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
Tara Clarke, our social worker and Meghan Scanlon our executive director, testified before the Children's Committee in February 2020 to support a measure that would improve access to Care 4 kids (a child care subsidy for working families) for survivors of domestic violence.
"Women and Family Life Center is a treasure trove of support. It is a unique organization that gives you a soft place to land when you need it. They offer community, guidance, and a host of other programs. That support makes all the difference. They have our backs!" - Melissa
GCGR is an innovative leadership program for girls using a three-tiered peer mentoring model. This program promotes self-esteem, self-care, healthy relationships, leadership and community.
Mission
Women & Family Life Center (W&FLC) empowers women and families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with strength and confidence. Our Center offers women and families access to a strong network of support, education and community to make life transitions a time of positive change during a time of isolation, fear and financial distress. 
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
In 2017, in order to meet the demand for more in depth case management services, we created the Guided Assistance Program (GAP). 
The Guided Assistance Program (GAP) provides personalized support and referrals for women and families facing difficult life challenges. The Center’s Referral Navigators work to directly connect participants to community resources spanning crisis services, social services, mental health, financial and legal services. Through GAP, a participant learns how to outline her personal or family needs and to create an action plan. GAP is a unique service, not offered at any other organization on the Shoreline. We accept anyone that walks through our door, regardless of income or location.
 
Last year, this program grew by 53 percent. We served 115 in 2018 and in 2019 we served 176. In order to meet the growing need, we hired a second social worker at full-time. The funding for this program began with a capital campaign three years ago and runs out at the end of this year. We need to raise $100,000 to keep this program and meet the needs of the women and families we serve!  
 
 
A Great Opportunity Ending Date June 30 2020
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 Meghan Scanlon
Board Chair Sarah DellaVentura
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bishop's Orchards
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Women & Family Life Center (W&FLC) empowers women and families to face challenges and transitions in their lives with strength and confidence. Our Center offers women and families access to a strong network of support, education and community to make life transitions a time of positive change during a time of isolation, fear and financial distress. 
Background

In addition to helping women and families in crisis, the Center is the only provider on the Shoreline that offers comprehensive programming that helps to educate and empower women and girls. These include divorce support, pro-bono legal education, financial education classes and innovative leadership programs for girls that promote and teach self-esteem, self-care and healthy relationships.

 
The Center 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, the Center 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

Women and Family Life Center envisions a world where life transitions and crises for women and families become less about uncertainty and doubt and more about hope, positive change and community. We believe that where you are today does not determine your future. Through education, support, community and a little fun and laughter, women and families gain the strength, knowledge and skills to stand up for themselves and others. They strive for a better life and set out on a path toward greater access to economic security and success, freedom from violence and harassment, access to safe and affordable housing and a stronger, more supportive community network. 

Needs
Make Guided Assistance Program (GAP) permanent, $100,000: we have created the Guided Assistance Program (GAP) and hired 2 referral navigators. These navigators,  licensed clinical social workers, assesse the needs of each client and works with area stakeholders to provide and ensure all of their needs are met. GAP is a unique service, not offered at any other organization on the Shoreline. We accept any one that walks through our door, regardless of income or location. We assist many families that would otherwise have no place to turn for help.
 
All staff full-time, $345,000: due to growing demand for our services, we would like to make all staff full time and offer benefits. This will allow us to expand hours of operation and expand our programming across the shoreline.
 
 
CEO Statement

Dear Friends,

We could not be more proud of all that Women & Family Life Center has accomplished this year because of you and your support.

We were busy this year! After undergoing and adopting a new strategic plan that will guide us through 2023, here are just a few highlights of our past year’s accomplishments:

1.      Our Guided Assistance Program (GAP) grows by 53 percent! As a result, we hired an additional full-time referral navigator, now we have two social workers ready to meet the needs of women and families.

2.      Men Who Cook reaches record highs! Our annual fundraiser in October reached the highest attendance and donations to date, all to help support women and families. Thank you to the chefs, sponsors and attendees that made it happen!

3.      Girls for Girls: A Limelite Project launches legacy of empowerment to benefit women and families! Tracy Tolisano and her dance team created an event that celebrates girls in our community for their kindness, bravery and all the qualities that make them uniquely who they are. It is now an annual event that we are excited to be a part of. This year they donated $18,000 to Women & Family Life Center.

4.      Financial Consults expands to Branford site! In partnership with Branford Counseling Center (BCC), we now offer financial education appointments at BCC.

5.      Girls Coach Girls Run celebrates 10 years of building community & confidence in the next generation of young women! 70 girls, grades 4-12, from Madison & Guilford, participated in our innovative after-school leadership program that promotes self-esteem, self-care, healthy relationships, and community.

On behalf of all of us at Women & Family Life Center, thank you for your passion, dedication and belief in helping women and families overcome life’s challenges in order to reach their goals and achieve their full potential.

Please feel free to contact us at 203-458-6699 or mscanlon@womenandfamilylife.org if you have any questions or comments or would like to discuss how you can help support, empower and grow Women & Family Life Center to continue our work together to create a world where women and families can turn the impossible into the possible.

Blaze Your Own Trail,

 

Sarah Bishop DellaVentura, Board Chair & Meghan Scanlon, Executive Director

 


 
Board Chair Statement
All women, mothers & families deserve a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, an opportunity to stand up for themselves, and a will to strive.
 
I wholeheartedly support the mission of the Women and Family Life Center. All too often someone's life takes an unexpected turn, a right instead of a left. I am honored to support and be a part of an organization whose aim is to get women and families lives back on track and does it with compassion and love.
 
I urge you to support or become a part of this great organization.
Sincerely,
Sarah Bishop DellaVentura
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Girls Clubs
Areas Served
Shoreline
Branford
Guilford
Madison
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 Haven to East Lyme. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


 

Programs
Description

Women & Family Life Center provides non-clinical services that include access to crisis supports, emotional supports, legal and financial education, 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 / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Participant surveys and in-person narratives.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Girls Coach Girls Run (GCGR), parent:
"I wanted to take a moment to let you know how incredibly thankful I am for GCGR. I am so grateful that my daughter had the opportunity to experience the positive and empowering aspects of this program. She is a sweet, kindhearted girl who can sometimes be very soft spoken and often lack confidence in school. Watching her finish the Run yesterday brought me to tears. For the first time I believe in her little life, she felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in herself that I have never seen before. As a parent watching, you can’t even imagine how my heart was glowing and filled with pride and happiness. She was literally glowing too! She expressed to my husband and me how great it felt and how happy she was with herself."

Guided Assistance Program (GAP) participants:
"I finally feel like things are moving in the right direction. I'm glad I was able to get it out there and tell my family." - A young mom beginning to divorce her verbally abusive spouse. She utilized GAP, Financial Consults, Lawyer Time, and we connected her to the local domestic violence services center. She moved herself and her daughter out to a family member’s house and is making progress in advocating for herself.

Description

The Center provides trained facilitators to help women through difficult life challenges. Group sessions provide a community of peers who support each other through grief, healing, and new beginnings. 

  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Divorce Support Groups
  • Life & Loss, a bereavement support group
We also partner with other agencies to bring their services to our Center. We provide physical space for the following support and crisis programs: 
  • Domestic Violence crisis services with Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BHcare. 
  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group with Hope After Loss.
  • Sexual Assault crisis services with Women & Families Center.
  • Support groups for children with ill parents with KidsHUGS.
  • Support groups for children living with food allergies with Food Allergy Friends community 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.
95% of participants will report improved well being, including moving from feeling isolated to having a sense of community and support.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Breastfeeding Support Group:
"The facilitator--and the other moms--were an invaluable help to me as I adjusted to motherhood. She creates a safe place to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, and helps us feel a lot less stressed." 
 
Divorce Support Groups:
"This group was uplifting. It made me realize that I am not alone."
 
"This this group, I saw that divorce is survivable." 
 
Description

The Guided Assistance Program (GAP) provides personalized support and referrals for women and families facing difficult life challenges. The goal of GAP is that every person working in the program is empowered to actively participate in her own life choices. The Center’s Referral Navigator works directly with women to connect them to community resources spanning multiple domains, including crisis services, social services, mental health, financial and legal services. Such community resources may include current programs at Women & Family Life Center; programs at other local non-profit organizations; and programs offered by town and state offices.

Through the Guided Assistance Program, a participant learns how to outline her personal or family needs and to create an action plan. Depending on the case needs, the Referral Navigator may explain eligibility requirements for local programs; help with filling out applications; advocate for access to resources; help participants prepare for phone calls or appointments; and more.

GAP participation spans short-term phone consults to longer-term, in-person appointments. GAP is a free service open to women of any income level; health insurance is not required for participation.

We also offer the Safe Search Desk for women in need of a secure work station. Here, they may make calls, use the computer and other office equipment without being monitored by a controlling partner.
Population Served Females / / 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 feel empowered and supported as they find resources that addresses their needs. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys and in-person narratives.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

"You have been so kind. I do feel proud of the work I've done." - A woman going through divorce and moving to CT for first time. She utilized Lawyer Time and GAP. The Referral Navigator supported her in finding social connections in her new community. She now volunteers regularly at a soup kitchen, joined a choir, and is attending support groups. Through her work with our Referral Navigator, this woman has increased her levels of confidence, motivation, and ability to advocate for herself.

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. We used two major program models to provide educational resources:  one-on-one consultations and group workshops.

  • Divorce Workshop
  • Girls Coach Girls Run mentoring program
  • Financial Consults (one-on-one appointments)
  • Financial Workshops
  • Lawyer Time (one-on-one appointments)
Population Served General/Unspecified / Females / Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short-term success varies by program content. Some examples include:
 
* 80% of Girls Coach Girls Run participants will report increased self-confidence and/or self-esteem.
* 80% of Girls Coach Girls Run participants will report improved friendship skills.
*80% of participants in our workshops will report an improved level of content knowledge.
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Survey responses, testimonial stories, and repeat participation, where appropriate.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
 Lawyer Time:
“The lawyer gave me hope that my situation is fixable and can be worked on.”
 
Financial Consults:
“The Coach helped me with organizing what to pay off, prioritizing my bills and how debt and collections work.”
 
 
Description

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

  • Shoreline Women Recreating Retirement
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our wellness programs will give women a place to gather, create a community of peers, and develop deep community and individual bonds.
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. The Center's wellness programs are designed to create community, reduce feelings of isolation, and break down barriers to coming to the Center for help with difficult life transitions. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Repeat participation and survey responses.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Shoreline Women Recreating Retirement (WRR):
"The group has given me an improved sense of purpose." 

"I thought that once I hit retirement age, that was it! But now I have found new outlets to enjoy new experiences which I would have not done without WRR." 
Program Comments
CEO Comments

In addition to helping women and families in crisis, the Center is the only provider on the Shoreline that offers comprehensive programming that helps to educate and empower women and girls. These include divorce support, pro-bono legal education, financial education classes and innovative leadership programs for girls that promote and teach self-esteem, self-care and healthy relationships.



 

CEO/Executive Director
Meghan Scanlon
Term Start Aug 2018
Email mscanlon@womenandfamilylife.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Peggy Britt- Mar 2018
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.

Title Development Director
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 and collaborations are a core tenet of implementing our mission. Our partnership strategy allows the Center to have a greater impact on our service areas in three significant ways. 

Our partnerships allow shoreline residents to utilize services from state or regional organizations, lowering the logistical and emotional barriers to seeking help. 

Participation in task forces allows the Center to provide a coordinating role among social service providers. 

Our deep connections and knowledge about our partners and collaborators enables us to act as a bridge to available services, guiding women and families through a myriad of providers and services to identify those they need. 

Our community resource partners include:

Branford Counseling Center; Food Allergy Friends; Guilford Free Library; Guilford Public Schools; Guilford Police Department; Guilford Social Services; Guilford Youth and Family Services; Hope After Loss; kidsHUGS; Kidsteps of Sarah, Inc.; Madison Public Schools; Madison Youth & Family Services; Music Together of the River Valley; Shoreline Arts Alliance; United Way of Greater New Haven; Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BHcare; Women's Business Development Center, The CT Hospice, Clinton Human Services, Lifelinx, Song Strong Foundation & Women & Families Center.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2018
United Way of Greater New Haven2018
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Finalist - Nonprofit Executive of the YearHartford Business Journal2010
Nonprofit Organization of the YearGuilford Chamber of Commerce2006
Board Member of the YearShoreline Chamber of Commerce2018
Comments
CEO Comments Wrapping up the capital campaign and a new executive director has lent itself to the opportunity to create new fund development plans and a new vision and strategic plan for the next 5 years. We are excited to build upon our success in the past and serve women and families in a more impactful way moving forward. 
Board Chair
Sarah DellaVentura
Company Affiliation Bishop's Orchards
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Russell BrinnRussell Brinn Law
Beth Fecko Curtis
Heather DaceyPage Taft Realtors
Steven DeGraffAegis Wealth Partners
Ms. Elena DePalmaSelf-Employed
Laurie DesmetPartnerRe
Barbara DudleyRetired
Kathy DuncanGuilford Savings Bank
Thea MartinLafferty Martin Law
Diane McNamara
Alex MieleHightower Associates
John Michael ParkerNon-profit - Art
Christy Stoddard
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Unspecified 1
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
Ms. Meghan Forgione
Company Affiliation solar Youth
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email deborahcutlerortiz@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Building
CEO Comments
After completing the capital campaign and bringing on a new Executive Director, the board is working to review and update all governance documents this fiscal year. 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30 2020
Projected Revenue $795,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$956,002$884,449$518,975
Current Assets$421,618$596,400$230,005
Long-Term Liabilities$82,175$89,103$93,020
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$873,827$795,346$425,955
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Seedlings Foundation $155,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,528
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Padre Pio Foundation of America $100,000Guilford Community Foundation $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Stoddard Family Foundation $36,000Stoddard Family Foundation $10,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Women & Family Life Center has experienced a significant increase in the number 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. But now, we are at a time where we need to grow to meet our mission, so we are doing everything we can to set ourselves up for success through fundraising and diversifying our  our financial resources in order to meet the immediate and long term needs of the organization and build upon on our health reserve fund. Last year we invested our revenue in a sound way that will help to generate income for the organization for years to come. 
 
We have not typically raised enough money to be 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. This year, we will be conducting our first audit as we anticipate revenues over $500,000.00.
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 Meghan Scanlon
Board Chair Sarah DellaVentura
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bishop's Orchards

 

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