The Bridge Family Center

The Bridge Family Center operates five Short-Term Assessment & Respite (STAR) homes in West Hartford, Southington, Manchester, Wolcott, and Harwinton, Connecticut. All STAR homes have a licensed bed capacity of six (nine in West Hartford) girls or boys (Wolcott is for boys and the other four for girls) ages 11-18 who receive assessment and clinical services in a small, structured home-like setting. The goal of the homes is to provide a high quality of care for every youth served. This means providing for, or advocating for, every need that a child has when she/he enters the program. Those needs include shelter, food, clothing, medical and dental care, counseling and family reconciliation support, primary education, life skills training, drug and sex education, and recreational and social activities.

What – We will be collecting winter gifts for the nine residents (girls ages 11-18), plus needed supplies for the West Hartford STAR home, for the holiday season. It would be great to expand this to another home as well if we have enough participation.

How – All items can be sent through mail to:

Michael Hilton, Treasurer, CTRPCV

P.O. Box 1803

Hartford, CT 06144

If you have any questions, please contact Mike at mjhilt@comcast.net or 860-568-1039.

***Donation pick-up can be arranged if needed***

When – All items should be received by mid-December. We will wrap all the gifts and hand deliver everything to the West Hartford STAR home in time for the winter festivities. Any help will make a huge difference.

Gift donation suggestions

  • Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Sears, JC Penney, etc.)
  • Gloves, scarves, hats, slippers, socks, etc.
  • Body sprays, skin lotion, lip balm
  • Makeup, nail accessories, hair products
  • Teen-appropriate books
  • Journals, writing supplies, arts and craft supplies
  • Puzzles, games, jump ropes, stuffed animals, etc.

Shelter donation suggestions

  • Gift cards (Stop-n-Shop, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • Twin size sheet sets, pillow cases, pillows, quilts, blankets
  • Bath towels, face cloths
  • Silverware, small plastic cups, serving bowls, Tupperware
  • New/used DVDs (rated PG/PG-13)
  • Puzzles, arts and craft supplies, books, educational supplies
  • Cleaning supplies (brooms, mops, etc.)


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