Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and life transitions with grace and dignity.
we are making lifelong change! Your
donation sets in motion staggering bravery as women conquer their fears, learn
new skills, and take triumphant steps into a new life.
business owner gives back her time and profits to many charities because 20
years ago your donations gave her a path out of an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is the leading cause of
injury to girls & women ages 15-44. This year
you helped more than 50 women take the first brave steps to creating a safe
future for themselves and their children.
ago a struggling teen “heading down the wrong path” took the girls empowerment
program your donations made possible; today she is a happy, successful bank
manager. By age
15, girls are twice as likely to be come depressed than boys. This year 66 girls found their inner
strength through Girls Coach Girls Run.
More than 2/3 of new mothers stop
breastfeeding due to problems and lack of support, increasing the risk of
health complications to both mother and child. Thank you for ensuring new
mothers have a place to replace exhaustion and panic with joy and enrichment
and to overcome serious issues such as postpartum depression.
At least 50% of people who are eligible for
free legal services are turned away due to lack of capacity. Your donations support the only free legal consultation
program on the Shoreline. Lawyer Time guided men and women through difficult
issues related to divorce, custody, protection orders, real estate, and job
Your donations each year are the reason more
than 1,000 community members have a safe place to regroup after life throws a
curve ball or to find their way through one of life’s difficult transitions. Together we provided: 228
one-on-one consultations, 170 hours of emotional support, 140 hours of girls'
empowerment, 84 hours of financial education, and 75 hours of parent education.
In 2016 Women & Family Life Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary. We have much to celebrate and are proud of our long history of being the first open door to women and families on the Shoreline who are facing difficult transitions or crisis. Preparation for this milestone began in 2012 by taking stock of our strengths, areas of improvement, and opportunities. We identified three major areas in which to work to create deep and lasting community impact:
Programs: Since 2012, we launched 8 new programs to provide a continuity of support addressing emotional, legal, and financial support for women facing a variety of transitions including domestic violence and divorce. We also launched programs for new mothers and retirees as there were a dearth of programming to help combat the isolation and fear these transitions can cause. Next steps include further expanding our programs to include back to work programs, parenting support, and more prevention programs. We also will work to expand our network of referring agencies to include both public and private providers to ensure that we can reach any person who needs help.
Organizational Capacity: The Center, like many small nonprofits has not kept pace with best practices for upgrading technology. Through the recession we saw a 30% increase in requests for assistance married with flat or decreased funding levels. One way we weathered this time period was to delay IT upgrades and to use free software for our fledgling online registration system. These systems, which are now five years old, are not able to offer the level of security needed, are difficult to manage, and do not have all the capability we need. These issues are significantly reducing our staff efficiency and are our biggest barriers to expanding program and fundraising capacity.
Facility: To ensure that our historic facility remains a safe, comforting place for women and families to navigate difficult life transitions, we must undertake deferred maintenance, including foundation work, making the facility energy efficient and ensuring it looks like the safe haven it is. We must also create a vision for expanded use of this special place to ensure that we have adequate space for both ongoing and new programs.
I am struck by the depth and breadth of the needs we address in the little house on Fair Street and I am blessed to witness our neighbors rise to the difficult challenges life throws at them.
As the economy lags, we continue to see the stress it puts on women and their families and it is clear that we need to do more. In 2012 we developed a new strategic plan based on the observation that many life transitions have emotional, legal, and financial components and that our programming should include each of these elements as well. Thanks to your support, our we are already seeing this plan at work.
I am proud of our success and grateful for your support. However, there is still much to accomplish. It is our vision that all women in transition will be able to develop the skills and confidence to move from crisis to new success. To that end, we are planning for the future to ensure that the Center’s capacity continues to meet community needs.
I hope you will continue this journey with us as a donor, a volunteer, and/or a participant. Thank you again for your support!
As Women & Family Life Center enters its 24th year, we are very proud of the progress we have made in serving our communities along the shoreline of Connecticut. We love that we touch so many women and families for a wide range of reasons.
Women helping, advocating, and supporting other women are for us how we can make a difference in the world in which we live. Women & Family Life Center epitomizes this belief. We are also proud to have the support of so many men in our community who serve as Chefs in our annual fundraiser and on our Board and committees.
Although most of our constituents are women, these men understand that helping women helps families and makes a stronger community. We welcome anyone who wishes to help with our mission as we work together toward to ensure that within our safe and intimate setting on the Connecticut Shoreline women and families are able to access a strong network of support, women and families move from crisis to new strength, and that life transitions become a time of positive change rather than isolation, fear, and financial distress.
With our extreme weather in the last two years, many of us
have gained a deeper understanding of what if feels like to be vulnerable -- cut off
from each other, and from the resources we rely on. For many, we got a reminder
of how much we need each other and how powerful it is to come together as a
All year long, people feel this way in our community. I can’t tell you how many times, when people come to us they
say, “I don’t know if I am in the right place…” Our answer is simply – “You
Our programs give women and families the emotional
support, skills, and knowledge they need not just to survive, but to
thrive through any transition. If we don’t have just the right program, our
extensive referral program assures they get to the support programs they need.
I encourage you to become a part of Women & Family Life
as a volunteer, a donor, or a board member.
Women and Family Life Center provides wrap-around
services that include emotional support, legal and financial knowledge, and
community building for women facing difficult life transitions, such as
divorce, as well as happy life transitions that can also be very stressful and
isolating, such as having a baby. Our crisis support services are
offered free of charge to ensure that all women are able to receive the help
they need. Scholarships are available for our fee-based programs for
participants who need partial or full support.
The Center provides trained facilitators
to help women through all phases of their lives. Group sessions provide a community
of peers who support each other through grief, healing from trauma, and new
to approximately 500 individuals each year needing assistance. These on-on-one consultations provide
everything from a quick connection to more detailed plans for dealing with a
crisis. If we are unable to
provide a program or service ourselves, we connect the person with a local
“Pat” called with a tricky legal/mental health issue in her family. She had been frantically searching for some help and had hit many roadblocks with every agency she called. One of the agencies she called suggested she call us. We were able to help her parse out her needs and through our Laywer Time program, we were able to find her a lawyer that had expertise in the legal and civil aspects of her situation. Pat later called to say thank you: "I called everyone I could think of and they all said the same thing: we can't help you. You did not say that. I can't thank you enough!"
Our educational programs serve a broad spectrum -- from teens to
seniors -- and are designed to meet the changing needs of our community. They
invite community members to connect around common areas of interest and offer
valuable information and skills to help individuals improve their lives and
deal with life challenges.
Wellness classes and networking groups
ensure that women have a place to connect and thrive.
From a participant: "I just moved here from North Carolina 6 months ago. I am a writer with three children ages 3 months, 6 and 9. I joined the Women Writers Group and I am so happy to be able to meet with these women weekly. It is the one night out, away from my family that is just for me. I have found a home and new friends at the Women and Family Life Center. I feel very lucky."
Women & Family Life
Center provides a safe, intimate place for women and families to
face crises or major life transitions. In short, we help people when they feel their most vulnerable.
With two hurricanes and off-season snow storms in the last
two years, I think we all got a taste of what it is like to be vulnerable,
cut-off from each other, and from the resources we rely on. For many, we got a
reminder of how much we need each other and how powerful it is to come together
as a community.
All year long, people feel this way in our community. Women
and men enter our door with the stamp of fear on their faces, or the phone
rings and there are just tears on the other end.
Life has thrown them for a loop and they frightened,
overwhelmed, and feel alone and they don’t know where to turn. I can’t tell you
how many times, someone comes to us and says “I don’t know if I am in the right
place…” Our answer is simply – “You are.”
Our programs give women & families the emotional
support, and skills & knowledge they need to not just survive, but to
thrive through any transition. If we don’t have just the right program, our
extensive referral program assures they get to just the right place.
I invite you to become involved in Women & Family Life,
as a donor, a volunteer, or board member. W&FL gives each of just the right
place to be, giving us the opportunity to come together and to ensure that our neighbors
have a safe, supportive place to go when life throws them a loop.
Wendy DeLucca earned her Master’s in Education from Harvard
University, where she studied various issues related to education, including
working with at-risk boys, understanding traumatized children, and using the
arts to engage learners. Her
professional experiences span free-lance journalism, classroom teaching,
fundraising and non-profit programming. Wendy worked in both the Development and Curriculum departments at LEAP,
Inc. in New Haven (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership). LEAP is a non-profit organization that
provides year-round, out-of-school time programming for children living in
high-poverty neighborhoods. As
Director of Curriculum, she was responsible for three major areas: academic and extracurricular
programming for children; training of high school and college students to prepare
them to work as mentors for the younger children; and data collections and
evaluations. She taught 8th
grade English at Chase Collegiate School (formerly St. Margaret’s-McTernan) in
Waterbury and at Polson Middle School in Madison. A former dancer, Wendy grew up in New Haven, where she
attended public high school and the Educational Center for the Arts Dance Department
before attending Wesleyan University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Wendy is a member of the Exchange Club
of Greater New Haven and is an active volunteer for the Connecticut Chapter of
the Alzheimer’s Association.
Partnerships are essential to our mission, enabling us to bring expertise from local, state, and regional organizations to Shoreline residents. Our collaborative efforts ensure tightly coordinated services and a progression of programs to assist women through lengthy transitions. Many of our partnerships and collaborations are described above. Our organizational partners include:
Branford Early Education Collaborative
Food Allergy Education Network
Guilford Free Library
Guilford Public Schools
Guilford Police Department
Guilford Youth and Family Services
Hope After Loss
Madison Public Schools
Madison Police Department
Madison Youth & Family Services
Shoreline Arts Alliance
Women & Families Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital
In addition, we collaborate with many community volunteers who provide skilled professional services such as counseling and group facilitation, office and administrative support, grounds keeping, event coordination, and legal guidance. Our effective use of volunteers allows us to provide many community services with a small staff base.
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