On December 6, Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. (CIFC) board of directors and officers, local and state dignitaries and community members gathered at 12 Boughton Street in Danbury for the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony of the new CIFC Danbury Community Center.
“This facility will in fact be used by Harambee, St. Peter’s, the proposed Danbury boys and girls club, which is still in the development process, and by other organizations,” explained Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc. President and CEO James H. Maloney.
The Harambee Youth Center is a place for young people in middle school through high school to participate in several different after-school programs and during the summer break. Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. serves as the fiscal agent for Harambee, and assists in advancing the Center’s programs and services, supported in part by the City of Danbury and private revenues.
Maloney demonstrated his gratitude for the support of both Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and CT Governor Dannel Malloy.
In his remarks, Mayor Boughton recognized and thanked Governor Malloy for the funding and Jim Maloney for his vision “to serve the community in a different and profound ways by putting together different stakeholders and get stuff done. I am very excited and so pleased to see this facility open again, a new life breathing into it,” he said.
Governor Malloy emphasized the importance of working together to make the center a reality. “We begin in Danbury with the support of the mayor, with Jim arguing the case on an ongoing basis in many different ways of the needs of Danbury; the only thing we did was to respond, quite frankly, in an appropriate way to a community that has demonstrated so very well that it itself was capable of being a true partner,” concluded Governor Malloy.
The remarks were followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the front door of the new Danbury Community Center building, a plaque dedication and light refreshments for all attendees.
About the Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc.
Connecticut Institute For Communities, Inc. (CIFC) is an independent non-profit, organization established in 2003. CIFC was founded on the commitment to help meet basic human needs in the fields of health, education, human services and housing for low- and moderate-income children, families and adults in our service area. CIFC is the only organization in Western Connecticut that combines health care, education, human services and housing in a comprehensive, coordinated approach.
For more information about the programs offered by the Connecticut Institute For Communities, visit their website at www.ct-institute.org.
Photo: CIFC’s board of directors and officers, local and state dignitaries and community leaders at the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony of the new Danbury Community Center at 12 Boughton Street.