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Fostering Independence

Learning to balance work, home responsibilities and housing issues is a challenge for many of us.  It’s even more of a struggle for disadvantaged or underserved populations.  Through vocational an career training, housing resources, counseling and self-sufficiency programs, Family Centers helps residents of Fairfield County realize their dreams of living more independent lives.    

Community and Supportive Services Program 
In collaboration with Charter Oak Communities (the housing authority of Stamford), Family Centers provides families living in Stamford Public Housing achieve greater self-sufficiency through counseling, vocational training and case management services.

Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Family Self Sufficiency Program helps give Greenwich and Stamford families receiving Section 8 benefits the tools they need to lead more self-sufficient lives.  In collaboration with the Greenwich Housing Authority and Charter Oak Communities (the Stamford Housing Authority), Family Centers offers self-sufficiency oriented support including counseling, goal planning, job-skills training, life skills, and family support. 

Counseling and Support
Family Centers offers a variety of individual and group counseling services on topics ranging from wellness to isolation issues.  Services are offered at Family Centers’ offices, senior centers, residential facilities or private homes, and are available by appointment.

Friendly Connections
Friendly Connections offers adults 50 an array of telephone education and socialization services, including teleconference courses and support groups.  Trained volunteers also place companionship telephone calls and visit with the more frail and homebound older adults as part of the Friendly Caller and Friendly Visitor components.  These services promote social connection, independent living and enrichment for aging adults.

Greenwich Housing Authority Partnership
In collaboration with the Greenwich Housing Authority, Family Centers offers a host of self-sufficiency, counseling, socialization and resident services to families living in Greenwich Public Housing.  Many services are provided onsite at Greenwich Housing Authority complexes.  

Housing Resource Program
The Housing Resource Program locates safe and affordable housing throughout Fairfield County for clients living with long-term mental illness.  Counseling and support services are also offered.

Literacy Volunteers
Utilizing the services of trained volunteers, Literacy Volunteers provides free, high-quality reading, writing and English language programs to adults to help them acquire the literacy skills necessary to achieve personal and occupational goals.

Reaching Independence Through Employment (RITE)
RITE helps low-income individuals and families attain a greater sense of self-sufficiency through counseling, goal planning, job-skills training, life skills and family support.  Services are offered in Stamford and Greenwich.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)  
Trained volunteers help older adults understand the complexities of their health care plans.  Assistance is offered to help understand Medicare Part D, Medigap and long-term care insurance.