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Community Connections Center at Homeless Services Back in South Norwalk

For the first time since flooding from Tropical Storm Sandy damaged the Agency’s primary service location, the Specialized Foster Care and Homeless Services programs at Family & Children’s Agency has returned to the South Norwalk community on Jan. 28. While returning to South Norwalk is significant for the Agency’s staff to provide comprehensive support to its clients, it is particularly beneficial for clients of the Community Connections Center, a day center providing professional support to those experiencing homelessness, who have sought out services at the Center’s temporary location at Grace Episcopal Church since the storm.

“Relocating back to the South Norwalk community is critical for the Community Connections Center clients,” said Chris Jachino, Director of Homeless Services. “Transportation for clients has been a challenge as the Agency has been supplying bus tokens for the clients to reach Grace Episcopal Church. It’s key that the Community Connection Center will now be in close proximity the local Norwalk shelter. Additionally, the staff can provide more services, such as Earned Benefits Online, for clients with additional computers in an office setting.”

The Agency’s primary service location at 149 Water St. in South Norwalk, which supported Homeless Services, Specialized Foster Care, and Family Support and Intervention, for families in crisis, was left unusable after severe flooding in Tropical Storm Sandy. Due to the longstanding relationship between Family & Children’s Agency and Grace Episcopal Church at 1 Union Park in Norwalk, the Center was able to temporarily relocate to the church to continue services to its clients. In response to the damages at 149 Water St., the Agency established the Family & Children’s Agency’s Sandy Relief Fund to rebuild and support the programs served from that location. The Relief Fund received outstanding support from a variety of area funders, including a major contribution from radio stations STAR 99.9 WEZN, 95.9 The FOX, and 99.1 WPLR of Cox Media Group Connecticut.

“The Agency is thrilled to be moving forward from Tropical Storm Sandy and reestablishing its presence in the South Norwalk community,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO. “We are grateful to Reverend Lois Keen and our friends at Grace Episcopal Church for providing space during this period of transition.”

Family & Children’s Agency supports adult members of the community, and beyond, throughout the life cycle. We build better lives by supporting clients who may be experiencing homelessness. The Community Connections Center is the first step for many clients toward rebuilding their lives. The center is open seven days a week and offers vocational skills training and helps adults learn about federal and state resources available for those experiencing homelessness. The center provides formerly homeless adults the opportunity to learn skills that they require to maintain housing and independent living in the Supportive Housing Program. The overarching goal of the program is to reduce the cycle of homelessness. With no more than 12 clients per case manager, the staff offers full support to clients.

For more information Homeless Services at Family & Children’s Agency, please contact Chris Jachino, Director, Homeless Services, at (203) 505-2046 or email

For more information as to how you can donate to the ongoing Family & Children’s Agency Sandy Relief Fund, please contact Clare Chimento, Vice President, Development & Marketing at (203) 855-8765, email, or visit to make an online donation. Donations to the Agency may also be sent directly to Family & Children’s Agency, Attn: Clare Chimento, 9 Mott Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850.