Hartford’s homeless community will get some much-needed help this weekend when a hip-hop artist and his friends take the stage.
Joey Battaglia, also known as “Joey Batts,” has been a teacher in the public school system for almost a decade, and for the second year in a row, he’s going back to his hip-hop roots to raise money to help the homeless.
"I mean, how difficult would it be to not have a place to sleep in New England in the winter? I can't even fathom that. And the idea that some of your own students may be in that situation, and their only safe haven is a school,” Battaglia said.
He is hosting a Hip-Hop for the Homeless series of concerts, including a big event in Hartford on Saturday.
There will also be shows next week in New Haven, New Britain, and Middletown, where he is working with other artists and friends.
"And if we can all join forces to help combat one thing, I'm glad that it's getting the attention that it's getting,” Battaglia said.
Logan Singerman, of Hands on Hartford, and helps run a soup kitchen and a pantry in the capital city to help those in need.
"Chances are this holiday season, you're going to be going to different events - why not go somewhere where your money is going to be helping people to get by,” Singerman said.
The organization will get a portion of the proceeds from the Hartford hip-hop show.
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