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FCA's relief fund receives first donation

Published 10:28 am, Sunday, November 25, 2012
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Family & Children's Agency's Sandy Relief Fund received its first donation pledge of $25,000 from radio stations 95.9 The FOX and STAR 99.9 WEZN of Cox Media Group Connecticut.

The fund was created after Family & Children's Agency's primary service location, 149 Water St., Norwalk, was left uninhabitable due to damages incurred by Hurricane Sandy.

"We want to help Family & Children's Agency rebuild fully and quickly after Sandy," said Kristin Okesson, the radio stations' Connecticut general manager. "Our donation will support a relief fund that will help them recoup the losses due to the storm and will directly benefit the programs that have been disrupted and which are vital to many people in Fairfield County."

CMG Connecticut, part of Cox Media Group, includes stations 95.9 The FOX, STAR 99.9 WPLR, and 99.1 WPLR.

The agency's Water Street location supported specialized foster care, family support and intervention for families in crisis, and homeless services, including the Community Connections Center. Located on the ground level, the entire floor experienced severe flooding. All furniture, office equipment and computers were destroyed. Total damages after insurance reimbursement is estimated at upward of $150,000.

Five hundred clients from the Greater Norwalk region are served by Homeless Services at Family & Children's Agency. The Community Connections Center, a day center for those experiencing homelessness, offers professional support. A donation of space by Grace Episcopal Church in Norwalk has allowed the Community Connections Center to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1 Union Park. The specialized foster care program serves 87 families and 160 children throughout Fairfield County. Additionally, the offices of family support and intervention, for families in crisis, were left uninhabitable.

As the agency's primary service location, the Water Street facility served more than 1,000 clients. Despite the losses, and without a home base to operate from, services to clients have been maintained due in large part to the agency's strong partnerships throughout the Greater Norwalk community.

"We are incredibly appreciative of this pledged donation and thrilled to have an opportunity to partner with radio stations 95.9 The Fox and STAR 99.9 WEZN of Cox Media Group Connecticut in this manner," said Rob Cashel, president and CEO of Family & Children's Agency. "CMG understands how the agency makes a difference in the lives of those we serve throughout Fairfield County and beyond. We are grateful for their support and hope others will continue to donate to the Family & Children's Agency's Sandy Relief Fund as we begin to rebuild our primary service location."

Donations to Family & Children's Agency's Sandy Relief Fund will directly benefit the programs that have been disrupted and to rebuilding the infrastructure. Family & Children's Agency has served Fairfield County and beyond for more than 70 years.

For information as to how to donate to the relief fund, call Clare Chimento, vice president of development and marketing, at 203-855-8765, email her atcchimento@fcagency.org or visit www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org. Donations to the agency may also be sent directly to Family & Children's Agency, Attn: Clare Chimento, 9 Mott Ave., Norwalk CT 06850.