Women and Family Life Center
96 Fair Street
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 96 Fair Street
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 458-6699 x
Fax 203-458-0616
E-mail info@womenandfamilylife.org
Web and Social Media
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Mission

 Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and life transitions with grace and dignity.

 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1991
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Peggy Britt
Board Chair Alexandra Miele
Board Chair Company Affiliation Andriole Group of HighTower
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $286,125.00
Projected Expenses $281,594.00
Statements
Mission

 Women & Family Life Center empowers women and their families to face challenges and life transitions with grace and dignity.

 

Background
Women & Family Life (W&FL) provides services to individuals from throughout the central Connecticut shoreline who are facing acute crisis, require support for the transitions in life, or are seeking community and personal growth. Our purpose is to help women, youth and families connect with each other, and with related services in our community, through education, support, wellness, and referral services.
 
W&FL originally came together as a community outreach center for women and children at the Peace & Justice Center of St. George’s Church in Guilford in 1989. In 1991, WFLC secured non-profit status, the first Executive Director was hired, and programs to help shoreline families were expanded to meet the mission. The organization moved to its present location, at 96 Fair Street, in 1998 after a successful capital campaign. Our programs and services have been growing ever since.
Impact

The Women & Family Life Center helps women and their families face crises and major life transitions. For more than two decades, we have provided a safe, intimate setting for women to face changes, challenges, and crises with grace, dignity and the support of a community of peers. We help women connect with others, learn and grow, and find the resources they need to create successful life transitions. We serve more than 1,000 community members each year through our key programming areas:

. "It is the most amazing feeling to walk into a support group and feel your heart lift because you are finally in the one place where you can feel understood.” Trained facilitators lead groups to help women grieve, heal, and start new chapters in their lives.

 
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. Over the next three years, W&FL will significantly expand programs to serve women in transition.

Pre/Post Natal Programs. Even the most positive life transitions, such as becoming a mother, can result in feeling overwhelmed and isolated, which can lead to a decrease in both physical and mental wellbeing. W&FL will fill a growing gap in programming along the Shoreline available to new mothers.

 
We implemented seven new programs from 2012-2014:
   - Lawyer Time - one-on-one legal consultations
   - Smart About Money Budget Coaching
   - Severe Food Allergy Support Group
   - Breastfeeding Support Group & Prenatal classes
   - One-on-One Counseling for Sexual Assault Victims
  - Safe Search assisted computer/phone services for women facing domestic violence or stalking.
 
 
 
 
Needs

The number of people needing our services has risen steadily over the past 5 years and the needs are becoming more urgent. Requests for domestic violence support services are increasing, requests for housing assistance exceed our capacity to help. At the same time, participation in our wellness programs has decreased, thus decreasing our earned income and making us more reliant on donations. We have not made significant maintenance or improvements to our 220 year old facility in many years and it is showing signs of wear. Specific needs identified include:

 
 
1. Increase our community outreach and marketing of our programs to ensure that women in need know about our programs. To do this we need to develop a suite of marketing materials, pay for advertising, and expand staffing levels to include a communications/outreach coordinator who can help improve communications, garner and organize volunteer participation, and develop referral networks among social service and medical providers in the area ($30,000).
 
2. Continue to improve our internal data/communications management. We have made significant strides in this area in the past year, upgrading technology, implementing online registration that is related to our database, thus decreasing the amount of staff time spent on administrative logistics. The next step is to clean up our database, expand our website to improve communications about programs and to make it less static and easier to navigate. ($5,000)
 
3. Conduct much-needed maintenance and repair on our facility, including new windows ($50,000), insulation ($20,000) interior paint ($15,000), new floor in wellness room ($10,000), and replace aging furniture in support group meeting rooms ($10,000).

 

CEO Statement
W&FL is a unique, progressive organization. We work to empower women going through divorce, parents raising kids (from babies to teens), individuals seeking cutting edge health and wellness information, people seeking community or connection, retired women, and those who don't know where else to turn.
 
This economic downturn has been challenging for so many, and the demand for our services has increased. A large portion of our operating funds is received via direct support from the community (and we receive no state or federal funding), and many of our donors share their appreciation of their investment going directly to help our local community. We will continue to strive to provide high quality services, and depend on the generous support of our donors to continue to enhance and expand what we do.
Board Chair Statement
As Women & Family Life Center enters its 22nd year, I am very proud of the progress we have made in serving our communities along the shoreline of Connecticut.  Since 2007 we have experienced a 30% growth in the number of people served which was 1300 in a year. A few of our accomplishments include our involvement with a multi-disciplinary Shoreline  Domestic Violence Task Force since January 2010, establishment of on-line resources which include our weekly blog and Weekly Fare and GirlsCoach*GirlsRun. This is  a peer to peer mentoring program that included 75 girls from Branford, Guilford and Madison.
I love that we touch so many women/families for a wide range of reasons.  Women helping, advocating and supporting other women are for me how we can make a difference in the world we live in. Women & Family Life Center epitomizes this belief.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention /
Areas Served
Branford
Guilford
Madison
Shoreline
While our geographic service area focuses on Branford, Guilford and Madison, we will provide services to anyone. With our expanding programs, we find we are serving women from east and north of New Haven to Old Saybrook to the east.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

With our extreme weather in the last two years, many of us have gain 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 community.

All year long, people feel this way in our communityI 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 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 support programs they need.

I encourage you to become a part of Women & Family Life as a volunteer, a donor, or a board member. 

 

Programs
Description

Women and Family life provides wrap-around services, that includes 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.

Population Served Females / General/Unspecified /
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
95% of participants will report improved well being (in terms of improved attitudes).
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Testimonial from a participant in one of the educational programs for new parents: "The WFLC offered a place where as a new mom I could meet other new moms and I was able to ask questions to Laura in a very welcoming environment. Laura is such a wonderful asset to the WFLC and I felt I could ask for her advice and never be judged.  It was comforting to see other parents going through the same things I was and I could learn from them.   She offers a class with a fun learning and entertaining environment for the kids and parents.  The moms in my group definitely bonded and will most likely be friends for a very long time.  I really enjoyed going and spending time with my child in a way that is so much different than at home."
Description

W&FL provides trained facilitators to help women through all phases of their lives. Group sessions provide a community of peers that supports each other through grief, healing from trauma, and new beginnings. In addition, we are the only area provider of supervised visitation services for parents going through divorce where the court has ordered that a trained professional supervise a child’s visit with the non-custodial parent. 

  • Divorce Support Groups
  • A Family Visitation Program
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss
  • Sexual Assault Counseling & Support Group
  • Parent Chat - parents of special needs children
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
Population Served Females / Families / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Participants will report improved well being, including moving from feeling isolated to have a sense of community and support; improved knowledge of resources available; improved sense of well-being and coping.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Survey and focus groups.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. From Wendy, a participant in a support group: I cannot begin to explain how wonderful the group has been for me. When you are stripped of all your esteem and then come here—listen to other women—listen to the facilitator—after that you begin to find once again a worthiness to yourself. Knowing that there is support, friendship, tears and laughter shared is all important. Thank you. 

 

Description

We respond to approximately 500 year from individuals 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 community service.

W&FL also partners with Domestic Violence Services of New Haven and Guilford Youth & Family Services to provide the only domestic violence services on the shoreline. W&FL serves as a safe place for women to begin their journey to a new life and access to domestic violence counseling, legal services, and other resources necessary to make this difficult life change.
  • One-on-One Consultations
  • Domestic Violence Referral Services
  • Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Safe Search Computer/Phone
Population Served Females / General/Unspecified /
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Attendance and surveys.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. From a Women’s Health Conference participant: You and your teams must be exhausted and exhilarated at the same time – what a spectacular conference!!  It felt like a personal retreat as much as it did a health conference, especially with the beautiful venue, great food, sessions featuring fun physical activities, and the opportunities to indulge in a massage, reiki, etc.  Everyone I spoke to was having a great time.  The food, the venue, the expo and the speakers were all terrific!
Description

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.

  • Girls Coach Girls Run: leadership and healthy lifestyle peer mentoring program
  • What Every Woman Needs to Know about Divorce
  • Developmental Play programs for babies/toddlers
  • Breast Feeding Education Workshops for Moms & Families
Population Served General/Unspecified / Females /
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
# calls / emails / walk-in requests received.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. From Laurie, from an email request for assistance: I just received your e-mail and I will be following up in a few hours when I can take a coffee break; but I just wanted to reply immediately to say Thank You, thank you, thank you!  I am so impressed with your response and thankful for your help and I finally feel like there is now something I can actually do from here to help my mother.  You are an angel. 
Description

Wellness classes and networking groups ensure that women have a place to connect and thrive.

  • Baby & Parent Developmental Play
  • Women Recreating Retirement
  • Women Writers
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments

There is no other organization like Women & Family Life Center. We provide a safe place, intimate place for women & 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.

CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Peggy Britt
Term Start May 2011
Email pbritt@WomenAndFamilyLife.org
Experience
Current position since 2011.
Previous Positions:
VP for Strategic Initiatives, Earth Force, Inc. 
Development Director, Wild Swan Theater
Assistant Director/Communications Director, Michigan Sea Grant
Assistant Director, National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training 
 
Education:
BS, Cornell University, 1983
MES, The Evergreen State College, 1990 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Valerie Minter -
Ms. Liza Janssen Petra -
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography

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.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

Partnerships are essential to our mission, enabling W&FL to bring expertise from local, state and regional organizations to the CT 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

Branford Police Department
Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven

Food Allergy Education Network

Guilford Free Library

Guilford Public Schools

Guilford Police Department

Guilford Social Services 

Guilford Youth and Family Services

Hygeia Foundation

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 W&FL to provide many community services with a small staff base. 

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Finalist - Nonprofit Executive of the YearHartford Business Journal2010
Nonprofit Organization of the YearGuilford Chamber of Commerce2006
Board Chair
Alexandra Miele
Company Affiliation Andriole Group of HighTower
Term July 2013 to June 2015
Email alexandra.j.miele@gmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Ann Arpino Marcum, LLC
Ms. Paula Burns
Kriston Conlon Guilford Savings Bank
Mr. Brendan Smith Shoreline Financial Advisors
Ms. Karen Stephens Page Taft Real Estate
Ms. Helen Stroebel-Glaser Bausch & Stroebel
Joan Reed Wilson Wilson, Pinder & Snow
Ms. Dorota Xeller Neighborhood Music School
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Joan Reed Wilson
Company Affiliation Wilson, Pinder & Snow
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Email jwilson@wpslaw.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Building
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $286,125.00
Projected Expenses $281,594.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$130,526$163,689$130,857
Government Contributions$4,763$9,515$19,410
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$4,763$9,515$19,410
Individual Contributions------
------
$62,421$79,716$83,376
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25,254$776$10
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$55,436$63,445
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$54,614$3,573$1,231
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$176,968$143,873$168,561
Administration Expense$40,625$70,515$74,877
Fundraising Expense$42,533$40,330$46,693
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.231.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%56%58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%18%22%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$463,725$457,551$410,889
Current Assets$157,036$136,838$80,484
Long-Term Liabilities$113,677$118,994$133,833
Current Liabilities$2,627$8,588$5,076
Total Net Assets$347,421$329,969$271,980
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $15,000Guilford Community Fund $15,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDorr Family Foundation $10,025Yale New Haven Hospital $5,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountStoddard Family Foundation $10,000Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield $5,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities59.7815.9315.86
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets25%26%33%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Women and Family Life has experienced significant increase in numbers of community members needing support, counseling and referral services. At the same time, our fee-based programs have lost participation due to economic pressures. We are proud to have been able to respond by increasing efficiencies and decreasing costs to meet the increasing demand on a flat budget. We are continuing to find ways to invest in our infrastructure to increase efficiency. 
 
We are not required to conduct an audit and have not undertaken a full financial audit due to budget constraints. However, our financial management is of the highest standards. We employ an external bookkeeping service, have an external CPA review our books annually and complete our annual tax returns, and have a financial professional as Treasurer who provides oversight on a monthly basis.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address 96 Fair Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 458-6699
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Peggy Britt
Board Chair Alexandra Miele
Board Chair Company Affiliation Andriole Group of HighTower

 

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