Our History

The Center for Family Justice: From the beginning…

  • 1884 Young Women’s Christian Association of Bridgeport opens at 343 Main St., during the Industrial Revolution, to improve the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual conditions of young women who left their rural homes to find jobs in the city.
  • 1918 YW moves to 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport.
  • 1921 YW opens the Phyllis Wheatley branch at 56 Broad St., Bridgeport, “for women of color.”
  • 1942 YW builds a new headquarters at 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, and moves the Phyllis Wheatley branch into headquarters.
  • 1966 Name changes to the YWCA of Greater Bridgeport.
  • Early 1970s YW restructures into three major areas: a center for racial justice, a women’s center, and a center for creative leisure.
  • 1981 YW moves to the first floor at 753 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.
  • 1982 YW’s Shelter Services program serves 582 women.
  • 1984 The YW’s mission changes to meet the challenging needs of women and girls in Eastern Fairfield County.
  • 1986 State authorizes the YW to be the lead agency for the Fairfield County Coalition for Abused Women.
  • 1990 YW’s Shelter Services for Abused Families becomes the Domestic Violence Intervention Services.
  • 1991 The Domestic Violence Intervention Services becomes Domestic Violence Services,
  • 1992 Name changes to the YWCA of Eastern Fairfield County.
  • 1995 All domestic and sexual violence services come under the newly formed The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, which disaffiliates from the YW.
  • 2014 Name changes to The Center for Family Justice.
  • 2015 We will officially cut the ribbon on The Center for Family Justice, when all our partners, including police and community social services will join us in our headquarters at 753 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport
  • 2016 CFJ launched The Justice Legal Center, Connecticut’s first Legal Incubator
  • 2016 CFJ launched Camp HOPE America-Connecticut, New England’s first trauma-informed camp and mentoring program.