Supportive Services

Bridgeport Families First

Partnered with City of Bridgeport

Bridgeport Families First offers justice-impacted families wrap around services including individualized support for parents and children, transportation to Department of Corrections for visitation, as well as job training and placement.

The BFF program also proivdes access to other "in network" programs offered by Career Resources, such as Fathers for Life and Foster Grandparents.

To learn more, email mira.service@bridgeportct.gov.

 

Opening July 1

Lucy Baney Family Reunification Center

Funded by Alliance For Community Empowerment & CT DOC

The Lucy Baney Family Reunification Center, named after CRI's own Lucy Baney, houses both our Stars Program and Women and Childrens Program. It is one of its kind in the state, housing 20 women returning to the community, with 5 of them accompanied by their children all under one roof. Many services such as childcare from Alliance will be offered.

To learn more about the Lucy Baney Family Reunification Center, contact Kim Harris at harris@careerresources.org.

Fairfield County, virtual

ESL Program

SW AJC Program

Now running virtually, our ESL program is great to learn practical applications of English that will be useful no matter the situation. Learn the vocabulary you need for every day life. And, every lesson is tailored to the student's level, creating a seamless learning experience.

To enroll in our ESL program,please contact Odessa Lopez at olopez@careerresources.org

Jobs First Employment Services

NW & SW AJC Services

CRI provides Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) case management services to the northwest and southwest regions. Program participants work with their Case Manager to develop an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP), including skill-building workshops, education and training programs and other activities geared towards obtaining and maintaining sustainable employment.

For information about JFES programs at Northwest AJC, contact Denise Babcock at babcock@careerresources.org.

For JFES programs at Southwest AJC, contact Elizabeth Perez-Gonzalez at perez@careerresources.org.

Bridgeport

GED Testing

Licensed as a registered testing site through Pearson Vue, individual test takers can complete all four parts of the GED test at CRI, which includes Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. These tests are every Wednesday from 4-8pm and Friday from 9am-4pm at CRI headquarters.  

If you're interested in taking your GED exam at CRI, please: 

  1. Register for an account at GED.com using button below
  2. Take and pass the GED Ready practice test
  3. Schedule your test within 60 days of passing practice test 
  4. Make sure to select Career Resources as the testing location! 
Bridgeport

Fathers For Life

Partnered with CT DSS

This program helps non-custodial and custodial parents connect emotionally as well as financially with their children. Program components include support group sessions, parenting skills through the state certified 24/7 Dad Curriculum, financial education, and other ways to support and engage your children. If you are interested in the Fathers for Life program, please contact Kenny Jackson at kjackson@careerresources.org

Bridgeport

Community Resource Center

SW AJC Services

Located in the AJC One Stop at 350 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport, the Center offers personal assistance to customers to help them identify and locate resources, services or benefits to help them in their job search and career success.

For more information about the Community Resource Center, please contact Ann Curcio at curcio@careerresources.org.

Fairfield County, virtual

Everyone Works

SW AJC Services

Everyone Works is open to any jobseeker aged 18 or older with disabilities. Clients receive individualized counseling, job search assistance, and access to adaptive technology. There are no income or residency restrictions.

If you are interested in learning more about Everyone Works, contact Javier Santiago at santiago@careerresources.org.

Stephanie's Closet

Named after one of Career Resources' very own, Stephanie's Closet provides lightly used men's clothing and outerwear to those in the community.

Stephanie's Closet is currently accepting donations. However, it is not currently accepting refferals. To learn more please contact Ann Curcio at curcio@careerresources.org.

Fairfield County

Secure Jobs

Secure Jobs CT is a two-year demonstration pilot designed to increase the income of families transitioning from homelessness to housing by connecting them to the education, training and supports they need to secure and maintain stable, competitive employment. This will be accomplished by better integrating and coordinating the efforts of the homeless services, workforce and child care sectors to effectively serve families participating in the Department of Housing’s (DOH’s) Connecticut’s Rapid Re-Housing Program (CTRRP).

For more information please contact Marcie Thompson at thompson@careerresources.org.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

Youth Homeless Demonstration Program, YHDP is based within the Opening Doors Fairfield County area, designed to ensure youth homelessness is prevented wherever possible and that unaccompanied youth who do experience homelessness are on a quick path to safe, stable and permanent housing. 

Career Resources provides case management services to assist these youth with navigating the American Job Center network in finding employment and or occupational skill training. Referrals are made by the Rapid Rehousing case managers.  

Career Coach

SW AJC Services, Partnered with the workplace

A fully-equipped mobile technology lab assists businesses with recruitment and training and serves as a mobile One Stop for jobseekers throughout Connecticut. For a calendar of activities, or to request rates or information about scheduling a visit, click the button below.

Bridgeport, virtual

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free, high-quality tax preparation assistance and filing, and connection to financial literacy services and all eligible tax credits. VITA is open to all families earning $56,000 or less annually. Services are now 100% virtual. Click the button below to get started with your tax assistance, or call 211.

Getting There

Funded by CT DOT & US DOT

Getting There provides accessible transportation to senior citizens and people with disablities anywhere from Bridgeport to Stamford. In the process, Career Resources clients have the opportunity to learn how to drive the van and earn their Public Passenger Endorsement.