Guided Assistance Program (GAP)

Personal growth and possibilities become reality

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. We accept anyone that walks through our door, regardless of income or location. We assist many families that would otherwise have no place to turn for help. Contact us for immediate assistance or more information.  

Our Services

Breastfeeding Moms Group

Build your community and confidence as a new mom, working mom or mother of two, three, four or more! A Lactation Counselor will help you overcome nursing challenges all while you connect with your baby and other awesome women. The group meets every Wednesday, 10:00am to 11:00am (drop-ins welcome), sign up here or contact us to learn more!

Divorce Support

Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to positively change your life. Learn from other women who are separated, in the process of a divorce or already divorced in our support group, RESTART.  Contact us to learn more or sign up here


Information is power! If you are looking for a comprehensive overview of divorce and to acquire the tools you need to make the best choices for you and your family, our ADAPT Workshops are for you. Experts in divorce and family law guide you through your options, address your concerns and answer your questions. Sign up here or contact us to learn more!

Financial Consults

 Meet individually with a volunteer Financial Coach to empower yourself to make better financial decisions and take control of your economic independence and success. Topics include: budgeting; divorce & finances; debt; death claims paperwork; and more! We regularly offer appointments on-site at our Center and in Branford at Branford Counseling and Community Services, but starting April 9, all appointments will be held via phone or video conference. To schedule your free appointment, please follow these two steps:

  1. Create or update your Registration Account with us here: https://cm2wflc.neworg.com/Default.asp?PageNum=91
  2. Call Beth, our Program Coordinator, at 203-871-1412, and find an appointment slot that works for you. Her phone line is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, starting March 27, 2020.

Girls Coach Girls Run (GCGR)

Empowering the next generation of female leaders!  GCGR is an innovative leadership program for girls using a three-tiered peer mentoring model. This program promotes self-esteem, self-care, healthy relationships and community while teaching leadership skills that will last a lifetime. It is open to 4th grade, 8th grade and high school girls. Training for the high school coaches begins in January of each year, the 8th and 4th grade groups begin in the Spring.  To learn more about this extraordinary girls program, click here or  contact our Program Coordinator, Beth Skudder, at 203-458-6699 to learn more.

Lawyer Time

Meet individually with one of our volunteer attorneys to discuss your legal questions and to better understand your rights and the legal process. Attorneys can discuss most civil matters; for legal assistance related to immigration or criminal law, please call our Center and ask to speak with a Referral Navigator (203-458-6699) who can put you in touch with other resources. Starting April 1, we will offer Lawyer Time appointments via phone. To schedule your free appointment, please follow these two steps:

1.       Create or update your Registration Account with us here:

 https://cm2wflc.neworg.com/Default.asp?PageNum=91

2.       Call Beth, our Program Coordinator, at 203-871-1412, and find an appointment slot that works for you. Her phone line is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, starting March 27, 2020.

Life & Loss: A Grief Support Group for Women Age 55+

Join other women as you work through the emotions and life changes associated with losing a loved one, no matter the type of relationship or the events leading to the loss. Pre-registration is required for this 8-week program that will meet on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM.   In response to the COVID-19 situation, the start date of this new group has been postponed.  We will notify people by email and post an announcement on our  social media channels and website with the new start date. The group is led by the Director of Bereavement from The Connecticut Hospice, but group members need no affiliation with any hospice services. Current W&FLC participants may contact the Center to pre-register; other interested women please contact Jennifer Stook, The Connecticut Hospice, at (203) 315-7544

Shoreline Women Recreating Retirement

Redefine yourself through a supportive community of strong, retired and semi-retired women. Make new connections and give back to others while exploring unique activities and opportunities in Connecticut and surrounding states. Contact us for more information or sign up here to join the fun!