The Family Center at St. John’s was founded in 1996 by the Rev. Ann Jensen,
then Associate Rector of the parish. What started with the assistance of the Child
Guidance Center and representatives from other non-profit social service agencies
has now grown to make Saint John’s a focal point for children and their families.
Parishioners and volunteers collaborate with a variety of services and programs to serve
St. John’s Family Center is a volunteer-driven and community-supported agency.
Our mission is to develop and coordinate resources for at-risk and needy families
in the Bridgeport community.
Family Literacy Programs
At St. John’s Family Center It is our mission to not only provide every family with
the opportunity to learn, but the ability to learn and grow together.
Family literacy ensures the cycle of learning and progress passes from generation to generation.
Our family literacy programs not only addresses the educational needs of adults as well as
children, but it also brings parents and children together in a classroom and utilizes
programming that is culturally relevant to the populations served. The program increases basic
language and literacy skills among Hispanic and other immigrant families, and provides parents
with the skills they need to help their children succeed in school.
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Emergency Assistance Programs
According to the “State of the Child In Bridgeport 2011 Report,” an estimated 31% of Bridgeport
children (11,245 children) lived in poverty in 2010, compared to 26% in 2009. Living in poverty
puts children at greater risk for disease, poor nutrition, poor school performance, homelessness,
violence and abuse.
St. John’s Family Center offers social services programs to help alleviate
the economic needs of low-income families and individuals in the Bridgeport Community.
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