A Note to the Community
February 2, 2016
Our community in
Southwestern Connecticut has been rocked by a number of tragic losses of life
in recent days and weeks. We urge you to reach out to us should you or anyone
you know need help. As always, our free, confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline
(203-661-1911) is a resource to anyone that needs support, including youth,
teachers, parents, and community providers. Please do not hesitate to call Kids
in Crisis if you need support. We are here for you.
From the Executive Director: How You Can Help
We are deeply heartened by the community’s
response to fight for Connecticut’s children. People have been asking “how can I help?” Here are the ways
that you can make a difference:
With the sudden loss of $750,000 in
funding, our greatest need at the moment is monetary donations to help fill
- Give a donation by clicking here. Every amount
- Start a campaign on behalf of
Kids in Crisis by creating your own personal page on FirstGiving.com
· Create your own community
fundraiser (garage sale, bake sale, car wash, etc.) which would also help
spread the word about our services.
- Hold a fundraiser at your office
or child’s school (themed lunches, sell holiday items, hold an auction or a
- Donate unused credit card points
or airline miles which we can use in our fundraising events.
- Donate extremely unique
experiences that Kids in Crisis can auction.
YOUR VOICE HEARD
Let your community leaders and media
know that Kids in Crisis is important and vital. Your voice is critical and
makes a difference.
Mail: Office of the Governor
of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz
Commissioner's Office, Department of Children and Families
local legislators (click here to find yours) and your local newspapers.
- Donate meals for our children in
residence. Details can be found here.
- Volunteer at the shelter or in one
of our community-based prevention programs. Find out more here.
Thank you for fighting for Connecticut’s
A Special Note from the Executive Director
would you do if you called 911, and found out the service has been shut down –
only in your community? Kids in Crisis is the “911” for
children and families in Southwestern Connecticut facing a non-medical crisis. This
past year, Kids in Crisis responded to more than 900 calls from our 24/7
hotline, (203) 661-1911, where more than 80% of those calls were identified as
emergency calls. With the vast support of the community, Kids in Crisis has
served more than 132,000 Fairfield County children and families. This year
alone, Kids in Crisis provided assistance to more than 6,000 children and
adults in Darien, Greater Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk,
Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
The State of Connecticut, due to budget constraints,
has decided to cancel its contract with Kids in Crisis. This means that Southwestern
Connecticut will no longer have State-supported emergency beds for children in
need of temporary shelter when home is not safe. This cancelation of the Kids
in Crisis contract has effectively eliminated all State-supported beds south of
This decision made by the State was justified by its
sense that the need for those beds no longer exists in this region. However, in
the last 12 months, Kids in Crisis provided more than 3,000 bed-nights of
emergency shelter for Fairfield County families in need (an increase of 16.5%
from last year), and responded to approximately 400 in-person, urgent
crisis-counseling meetings (an increase of more than 20% from last year). These
numbers affirm that the need has not diminished, but has in fact increased.
Based on State budget cuts, the responsibility to
provide emergency, short-stay beds for children in crisis in Southwestern
Connecticut has now been shifted to Kids in Crisis, the ONLY remaining agency
providing emergency and respite beds in the community to children birth to 17.
Kids in Crisis is committed to continuing its
important work, despite the loss of $750,000 in funding from the State. Since
1978, Kids in Crisis has been providing crisis intervention and emergency
shelter services for children and youth of all socio-economic backgrounds, who
cannot immediately remain at home. The short-term shelter program is designed
to stabilize the crisis, provide emergency respite in a therapeutic environment
that is trauma informed, conduct a comprehensive assessment, strengthen family
capacity and reintegrate and transition the child back home or to family-based
Southwestern Connecticut should not be allowed to fall prey to State budget
cuts. Kids in Crisis will continue to respond to the needs of each child with
support of the agency from individuals, corporations, foundations and
organizations, while actively working to secure additional support from private
and corporate donors, as well as community partnerships.
To donate, please click here.
Thank you for fighting for Connecticut's children,
Shari Shapiro, Executive Director
November 10, 2015