Catholic Charities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency
providing programs focused on maximizing human potential for all ages
regardless of race, ethnic background, religion, or economic circumstances. Established
in 1920, the agency has more than 90 years of experience serving low-income
individuals, children, and families from some of the neediest Connecticut communities.
Reflecting our commitment to delivering the highest
quality of service, Catholic Charities is nationally accredited by the Council
on Accreditation (COA) with our early childhood programs nationally accredited by
the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). Catholic
Charities is also recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
In Greater New Haven, Catholic Charities annually
serves over 12,000 culturally diverse, predominately low-income clients of all
ages regardless of religion across 3 sites in New Haven and our Lower Naugatuck
Valley and Milford Family Service Centers. Programs include Centro San Jose,
behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, domestic violence programs,
parenting education, immigration services, early childhood education and
adoption, employment & youth services.
Over 2,500 individuals received behavioral health services from Catholic Charities in Greater New Haven and the Lower Naugatuck Valley, enabling children and youth to develop into responsible, self-sufficient adults and adults to become healthy and self-sufficient.
More than 1,000 individuals and families received family support services including case management and basic needs assistance to stabilize families.
Over 75 young children received high quality early childhood education at our two regional licensed, National Associations for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) accredited school readiness programs.
Over 100 economically disadvantaged minority youth received high quality out of school time programming through Centro San Jose, ensuring that these at risk youth can succeed in school and are prepared for college and work.
Over 220 individuals identified resources, removed basic barriers to employment (childcare, transportation, resume) and conducted a job search through Catholic Charities’ regional Empowering People for Success Employment Program.
Catholic Charities’ top goals for the current year include stabilizing funding for the Centro San Jose Family Center which provides critical services to over 1,000 individuals in one of Greater New Haven’s neediest neighborhoods, increase staff development and expertise through high quality professional development opportunities and continue our progress towards implementing research-based curricula and programs across all services.
Catholic Charities’ top needs in the New Haven community are to continue to grow our unrestricted donor base, secure stable funding for the Centro San José Family Center which provides critical services to over 1,000 individuals in one of Greater New Haven’s neediest neighborhoods and, increase our responsiveness to families who continue to be impacted by the economic crisis through basic needs programs.
Catholic Charities’ Ansonia Family Service Center has been proudly serving the Lower Naugatuck Valley for 30 years. In order to meet the needs of Valley residents we provide a comprehensive array of services including; Individual, Couples, Family and Group Counseling, a Child Psychiatric Clinic, Parenting Education and Family Violence Education programming, and Substance Abuse treatment.
Our Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for children provides a comprehensive array of services to children and youth, 5-18 years old from the Naugatuck Valley including: comprehensive diagnostic assessments, individual, group and parent-child/family counseling, and psycho-educational services. We also provide comprehensive services for the child/youth’s family members. The therapeutic interventions provided by our agency foster a supportive and nurturing environment within the home, school and the community that will increase the ability of the children and youth to develop into responsible, self-sufficient adults.
Catholic Charities administers the CGAS and Ohio Scales on a regular basis; upon admission, every 90 days thereafter and again at discharge allowing us to track both long and short term success.
For children completing services 75% will experience improved CGAS and Ohio scores at discharge.
The Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) (Shaffer et al. 1983) is one of the most widely used measures of the overall severity of disturbance in children. It is a global measure of social and psychiatric functioning for children ages 4 to 16 years of age.
The Ohio Youth Problem, Functioning and Satisfaction Scales (Ohio Scales) – Short Form (Ogles, Melendez, Davis, & Lunnen, 2000) are widely used across the nation within children’s behavioral health and juvenile justice services and utilize three parallel multiple rater perspectives -- the youth’s parent or primary caretaker, the youth, and the youth’s agency worker -- to assess mental health outcomes.
The CGAS and Ohio Scales are the primary tools used to measure program success. The Ohio Scales have additional questions that allow us to monitor youth and parent satisfaction. Our behavioral healthcare professionals also utilize an electronic medical record system to enter progress notes.
Our program successes are measured in human terms; an eleven year old child mourning the tragic death of a grandparent by acting out is now able to resume his life with the knowledge that he does not need to ever forget this very important person in his life; a twelve year old child in a family experiencing divorce who refused to talk literally found his voice through family therapy and is now thriving in school and an unemployed young man with substance abuse and anger management issues has been able to address his substance abuse issues, look for a job without being angry, and perhaps most importantly report a more positive attitude about having a future
Centro San Jose is a Family Center located in the heart of Fair Haven targeting families with children, birth to twenty one through a comprehensive array of programming including; full day, full year NAEYC accredited Early Childhood/School Readiness programming for 3-5 year olds (located at Centro San Jose and its satellite site on Grand Avenue), a full spectrum of immigration services provided by BIA accredited staff, comprehensive youth programming, basic needs programming (food pantry, diaper bank and case management), and family strengthening programming designed to strengthen and support the entire family through parent education and family literacy programming.
Through the provision of high quality out of school time (afterschool and summer) programming, economically disadvantaged youth residing in one of our region’s most at-risk neighborhoods have increased their developmental assets.
Through full day, full year, licensed, National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) accredited school readiness programming for 3-5 year olds, young English learners received the education and supports that serve as the groundwork for success in kindergarten and their entire academic career.
Through the provision of a full spectrum of immigration services Centro San Jose enhances the lives of immigrants in Greater New Haven.
Through the provision of high quality out of school time (afterschool and summer) programming including homework assistance, tutoring, physical health/wellness programming, and opportunities for positive social interaction/belonging, challenge and responsibility, Fair Haven youth have improved their school success and are prepared for college and work.
By providing a caring environment for parents to build on their strengths, gain confidence in their abilities, learn better parenting skills, reduce barriers to employment and promote healthy growth and development in their children, our Family Strengthening programs help children and youth achieve healthy developmental milestones, allow parents to achieve their own personal, educational and employment goals, and families to build stronger communities.
Catholic Charities’ early childhood education programs use the State Preschool Assessment Framework to assess children’s growth on a regular basis.
Our youth programming uses the Developmental Asset Profile (DAP) Survey by the Search Institute in order to measure the number of youth who increase their developmental assets. The DAP is one of the most used instruments in the world for measuring the internal strengths and external supports that influence adolescents’ success in school and in life. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the DAP measures those strengths and supports in valid and reliable ways.
Last year Catholic Charities’ Centro San Jose assisted over 300 individuals through our food pantry and over 200 families through our diaper bank. Over 75 economically disadvantaged young children received high quality early childhood education that provided them with the foundation they need for success in school.
Last year our results from the Developmental Asset Profile (DAP) revealed 92% of youth improved their sense of positive identity, 93% of youth improved their sense of values, 85% of youth increased their commitment to learning and 95% of youth improved their social competencies.
Catholic Charities’ New Haven and Milford Family Service Centers offer a comprehensive array of programs including parenting education, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment for children, youth, families and adults, adoption, pregnancy counseling, and employment services.
Catholic Charities’ Family Service Centers serve all; regardless of race, ethnic background, religion, or economic circumstances. Many of our clients are living at or below the Federal Poverty Level. Without Catholic Charities they simply would not receive the critical services they need.
Our Behavioral Health services increased the number of individuals who improved their ability to function and achieve self-sufficiency.
Last year, 95% of individuals served in our Empowering People for Success program (primarily single mothers) demonstrated improved problem solving skills.
Approximately 78% of clients who attended more than 5 behavioral health sessions improved their M-GAF scores.
Over 100 adults who completed our Empowering People for Success program attained employment.
Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health Programs use the Modified Global Assessment of Functioning (M-GAF), a numeric scale used extensively in practice and research to rate an individual’s social, occupational, and psychological functioning. The M-GAF allows our experienced clinical staff to measure a reduction in behavioral disruptions in daily life as well as reduced symptoms of anxiety/depression.
The Primary Service Workers in the Empowering People for Success program work with each individual to complete a Situational Assessment Survey and Family Development Plan.
Last year, across all Empowering People for Success services, an average of 83% of referrals were opened in a timely manner. 100% of internal Empowering People for Success Client Satisfaction Survey were positives evidenced in the CT Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) Quarterly Outcomes Report.
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