As we step into 2024, I want to reflect on all that we were able to accomplish last year to help children and families across Connecticut make positive changes to grow, succeed, and thrive.
With the involvement of many generous friends, supporters and our agency partners, CJR was able to help more than 2,000 children and youth through our combined programs – a 25% increase over the prior year. Those served represented 101 – or nearly two thirds – of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.
A number of new contracts and grants allowed CJR to expand and enhance our programs, helping young people thrive in their homes, schools, and communities. We opened a new transitional living facility in Wethersfield, and CJR’s Wellness Center, which provides behavioral and mental health services, treated more than 1,100 children – some as young as two years of age – and their families. This number represents the second consecutive year of 33% growth for the Wellness Center as we worked to meet surging demand for services at our clinic locations in Litchfield, Torrington, Waterbury, New Britain and Danbury – and in 21 schools in Litchfield and Hartford counties and in Waterbury.
In 2023, we launched our refreshed brand and identity to better reflect who we are today. Our new brand showcases CJR’s mission of service and the impact we have on individuals and communities.
Our generous giving community supported the lifesaving work we do each day. Our Annual Scholarship Dinner raised more than $51K; our Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit raised more than $58K; and our Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show and Anniversary Party raised more than $57K. We are also incredibly grateful for the contributions, legacies, and grants from individuals, businesses, and foundations we receive year-round that help make our mission a reality.
Our work has been proven to make a measurable difference, and we have the data to show it. Our satisfaction survey showed that 84% of clients discharged from CJR programs had a Positive Course of Treatment.
This year, we will continue to advocate for access to opportunities, resources, and experiences for all, including juvenile justice reform to address public health and safety issues and to ensure that children and young people are receiving the right services for the right amount of time, more prevention, risk reduction, and early intervention services, and fair reimbursement for services provided.
I look back on the year with pride and with great thanks and appreciation for all the support we received along the way.
Wishing you and yours all the best for the year ahead,
Daniel W. Rezende
President & CEO