Happening Now at CJR
As 2019 progresses, I am reminded of all the accomplishments our boys and girls have made in the various programs at the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR). Many of our young people face serious problems in their homes, schools and communities, and lack sufficient financial resources to meet basic needs, including adequate food, healthcare and housing. Some of our boys and girls struggle with other challenges, including substance abuse and behavioral health issues.
Thanks to the support of generous friends and supporters, and the expertise of a skilled staff, many CJR students are able to overcome these obstacles and achieve remarkable successes. At the beginning of last year, 16-year-old "Michael" was struggling with a serious opioid drug addiction. He had problems in his home, school and community at the time he was referred to our Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) substance abuse treatment program for help. Today, he is doing well and hasn't had any relapses since starting treatment with CJR. I am happy to report that his success continues: Michael was one of 21 students to receive a CJR scholarship in June, and he will be studying business at a Connecticut community college this fall.
To read more about Michael’s journey, please click here.
With the aid of generous individuals, foundations and businesses, CJR’s 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on June 5th raised nearly $50,000 to provide educational assistance for 21 boys and girls — including Michael. Students’ chosen areas of study included Accounting, Business, Culinary Arts, Forensic Psychology, Human Resources, Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Studio Art. It is truly heartwarming to know that these students will have the opportunity to build on the progress they have made at CJR. Many of our scholarship recipients will be the first members of their family to obtain a college or technical education.
To read more about CJR’s 2019 Scholarship Dinner and scholarship recipients, click here.
CJR’s young people will also be the ultimate beneficiaries of funds raised through the 24th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit. We were again blessed with a beautiful day and expect to net more than $60,000 to support CJR’s programs and services for boys, girls and families. Students from our Litchfield residential programs assisted on the course, along with CJR volunteers and staff, and the event was supported by many generous sponsors. Avon-based TriPoint was the event’s Premier Sponsor.
To read more about CJR’s 24th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit, click here.
Thanks to generous grants from the American Savings Foundation and the Frederick W. Marzahl Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, 40 CJR young people are participating in a Work-Based Learning Summer Program. This program helps students develop vocational interests and employment skills that will provide benefits for years to come.
To read more about CJR’s Work-Based Learning Summer program, click here.
We are thankful that CJR was able to help more than 1,500 at-risk, special needs and troubled boys, girls and their families over the past year. With the assistance of many kind and generous friends and supporters, our young people can dream of, and achieve, brighter futures.
Daniel W. Rezende
If you believe CJR’s work with young people is important, please consider supporting our organization. To make a gift, click here.