Community Partners

Covid-19 Update: Due to CFJ’s Covid-19 health & safety protocols, many of our community partners are not currently keeping office hours or holding meetings on site. Effective October 2020, our law enforcement partners are the only community partners keeping regularly scheduled on-site office hours. We will provide periodic updates as our on-site partners are able return to our headquarters.

Since it became the state’s first Family Justice Center in 2015, CFJ has been committed to providing its clients impacted by the trauma of domestic and sexual violence the many services they need in one safe place. To achieve its goals, CFJ works closely with a network of community partners to support, protect and assist its clients as they work to rebuild their lives and access justice.

The following are partners who have entered into formal agreements with CFJ to help us provide these services at our Bridgeport headquarters as well as at some off-site locations.

C.H.A.M.P. Inc (Community Hands in Action Mentoring Program)

C.H.A.M.P. provides gender-specific empowerment groups for at-risk community youth ages 7-17. Its focus is on creating a positive space for young people to discuss current issues impacting their communities and hear from inspirational leaders. Groups for boys and girls meet monthly at CFJ.

Her Time

Her Time’s goal is to provide local women a space to “unwind, uplift and inspire.” Participants learn about community resources and discuss issues impacting women. Child activities are provided during these group sessions. Her Time meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Law Enforcement

Having police on site at CFJ is a critical element of the Family Justice Center model. CFJ is proud to have law enforcement officers from four of the six communities it serves on site on a weekly basis to assist our clients with law enforcement related issues and answer their questions on matters related to domestic and sexual violence and child abuse. In addition to this on-site presence, each police department in our service area also has a designated point of contact available to work with our clients.

LifeBridge Community Services

This Bridgeport-based nonprofit supports CFJ’s adult clients impacted by domestic and sexual abuse with off-site clinical behavioral health services.

State’s Attorney/Prosecutors

Criminal prosecutors based at State Superior Court are available to provide on-site assistance for victims who have a pending criminal case in the Bridgeport’s Domestic Violence Docket based on court schedules. Members of the State’s Attorneys team are also available to answer general questions about the prosecutorial response to family/domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Legal advice cannot be given. Appointments can be scheduled outside of office hours.

Triangle Community Center

This nonprofit partner provides on-site support, advocacy and case management to any individual who self-identify as LGBTQ+. Appointments can be scheduled outside of TCC’s regular CFJ office hours. TCC also offers on-site social and empowerment groups for youth and adults the second Friday of every month.

In 2018, TCC was the first nonprofit partner to be honored with CFJ’s annual Partner with Purpose Award.

The Workplace

The Workplace provides economic empowerment and job readiness coaching services including Dress for Success apparel resources to CFJ’s clients.

Victim Rights Center of Connecticut

Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT) provides on-site legal services to crime victims of sexual assault as well as crime victims that identify within the LGBTQ+ community. VRCCT acts as independent legal counsel sworn to protect the legal rights and uphold a victim’s best interests through a broad-based approach which includes litigation, creative problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system. VRCCT is a program of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

VRCCT was honored as CFJ’s Partner with Purpose award recipient in 2019.

Off-Site Partners

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT) connects our clients with local housing resources and provides them one-on-one rental counseling and case management. BNT also provides housing and rental workshops on-site as part of CFJ’s Rise & Thrive Self-Sufficiency Series.

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA

Central Connecticut Coast YMCA (CCCY) partners with CFJ to offer the overnight summer camp component of Camp HOPE America – Bridgeport on the grounds of Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington, Massachusetts.

Connecticut Institute for Refugees & Immigrants

The Connecticut Institute for Refugees & Immigrants (CIRI) assists CFJ clients who are refugees and immigrants to help resolve their legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers through comprehensive legal and social services. CIRI also provides services and assistance to CFJ clients who are victims of domestic and global trafficking.

Homes for the Brave

Homes of the Brave provides support, housing and case management for military veterans, including those who are CFJ clients. CFJ and Homes for the Brave collaborate on cross-referrals for clients who are veterans and have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA’s programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to ignite the spark in young people to experience the opportunities and realities of professional life in the 21st century.

Optimus Health Care Center

Optimus Health Care Center provides comprehensive health care services and programs for individuals and families living in Bridgeport, Stamford and Stratford. Its mission is to serve as the patient-centered medical home for these communities to achieve and maintain wellness, particularly for the uninsured and underserved.

nOURish Bridgeport, Inc.                                                                                               

This nonprofit operates two-Bridgeport based food pantries dedicated to providing fresh, healthy food to residents experiencing food insecurity. Founded by the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, nOURish launched the Food for Family Justice Program, which allows CFJ’s clients to safely and discreetly access its food pantries on a designated day each week.

In 202o nOURish was honored as CFJ’s Partner with a Purpose recipient.