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Women's Center receives grant for empowerment programs

The Women's Center of Greater Danbury has recently received an infusion of grant money for some new programs.  The Fairfield County Community Foundation made a $16,500 donation to the Women's Center.  Program Manager of Counseling and Advocacy Nicole Sabel says the fiscal climate continues to challenge nonprofits to do more and more with less and less to meet an increased demand for services.


The programs called Thriving Women and Project B, for middle and high schoolers, are aimed at empowering women and girls.  They focus on sustaining health relationships, how to cope with anxiety and depression and substance abuse among other topics.


Sabel says there's a lot of areas which they work with the individual that all impact how they see themselves.  Thriving Women and Thriving One are free and confidential facilitated groups that meet three times weekly.


The Spring Semester of Project B focused on friendship and what it means to be in a healthy relationship with a peer.  She says that lays the ground work for all other healthy relationships teens will encounter.


During the 2013 fiscal year, the Women’s Center served a total of 26,125 adults and children in its 13-town service area through three major programs, Domestic Violence Services, Sexual Assault Services and Resource Services.