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Women's Center of Greater Danbury

Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204

Campaign Goals

The Women’s Center has grown into a multi-faceted social service organization that serves the community’s most vulnerable men and women, children and families, while guiding and educating the community-at-large to create systemic change and reform. To be most effective, we must position ourselves to anticipate, as well as satisfy, the needs and requirements of our community.

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Enhance

ENHANCE:
The goal for enhancing our programs is $500,000

Education Programs

Education Programs

Over the past few years, our Educational Outreach programs have seen a diversification in audience makeup, increases in participants and increases in requests from a wider range of institutions.

Effective October 1, 2016, all local and regional school districts in Connecticut are required to provide sexual assault awareness and prevention programs in grades K-12, per Section 17a-101q of the Connecticut General Statutes. Our educational programs meet all the standards and core performance indicators. Schools are using our programs to fulfill this mandate. As a result, our programming in schools has expanded, new partnerships have formed, and demand has increased.

In our last fiscal year ending June 2017, our Community Education team of 5 prevention educators served nearly 30,000 participants.

We are in greater need of more educators now more than ever before.

Counseling & Advocacy

Counseling & Advocacy

Hiring additional staff will address the demand for services by a growing population, including Spanish-speaking women, children, teens and preteens. We can expand on-site counseling and advocacy for children residing at the residential facility, at hospitals, police departments, satellite locations and court.

Current statistics indicate nearly 25% of women served by the state’s domestic violence agencies were Hispanic/Latina – the second largest ethnic group served, after Caucasian women. Often victims in these populations are caught between the need to seek help and the inability to tell their story to an English speaking counselor, In fact, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence – of which the Women’s Center is a member – made it a priority to ensure accessibility to culturally-specific information by bilingual, certified domestic violence counselors in Spanish-speaking communities and for those with limited English proficiency. We strive to have the same priority.


BuildBUILD:
The goal for building our residential facility is $4,250,000

NEW RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN

NEW RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN

Not only have we outgrown our five-bedroom, 13-bed residential facility, but like many old homes, this 19th century house does not meet the needs of our clients and is in constant need of repair. The Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Women’s Center management have collectively decided not to put more money into repairs but instead build a new residential facility that better and more efficiently serves the women and children for whom we provide safe and secure housing.


GrowGROW:
The goal for growth is $1,000,000

INCREASE THE ENDOWMENT AND OPERATING BUDGET

INCREASE THE ENDOWMENT AND OPERATING BUDGET

Raising endowment dollars is vital to protect us from unexpected operational deficits and expenses, particularly as government funding consistently decreases. Every dollar invested in our endowment enhances our financial security and assures our long-term future.

Our staff of 38 employees includes counselors, educators, court and campus advocates, as well as residential facility staff. Their salaries and benefits fall below parity with others in the non-profit sector.

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Location & Contact

Women's Center of Greater Danbury 
2 West Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810
E-mail: womenscenter@wcogd.org

Counseling/Administrative Headquarters:
Ph: (203) 731-5200
Fax: (203) 731-5207

Local Hotlines:
Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

 

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