Lucy Baney Family Reunification Center
The Lucy Baney Family Reunification Center will meet the unmet needs of returning mothers head on. The first of its kind in Connecticut, Career Resources is taking an innovative approach by opening a facility with a full set of onsite wraparound services including job readiness training and placement, childcare, and more.
Through a contract with the Connecticut Department of Corrections, the center will serve 20 women, five along with their children together under one roof. CRI won this contract based on the successful operation of four reentry halfway houses in Bridgeport.
Women at the Center will also have direct access to all of the services of CRI, including the American Job Centers and the STRIVE Program, thanks to new support from Bank of America.
The center is named after Lucy Baney, a resident of New Canaan and a member of the Board of Trustees for CRI, who has been advocating for the issue of the lack of affordable housing for justice-involved women in the state of Connecticut, and specifically in Fairfield County.
It takes more than occupational skills to obtain employment – we know it takes practical support as well. Career Resources has services such as VITA (a free tax assistance program) and Everyone Works which provides job search assistance to people with disabilities.
Occupational Skills & Credentials
Receive nationally recognized credentials from our no-cost trainings such as food safety and PPE training.
We at Career Resources understand the barriers to employment that are placed on justice involved citizens that are returning to their communities. We are dedicated to helping such citizens find and retain employment with programs such as Entry Point Staffing and Fathers For Life.
Career Resources offers many programs that aim to foster work readiness skills such as professionalism, time management, interpersonal skills, and more.
Career Resources also works to provide helpful resources and services for employers. Between submitting your open positions to our job board and learning about tax credits, the opportunities are endless.
Outcomes in a typical year:
Connecticut taxpayers save over $8 million due to increased earnings from clients (additional tax revenue) while reducing their dependence on government support.
8 in 10 employed clients obtain an industry- specific credential through CRI.
Over 1,500 clients complete a CRI run training program, with most obtaining employment with an average wage over $15.10/hour.
Gilmarie Ramos moved from Puerto Rico to Bridgeport, CT right before the pandemic,with her husband and three young boys.
When the pandemic arrived, homeschooling proved to be difficult as her boys were starting to learn English. So Ramos signed up for Career Resources’ ESL program.
She particularly appreciated Mrs. Lopez’s “determination to ensure that we understand the material” through exercises such as vocabulary and oral drills.
“I am better at supporting my children with school work, and in particular my first grader’s homework due to what I am learning in the English class,” says Ramos. Also, she has found herself to be more confident speaking with her sons’ teachers.
Ramos looks forward to going to school and working a career in which she can utilize her enthusiastic personality along with her skills learned in class.