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                                                                               Winter ‘05

                          Stronger families &
                          children since 1809

                                                          for CHILDREN

The University
of Connecticut
 Football Team
     Visits Village Children
Hartford Foundation Supports After School Initiative
Marjorie Ann Chapin: Half a Century with the Village

                               A P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E V I L L AG E
                                              Inside                                        Winter ‘05

The artwork in this issue evokes the
                                            CHAMPIONS                      for CHILDREN
African homeland memories of a
group of traumatized Sierra Leone            Winning Game Plan for Village Children                      2
siblings who immigrated to Hartford          UConn Student Athlete Coat Drive                            4
for political asylum. After rebels killed
                                             Friends of the Family Partners with Webster Bank            5
their mother during the war, the
children lived for long periods of time      Circus Mural Paints Smiles on Children’s Faces              7
in the forest, running and hiding from       A Labor of Love                                             7
rebels who were trying to kill them.
Over the past year, they and their           Hartford Foundation Supports ASI                            8
stepmother have benefited from                Annie E. Casey Foundation Support                           10
Village outpatient services. They
                                             Glastonbury Chefs                                           11
now no longer experience symptoms
of trauma, and the children are              Marjorie Ann Chapin: Half a Century with the Village 12
progressing in school.                       History of The Village Timeline                             14
     The Village provides outpatient
mental health services to more               Planned Giving:The 1809 Society                             16
than 950 underserved families and            Making a Lasting Difference                                 17
children each year.
                                             Holiday Giving Tree Program                      Back Cover

                                             Our mission: To build a community
                                             of strong, healthy families who protect
                                             and nurture children.

                                             CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN IS A PUBLICATION OF THE VILLAGE
                                             WINTER 2005 VOL. 1 ISSUE 2

                                             Megan Rock, Sr. Vice President of Development
On Cover:                                    Editors: Mary Crean, Director of Annual Appeal and
Left to right, #71 Matt Wood, #85 Aaron      Melinda Smolkin, Director of Marketing and Communications
Smith, #74 Mike Kodish, #25 Daouda           Writer: Mary Crean
Dieng, #77 Brendan Borowski, #93             Photography: Amy Patterson, Communications Specialist;
Rhema Fuller, #84 Brian Sparks, #57 Matt     Mike McCarter, Doug Penhall and Tom Derby
Applebaum and #44 Terry Caulley
                                             Additional Photo Credits: Rebecca Yao, and Michele Palma,
                                             Courtesy of The University of Connecticut
                                             Design: Dornenburg Group
                                             Printing: Andrews Connecticut
                    Message from
                    the President              Happy New Year! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday
                      the                      season is over, it is a wonderful opportunity to renew and

                        Stronger families &
                                               restate our mission: to build a community of strong, healthy
                                               families who protect and nurture children. And this issue of
                        children since 1809
                                                Champions for Children is filled with examples of people who are
                                                helping us in reaching this ambitious goal.
                                                   Our cover story profiles the University of Connecticut’s
  Head Football Coach Randy Edsall’s players for their philanthropic spirit shown by the giving of their
  time to the children of the Village’s Extended Day Treatment program.
      This edition also features a story about a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
 for an After School Initiative (ASI) at the Alfred E. Burr Elementary School. The program’s goal is to
 cultivate the Hartford community’s future leaders.
      Additionally, you will learn how the Village’s Friends of the Family program
has greatly impacted the life of a teen mother and read the story of the
Glastonbury Chef who’s cooked up a menu of blending cooking with life skills
for the children of Sankofa House.
      Lastly, you won’t want to miss the historic and memorable photos of
the Village’s past we are sharing to illustrate our many milestones and
successes along the way.
      I invite you to continue your involvement with the Village. It’s your
support that enables us to provide our services and programs to the
growing number of children and families when they need us the most.
It is the commitment of people like you that provides the Village
and the thousands of children and families that we serve hope
for a promising future. Together we truly are changing the lives
of children!


       Howard S. Garval, President and CEO


Winning Game Plan

“There is nothing
 more beautiful to see
 than the shine in
 the eyes of a child
 – we are thankful for
 having been given the
 opportunity to help
 our children dream.”
            Milly Montalvo
            EDT Program Director


for Village Children
                  One fall afternoon in late September, the University of
                  Connecticut Husky football players scored major points
                  with the children at the Village’s Extended Day Treatment program (EDT). The Village’s EDT
                 program, just one of our many specialized programs, is an after school, five-day-a-week intensive
                 counseling program for young children who exhibit emotional and behavioral problems. The
                program’s goal is to improve a child’s ability to function in school, home and the community.
                       The game plan was that the players
                would introduce themselves and answer questions,
               give out raffle prizes and then toss footballs
               around with the children. The children skipped,
              hopped and walked swiftly with enthusiasm and
              excitement as they witnessed nine super-sized
             collegiate athletes eagerly awaiting their questions
            in the Village’s Trumbull-Robinson auditorium.
            The children’s questions ranged from how does an
           offensive lineman block to how do they help each other with school or family problems. Milly
           Montalvo, EDT program director, said, “It was a wonderful experience for our children to spend
          time with young role models who care about them. The University of Connecticut football players’
          gift of time was invaluable to the children at EDT. There is nothing more beautiful to see than the
         shine in the eyes of a child. Their eyes were shining, and we are thankful for having been given the
         opportunity to help our children dream.”
               From the moment the players arrived it was delightful to see them take their leadership role
        with a sense of duty and kindness as they interacted with the children. It was no secret that the
       UConn players were truly excited to spend their time with children that needed them. It was clear
       that the athletes were following the strong encouragement and commitment of giving back to the
      community as modeled by their coach and teacher, the University of Connecticut’s Head Coach
      Randy Edsall. “I believe very strongly in giving back to the community. We try to stress this civic
     duty to our players, because we know that it will help them grow into responsible young men.
     Volunteering and giving time to the Village benefits everyone involved, and it is truly worthwhile.
     This is an occasion when our players walk away from the experience feeling proud that they are able

     Opposite: Matt Applebaum with Extended Day Treatment child
    Winning Game Plan, continued

                                                                        They shared with the children that they could talk
                                                                        to one another when they were worried about
                                                                        school, family or about anything. No matter what
                                                                        day or time, they were all there to help each
                                                                        other on and off the field. “I had a great feeling in
                                                                        my heart when I saw the smiles on the children’s
                                                                        faces and realized I helped put them there,” said
                                                                        Matt Applebaum, UConn football player.
                                                                           After the question and answer session the
“Volunteering and giving                                                players had a raffle of UConn memorabilia. Then
                                                                        the players huddled up with the children for
 time to the Village benefits                                            outside football activities. One child said that
                                                                        he had so much fun that he hoped the players
 everyone involved, and it                                              would come back soon to play ball with them.

 is truly worthwhile.”                                                  UConn football player Terry Caulley said, “Playing
                                                                        football with the children at the Village made me
                             Randy Edsall
                             University of Connecticut Football Coach   feel like a kid again. It was a blast!”The day closed
                                                                        with goodbyes and autographs.
to give something back and reflect on the                                   Philanthropy begins at a young age with
responsibility they have in influencing the young                        volunteering – sharing one’s time and talents with
men and women of our community,” said Edsall.                           others in need. Both the children at the Village’s
   The players passionately talked to the children                      EDT program and the UConn football players
about the importance of team work and stressed                          look forward to spending time together again
that everyone had a special role to play on any                         soon. One thing is for sure, the children at the
team. Additionally, many of the players echoed that                     Village are fortunate to have the commitment
they depended on their teammates just like family.                      of our new young philanthropists, the University
                                                                        of Connecticut football players.

UConn Student
Athletes Collect
Coats for Village
The University of Connecticut student athlete coat drive
collected over 200 coats for the Village. Nationwide Moving
& Storage donated transportation of the coats.
Left to right, Bill Shults, University of Connecticut, Mary Crean,
The Village, Jerry LeClere, Nationwide Moving.

Friends of the Family
Program Partners with Webster Bank
    In 1987, Mary Ellen White, a dedicated and energetic member of the Junior League of Hartford, identi-
fied a tremendous need to help teenage parents, and founded the program, Friends of the Family (FOF).
As with Junior League tradition, once a new program is up and running, members choose a permanent home
for their program. The Junior League of Hartford selected the Village to become its permanent home for
Friends of the Family.
   “Webster has been involved with Friends of the Family since 2000 through financial
and mentoring support,” comments Jill Bradley,Vice President of Community
Affairs at Webster Bank. “Several
of our branch operations have         Through Webster Bank’s
been actively involved in working philanthropic support, the
with the students of Friends of
the Family. This program
                                      Village’s Friends of the Family
provides critical assistance to       program has received funding
enable young women to stay            for the past five years and
in school and go on to develop        was most recently awarded
meaningful careers. Our staff
                                      a $5,000 grant.
remain enthused about the
program and enjoy seeing these women succeed.”
   Francine Christiansen, Chairman of the Board at the Village,
Friends of the Family Advisory Board and Junior League
member said, “Friends of the Family is a life-transforming
resource and referral program that connects young parents
with the services they need to take charge of their lives.”
   Many teen mothers are referred to FOF by healthcare
professionals that have regular contact with teenagers.
Lucinda Canty, CNM, MSN, Nurse-Midwife, Hartford
Hospital, said, “I have been referring patients to the Friends
of the Family program for over six years, because they
have been consistently supportive to young mothers.

                                                                             Elizabeth Perez            5
    Friends of the Family, continued

FOF volunteers and staff provide access to            I have also learned how to balance being a mom
information and services in:                          with work and school. I am finishing my high school
• Day Care                                            degree this year, and I have a part-time photography
• Housing                                             job at a department store.”
• Pre-natal and Parenting Support Programs                Patricia Schmidt, the Village’s Friends of the Family
• Emergency and Basic Needs                           program director said,“We help young parents
• Counseling Education and Job Training               become better connected to the services they need
• Career Mentoring Program                            to become capable and independent. It’s great to
• Job Readiness Workshops                             see the expression on our clients’ faces when their
• Medical Services                                    lives become a little more settled, when they find
• Entitlement Programs                                housing, or day care, or finish school. Many parents
• Off-site appointments offered in Hartford           that we work with carry huge burdens, such as
  schools and other locations.
                                                      being a good parent, finishing school, managing
                                                      finances month to month, and much more.
The program not only helps these young mothers,       Additionally, we are their advocates. When teen
but teaches them to help themselves through           parents are incorrectly denied a service, or if they
their job programs and resources for education.”      are overwhelmed with all of the expectations of
   Carol Vinick of Bulkeley High School in Hartford   being a young teen parent, we help them through
also refers many teens to FOF. She referred 18-       that process.”
year-old Elizabeth Perez who has been with the            Last year, the program assisted over 208 teen
FOF program for nearly a year. “Support groups        parents, just like Elizabeth.Through the generosity
help teen parents like me. I used to be shy and       of partners like Webster Bank, the Village is able
withdrawn; now I am more confident, and I commu-       to meet the growing needs of teen parents in
nicate better with people. I am also learning about   the Greater Capital region with the goal of building
the development of my 7 month old daughter            a community of strong, healthy families who protect
Janeliss; now I know what to expect as she grows.     and nurture children.

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Circus Mural
Paints Smiles on
Children’s Faces
A trip to a big top circus is a memorable
                                                                        Left to Right: Back row: Diane Pollack, Kim Glasper, Carol Feldman, Ron
experience; the loud elephants’ noises, clowns                          Domin. Front Row: Michele Sexton, Shannon Holden, Denise Carron
riding unicycles, and the sweet aroma of                                Missing from photo: Sandy Paisley, Jovita Carrion,Tracy Gionfriddo, Jean
popcorn and hotdogs; a great time for all!                              Hoff, Sharon Morris, Joyce Trull and Tito Ortiz
    Over a year ago, a group of legal eagles from the
international law firm, Robinson & Cole, LLP came to
                                              ,                          a mural painted in the recreation room of Eagle
the Village as volunteers to take the children from                      House. These volunteers decided to temporarily
the residential program at Eagle House on a few                          turn in their suits and legal pads for smocks and
outings, such as flying kites on the grounds at the                       paintbrushes.
Village and a trip to Ringling Brothers Barnum and                          The children decided to design the mural around
Bailey Circus. Eagle House is a Sub-Acute Residential                    the trip to the circus. Rob commented,“The circus
Treatment Program that provides a therapeutic                            mural is a great way for the children to remember
experience for behaviorally and emotionally                              their enjoyable outing, while spending time with
challenged children ages 6–12 years old. These                           adults that care about them.” Denise Carron, legal
children no longer require hospitalization, but do                       secretary, Robinson & Cole, said,“Each phase of the
require additional stabilization before they can                         project brought such chatter from the children. They
be safely returned to home/community life.                               would ask us to paint the elephant next, or tell us
    Rob Korwin, Director of Eagle House, met with                        to use a special color on a certain clown. Just to
volunteers from Robinson & Cole. When asked                              see the smiles on their faces when the mural was
how the law firm could continue to contribute, he                         completed really made it all the more special to us.”
told them that the Village was interested in having

A Labor of Love                                                                        UNITED WAY
                                                                                       DAY OF CARING
More than 60 volunteers from Phoenix Life Insurance Companies, Sovereign Bank, Otis Elevator and Disney
Radio gave their time and talents to the children at the Village’s residential and extended day treatment
programs and Family Resource Centers during United Way’s Day of Caring on September 10, 2004.

                                                                                                                  Employees from Phoenix
                                                                                                                  Life Insurance Company
                                                                                                                  volunteered at the Village’s
                                                                                                                  main campus at 1680
                                                                                                                  Albany Avenue.

From left: Milly Montalvo, Village Extended Day Treatment Program Director; Nicole Bacile of Radio Disney; Liz Bryden,
Village Vice President of Residential Programs; and Lois Scott, Lydia Esparza, and Mike Weinstein, all of Radio Disney,
provided entertainment for residential children during United Way’s Day of Caring at the Village’s main campus.                           7
Hartford Foundation
Supports Village’s After School
     Initiative Program
The Village’s After School Initiative (ASI) has been funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for a
second year. Through the Foundation’s generosity the Village’s ASI program was awarded a grant of $85,000.
   Sara Sneed, senior program officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, said,“The Foundation is very
pleased with the development of this partnership between the Village and Burr Elementary School. Through ASI,
the Village and Burr will serve 50 children, offering crucial academic, cultural and recreational services. It’s an
important development for the overall community – most of all, for the children. We have great expectations for
the program’s success.”
   The Village’s ASI program is located at the Alfred E. Burr School in Hartford’s Southend and offers to students,
grades five through eight, supervised recreation and provision of a S.M.A.R.T. Moves program (a life-choices
curriculum which addresses particular difficulties facing neighborhood children, such as drug use and violence).
This year the program will provide a greater menu of programming options that will give students more choices,
including educational field trips to places like Mystic Aquarium, while continuing to provide sports, games and
activities that build socialization, team-building and self-esteem. Additionally, staff will focus on establishing partner-
ships with the school, and community providers will also play a key role. For instance, at Burr School, Aspira,
a club that provides positive, safe and healthy after-school activities as alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence,

             Students at ASI explore the nutritional
             value of soda with ASI staff.

                                                          Programming extension to include the parents is also
                                                          an integral part of this after-school initiative.”
                                                             “ASI has offered the opportunity to engage students
                                                          at a new level. Academic support, enrichment, and
                                                          recreation opportunities are provided in a neigh-
                                                          borhood that has few resources to offer youth.
                                                          Again, I would emphasize that the program is about
                                                          fun, but also about cultivating youth leaders for the
                                                          future,” said Enid Rey,Vice President, Family and
                                                          Community Support Services of the Village.
The Village’s After School Initiative                        ASI students continue to demonstrate initiative and
                                                          serve as leaders and role models in their community.
(ASI) has been funded by the                              Ninth grader Shakyra Hall from Hartford High
                                                          School attended the After-School Initiative program
Hartford Foundation for Public                            during the summer and last year. Although she is no
Giving for a second year. Through                         longer a student at Burr School, twice a week on
                                                          Tuesday and Thursday she volunteers at ASI to help
the Foundation’s generosity the                           students with their homework and to help choreo-
Village’s ASI program was awarded                         graph the dance for the Burr drill team. Shakyra’s
                                                          dedication to the after school program and the
a grant of $85,000.                                       younger students of Burr School is remarkable.
                                                             Keeping a student engaged in the ASI program
and Boys and Girls Clubs, which promotes new              year round has a tremendous impact on continued
opportunities for youth to improve academically,          growth and progress. Six grade student, Angel
social skills, and appreciation of Afro-Caribbean and     Medina is presently enrolled in the ASI Program, and
Latino Art forms, will be incorporated into ASI.          he also participated in the summer program. When
   Finally, it is hoped that ASI will increase parental   he first enrolled in the summer program, Angel was a
involvement and improve parents’ ability to support       very shy and timid student; he agreed to participate in
their children in home and school environments by         a Help Increase the Peace Workshop with other Burr
providing workshops like,“Common Sense Parenting.”        students. During this activity Angel displayed leader-
Principal Donna Caldeira said,“The ASI program has        ship skills and developed assertiveness. As he began
provided an opportunity for the Alfred E. Burr School,    to practice the skills he learned, he began participating
the Village and the Hartford Foundation for Public        in activities he had once rejected in ASI, including gym,
Giving to develop a strong bond and partnership           sports and painting. Angel continues to practice
which benefits our students and their families.Through     these skills, and he has a very positive attitude.
the ASI program, our students are provided a seam-           The Village’s ASI program at Burr School will
less transition from the school day to an after-school    serve approximately 27% of students, 6th through
program with academic enrichment and tutoring, as         8th grades, to prepare them to be successful youth
well as cultural and recreational opportunities.          leaders of the future.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Supports Village’s Institute for
Successful Parenting
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded the Village’s Institute for Successful Parenting a $25,000 grant
to train and support parents as Peer Educators for the Common Sense Parenting Program. Donna Stark,
Director of Leadership Development at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said, “At Casey we believe that kids
do better when their families do better. The Common Sense Parenting (CSP) model is an empowering tool
that will improve the lives of our most vulnerable population. At the heart of Casey’s initiatives are family
strengthening and family success.The CSP model builds upon that by involving community stakeholders
and parents in improving the lives of our next generation of leaders.”
    “When parents attend a Common Sense Parenting class, they quickly learn to put away their judgments by
allowing themselves to go straight to what matters the most: building a relationship with their children,” said
Patricia Zuluaga, PhD, project director, Institute for Successful Parenting.
     The Village’s Institute for Successful Parenting is a unique partnership with Girls and Boys Town USA, the
United Way of the Capital Area, and Hartford Public Schools. Its effectiveness is demonstrated by the Village’s
commitment to train all staff; additionally, the Village Institute for Successful Parenting is the only agency in the
country that offers Common Sense Parenting (CSP) training-of-trainers and is working with the Girls and
Boys Town to become the first authorized East Coast provider of this type of training. The CSP model,
developed by Girls and Boys Town USA, is the centerpiece of the Institute. CSP is a series of six weeks
of classes, which run 11/2 hours, in which a text book and worksheets are provided to parents. There are
discussion opportunities and videos which model
positive parenting techniques. Students participate
                                                       “When parents attend a Common
in role playing activities, facilitated by the trainer, Sense Parenting class, they go straight
which provide parents the opportunity to practice
their skills in dealing with real life parent/child
                                                        to what matters most: building a
interactions and situations.                            relationship with their children”
                                                                                          Patricia Zuluaga, PhD
                                                                                          Project Director
                                                                                          Institute for Successful Parenting

                                                                                              Telfer and Selene Roberts, with
                                                                                              their children, from left, Sarah,
                                                                                              Joshua, and from right Luke,
                                                                                              and baby Daniel.

   “Research has shown that by using Peer Educators         is already in place. Just shifting your attention to
to deliver CSP in the schools and agency settings,          teach your child, and practicing the one, two,
we can increase the program’s effectiveness,” Village       three steps makes the difference significant,”
parent educator trainer Ida Washington commented.           commented a parent from one of the CSP classes.
“Common Sense Parenting classes make sense out                 Training will be offered for 300 Hartford parents
of parenting.”                                              in 2004–2005. With the Village’s great depth and
   Multiple studies have shown CSP to be effective          breadth of programs, strong leadership in children’s
in reducing child behavior problems among children          services arena, and solid commitment to community-
ages two through sixteen, decreasing risk for child         centered practice, the Village is well positioned to
physical abuse, decreasing the need for out-of-home         continue building on the success of this innovative
placements among abusive families, increasing parent        peer education model.
satisfaction and improving family functioning and              For further information on CSP or to enroll in
parent attitudes about their children. “It is difficult      the program please call the Institute for Successful
to explain, but at the end of the training, self control    Parenting at (860) 297-0555.

Glastonbury Chefs Blend
Cooking with Caring
“Cooking classes give the kids an opportunity to develop everyday
life skills while at the same time having some fun,” said Amanda
Hemmelgarn, LCSW, Program Director,Village’s Sankofa House.
      Through the generosity of the Glastonbury Gourmet, LLC, South
Glastonbury, Connecticut, Chef Les and wife Debbie Harris are bringing their
cooking expertise, and more importantly their generous devotion of time and
love, to the Village once per month through June to the children of the Village’s
Sankofa House. Sankofa House is named for a mythical African bird which
symbolizes the need to understand your past before you can move forward in               Glastonbury Gourmet Chef Les
life. The Sankofa House residential program at the Village is one of only two in         and wife Debbie Harris cook up a
                                                                                         sizzling menu for Sankofa House.
the state of Connecticut which provides therapeutic and support services to              Left to right: Debbie Harris
children who have experienced multiple foster care placements.                           and Les Harris
      This past summer as part of a special initiative, the children of Sankofa House
visited the Glastonbury Gourmet shop and cooked with Chef Les. It was such an
incredibly enjoyable experience for the children and Les and Debbie that they
decided to bring the cooking classes to the Village on a regular basis.
      Les Harris, Glastonbury Gourmet Chef said,“We are excited to have the opportunity
to bring these classes to children at the Village. Cooking is something that produces an
immediate result and can be very creative. Eating what you have made with your own
hands is very satisfying, and also adds to their knowledge of healthy eating.”
                           MARJORIE ANN CHAPIN

   Half a Century
Sharing Time and Talents
  With the Village
There are volunteers – and then there are               children. The Simsbury store raised hundreds of
volunteers like Marjorie Ann Chapin. Mardy              thousands of dollars over the years for the Village
Ann, as her friends call her, began her affiliation      and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year.
with the Village more than 50 years ago. It has            Mardy Ann was born and raised in South
been the dedication of individuals like Mardy Ann       Orange, New Jersey. She attended St. Lawrence
who have assisted the Village in its mission to build   University and enjoyed a career in retailing. She met
a community of strong, healthy families who             her husband Terry at a friend’s wedding, and shortly
protect and nurture children. She was a founding        after they married on October 25, 1947.
mother of the Simsbury Auxiliary Second Chance             In 1953,Terry’s work as an engineer brought
Shop, one of three of the Village’s auxiliary shops,    them to the Hartford area, and they decided to
which provides smart shoppers in the community          settle in Simsbury. Realizing that they could not
high quality, gently used items for families and        have biological children of their own,Terry and

Mardy Ann looked to the Village for assistance with        When Mardy Ann is not volunteering her time
adoption because of the agency’s national reputation   for worthy causes, she dotes on her three beautiful
for stellar permanency services. In 1959 the           grandsons Andrew, James and Nicholas, who live in
Chapins adopted their first of three children,Terry     Southbury, Connecticut with their dad, Andrew and
Peter, and within the next consecutive years adopted   mom, Lorraine.
Gail Ann and Andrew James. The Chapins raised              When asked why she has supported the Village
their children in Simsbury, and Mardy Ann continued    for half a century, she answered,“I have been sup-
her work at the Simsbury Auxiliary’s Second Chance     porting the Village because, of course, my husband
Shop, where she held many posts including Shop         Terry and I adopted three children through the
Chair. Mardy Ann also enjoyed running other            Village, and I have greatly enjoyed my work as a
fundraising initiatives for the Village, such as a     Simsbury Auxilian with our Second Chance Shop.
renowned Horse Show that ran for many years            At the auxiliary, we work for the children, and
at the Avon Polo grounds.

“At the auxiliary, we work for
 the children, and we know
 the money from the Second
 Chance Shops goes directly to
 help children who really need
 the support.”
   As the saying goes, if you want to get something
done, ask a busy person. Not only does Mardy Ann
volunteer at the Village’s Simsbury Second Chance
Shop, but she also finds time to give of herself at
her place of worship, First Church of Christ in        we know the money from the Second Chance
Simsbury. Mardy Ann belongs to a group called          Shops goes directly to help children who really
“Haystack”. The group knits beautifully colored        need the support.”
shawls to comfort people in the community who              Mardy Ann Chapin is a kindhearted, gracious and
are ill. Additionally, once per week she and a group   dedicated individual who has generously blessed the
of seniors tutor elementary school children with       Village with her time and talents for half a century.
homework in the Hartford Public Schools.

   History of the Village
   For nearly 200 years, the Village has been dedicated to building a community of strong, healthy families
   who protect and nurture children. In 1809, this effort was established and led by a committed group of
   women, the Hartford Female Beneficent Society. Over the years the original Female Beneficent Society
   merged with organizations such as the Connecticut Children’s Aid Society and Children’s Services of
   Connecticut. Through time there have been changes in the organization’s name and services, but the
   desire to assist children and families has remained constant.

     Hartford Female Beneficent Society, (FBS) 1809
                                                          1813 Connecticut General Assembly Charter
            Asylum established for girls by FBS 1824           obtained, which allowed children to be
                                                               taken in early foster care
                                                          1831 Hartford Orphan Asylum, (HOA) opened
            HOA moves to Washington Street 1836                to care for boys
                                                          1865 FBS and HOA merge

                                                          1879 HOA moves to Putnam Street

    General Assembly passed a law to prevent 1883
         placement of children in Almshouses

           Connecticut Children’s Aid Society, 1892
       (CCAS) founded by Virginia Thrall Smith            1902 69th Annual Report

   HOA builds cottages at 1680 Albany Avenue 1925

Children enjoying new facility at 1680 Albany Ave. 1926

                                                          1944 Christmas
HOA merged with CCAS, and a second merger 1950
 occurs with Family Service Bureau of Norwalk          1960   HOA, CCAS and Family Service Bureau of
                                                              Norwalk renamed “Children’s Services of
      CSC changes name to Child and Family 1968               Connecticut”; Hartley Salmon Child Guidance
                    Services of Connecticut                   Clinic and Woman’s Aid Society also merges
 Focus changes to providing services of highest 1970          into Children’s Services of Connecticut (CSC)
   standards which respond to social problems
   of poverty, race, youth and inner city; moved
 away from service to whole state to focus on
the Greater Hartford area; shift from adoption
  of babies to placement of children who were
                   older and have special needs

                                                       1978   Child and Family Services merged with Family
                                                              Service Society of Hartford

      DCF funds Child and Family Services to 1980
    take over Albany Avenue Child Guidance;
       Child and Family Services renames the           1993   Child and Family Services changed its name to
     Albany Avenue Child Guidance clinic the                  the Village for Families & Children
     “Dr. Isaiah Clark Family and Youth Clinic.”       1995   Four Family Resource Centers, (FRCs) opened
                                                              throughout Hartford
                                                       1999   Refurbish cottages at 1680 Albany Avenue;
                                                              Opening of Safe Home, in response to need
                                                              for short term placement for children removed
                                                              from home to assess and plan for permanency

 Sub-Acute unit opens as a step-down program 2000
    for children discharged from a psychiatric
      setting to prepare for community living

                                                       2002 Village South – Center for Community Life opens
                                                            in the old Trolley Barn on Wethersfield Avenue

                                                       2004 Food Pantry
                                                            Opens at
                                                            Village South

             The Village will celebrate its 2009
                     200 year anniversary
                                         Planned Giving
One Generation Plants the Trees
     …Another Gets the Shade
                                                                      THE 1809 SOCIETY
                                  There is an old         for the Village’s future.Through their perpetual
                                  Chinese saying “One     commitment, founding mothers and fathers, such
                                  generation plants       as Sarah Morgan, John Corning, and Ida Capewell,
                                  the trees … another     have enabled the Village to continue its high caliber
                                  gets the shade.”        and important work,” said Howard S. Garval,
This is certainly true in the case of the Village. Over   President and CEO of the Village.
100 years ago a number of Hartford community                   Members of the 1809 Society derive the type
leaders and patrons named the Village as a benefi-         of satisfaction which is only possible by helping to
ciary in their estates. Today, due to their generosity    support future generations. In addition to this satisfac-
and vision, the Village fast approaches its 200th         tion, Society members will receive a commemorative
anniversary of serving the families and children of       recognition gift and invitations to special events,
the Greater Capital Region.                               receptions, and other unique experiences.
     The 1809 Society, named for the Village’s founding        We wish to thank anyone who has elevated the
year, pays tribute to the legacy of the scores of         Village to the level of family by including us in their
women and men who have through the years given            estates or charitable gift plans. If you have already
so much to so many children. It was these individuals     provided for the Village in this way, we hope you
who opened their hearts to insure that all children       will let us know so that we may recognize your
would experience safe and loving homes. Members           commitment to children.
of the 1809 Society have shown similar expression              If you would like to learn more about how you
of love and commitment with gifts that endow              can include the Village in your will or other charitable
programs, provide support for new initiatives and         gift plan, please contact Megan Rock at 860.297.0503.
otherwise advance the mission of the Village.             All inquiries are held in strict confidence.
     “The Village exists and thrives today because of          Help us to plant the trees today to ensure that
the foresight and planning of a group of individuals      there is shade for tomorrow’s children.
who understood how important it was to plan

                      Mark your Calendars Now!
        Walk forKids2005   SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2005
     8:00 A.M. - Registration                      Walk begins at the Village and continues
     10:00 A.M. - Walk Begins                      through beautiful Elizabeth Park.
     11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Family Festival        For more information or to register now:
     Lunch is provided for all walkers   
                  ANNUAL APPEAL

   Making a
   Lasting Difference
     This year’s “Making a Lasting Difference” annual appeal has raised
     $52,000 toward our goal of $110,000. While we are making great progress, we still
    need your assistance. We hope to not only achieve this goal but to increase the
    number of new donors participating. Carol Martin, long time Annual Fund supporter
    and Suffield Auxilian, comments,“I think it is sad to see how little love and support some
   children receive, through no fault of their own. Children are everyone’s future, and we
   should do better by them. With everyone’s support, we can help in some small way.”
       The Annual Fund campaign “Making a Lasting Difference” generates private support for
  the Village. The Fund comprises contributions made by individuals, businesses and corporations
  and these unrestricted dollars go directly to where the need is greatest and assist the Village
 in responding to critical issues with families and children.Through these vital resources, new
initiatives in support of our Permanency,Treatment, and Family and Community Support Programs
are made possible.
                          Join us today in
                          “Making a Lasting Difference”
                          in the lives of children by making your
                          gift online at
                          or by calling (860) 297-0544.

                          We invite you to become a member
                          of one of our giving societies:
                          • President’s Society ($2,500-$4,999)
                          • Trumbull-Robinson Society ($1,000-$2,499)
                          • Hillyer-Jewell Society ($500-$999)
                          • Cooley-Williams Society ($250-$499)
                          • Perkins-Keney Society ($125-$249)
                          • Village Society ($50-$124)
                      VILLAGE GALLERY OF

 Holiday Giving Tree Program Lights the Way
 for Children’s Wishes to Come True
 Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day, holidays are traditionally
 centered around children. Thanks to all who made the wishes of children come true through the 2004
 “Holiday Giving Tree” program.

  From left:Village Special Events Coordinator Michele Palma,
  St.Timothy Middle School (West Hartford) National Junior       Megan Rock accepts toys and t-shirts for the Village’s Holiday Giving Tree
  Honor Society Officers Brittney Huffman, James Duncan,          Program from Jennifer Rizzotti and the Flight Zone. (Flight Zone is the
  Nina Vorney, and Ryan Sonberg, and St.Timothy Middle           Booster Club for the University of Hartford Women’s Basketball Team).
  School National Honor Society Advisor Gerry Crean.
                                                                 From left: Flight Zone Board Member, Mark Vining; Sr.Vice President of
  The group donated gifts to the Village's Holiday Giving Tree   Development for the Village, Megan A. Rock; Flight Zone Board Member,
  Program on Tuesday, December 7, 2004.                          Karen Claing; the University of Hartford Women’s Basketball Head Coach,
                                                                 Jennifer Rizzotti; and Flight Zone President, Jonathan Easterbrook.

                  the                                                                                                          NONPROFIT
                     Stronger families &
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                     children since 1809                                                                                      HARTFORD, CT
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1680 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105


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