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Center for Women and Families Expands into Trumbull

The Bridgeport-based facility will open its office Wednesday.

The  has a new resident.

The Center for Women and Families will see Trumbull-area clients in the center, located in . A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently.

"It's a comfortable place for them," said Jen Brown, coordinator for advocacy and crisis services. The counseling center is in a house, making it more comfortable for clients.

The goal is to give clients a "warm and welcoming place," Brown added.

The Center for Women and Families also has offices in the Fairfield Senior Center and Monroe Town Hall. The center serves clients from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe and Stratford, in addition to Trumbull.

"We're doing a lot in Trumbull," said President and Chief Executive Officer: Debra Greenwood. "We're excited because it's a great collaboration."

The CWF will use the space from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and for emergencies.

Volunteers for the center, CWF officials, Trumbull Police and First Selectman Tim Herbst attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Trumbull Police Det. Kevin Hammel, who investigates youth issues, serves on a multi-disciplinary team with CWF officials. He said the location is more convenient.

"I think a lot of people don't have the means to get to Bridgeport. They're nervous about going into the city," he said. "It's secluded. It's a quiet area. I think people might be more comfortable coming to this location."

Before cutting the ribbon, Greenwood thanked town officials.

"Thank you so much. It's great to be here in Trumbull. We're living in a house, so what's better than that?" she said.

Herbst said Trumbull is making a regional commitment to combatting domestic violence. "It is a regional problem. It's a state problem. It happens here," Herbst said. "We are committed to working with you."

Jennifer Hochberg April 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
The Center For Women and Families is a well known agency (on Fairfield Ave in Bridgeport) for helping all affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, etc. CWF also has a satellite office in Fairfield (in part of the Fairfield Senior Center), and while the satellite office is open a couple days a week, it provides a valuable service. In these uncertain times, especially when economics play a factor, there has been an increase in domestic violence. FYI: The Center for Women and Families is NOT state-run, it is a private nonprofit but also receives some state funding. Jennifer Hochberg current member of Fairfield RTM, District 7 and volunteer for CWF since 2004
louis April 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Look, I understand what everyone is trying to do with this center, but this lack of dissenting opinions in town has created a public policy nightmare. I know of the group and many groups like the "Center for Women and Families" a group which uses a name similar to that of a state agency. First off though, why is it in a public park, which is owned by the people as a whole and administered by the government for their enjoyment. The location previously served as a halfway house, I believe, but why put it there in old mine park. Secondly a constructive discussion needs to occur regarding these agencies and whether or not they are indeed achieving their goals or simply making a new generation of women dependent on the state and permanently stuck in low end jobs. What these women need are fellowship and love from these groups and their professionals and access to real job opportunities. They also need above average competent counselors to help them work through this. I'm not sure why this was sponsored by welfare state fund cutting republicans, but It should make everyone think, not just the women. Lastly, why isn't there 100% pay equity in the state of connecticut with a democrat governor and legislature. Certainly we have done some good things, but i would rather see a legislative issue resolved and successful rather than something we can perpeutally bring up to motivate the base.
John Jameson April 29, 2012 at 02:07 AM
First, there's been a counseling office in the building at Old Mine for years. And Louis, this center has absolutely NOTHING to do with welfare. It's goal is to help get people out of abusive relationships. Get a clue before you post. I certainly hope you're not the same guy that's announced he's running for office.
Betsy May 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Jennifer, Is there a place where items can be donated? I have always donated to the crisis center in Norwalk but would like to support those in need in my hometown as well.
Jennifer Hochberg May 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM
@Betsy, yes to your question! Items such as personal care items/toiletries can be brought to the Center's main office at 753 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport, though I am sure they can accept donations at the satellite office. Also for the kids, coloring books, scribble pads, & crayons...and gently used kids books are great ideas for donating...

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