for the Brave, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group that provides safe housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to homeless individuals, most of whom are veterans.

Santilli most recently served as director of the U.S. office for Hands Together, a nonprofit that serves the underprivileged in Haiti, and continues to coordinate and conduct its mission appeals throughout that country. He previously spent 30 years at People’s United Bank, at positions including first vice president of its retail and business banking division and executive director of the $51 million People’s United Community Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Directors, the Knights of Columbus, and the Economics and Finance Advisory Committee for Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business.

“Of all of the things I have accomplished, what could be better than advocating for the men and women who served our country and are now homeless, jobless, and battling mental health and addiction issues?” said Santilli.

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