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Welcome! Please enjoy the February edition of The Child & Family Guidance Center's monthly e-newsletter.

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Black History Month: CFGC Leader Spotlight

From left to right: Shirley Gadson, Gina Levon-Simpson, Teneika Brown and Hyacintha Bernard.

Black History Month: CFGC Staff Making a Difference

In honor of Black History Month, CFGC is shining a spotlight on leaders in our nonprofit who are truly making our communities better. These four CFGC staff were nominated by their peers, and also submitted to Fairfield County Community Foundation's Giving Day spotlight. 

Shirley Gadson - Supervisor in CFGC’s Community Support for Families program (CSF). Shirley has been with CFGC for nearly 30 years, helping families succeed and being a source of wisdom and insight for all CFGC staff.

Gina Levon-Simpson - Clinician in CFGC's Outpatient Clinic, specializing in the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) model. “She is trusted by her clients and families, and her soothing persona works as a calming antidote to the traumas that they have experienced,” said OPCC Supervisor Jonathan Spears.

Teneika Brown, MSW - Program Director of the Greater Bridgeport Home Visiting Partnership (GBHVP) and Clinical Supervisor of the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP). Teneika has been with CFGC since 2000, when she started as a medical records clerk/receptionist. Teneika later became a home visitor and began furthering her education, eventually obtaining her MSW and becoming a leader in the agency.   

Hyacintha Bernard, M.S. - Director of Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time (RTFT) and Director of CFGC’s Visitation Center. Hyacintha — who has devoted her career to making a difference in the community — is a true advocate for and vocal supporter of families within her program and her program staff. Hyacintha has had a 23-year career at CFGC that gives her perspective on many of CFGC’s programs.

To read more about each of these community leaders, follow our Facebook and Instagram pages this month. 

 Our LAST Giving Day is Feb. 23 - Let's go out with a Bang! 

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Did you hear?! 

Next Thursday, February 23 marks the LAST Giving Day, hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation. This final year will round out a full decade of community giving. 

Here at CFGC, Fairfield County's Giving Day has been a success each year because of YOU! For this last online day of giving, let's go out with a bang!

All funds raised this year help CFGC directly provide mental health treatment and crucial support services to children and families. 

We've even got another matching challenge — meaning you can double your impact that day, between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Bookmark our Giving Day page - which goes live at midnight on February 23. 

Here are other ways to help out this year: 

Share and share alike. Online days of giving are successful because of our own networks. Help us grow our network by sharing our messaging and page with friends. 

Be socially (media) active. Use your social media networks: post on Facebook, tweet about Fairfield County's Giving Day, and share your passion for CFGC's work. 

Become a fundraising champion. Everyone loves a champion, including us! We really need fundraising champions to help drive people to our Fairfield County's Giving Day profile on February 23. Contact Kate for more information on how to become a fundraising champion!

In Other CFGC News...

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Save the Date! 

Save the Date! Our Champions for Children Gala returns on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Just imagine: Flowers in bloom, outdoor cocktail hour on the water, fantastic silent auction items, dinner and a special celebration — all for an excellent cause.

We can't wait to see you there!

This year's we're honoring State Sen. Tony Hwang for his tireless committment to mental health advocacy. We're also highlighting our incredble Mobile Crisis team, which recently launched 24/7 services for children and youth. 

Click the event link below for all the details and an early bird special. We also have fantastic sponsorship opportunities available!

Champions for Children Gala 2023


Legislative Advocacy 

Mental health providers in the region met with local legislators on Jan. 30 to discuss the increasing need for our services and the obstacles providers like CFGC are facing. 

This forum, hosted by The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT — a division of the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) —  included CFGC's Donna Fletcher, Director of Co-Occurring Treatment Programs.

Donna discussed the importance of sustainable funding for program case managers, who are often the first point of contact for youth in crisis, help eliminate waitlists and ensure youth get holistic, Wraparound support. 

Click here to watch the legislative forum.


Questions? Comments? Please email Director of Development & Communications Kate Czaplinski at kczaplinski@cfguidance.org.


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