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People's Securities Backs Bridgeport-Based Child & Family Guidance Center

Left to right are Jeff Hunter, VP of Operations, People’s Securities; Irma Camacho, Unit Director, Child & Family Guidance Center, Celia Reyes, Investment Associates, People’s Securities; and Tina Doyle, Operations Lead, People’s Securities.
Left to right are Jeff Hunter, VP of Operations, People’s Securities; Irma Camacho, Unit Director, Child & Family Guidance Center, Celia Reyes, Investment Associates, People’s Securities; and Tina Doyle, Operations Lead, People’s Securities. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- It’s a tradition at People’s Securities Inc., of Bridgeport, a subsidiary of People’s United Financial Inc. to provide assistance to Child & Family Guidance Center clients who need some extra help during the holidays.

For over five years, the People’s Securities team has donated Thanksgiving baskets and VISA gift cards to children and families who receive mental health and behavioral supports from this long-standing Fairfield County nonprofit.

Michael Harkins, President & CEO of People’s Securities and a board member at The Child & Family Guidance Center, said: “More than 90 percent of the 3,100 children and families served by The Child & Family Guidance Center live in poverty. People’s Securities is happy to make donations each holiday season that will hopefully lighten the load a little bit for local families in need.”

People’s Securities staff members responsible for organizing this initiative are Tina Doyle, Operations Lead, Celia Reyes, Investment Associates; and Jeff Hunter, Vice President of Operations.

This year, the group donated 15 Thanksgiving baskets that included all of the basics for a holiday meal, as well as a gift certificate to Stop and Shop so that families could purchase a turkey or ham. Additionally, 40 $25 VISA gift cards will be given as presents to Child & Family Guidance Center clients who are teenagers. The families who received these gifts were recommended by their Child & Family Guidance Center case workers.

“We are grateful to the employees of People’s Securities for their generosity,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President at The Child & Family Guidance Center. “Most of the families we serve struggle to meet basic needs such as clothing, food, and shelter. We partner with these families to foster their psychological well-being in the most dire of circumstances. Donations from community-centric organizations like People’s Securities makes the holidays a little easier for the families we support.”

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