Featured Story

Meet Devon.

Devon was invited to engage with The Village and reconnect with his children after being incarcerated for eight years. Now that he’s been involved with The Village’s Fatherhood Engagement Services, he and his children are seeing the benefits, and Devon has regained his confidence.

Stories of Impact

Meet Madyson and Nygel.​

Nygel and many other HPL staff have worked diligently to infuse trauma-informed practice into their work with The Village’s partnership. Thanks to the safe space that has been created at HPL, youth and young adults like Madyson have mentors with whom they can confide.

Meet Krystal.​​

After losing her job, Krystal needed assistance with her rent while she took care of her daughters and brother who is intellectually disabled. The Village was able to help, while also providing critical mental health support for her and her family. Today, Krystal is able to face life’s challenges a little easier knowing The Village is there to help.

Meet Bob.​​

Bob and Judy Sturgis created the Robert & Judith Sturgis Family Foundation as a charitable resource for organizations close to their hearts. A longtime Simsbury Auxiliary Member and educator, Judy took a special interest in The Village’s Early Childhood Learning Center. Judy lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in April 2021 but her gift will make a significant difference in the lives of young children and their families for years to come.

Integrated Care​

During the past year, The Village’s Integrated Care program collaborated with 14 pediatric practices throughout Connecticut to provide high-quality in-person and telehealth behavioral health services to more than 500 clients referred by those practices. The Village’s integrated services program partnered with pediatricians to serve clients’ needs seamlessly.

Meet Liza.​

Having already been diagnosed with cancer and grieving the loss of her mother, the COVID-19 pandemic added even more mental, physical and financial stress to Liza Huertas’ life. Struggling with postpartum depression and to pay her bills, Liza was referred to The Village and quickly got the support she needed.

Meet Billy.

Struggling from the effects of the Vietnam War on his mental health, Billy connected to The Village for help. With newly regulated medicine and support through counseling and resources as part of The Village’s programs for veterans, Billy has been able to enjoy his life again.

Healthy Nutrition at The Village

Families rely on The Village to meet some or all of their children’s daily nutritional needs while also counting on us for critical mental health support.

Leah inspires us with her journey moving from fear to confidence

“I was feeling depressed and there was a lot of anxiety going on. I didn’t really love Leah. I love who I am now. If it wasn’t for The Village, I wouldn’t know what sobriety is…”

Pauline Has Opened Her Heart and Home To 45 Children Over the Years

“I’ve been a foster mom for at least 25 years. When I think about foster parenting I feel that I’ve given back to the community. I believe that I’ve helped someone along the way.”

News & Events

May 26, 2022

West Hartford Student Raises Nearly $700 To Provide Toys for Children Living at The Village

A local middle school student is celebrating his bar mitzvah with a special project to provide toys and games for children who are living at The Village and receiving mental health support after facing significant challenges.

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May 20, 2022

House Speaker Ritter, Rep. Exum Named “Champions for Children” for Leading Landmark Legislation

The Village has named Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Matt Ritter and Deputy Majority Leader and State Representative Tammy Exum as The Village’s 2022 Champions for Children, recognizing them for leading passage of landmark bipartisan legislation addressing Connecticut’s mental health crisis in the 2022 legislative session.

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May 13, 2022

Officials Highlight Effort To Boost Mental Health Services For Kids

At The Village for Families & Children, Gov. Ned Lamont and a handful of his agency commissioners highlighted the expected impact of more than $100 million in recently passed funding aimed at increasing behavioral health services for Connecticut children.

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May 09, 2022

VITA in Central and Northeastern Connecticut Helps More Than 12,700 Residents File Taxes This Year

More than $36.8 million returned to taxpayers through the VITA campaign

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May 02, 2022

This Mother’s Day, Hartford Moms in Need To See Expansion of Mental Health and Parenting Support Services

Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Village for Families & Children has expanded services to help empower local mothers, filling a gap in support as families face an increase in mental health challenges compounded by COVID-19.

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April 30, 2022

The Village, United Way and City of Hartford Combine Efforts for Drug Take Back Day Event

Hartford residents were able to safely dispose around 70 pounds of unwanted and unused medications.

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April 21, 2022

Village Hosts Connecticut Sun Basketball Clinic To Help Hartford Kids Affected by Trauma

The Village for Families & Children, WNBA stars partner to bring sports to after-school program

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March 29, 2022

Vernon Expands Free Pandemic-Related Mental Health Counseling

Children ages 3 to 17 can receive free counseling through a unique partnership with KIDSAFE-CT, an affiliate of The Village for Families & Children. The town has already established a social worker position using ARPA funds to counsel adult Town residents through the Hockanum Valley Community Council.

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March 11, 2022

Village’s Family Navigators to Assist Families in Cradle to Career Initiative To Improve Academic Success for North Hartford Promise Zone Students

The Village for Families & Children is joining forces with community leaders, local care providers, city officials and community-based organizations in a new initiative to provide Hartford children and their families with the supports they need to reach their full potential.

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March 01, 2022

Cipes Pediatric Dentistry Provides Village Preschoolers With Free Care

The Village for Families & Children recently teamed up with Drs. Monica Cipes and Elizabeth Chisholm, a mother-daughter team of pediatric dentists at Cipes Pediatric Dentistry of West Hartford, to provide dental health care to preschoolers at The Village’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) in Asylum Hill.

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