Boys & Girls Village staffers make way for new home in Milford

MILFORD >> Boys & Girls Village administrative and office staff have moved temporarily into office space next door to their complex at 528 Wheelers Farms Road.

The move is to make way for construction of a new building to house offices and programs. The 15,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in late spring or early summer 2018, and is needed because of tremendous growth that has seen the agency double in the last four or so years, said Dr. Steven Kant, a psychiatrist who is also chief executive officer and president of Boys & Girls Village.

Boys & Girls Village, which has a partnership with the state Department of Children and Families, serves at-ris youth from Fairfield and New Haven counties. When founded, the organization housed at-risk boys, but today serves both sexes. As many as 400 children are in their care on a given day, and with an emphasis on keeping kids who receive services in their natural communities, only 28 currently are living there, Kant said.

The office and program space has been housed in a converted farmhouse on the front of the property that has had space added on, including modular trailers that for years were considered “temporary.” The employees have moved to Crown Corporate Park next door to the village.

As the office project moves along, the school on campus also will be expanded, using a DCF grant for $2 million, Kant said.

The new office and program space was made possible, Kant said, through a $2.16 million state grant and matching funds from Boys & Girls Village. Kant said they are also hoping for capital donations to cover the cost.

“There will be a beautiful building there,” Kant said.

The agency, entering its 75th year, “provides education, vocational training, foster care and adoptive services, and specialized mental health care to at-risk kids in Connecticut,” according to its literature.