The Guided Assistance Program (GAP) provides personalized support and referrals for women and families facing difficult life challenges. The Center’s Referral Navigators work to directly connect participants to community resources spanning crisis services, social services, mental health, financial and legal services. Through GAP, a participant learns how to outline her personal or family needs and to create an action plan. GAP is a unique service, not offered at any other organization on the Shoreline, providing services to anyone regardless of income from any of the following 16 towns that we serve:
Branford, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Guilford, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, North Branford, North Haven, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
All services offered by Women & Family Life Center are FREE!
Women & Family Life Center assists many families that would otherwise have no place to turn for help. Contact us for immediate assistance or more information.
Please note that our RESTART Divorce Support Group that is starting Sept. 12th is currently FULL and there is a wait list. We can add your name to the wait list or if you wish to be notified of when the next RESTART group is scheduled by calling 203-458-6699. Thank you!
This 8-week support group will be held on Monday evenings at Women & Family Life Center from 7:00pm-9:00pm and will begin on September 12th and continue on September 19th, October 3rd, 17th, 31st, November 14th, 28th and the last meeting with be on December 12th. Restart will be hosted by two facilitators Thea Bourke Martin, JD and Sandy Wolf, LCSW. The eight-week series is designed to provide information, skills and support for those contemplating or navigating divorce. With the guidance of a Licensed Clinical Social Work and Divorce Attorney/Coach, participants will learn the essential skills needed to thrive through and after divorce.
For more information or to register for our Restart support group, please call 203-458-6699 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information is power!
Our next ADAPT workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm.
This workshop is led by one of our volunteer attorneys who will provide a comprehensive overview of divorce and provide information to help acquire the tools you need to make the best choices for you and your family. An expert in divorce and family law guides you through the different types of divorce, paperwork to collect, and questions to ask. Empowered with this knowledge, you can more confidently navigate this major life change.
For more information or to register for our Adapt workshop, please call 203-458-6699 or email us at email@example.com
Please note that our Life After Loss Support Group that is starting Sept. 9th is currently FULL and there is a wait list. We can add your name to the wait list or if you wish to be notified of when the next Life After Loss Support Group is scheduled by calling 203-458-6699. Thank you!
Our eight-week Life After Loss support group will begin on September 9th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Women & Family Life Center's Carriage House (back of the property).
Life After Loss is for anyone who has experienced loss and is still working through their grief. The support group, led by Dr. Margo Merin, DSW, will guide participants in written and shared discussions on dealing with life after loss. Individuals will learn about types of grief, coping skills, self-care and self-love suggestions. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of listening to one's "inner self," working through the many emotions of loss, what the future will look like, and much more. Dr. Merin will facilitate several exercises and conversations during the support group.
Dr. Merin said, "participants will be talking about how they view their identity as an individual and how they incorporate who they are into a life that has meaning and purpose, despite the death of the individual - learning to appreciate their individuality while, at the same time, never having to forget or erase meaningful memories."
For more information or to register for our Life After Loss support group, please call 203-458-6699 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
W&FLC spearheads the SDVSATF along with a group of informed non-profit agencies, municipal offices and private practitioners. The mission of the Task Force is to provide education, coordinate resources and aid in the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault across Shoreline communities. The Task Force hosts an annual Legislative Roundtable with state and local legislators representing Shoreline Towns to discuss key legislative issues pertinent to the work of domestic violence and sexual assault crisis services.
For more information or to join SDVSATF, please call 203-458-6699 or email at email@example.com
Our Diversion Specialist provides time-limited case management to participant's accessing the Greater New Haven CAN who are not currently receiving housing related case management services. The goal is to divert clients from entering shelters whenever safe and appropriate to do so. Participants are referred to and successfully aligned to all appropriate resources as quickly as possible, including emergency shelter openings when no viable diversion plan is actualized. This program is offered for those from Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, North Branford.
For more information about our Shoreline Housing please call 203-458-6699 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney to talk through legal questions and to better understand personal rights and the legal process. Attorneys can discuss most civil matters. If you are looking for legal assistance related to immigration or criminal law, please call the Center and ask to speak with a Referral Navigator (203-458-6699) who can put you in touch with other resources.
For more information or to make an appointment with an attorney please call 203-458-6699 or email at email@example.com
Participants can meet individually with a volunteer Financial Coach to learn how to make better financial decisions and take control of their economic independence and success. Topics include, but are not limited to, budgeting; divorce & finances; debt; death claims paperwork; and more.
For more information or to make an appointment with an financial coach please call 203-458-6699 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOPE After Loss is a pregnancy and Infant Loss Group and run by a trained facilitator who is bereaved parents themselves. HOPE after loss meets virtually the 4th Thursday of the month 7:00 PM.
For more information about HOPE After Loss please call 203-458-6699 or email at email@example.com
Are you a person looking for a safe place to make calls or use the internet?
If you are a person without access to a phone or computer or are living in a home where you fear your computer/phone use is being monitored you can come to the W&FLC and use a computer and phone. This can be for calling counselors, lawyers, researching jobs, revising and printing your resumes. Computer, internet, printer, copies, fax and phone are available. In addition to a secure location to keep documents for future use.
Safe Search will be open Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 3:00pm at Women & Family Life Center's offices located at 96 Fair Street. No appointment is necessary and there is no fee.