Our youth shelter in West Hartford opened in 1978 and has continuously served Hartford-area girls ages 11 to 18 whose lives are in crisis. In 2006, we converted our youth shelter to the Department of Children and Families' STAR model, a Short-Term Assessment and Respite home. STAR homes provide clinical and assessment services in a small, structured, home-like setting. Since that time, we've opened three additional STAR homes; Southington and Harwinton serve girls while our Wolcott location houses boys.
In 1988, we created the Independent Living Programs, to help older teens develop a high level of self-sufficiency as they transition from dependent to independent living. These programs are overseen by our program director, Bryan Block. The three programs include:
Community Based Life Skills - a year-long program for adolescents in the DCF system of care to help them gain independence.
Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) - begun in 1996, this program consists of supervised scattered site apartments for DCF committed youth 18 years and older to provide support and guidance in their final steps toward independence.
Youth in Transition (YIT) - our newest program is aimed at helping older teens and young adults, including pregnant and new mothers, who are not under the state system of care to make the transition to independence.
In 1998, we began our Moving On Project, a transitional living apartment program in Manchester (originally in Hartford) to assist young men ages 16 to 21 in developing skills to live independently.
In early 2006, we opened Eleanor House in Hartford. This shelter is a community-based, therapeutic group home for boys ages 13 to 18. Trauma-informed and relational in its approach, our special group home model emphasizes the healing power of relationships. Whether a resident is with us for a brief or extended stay, our ideology is that authentic and respectful human connections can be transformative.
In fiscal year 2016, 243 teenagers and young adults received assistance from our residential programs.