Kids in Crisis gets boost

The Greenwich United Way will award more than $70,000 to support the programs and services of Kids in Crisis, Connecticut’s only free, 24-hour crisis counseling center and temporary emergency shelter for families and children of all ages.

The agency, created in 1978 as the Greenwich Youth Shelter, will receive $67,750 in funding to support its Safe Haven for teens program. The program provides comprehensive housing, therapeutic, medical and educational care for teens experiencing a host of family crises.

An additional $5,000 has been pledged to the TeenTalk program at Western Middle School, which places a trained, confidential Kids in Crisis counselor on-site in area schools to help middle and high school students with academics, family, peer and other adolescent issues.

According to Shari Shapiro, executive director of Kids in Crisis, “We are most appreciative of this grant, particularly during these challenging economic times. The Greenwich United Way has been a steadfast supporter of Kids in Crisis and a key partner in providing an ongoing commitment to the organization and the number of individuals and families who rely on our services.”

In explaining this year’s funding recommendation, United Way volunteers noted, “The highly trained, dedicated and responsive staff of Kids in Crisis provides exceptional services to children dealing with many different types of crisis situations and continues to maintain that level of service in the face of diminishing resources. We are additionally pleased to be able to provide some of the needed funding for the very successful Kids in Crisis TeenTalk program.”

“We take these United Way appraisals very seriously,” Ms. Shapiro said. “We know how hard it is to raise money in this environment and that United Way volunteers work diligently to ensure that the funds are invested in programs that are most needed and making the greatest difference. The United Way’s support and confidence is a welcome and very meaningful endorsement of the value and quality of the work of Kids in Crisis and its dedicated staff.”

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