Donna Craft of Easton elected to Center for Family Justice board

Donna Craft

Donna Craft

Easton resident Donna Craft has been elected to the board of directors of the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport.

A community leader and volunteer who actively supports many local nonprofits and philanthropies, Craft began her relationship with the center as a volunteer.

She joins the 25-member board of the center, which provides counseling, shelter, crisis intervention and direct support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. It serves the residents of Easton, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

Craft recently served as co-chair of the center’s successful 2015 Speaking of Women luncheon featuring acclaimed educational activist Geoffrey Canada. She was inspired to get involved because of the vital importance of the center’s mission to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and provide hope and support to survivors.

“We need to come together as a community to do our part to end domestic and sexual violence,” she said, adding she was particularly interested in how these issues impact children.

Debra A. Greenwood, president/CEO of The Center for Family Justice, said Craft brings impressive credentials as an engaged volunteer leader and non profit board experience to her role. Craft is also a member of the board of directors of the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival.

“Donna’s enthusiasm for being involved and making a difference is evident in every project she takes on,” Greenwood said. “She is always completely engaged and tireless in her efforts to support the greater needs of the community and our work here at the center. We’re thrilled she’s agreed to expand her role here as a board member.”

About the Center for Family Justice

The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services — crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling — under one roof, in its headquarters in Bridgeport. Together, staff works to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives.

Although the name has changed, the center continues with the work it has provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. The comprehensive services its partners are providing is streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.

Within the past year, the center answered more than 950 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.

As part of its mission, the center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word about the services it offers. Annually, the center teaches more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.

For more information, visit CenterForFamilyJustice.org.

 

 

 

 

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