KIC receives funding from The Community Fund of Darien

Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis, center, receives a check from Carrie Bernier (l) and Amy Wilkinson (r) of The Community Fund of Darien.

Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis, center, receives a check from Carrie Bernier (l) and Amy Wilkinson (r) of The Community Fund of Darien.

Kids in Crisis, the area’s only free, round-the-clock crisis counseling center and emergency shelter, announced that it has received a $14,250 competitive grant from the Community Fund of Darien to fund the operation of the Agency’s Safe Haven for Kids program, which provides comprehensive counseling and emergency shelter for Fairfield County children and teens.

Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped area families and children through free, round-the-clock crisis counseling and outreach provided by trained, on-site counselors. When home is not a safe or appropriate place for children to stay, they are welcomed into the Safe Haven for Kids program, which shelters up to 20 children, ages newborn to age 17, from Darien and throughout Fairfield County. While temporarily residing at Kids in Crisis, these children receive intensive psychological and therapeutic individual and group counseling, comprehensive medical care provided by a full-time nurse practitioner, and in-depth educational support all amidst a loving, supportive family-like environment. The Safe Haven for Kids program is the only one of its kind in the state of Connecticut.

“We are deeply grateful to the Community Fund of Darien for its ongoing support of our Safe Haven for Kids program, especially during this challenging time,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of Kids in Crisis. “Together, we can continue providing families in our area with the care and services they need and deserve.”

Kids in Crisis (www.kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises—domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 137,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, more than 5,000 children and families in Darien, greater Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton received assistance from the organization.