No matter the perspective – donor, client, volunteer, employee – The Village is rich with success stories that inspire. Feel free to share the stories that touch you the most.
When Jasan, a third-grader at Sarah J. Rawson school in Hartford, lost his father, he stared displaying troubling behaviors in school. Concerned, but unsure of what to do, Jasan's mother turned to the ACT Academy for help.
When Shanthal got a call from the Department of Children and Families, she knew she needed help. She wanted to change as a parent, to deepen her connection with her children and create a more nurturing home environment. She found the help she needed at KIDSAFE CT.
At the encouragement of her VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparer, Deborah finally becomes a homeowner, then pays it forward by becoming a VITA volunteer.
By the time Alana Farnsworth was 12, her behavior issues were so severe that she spent time in the hospital and eventually ended up in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Finally, she found a place to land at The Village’s Alison Gill Lodge, where she began her journey of hope and healing.
When Neveah began showing behavioral problems at an early age, her mother, Tabitha, had a hard time accessing services and being taken seriously because of her own mental health issues. Then they found The Village's Extended Day Treatment program.
From lemonade stands and clothing drives to American Girl Dolls...these young philanthropists are starting early to give back.
In addition to carrying backpacks and an enthusiasm for learning, students at Rawson elementary school in Hartford often bring unresolved issues related to traumatic experiences or constant stress. The ACT Academy aims to address trauma effectively on a school-wide level.