The Village for Families & Children plans to expand its mental health services in Hartford by purchasing and rehabbing 450 Church Street, a 32,000 square-foot downtown office building near Union Station.
Once renovations are complete – likely in early 2022 – The Village will move a children’s outpatient clinic and early intervention home visitation program to 450 Church Street. The Village will maintain its other locations in Hartford, including its main campus at 1680 Albany Avenue, Village South at 331 Wethersfield Avenue and The Village Spring Street Family Center at 105 Spring Street.
The pandemic has increased the demand for children’s mental health services and the Village is committed to addressing that need. The Village’s approach includes integrating mental health treatment with primary medical services and other supports, so clients receive holistic and effective care.
“Our expansion in Hartford demonstrates our commitment to the community and also the growing need for the mental health services and other supports we provide,” said Galo Rodriguez, president & CEO of The Village. “I’m also pleased we will be able to renovate a highly visible property that’s mostly empty and in need of repairs. Fixing it up and adding dozens of employees to downtown is a real positive.”
As many as 100 employees will work out of the building, which is located next to the train and bus station. Its central location will make it easier for community members to access The Village’s dozens of programs which help people of all ages overcome and avoid trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, and financial insecurity.
“The Village has played an integral role in helping children and families in Greater Hartford for more than 200 years,” said Rodriguez. “The expansion will strengthen our programs for the decades ahead and help us meet the needs of our clients.”