Boys & Girls Village hosted Governor Dannel Malloy at its Milford location Wednesday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building.
The visit provided the governor with a firsthand look at the ongoing expansion of the Boys & Girls Village facilities and services to meet the growing needs of Connecticut’s at-risk and underserved children and families.
Boys & Girls Village, which provides mental and behavioral health, permanency planning, educational and vocational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, was recently awarded a $2.16 million grant from the State of Connecticut’s Nonprofit Grant Program for construction of new facilities on the agency’s Milford campus.
Details of the new building have not been finalized, but it will likely be built in the front of the property and replace the “temporary” modular buildings they’ve been using for about 20 years, said a BGV spokesman.
The $2.16 million grant will be used to fund the construction, but BGV will be putting additional money towards the project, which will cost more than the grant amount. The new facility will serve several purposes – including providing training and program space.
The new facilities will improve access to treatments and programs, and provide additional space for community workshops and staff training, Village staff added.
“Boys & Girls Village has seen a marked increase in both the number and acuity of the cases it serves,” said Dr. Steven M. Kant, BGV’s President and CEO. “The critical expansion of BGV’s facilities, staff and programs would not be possible without funding and support from Governor Malloy, local legislators and the Department of Children and Families.”
By realizing a shared vision of providing in-state and, whenever possible, in-home treatment and care for Connecticut’s children, BGV continues to enjoy a strong partnership with Commissioner Joette Katz and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), officials said.
DCF Chief of Staff Elizabeth Duryea represented the agency during Wednesday’s event. State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Rep. Pam Staneski were also in attendance to demonstrate their support for BGV.
“Dedicated members of the BGV staff played an integral role in me becoming who I am today,” said Theresa, a former foster child who spoke at the event. “Foster care is a wild, character-shaping journey that I cannot imagine navigating without their unwavering compassion and patience.”