Student’s in Trumbull’s Madison Middle School KARE club put their hearts into planning for Valentine’s Day this year, creating holiday themed care packages for children living in The Center for Family Justice’s safe and transitional housing.

The KARE club, a service club comprised of students in grades six through eight, prepared packages that included coloring books, candies and handmade heart-shaped crayons as an after-school club project.  

Madison Middle School language arts teacher, Jeanne Malgioglio, the club’s faculty adviser, then hand-delivered the heart-themed goodie bags to Debra Greenwood, the Center’s president and CEO.

Malgioglio explained the KARE clubs kids decided to “adopt” The Center and its youngest clients this year because “we wanted to help a local organization and it’s nice to help one organization for the bulk of our projects.”

Greenwood said she was “truly grateful” for the KARE club’s kindhearted efforts on behalf of The Center’s kids.

“The children we work with always love it when people go out of their way to show them a kindness,” she said. “It will make their Valentine’s Day more special and we’re so happy to be able to share these KARE club treats with them.”

The gifts will be presented to children living temporarily at The Center’s safe house, which provides emergency shelter to individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, as well as its transitional housing, which provides housing to families working towards independence after a safe house stay.

About the center

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 its headquarters in Bridgeport. Together, the different services work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although the name has changed, the center continues with the work its provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services the center’s 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 its 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 offered at The Center for Family Justice. Annually, the center teaches more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.

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