Happening Now at CJR
As we enter the New Year, it is traditional to reflect on one’s blessings and plan for the coming 12 months. Thanks to the support and generosity of many friends, 2017 has been a remarkable year for the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) and the approximately 2,000 children and families who benefited from our services.
(To learn about CJR’s successful year, please click here)
I am pleased to share that we recently opened a new school for girls. Our Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Bristol is serving a growing enrollment of girls with special educational needs from communities throughout Connecticut. An official opening celebration will be held in Spring of 2018, and we are proud to add this new dimension of service to CJR’s continuum of care.
In Spring of 2017, CJR purchased the former YWCA building in downtown Waterbury. The property accommodates the more than 500 young people and families we serve here annually through a growing spectrum of prevention, early intervention, and more intensive treatment programs. Thanks to a state bonding grant, we have been able to complete a number of important renovations and these are expected to continue into 2018.
In just a few months, our Litchfield students will begin tapping more than 700 CJR trees for the production of maple syrup. Students maintain the sugar bush and are able to observe the boiling process through a cooperative venture with Brookview Sugar House. Projects like this provide a valuable winter experience and memories that our youth will cherish for years to come.
With the help of CJR friends and supporters, CJR provided extra care and cheer for students who were experiencing hardships during the winter holidays. Recently, a boy living on our Litchfield campus was unable to go home because his mother was homeless. “Marcus” was devastated when his mother could not visit due to her own serious issues. Members of our staff went out of their way to show concern for Marcus, and also arranged to spend extra time with him until he could be reunited with his mother. Thanks to generous individual contributions, we are able to provide holiday parties at all our program sites as well as “Secret Santa” gifts for extra-needy children and families.
It is with the support and advocacy of special friends who contribute to our organization that we are able to give our boys and girls from across Connecticut hope for the New Year. CJR is a private, charitable 501(c)(3) organization and contributions, legacies and grants make an enormous difference to the quality of care we can provide for children and families.
If you would like to support CJR’s work with young people, please click here to make a gift.
Your generous support will be put to good use immediately to help our boys and girls.
Daniel W. Rezende