Hartford Grant for the Shelter for Women

As part of its focus on revitalizing the Asylum Hill neighborhood, The Hartford Financial Services Group, has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Shelter for Women, a subsidiary of the Village for Families & Children.

The grant will be distributed over three years and will fund the Community Life Programs for Girls at the Center for Family Life at Gray Lodge.

“The Hartford is committed to supporting the Asylum Hill neighborhood,” said Beth Bombara, senior vice president and controller of The Hartford, and member of the board of directors for The Village.

“We want to make a difference for the families that live here, the children who study and play here and for the people who work here. The Community Life Programs for Girls will provide young women with the skills essential for success and empower them to reach their full potential.”

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The Community Life Programs for Girls will serve young women from primarily the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Through small group discussions, one-on-one coaching and case management, the program will focus on life skills, financial literacy and academic support.

The Center’s program will support its participants achieve greater self-confidence, authenticity in relationships and enhanced judgment skills.

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“Our goal is to expand and better serve the Hartford community and meet the changing needs of young women and their families within this neighborhood,” said Galo Rodriguez, president and CEO of The Village. “We are grateful for the continued support The Hartford has demonstrated to our community.”

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Members of The Hartford’s Professional Women’s Network visited the Shelter for Women on March 29 to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Community Life Programs for Girls.

State Representative Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey was among the speakers at the event and emphasized the importance of community-based services.

Photo courtesy: Village for Families & Children

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