Welcome New Executive Director of W&FLC: An Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Wenderoth-Holster, MPA
Guilford, Madison and Old Saybrook Neighbors Magazines, January 2022
So far, things have been wonderful. We are busy, but that is a good thing, as it means we are helping people in the community. There really hasn't been any time of adjusting; on day one, I walked into the office and jumped right in. There was work to do, people to help-no time to waste.
Women Find Stability with Help from Women & Family Life Center
December 20, 2121
For many women living one paycheck away from a financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. The Women and Family Life Center has offered a lifeline.
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Wenderoth-Holster Dives In to Lead Women & Family Life Center
October 27, 2021
On Oct. 18, Jennifer Wenderoth-Holster officially started first her day as the new executive director of the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC). She’s still pinching herself.
“I knew they did a lot at WFLC, but I think nobody really knows how much they do and how much they can provide until you dive into it. I love it,” says Jennifer. “The work that they do is so needed on the shoreline.”
United Way kicks off annual Week of Caring in Guilford
October 11, 2021
Helping others in communities across Connecticut. The United Way kicked off their annual Week of Caring on Monday. This week is off to a good start at the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford. The beautification project is possible thanks to the United Way of New Haven and its Week of Caring project.
Nonprofit Pivots to help Struggling Connecticut Families
February 18, 2021
The Graver family of Branford has a lot of pictures volunteering for agencies that help people in need.
Amy Graver has run a successful marketing firm for 22 years and said she's always donated, given, and helped as an important part of her life. She admitted she and her kids are not the kind of people you would expect to need help from some of the very agencies they have supported over the years.
Grant Allows Women & Family Life Center to Put Renewed Focus on the Plight of Working Poor
January 20, 2021
The Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) recently added a full-time specialist position whose purpose is to begin reaching out to offer help and services to people in the area before they lose their housing or other basic necessities. This position is relatively unique around the state, as the reality of this long-simmering crisis begins to sink in.
Women & Family Life Center Brings Geno Auriemma to Virtual ‘Men Who Cook’ Event
October 15, 2020
For the past quarter-century, the Women & Family Life Center’s (WFLC) Men Who Cook fundraiser has offered a lighthearted gathering of the shoreline community’s most passionate professional and amateur chefs, who have put up their favorite dishes to be enjoyed (and judged) by local foodies. Like everything else this year, Men Who Cook won’t look or feel the same, but WFLC is hosting a new virtual event on Sunday, Oct. 25 th
Low-Income Children Are Most Vulnerable To Pandemic’s Long-Term Effects
June 9, 2020
Tameeka Coleman and six of her children lived on the streets before moving into a shelter in Fairfield. “We were together, so it was bearable,” said Coleman, 38. The hardest part was when her children cried for their home. “They wanted to know how we had lost our apartment,” said Coleman, who was evicted after she couldn’t pay the rent.
Branford Rotary Pandemic Response Tops $45,000
June 8, 2020
As the coronavirus swept into the state, the strains in Branford were everywhere. At Connecticut Hospice, frontline health workers needed protective equipment. The Branford Food Pantry was having trouble sourcing fresh food. Restaurants and small businesses across town were suffering due to closures, and the ranks of the unemployed swelled. Faced with this panoply of challenges, Branford Rotary responded in force.
SHERO Awards Recognize Local Female Leaders with Impetus Toward Equality
June 8, 2020
A host of talented shoreline women from a huge variety of backgrounds were recognized at the inaugural SHERO Awards, presented by the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC), which hopes the event becomes an annual uplifting of women and girls in the area, raising the profile of powerful work and strong community involvement practiced by local “sheroes.”
Guilford groups to offer coronavirus-related financial support
March 20, 2020
Over the past week or so, a couple of residents have contacted the Women & Family Life Center to get help filing for unemployment benefits, according to agency Executive Director Meghan Scanlon.
As COVID-19 spreads and businesses choose their next steps, Scanlon said she expects to get a lot more of those calls in the coming weeks.
Sharing the Empowerment of "Girls Coach, Girls Run"
March 4, 2020
If anyone understands the empowerment of the ages and stages of Girls Coach, Girls Run (GCGR), it’s Tara Henry. From 4th grader to 8th grader to high school senior—and now, as an intern with the program’s host organization, Women & Family Life Center (WFLC)—Tara says she’s grown up stronger with GCGR.
State Legislators Hear from Local Leaders at Domestic Violence Roundtable
December 24, 2019
Earlier this month, the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) hosted its second panel on domestic violence, inviting a broad cross-section of local leaders and legislators to share their perspectives on a difficult and complex topic that continues to cause harm and defy solution in communities all over the country.
Women & Family Life Center Hosted 2nd Annual Legislative Roundtable on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
December 19, 2019
On Dec. 4, Connecticut shoreline legislators joined Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) for the second annual Legislative Roundtable. Moderated by WFLC, the conversation engaged local legislators and shoreline community service providers on how state legislation can support the work of helping individuals and families facing domestic violence or sexual assault.
Men Who Cook Turns 25
October 16, 2019
For 28 years, the Women & Family Life Center (WFLC) has provided advocacy, practical assistance, affordable housing, financial consulting, and many other services to women from East Haven to East Lyme. For 25 of those years, men from the community have gotten together to offer their support in a very particular, very wholesome way: With food.
Bring your appetites to Men Who Cook fundraiser Oct. 20 for Women & Family Life
October 16, 2019
Dee Lock remembers the terror of living in a mentally abusive marriage. She remembers the fear of not being able to escape and worry that she would never make a new life for herself. She also remembers how wonderful it was to find a way out and move on in a positive way, with thanks to family, friends and the Women & Family Life Center.
Women & Family Life Center was recently asked to join the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls
July 30, 2019, Zip06
Recognized for its work along the shoreline to advance opportunities for women and girls, Women & Family Life Center will serve on the Subcommittee on Health and Safety.
"Girls for Girls" Raises $18,000 for Women & Family Life
June 25, 2019, Shoreline Times
Building confidence and giving back to the community has been at the core of Limelite Dance Studio since it opened its doors in 2005.
On Thursday, June 6, after years of dancing through Limelight, 12 students organized The Limelight Project, “Girls for Girls” fashion dance gala, raising over $18,000 for the Women & Family Life Center. Click here to read the full article.
Guilford Wrestling Team Donates to Community for Every Pin During Season
May 12, 2019, NBC Connecticut by Gabrielle Lucivero
"You know an all-male wrestling team supporting a women's organization was just really phenomenal to us,” said Meghan Scanlon, executive director of the Women and Family Life Center. Click here to watch news clip.
20 Towns in 20 Days: Guilford has history, and really good food
May 10, 2019, WFSB News Channel 3 by Nicole Nalepa & Kaitlyn Naples
Also during 20 Towns in 20 Days, Channel 3 made a $1,000 donation to the Women & Family Life Center in Guilford. Click here to watch news clip.
Invigorated Focus, Amazing Energy: Meghan Scanlon Leads WFLC
April 10, 2019, The Guilford Courier by Pam Johnson
For women and families who don’t have that support system, there’s WFLC. “Our goal is for them to come here and access services, but I think our main goal is also to help them realize that they never again are going to be alone. We’re always going to be here; you have a built-in community,” Meghan says. Click here to read the full article.
Guilford Seeks Grant to Aid Shoreline Home Insecure
March 06, 2019, The Guilford Courier by Zoe Roos
While locals are rarely confronted with the plight of the homeless or housing insecure along the shoreline, it’s an issue that’s not limited to urban areas. To help address homelessness and housing insecurity in the Greater New Haven area, the Town of Guilford is teaming up with local partners and United Way to try to access grant funding. Click here to read the full article.
Three Local Women Come Together to Make a Difference for Women and Families on the Shoreline
February 21, 2019, The Guilford Courier
A founding member of Women & Family Life Center, a volunteer at the center, and a local photographer and artist came together to share the beauty of the Guilford Green and raise funds for the Women & Family Life Center. Click here to read the full article.
Thea Martin: Real Change Starts at Home
January 02, 2019, The Guilford Courier by Jenn McCulloch
When Thea Martin began pursuing her career in law, she was drawn to public policy and social justice, but as she began practicing, she found her true calling as a divorce attorney. A self-proclaimed feminist, Thea found herself fighting for women and children. Click here to read the full article.
Shoreline Legislators Meet for Women & Family Life Roundtable
December 19, 2018, The Guilford Courier by Zoe Roos
“In an effort to deepen the public conversation about what we do and what we see as needs, the Center suggested that we start an annual get together with our elected officials to explain what we see on the ground to help inform the work that you all do that can help us better serve our clients,” said WFLC Program Director Wendy DeLucca. Click here to read the full article.