The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc.

leveraging hope, changing lives

aka CCGB   |   Bridgeport, CT   |  www.ccgb.org

Mission

The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (CCGB) is a faith-based, non-sectarian social services agency dedicated to meeting the needs of people at risk and breaking the cycle of poverty and crisis in the Greater Bridgeport area. As people of faith and partners in service we create and sustain a more just, healthy, and vibrant community Core Values • Collaboration - we are stronger together. • Diversity - we embrace our differences • Equity - we strive for justice • Innovation - we develop creative approaches • Impact - we seek sustainable results Our service area is concentrated in Bridgeport and its suburbs: Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe and Stratford, with additional partners in Westport, Milford and other portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties

Ruling year info

1956

President and CEO

Rev. Cass L. Shaw

Main address

1718 Capitol Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA

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EIN

06-0647008

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

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Project Learn

Project Learn provides after school homework & tutorial help with enrichment activities for elementary school students at a local church in the East End of Bridgeport.

Population(s) Served

Janus Center provides services to youth in middle and high school across the greater Bridgeport area. We offer immediate and comprehensive diversionary services to youth 11 to 18 years old.

We work with families to resolve issues that could escalate to larger problems such as running away, homelessness, delinquency, or involvement in the Juvenile Justice System or Child Protective Services through support both in school and at home.
We are the only licensed provider of temporary respite care in the Greater Bridgeport area. We help lead initiatives related to youth homelessness, out of school suspensions, and sit on the juvenile review boards in Bridgeport and Stratford.

The Center has a number of programs and services:
• Safe Places: a network of public locations poised to respond in a crisis and refer youth to The Council for service and support.

• The Hotline: a 24/7 phone link to information and immediate response in crises.

• Crisis Response: on-site evaluation and referrals by trained professionals.

• Host Homes: certified Host Home parents provide short-term supportive services and brief respite care in two gender-specific apartments in the city of Bridgeport.

• School Partnerships –We have formal partnership agreements with the entire Bridgeport School District, as well as with eight local public schools in Bridgeport and Stratford. Our Case Managers provide critical services such as mediation, case management, and referrals and access to temporary respite care when needed.

• Internships and Mentors: We work with 5-10 interns from University of Bridgeport, Housatonic Community College, and Sacred Heart University, and Fordham University. This greatly expands our capacity to work with teens in crisis as well as offer excellent internship opportunities to college and graduate students. We have also begun a pilot mentoring program, using volunteers, at Bassick High School to reduce truancy and suspensions.

• Focus on Girls: we facilitate social groups for girls within specific schools. The Janus Center staff members have received training in human trafficking, bullying, dating violence, and reckless use of social networking which serve as discussion topics for the groups.

• Summer Enrichment: When we have the funding, we offer a four to six week program tailored to engage at-risk city youth, providing them with a mixture of fun, educational and skill-building activities.

Population(s) Served

The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport has been tackling hunger in our area since 1945. Recently we have changed our strategy to address the social determinants of poverty and not simply distribute any food we can find to our low-income neighbors.

The FEED Center’s Hunger Outreach Network convenes twenty two independently run food assistance programs to receive allocations and technical assistance. The HON distributes over 200,000 meals to approximately 12,000 people every month. We treat the numbers we serve as symptomatic of a problem rather than an indicator of our success. The FEED Center works with agencies to change the way we use food, not as a solution to hunger but an important tool in combating poverty.

Our CREATE Culinary program provides area low-income residents with skills for the workplace. Our courses and workshops respond to the interests of our students. Students who graduate our free rigorous 10-week beginner course outpace their competitors for food industry employment in skills and often with ServSafe licensing. Our FEED social enterprise readies those CREATE graduates looking to launch a food business. The FEED product line is made with recovered produce. Our outstanding catering services and delicious line of soups, sauces, baked goods, and prepared foods are available, with all proceeds going to support this free program; the hands-on experience assists our CREATE grads in fine tuning their business aspirations and placing them in area farmers markets.

Our SEEK program supports Food-Based Small Businesses in the Greater Bridgeport Area. Salt of the Earth Enterprise Kitchen (SEEK) in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport is a shared use incubator space available for very low rent by local entrepreneurs.

Our FEED Mobile Marketplace brings fresh produce and local foods to Area Residents. With generous funding from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation, we launched this program in order to: provide a retail environment that supports food businesses and local growers, support access to healthy foods in low-income neighborhoods and expose Bridgeport entrepreneurs to a suburban clientele. Our stops are carefully selected to ensure that we do not compete with established farmers markets in any community.

Population(s) Served

Our Bridge Building Ministry focuses on engaging leaders, both youth and adults, from all sectors of the community in facilitated dialogue to cultivate respect and tolerance for religious, cultural, ethnic, and economic differences and foster understanding and collaborations for the advancement of our Greater Bridgeport community. Activities focus on areas of common interest and concern. We lead the “Tent of Abraham," and interfaith collaboration of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Baha'i and more. We are engaged in community organizing through CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut). We facilitate conversations and education on racism and white privilege, with the goal of challenging primarily white, suburban congregations to become actively anti-racist.

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The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/03/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas Larson

retired

Term: 2018 - 2020

Aaron Best

Pastor, St. Matthew Baptist Church

Aileen Brill

Attorney, Vestry Clerk Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Barbara Burian

Trinity Episcopal Church

Steven Carlson

Consultant & Chief Restructuring Officer

Curtis Farr

Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Margaret Mary Fitzgerald

Retired Educator

Anastasia Kapetaneas

Manager, Coffe 'An Donuts Shop

Kate Kelly

Clinical Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Social Work Program, Sacred Heart University

Bruce Kueffner

Retired Business Development Manager

James Logan

Senior Pastor, Messiah Baptist Church

Bonnie McWain

Retired Educator

Lydia Pearson

Major, Salvation Army

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes