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Meet the Misorskis

Dana Misorski—who is known as “Mrs. Christmas”—and her family have helped hundreds of Village clients purchase gifts, food and other essentials during the holiday season. After raising more than $7,000 to purchase gift cards for families in 2020 she increased and surpassed her goal by raising over $9,000.

Stories of Impact

Foster Parents Provide Safety and Healing

Tameka Hewitt is proud of the blended family of five she and her husband Rohan have together. Their children, who range in age from four to 20, “may not always get along, but they love each other and show by...

A Teen’s Life Is Transformed

Today, Jazlyn Figueroa is a vibrant teenager in a loving family. She’s a high school freshman, a summer camp counselor-in-training, and an accomplished poet. Her dream is to earn a forensic psychology degree and eventually become an FBI agent.Jazlyn’s life...

Stronger Families, Stronger Futures

It can also be demanding, stressful and even heartbreaking. And when a parent lacks the physical and/or emotional resources to meet a child’s needs for healthy growth and development, a child can be in real danger. While many services are...

Family To Family: The Kissane Family Fund

When Judy Kissane’s first husband passed away, she knew she wanted to honor his legacy in a meaningful way. She discovered The Village as she was looking for ways to help others, and was inspired to take action. Along with...

From Coping To Thriving

Like most teenagers, Tyler doesn’t like cleaning his room. But his shy smile appears when he talks about extracting DNA from strawberries in his eighth-grade science lab. “It looks like string,” he explains.If you want to see him really light...

He Made It Easy To Love Him

When Dave began thinking of how to give back to his community, he learned about the need for foster parents and decided to go all in. That was how he could help make a difference!During the training, he learned about...

A Passion for Cars and Helping Kids

On a rainy Monday morning, Jerry Bundy stopped by his office at Bundy Motors in Tolland before heading out to pick up a car from a longtime friend and customer. Jerry doesn’t own the shop anymore — he’s retired after...

I’m the One Bringing Change Now

Genesis Martinez has known little stability growing up. She has lived in numerous homes with various family members, in group homes, and a homeless shelter, with several stays in hospital emergency rooms. Genesis has felt unloved and unaccepted for who...

Building a Community of Support for Student Success

When Jasan, a third-grader at Sarah J. Rawson school in Hartford, lost his father, he started displaying troubling behaviors in school.“Running out of the class, talking back. I would be angry all the time, but then I would feel bad,”...

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Check out the latest news and updates at The Village:

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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February 18, 2022

Hartford Middle School Creates Food Pantry for Local Students, Families

At Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Hartford, seventh-grade students are working to live up to every bit of the school's name through a new program initiative. And it all started with the question, "What would you like to change?"

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February 01, 2022

Barnes & Noble Customers Provide 1,500 New Books for Hartford Students

The Village for Families & Children distributed nearly 1,500 children’s books to local students and their families today, to help provide extra reading opportunities and aid pandemic learning loss.

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January 27, 2022

The Village Awarded Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services Accreditation From the Joint Commission

The Village for Families & Children has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Healthcare and Human Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

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January 21, 2022

Low-income Connecticut Residents Can Get Free Tax-prep Help With VITA

The VITA program offers free tax assistance to Connecticut residents with low income, who struggle with English, who are senior citizens or who have a disability.

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January 19, 2022

West Hartford Second Chance Shop Hosts Huge Storewide Sale To Celebrate 3-Year Anniversary

To celebrate its three-year anniversary, the Shop is hosting a big sale this week—shoppers will enjoy 30% off new and high-quality, gently used men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and household goods.

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January 06, 2022

Village Couple Raises $30K For Families

AN AVON COUPLE has raised big-time funds for a significant holiday program sponsored by The Village for Families & Children.

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December 03, 2021

Village Annual “Girl Within” Event Raises More Than $150,000 To Empower Women and Girls

The Village’s largest fundraiser of the year, the 2021 Virtual Girl Within Event raised more than $150,000 to support Village programs that help women and girls in Greater Hartford who have been affected by trauma to heal and become resilient, confident and independent.

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December 01, 2021

Hartford Schools Launch Saturday Academy To Help Students Recover From Toll of COVID-19

A new Hartford Public Schools program will open several school buildings on Saturdays to give students extra time for academic support and social-learning activities like sports, arts and cooking.

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November 16, 2021

ESPN, Doc Wayne and The Village Team Up to Expand Mental Health Services for Youth

Trauma-informed and sport-infused therapy training enables additional programs and services to address the ongoing mental health crisis.

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