We have big dreams for our small but vitally important neighborhood … and we’re making them come true! Now a health-themed neighborhood with a thriving, socially responsible organic farm at its heart, we’ve replaced distressed public housing projects with mixed income communities that have been described by the media as looking “like a movie set for an idyllic suburban neighborhood.” We have parks and green space, yoga and farm-to-table cooking classes, children’s programs, and a neighborhood association and merchants’ group that meet regularly to help shape the neighborhood to the benefit of all.
A partnership of Charter Oak Communities and Stamford Hospital, Vita is gaining national recognition by such organizations as the American Hospital Association’s Association for Community Health Improvement and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation-supported Build Healthy Places Network. During the three years when the new Stamford Hospital was being built on the northern end of our neighborhood, we’ve focused our residents and business-owners on health and wellbeing. Our goal is to impact health disparities by directly addressing the social determinants of health. A priority focus for Stamford Hospital, the plan is for Vita to provide a model for the delivery of services throughout the city and beyond.
The Stamford Community Collaboration, a partnership of local agencies from throughout the area, works together to amplify impact through cross-sector partnerships. From coordination of medical care to expanding access to education, job-training services to substance abuse prevention and treatment, our partner agencies meet monthly to share resources, plan programs and work together to improve the health of our community.
2016 marks Fairgate Farm’s sixth growing season. Our hugely popular urban farm grows tons of fresh fruit and vegetables each year to be shared not only with our volunteer workforce but also neighborhood families and local agencies. The Farm sponsors a busy calendar of events during the spring, summer and fall. We now have a hydroponic greenhouse and a successful composting program that diverts more than 15,000 pounds of waste from the landfill each year.
Our newest housing community, Greenfield, opened in 2015. With a convenient location adjacent to Stamford Hospital, Greenfield is an attractive, environmentally responsible and socio-economically sustainable mixed-income community that offers affordable housing for the area’s working families.