Child & Family Guidance Center clients receive backpacks and school supplies

This week, Bridgeport-based investment advisory firm People’s Securities, Inc. donated 61 backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies to The Child & Family Guidance Center. Twenty-seven families in the agency’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program will be the recipients of the backpacks.

The Child & Family Guidance Center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program supports grandparents with a very unique struggle. The program provides weekly support groups and monthly workshops to grandparents/caregivers age 55 years and older who are now “parenting the second time around” — raising their children’s children on extremely limited resources. The workshops and support groups provide an environment in which the grandparents and their grandchildren can gather, enjoy a healthy dinner, engage in creative activities and receive homework help.  The program also provides speakers who share information on topics of interest (i.e. legal issues impacting the grandparents, information on applying for college) and provides needed respite and valuable support for this often neglected population.

As a longtime supporter of The Child & Family Guidance Center, People’s Securities, Inc. jumped at the opportunity to help the families participating in the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. While the People’s Securities team makes a donation of back-to-school supplies to schools throughout Bridgeport each year, this is the first time they have chosen to make that donation to a nonprofit organization.

“Our team is committed to assisting this great organization as much as possible,” said Mike Harkins, President, People’s Securities, Inc. “We are also extremely pleased that The Child & Family Guidance Center is a valued partner of the People’s United Community Foundation, which has awarded $3,500 to their Foster Grandparent Program.”

People’s Securities has donated Thanksgiving baskets and holiday Visa gift cards to clients of The Child & Family Guidance Center for more than five years. In addition, Michael Harkins serves as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Gail Carroll, supervisor of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program commented: “Many of the children in the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren would have gone back to school without the supplies they need to start the school year. We are extremely grateful that People’s Securities is committed to setting our clients up for success!”

The Child & Family Guidance Center

Founded in 1925, the mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to address the emotional and psychological well-being of children and their families. In the last year CFGC served nearly 3,300 children and families, most of whom have been the victims of trauma – physical abuse, sexual abuse, having witnessed domestic or community violence. CFGC’s main site is in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and also operates clinics in Fairfield, Norwalk, and Stratford. CFGC’s seventeen programs include the Child Guidance Clinic (outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment), Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (community based crisis intervention), various intensive in-home services, the Foster Grandparent Program, Care Coordination and the Nurturing Families Network. For more information, visit

Gail Carroll, coordinator of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, with People’s Securities staff members Emily Medrek, Tina Doyle, Celia Reyes, Sabrina Angiolillo.

Gail Carroll, coordinator of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, with People’s Securities staff members Emily Medrek, Tina Doyle, Celia Reyes, Sabrina Angiolillo.

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