Morning of Wellness to benefit the Center for Family Justice

On Saturday, Nov. 7 a Fairfield fund-raiser for The Center for Family Justice, will give local residents a chance to move with a purpose to benefit programs that support women, men and children who’ve been the victims of domestic and sexual abuse and violence.
The Center for Family Justice Morning of Wellness was conceived by Susan Hood, a Fairfield-based personal trainer and a consultant to The Center’s Wellness Committee. It will be hosted by the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield.
For a $10 donation at the door, participants may partake in a morning of classes including Zumba, Yoga, Bootcamp as well as a calming guided meditation. Classes are first-come, first-served and will be led by instructors from the Fairfield YMCA and the Yoga Cooperative, who have generously donated their time and energies to support The Center’s mission.
The morning drop-in schedule is as follows:
• 9:15 a.m.  Choice of Zumba, Bootcamp or Yoga & Guided Meditation
• 10:15 a.m. Choice of Zumba, Bootcamp or Yoga & Guided Meditation
• 11:15 a.m. Choice of Zumba, Bootcamp or Yoga & Guided Meditation
Participants are urged to bring their own yoga mats.
“The whole idea is to raise awareness of the health benefits of a wellness practice for anyone, but especially for survivors of abuse and violence,” notes Hood. “The Center for Family Justice encourages these healthy practices for the clients who receive their services and also their staff, who also deal with the stressful consequence of the trauma in their roles as counselors and advocates.”
Debra A. Greenwood, President/CEO of The Center for Family Justice, said she is grateful the event will benefit The Center’s programs as well as draw attention to its ongoing efforts to encourage its clients to lead healthier lives.
A dedicated Wellness Room, underwritten by Bigelow Tea, will be part of the updated headquarters of The Center scheduled to open in early 2016.   “We really appreciate the number of volunteers who are giving so generously of their physical energy to make this community fitness event happen,” Greenwood says. “It’s such a dynamic way to engage the community in healthy practices while drawing attention to the important work we do every day to encourage and support our clients.”
For more information, contact Beth Fitzpatrick at the Center for Family Justice at 203-334-6154, ext. 28/
The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.
Within the past year, The Center answered more than 950 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.
As part of our mission, The Center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services we offer at The Center for Family Justice. Annually, we teach more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.
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