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Patriot Bank Donates $40K In Furniture To Bridgeport Nonprofit

Debra Greenwood, CEO, addresses the crowd at the official opening April 4. of the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.
Debra Greenwood, CEO, addresses the crowd at the official opening April 4. of the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Patriot Bank, N.A. donated $40,000 worth of furniture to the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s only facility offering trauma-informed services and coordinated care in one place.

The donation for the center will alleviate expenses of up to $40,000, the equivalent of providing services to more than 735 victims of severe physical or sexual abuse. The Center for Family Justice provide free, confidential services to thousands of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse victims from across Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

The facility is Connecticut’s first family justice center and only one of three in New England. Some 30 local nonprofits will be housed there, including the State Department of Children and Families, LifeBridge, Triangle Community Center and The Workplace.

“Patriot Bank believes in extending a helping hand to our neighbors. Patriot’s donation to the Center for Family Justice enables the facility to have a more comfortable and professional atmosphere from day one. The alleviated expenses will result in the Center being able to serve many more clients,” said Kenneth Neilson, Patriot Bank, N.A. president and CEO.

At its recent gala, the Center for Family Justice acknowledged Patriot Bank and other business and community leaders who are contributing to its renovation, including Gov. Dannel Malloy and his wife, Cathy, who advocated for a $1.2 million state bond that helped underwrite the expansion.

The professional-grade office furnishings allow clients, nonprofit partners and service providers new professional work spaces. Services including therapy, counseling and civil/legal attorneys will be in one safe place, simplifying the process of offering help.

“Patriot Bank truly shows its commitment by doing, beginning with the communities it serves. The bank’s generous donation will allow the Justice Center to bring in more local partners, resources and services to simplify the process for victims, who may receive comprehensive care here in just one to two visits, versus having to go out to seven different organizations to see services they require,” said Debra Greenwood, the CEO of The Center for Family Justice Inc.

The newly renovated facility is at 753 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport.

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