Kids in Crisis, the area’s only free, round-the-clock crisis counseling center and emergency shelter, announced Tuesday that it has received a $10,000 competitive grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to fund the operation of the Agency’s Safe Haven for Kids program, which provides comprehensive counseling and emergency shelter for Fairfield County children and teens.
Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped area families and children through free, round-the-clock crisis counseling and outreach provided by trained, on-site counselors. When home is not a safe or appropriate place for children to stay, they are welcomed into the Safe Haven for Kids program, which shelters up to 20 children, ages newborn to age 17, at the Kids in Crisis campus in Cos Cob. While temporarily residing at Kids in Crisis, these children receive intensive psychological and therapeutic individual and group counseling, comprehensive medical care provided by a full-time nurse practitioner, and in-depth educational support all amidst a loving, supportive family-like environment. The Safe Haven for Kids program is the only one of its kind in the state of Connecticut.
“We are deeply grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation for its ongoing support of our Safe Haven for Kids program,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis. “Together, we can continue providing families in our area with the care and services they so desperately need.”
Kids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises—domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 118,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 6,000 children and families in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton received assistance from the organization.
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.