The Center for Family Justice operates Kathie’s Place, a domestic violence safe home for adults and children fleeing their abusive situation. Our Crisis counselor/advocates offer support in a secure, non-judgmental environment where families, individuals and children can learn to keep themselves safe, access appropriate services, and work toward an independent living situation.
Kathie’s Place has 15-beds and offers up to 60 days of emergency shelter for women and children. Residents receive advocacy and counseling services from the staff both at The Center and the safe house. Weekly house meetings are held at the safe house and activities are planned regularly for the children.
Male survivors of violence are provided with alternative safe housing and offered the same care as female survivors, including counseling, case management, life and parenting skills and safety planning.
A network of help
Kathie’s Place is part of statewide and nationwide networks of safe homes to ensure that immediate safety and ongoing healing is accessible for all victims and survivors regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender/gender identification and religion. Safe homes provide culturally and linguistically sensitive care and support.
Kathie’s Place is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for clients in crisis.
Services provided include:
- Case management to empower clients and help them obtain documentation such as social security cards, Medicaid and food stamps, in addition to securing employment, child care and immigration assistance;
- Services that encourage self-determination, self-reliance, safety planning and increased awareness of available options;
- Referrals to community support services;
- Transportation to jobs or school, medical, mental health and legal appointments, and community services;
- Services for children, including sharing and counseling groups, community referrals, and individual talks and counseling sessions.
Paul’s Place is our three-apartment home that offers survivors a home after they leave Kathie’s Place and before they venture out on their own. The program continues the support provided at the safe home with increased emphasis on creating self-sufficiency and preparing survivors for independent living. Clients can stay six months to two years.
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport has partnered with The Center to make Paul’s Place a reality by providing household goods and economic assistance for the residents.
Services provided clients include:
- Individual and group counseling;
- Case management, including service plans and referrals;
- Development of life skills, including financial planning and home management;
- Promotion of self-sufficiency.
Hope Starts Here!
Let The Center for Family Justice become your lifeline.
Please call us today at 203-334-6154
Or 24/7 on a hotline:
Domestic violence: 203-384-9559
Sexual assault: 203-333-2233
Vedas (Spanish): 888-568-8332
Serving victims and raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull in Fairfield County