Columbus House (and New Haven) loses a champion


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We were saddened to learn of the loss of another close friend to Columbus House. Cheever Tyler passed away in August at the age of 81. The New Haven Register described Cheever as “… one of the city’s most exuberant and tireless promoters.” We couldn’t agree more.


Cheever was well-known and respected throughout New Haven, the city he loved. He was a caring and influential man who did so much for his community and for Columbus House. A lawyer by trade, Cheever used his influence, connections and compassion to make New Haven a better place to live and work.  He served on numerous non-profit boards and worked tirelessly to help those who needed it the most.


As long as anyone here can remember, Cheever has been a vital part of the Columbus House family. An ardent supporter, he spent decades working to help promote our mission, breaking the stereotypes about the causes of homelessness, and lending his considerable expertise to help Columbus House raise operating support for our programs. Cheever was an integral member of the Capital Campaign Committee that helped Columbus House build our New Haven Shelter and Services building on the Boulevard in New Haven. A Navy Veteran himself, he served on the fundraising committee to secure funding for Harkness House, a bridge housing program in The Hill for Veterans transitioning out of homelessness and into housing. Cheever was also a generous and consistent financial supporter. One year, at Cheever's birthday party at the Lawn Club, he asked that his guests make a contribution to Columbus House. All received a signed copy of one of his books of photography. That’s just the kind of person he was. His friendship and support are treasured and he will be greatly missed.


To read more about Cheever’s dedication to New Haven and his remarkable accomplishments, click the August 27th New Haven Register article by Ed Stannard:


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