The Vita Health & Wellness District Community Collaborative
The Vita Health & Wellness District Community Collaborative is a network of affiliated agencies working together to improve the health of our community. The Community Collaborative is a joint initiative of Charter Oak Communities, Stamford Hospital and the City of Stamford.
Stamford Hospital: The City’s only acute care hospital offers a comprehensive array of programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of residents throughout the hospital’s service area. As a co-backbone organization, SH provides ongoing financial and human resources support to the collaborative.
Charter Oak Communities: Formerly the Stamford Housing Authority, COC provides attractive, affordable homes and housing support for thousands of Stamford residents, comprising a wide range of demographics and needs. COC is a leading advocate and champion for innovative, creative partnerships that are redefining public housing communities in CT and across America. As co-backbone organization COC provides financial and human resource support.
City of Stamford: The City’s Health & Social Services department has been a member of our Community Collaborative since inception.
Fairgate Farm: Fully supported by Charter Oak Communities, Fairgate Farm provides seed-to-table produce, nutrition education and volunteer opportunities. With hundreds of volunteers and a schedule of classes, festivals and educational opportunities, Fairgate Farm builds community cohesion.
Family Centers, Inc.: The health, human service and educational organization served 22,500 residents last year. Family Centers provides social support to residents of our mixed-income housing communities and is a partner in the new Parents as Co-Educators program that supports immigrant families in helping children succeed in school.
Childcare Learning Centers: Providing child care and preschool education, CLC has seven locations throughout the city and is the largest pre-kindergarten program in Fairfield County.
Building One Community: The Center for Immigrant Opportunity whose mission is to bring passionate people together to help immigrants and their families succeed in the community. Learn more at www.building1community.org
AmeriCares Free Clinic: Focused on providing primary care and diagnostic services for the uninsured in a mobile unit, this division of the global relief organization provides no-cost medical care to the uninsured.
Optimus Health Center: Optimus operates a Federally Qualified Health Center providing services for low-income individuals and families, including adult medicine, pediatrics, mental health, family and pediatric preventive care, dental and behavioral health (including substance abuse) services.
Community Health Center, Inc.: With a large office downtown on Franklin Street (also the location for Inspirica), this organization is a Federally Qualified Health Center that offers comprehensive dental care; primary medical for adults and children; school-based health services; behavioral health services, and gynecological care including family planning.
Communities4Action: This organization is a regional resource supporting local initiatives on substance misuse by providing speakers, trainings, evidence-based programs, legislative efforts, funding sources, coalition-building, evaluation tools, and community-based programs, with services offered in both English and Spanish.
DomusKids: A haven for underserved children in Stamford’s East Side, Domus provides education, after-school programs and social services support. DomusKids also has a strong education component (alternative middle and high school), as well a home for boys in need.
Boys & Girls Club: This local chapter of the national organization provides after-school programs, recreation and support for school-aged children. The Boys & Girls Club supports working families with childcare, providing nutrition education, tutoring, mentor programs and opportunities for education and social enrichment. B & G Club also operates the Yerwood Center in Stamford’s West Side.
Norwalk Community College: The closest community college, NCC’s School of Nursing and Allied Health has been a Community Collaborative member since the inception of our organization.
Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at (Tully) Stamford Hospital: With a focus on reducing health risks, symptoms and effects, this medically-based fitness center helps members achieve weight loss and fitness goals that bring about positive changes in their appearance, health and well-being; located at the Tully Health Center.
All Our Kin: Trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. Through our programs, child care professionals succeed as business owners; working parents find stable, high-quality care for their children; and children gain an educational foundation that lays the groundwork for achievement in school and beyond.
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut: Serving more than 3,300 children in 2015, CGC is dedicated to improving the mental and behavioral health of children and teens through treatment, education, and community support.
New Covenant Center: One of 30 programs of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, this organization serves lunch and dinner every day of the year and provides 10 days of groceries per month to over 1,100 people in Stamford and nearby communities. New Covenant Center offers job skills’ programs, medical and immigration services, quarterly clothing drives, and access to a shower, laundry, barber and personal hygiene items.
Kids in Crisis: For more than 39 years, Kids in Crisis, located in Cos Cob, Connecticut, has been touching lives and changing the futures of Southern Connecticut children and families by developing successful solutions to an increasingly complex and growing list of family crises in the community. Its mission is to help children to find the necessary tools and resiliency to be healthy, happy and productive.