Operation Hope welcomes new clinical staff director

Operation Hope of Fairfield announces the appointment of Corey Allen, LCSW as the new clinical director at Operation Hope of Fairfield, Inc., effective Dec. 1, 2014.

Allen oversees Operation Hope clinicians, working with clients at both the homeless shelter and those residing in Operation Hope’s subsidized housing units throughout the Town of Fairfield and Bridgeport. “Corey brings the right clinical experience and knowledge to serving our clients. Providing clinical support to our clients is one of the most important things we do to help transform lives and prevent chronic homelessness,” said Carla Miklos, executive director, Operation Hope.

Corey Allen’s recent experience includes employment at Norwalk Community Health Center, The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport, The Kennedy Center, Trumbull and The Boys and Girls Village, Milford. She has focused her career in Connecticut, working with nonprofits serving the medically and economically disadvantaged. She has a broad grasp of the challenges faced by people in crisis and brings a collaborative perspective to serving our neighbors in need. “I came to work for Operation Hope because of their excellent reputation and the opportunity to help the clinical staff enhance their skills and be the best clinicians they can be, in order to serve our clients and their families. Our clinical staff helps people recover from past trauma, emphasizing skills to sustain housing and have a healthier and more successful life. Providing supportive housing, along with clinical services allows our clients to participate in our communities with dignity and pride,” said Corey.

Corey’s passion for her work has been consistent throughout her education and career. She received a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University and a Bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Southern Connecticut State University.

Most of the local community is very familiar with Operation Hope’s Food Pantry and Shelter, but may not be aware of the way the clinical staff works with clients to help them achieve permanent housing and transform their lives. The organization’s team of case management and social workers is essential and effective in ending homelessness and hunger. “Operation Hope protects the anonymity of their clients, for obvious reasons and that makes it extremely challenging to let the public know all that we do. Last year we helped 89 households (228 people) avoid homelessness and get back on their feet; and we provided 46 units of safe affordable housing with support to formerly homeless and at-risk community residents,” noted Carla Miklos.

Operation Hope addresses the basic needs for food and shelter, as well as offering long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness, including affordable housing, life skills training and personalized clinical support. They work toward the goal of self-sufficiency because they envision a time when every person in our community has supportive relationships, hope for the future, and a place to call home. For more information, contact Operation Hope at 203-292-5588 or visit operationhopect.org.

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