Mission | Vision | History & Accomplishments
Organizational Structure & Meetings
Currrent Member Agencies – Alphabetical Listing

About the Valley Council for Health & Human Services

The Valley Council is vibrant partnership network of nonprofit health and human service organizations serving the residents of Connecticut’s lower Naugatuck River Valley. The Council is recognized as a statewide model for effective collaboration to benefit the community.


To work together to improve the health and quality of life of the Valley community and its residents by identifying community needs and developing culturally responsive services delivered by our membership and partners.

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To be a key leader that is recognized as an invaluable partner in the Valley who identifies and analyzes vital health and human service needs and initiates solutions collaboratively to improve the health and quality of life in our communities.

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Since we were established in 1993, the Valley Council has initiated and supported numerous initiatives to improve life in the Valley through successful collaboration among our member agencies and community partners. The joint contributions of our member agencies—through their dues payments and the donation of staff time and other organizational resources—has enabled us to spearhead key regional initiatives.

Recent accomplishments include:

  • leading the Valley’s Early Childhood services efforts (Valley Early Childhood Regional Council)
  • training new community leaders (Leadership Greater Valley)
  • providing outreach and education to the elderly & their caregivers (Senior Services Council)
  • organizing river appreciation activities and pursuit of a National River Heritage Designation (Healthy Valley)
  • providing updated information about Valley quality of life (Valley CARES Quality of Life Report)
  • advocating for the needs of Valley communities and organizations at the local, state & federal level
  • collaborating with the Naugatuck Valley Health District to develop a 2014-2016 Naugatuck Valley Community Health Improvement Plan

Highlights of the Council’s past accomplishments include:

  • All America City designation for the Valley
  • Community Conversations on Education and Children & Poverty
  • Healthy Valley 2000
  • Labor Rapid Response Team and Mental Health Crisis Team

To read more about the history of the Valley Council and its past accomplishments, please click the link below.

Valley Council History Website LO

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Organizational Structure & Meetings

Valley Council member agency representatives meet monthly to network, share information, and participate in trainings and presentations. Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, except July, from 8:30-10:00 am at the Valley United Way, 54 Grove Street, Shelton, Connecticut. An Annual Meeting & Community Awards Presentation is held each December. Inclement weather procedures for the Monthly Valley Council Meetings, when the Shelton School District is delayed or closed the Valley Council Meeting will be canceled.

The Council’s Executive Committee serves as a board of directors for the Council. The Council’s officers include a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson [click here for a list of current Executive Committee members]. In addition, the Council has the following standing committees: Membership, Communications, Finance and By-Laws. Member agency representatives help to lead several task forces and initiatives, many of which also include additional community partners and residents as participants.

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Current Member Agencies – Alphabetical Listing

The following agencies are dues-paying members of the Valley Council for Health & Human Services during this current fiscal year.  Click on the website address to link to its website or call the number listed for further information.

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
1 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven CT 06511 (203) 785-8533

Provides continuum of opportunities, care and support services that allow older Americans and individuals with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities.

American Red Cross, CT and RI Chapter
209 Farmington Avenue, Farmington CT 06032 (877) 287-3327

Provides relief to victims of disasters and helps residents to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Area Congregations Together (ACT)/Spooner House
30 Todd Road, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 225-0453

Provides food, shelter and support services to people in need, with the goal of client self-sufficiency.

435 East Main Street, Ansonia, CT 06401  (203) 736-2601

Offer a comprehensive system of health care focused on mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut
2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605-2647
(203) 366-3766

Matches at-risk children with screened, trained, caring and supervised adult volunteers who serve as mentors.

Boy Scouts of America, Housatonic Council
326 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418    (203) 734-3329

Administers the Scouting program (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Learning for Life) in the Valley and operates Camp Strang in Goshen, Connecticut.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley
One Positive Place, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 924-7462

Provides nationally recognized before and after school programs for all young people, kindergarten age through high school, designed to help them reach their full potential.

Callahan House Association
32 Smith Street, Seymour, CT 06483 (203) 888-1780

Callahan House Association is a Not for Profit 501 (c) (3) Agency which is an active tenant association. The Resident Services Coordinator program is designed to “help improve living conditions and enable residents to live/age in place.”

Catholic Charities
205 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, CT 06401 (203) 735-7481

Provides a range of services including licensed mental health services, substance abuse treatment, crisis management, parenting programs, pregnancy and adoption services.

Christ Episcopal Church,Fiscal Sponsor for – The Kathleen C.B. Samela
Memorial Food Bank.                                                                                                                           
www.christchurchansonia.org                                                                                                              56 South Cliff Street, Ansonia,CT06401 (203)734-2715

Christ Episcopal Church is the fiscal sponsor for the Kathleen C.B. Samela Memorial Food Bank, a missional outreach project serving the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Christian Counseling & Family Life Center

25 Church Street, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 929-1117

Outpatient mental health agency Psychotherapy and Psychiatric services.

Cornell Scott Hill Health Corporation
400 Columbus Ave, New Haven, CT (203)503-3609

Provides health care services to those from the City of West Haven and towns in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Naugatuck and Oxford.

Derby Bureau of Youth Services
1 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418   (203) 736-1450

Serves youth, families, schools, police and the juvenile justice system by providing positive youth development programs and court supported diversion programs.

Derby Day Care Center, Inc.
219 Division St, Ansonia, CT (203)732-1010

A full-time full-year preschool program designed to meet the needs of children whose parents are working or in job training programs. Nutritious meals provided for children.

Derby Neck Library Association
307 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT 06418 (203) 734-1492

A privately endowed, full-service regional library serving residents by lending books, audiovisual materials, and offering programs for all ages.

Derby Public Library
313 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418   (203) 736-1482

Contributes to the knowledge, culture, understanding, and enjoyment of the community, by providing a variety of resources, information, patron assistance, special events and programs.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Inc.
340 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106   (860) 522-0163

A girl empowerment organization dedicated to helping girls ages 5-17 achieve lifelong development and personal growth.

Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce
10 Progress Drive, Shelton, CT 06484   (203) 925-4981

Provides leadership to enhance economic growth, development, prosperity and quality of life in the region.

Griffin Hospital
130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418   (203) 732-7515

An acute care hospital with 7,500 admissions annually; recognized as a national leader in providing patient-centered care through the Planetree model.

International Institute of Connecticut, Inc.
670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605-1704  (203) 336-0141

Provides a wide range of services to address the needs of immigrants, refugees and their families, including resettlement assistance, employment assistance, interpreter services, & education.

Julia Day Nursery & Kindergarten
76 Central Street, Ansonia, CT 06401   (203) 736-2554

Nationally accredited center providing full& part-time programs, including preschool, pre-K, kindergarten, before and after school care for children 3-8 years. Breakfast, lunch & snack included.

 Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven,  Valley Program
 415 Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 924-6651

Empowers adults through literacy. Volunteer tutors work with adults with low literacy skills in small groups at sites throughout the Valley.

Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center
A program of Bhcare
30 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418    (203) 954-0543

Provides screening, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems, trauma, abuse or neglect, early childhood consultation, and parent training & support.

Master’s Table  Community Meals, Inc
PO Box 175, Ansonia, CT 06401    203 732-7792

Provides a safe, uplifting environment for individuals in need, serves the poor, hungry, and the lonely by providing healthy nutritious and appetizing meals to all who come to us.

Naugatuck Valley Health District
98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483   (203) 881-3255

Serves as the local health department for its member municipalities, providing food, housing/shelter, environmental health, public health and other services.

New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
426 State Street, New Haven, CT 06510      (203) 946-4811

Provides free legal services to low income individuals and families in Greater New Haven region in areas of family, child, housing, consumer, benefits, health and employment law.

Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc.
70 West River Street, Milford, CT 06460   (203) 874-8712

Works to end sexual violence through assistance to sexual assault victims as well as prevention, education, and public policy advocacy.

Shelton Youth Service Bureau
120 Meadow St, Room 215, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 924-7614

Works with schools and community agencies to provide positive youth development & substance abuse prevention education to Shelton youth and families.

SONCCA (Seymour-Oxford Nursery & Child Care Assoc, Inc.)
256 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483    (203) 888-1655

Provides affordable, school-based before and after care for school-age children living in Seymour and Oxford.

St. Vincent de Paul/Helping Hands of the Valley Thrift Shop & Food Bank
237 Roosevelt Drive, Derby, CT 06418    (203) 734-7577

Provides services of food and clothing to the needy. Proceeds from a used clothing thrift shop support the food bank.

TEAM, Inc.
30 Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418   (203) 736-5420

Safeguards socially and economically vulnerable families and individuals in the region through subsidized, supportive services and moves them to greater self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army – Greater Valley Corps
26 Lester Street, P.O. Box 522, Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 736-0707

Helps individuals and families deal with the life challenges through assistance with basic needs and services that promote social, educational, emotional and spiritual development.

The WorkPlace, Inc.
350 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604     (203) 610-8500

Coordinates providers of job training and education programs in the Valley, Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford areas to meet the needs of residents and employers.

Valley Community Foundation, Inc.
253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418    (203) 751-9162

Builds philanthropic capital and provides financial and technical assistance support for Valley nonprofits (Derby, Ansonia, Shelton, Seymour and Oxford).

Valley Emergency Medical Services
764 Derby Ave, Seymour, CT 06483  (203) 308-2332

Regional Paramedic Intercept for The Lower Naugatuck Valley

Valley Parish Nurse Program
130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418   (203) 732-7584

A wholistic approach program to health and healing. Through support and education empowers people to live safer and healthier lives, linking people to services as needed.

Valley Regional Adult Education
415 Howe Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484    (203) 924-6651

Provides educational opportunities to the residents of Ansonia, Derby, Monroe, Seymour & Shelton, including Citizenship Preparation, ESL, High School Completion Programs & Enrichment classes.

Valley United Way
54 Grove Street, Shelton, CT 06484   (203) 926-9478

Improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community through philanthropy, volunteerism, and collaboration.

Valley YMCA
12 State Street, Ansonia, CT 06401  (203) 736-9622

Promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility through range of services, including education/literacy, child care, recreation, services to the disabled and other programs.

Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT
1 Long Wharf Drive, Suite 501, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 777-5521

Home health care agency serving 3,600+ people annually, including behavioral health/counseling, in-home care/respite services and parenting/family programs.

Wesley Village United Methodist Homes, Inc.
580 Long Hill Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 (203)944-8279

To provide a continuum of services that supports health, independence and dignity.  They build this continuum on the belief that a relationship-centered philosophy best sustains body, mind and spirit.

Women’s Business Development Council
2 Enterprise Drive, Suite 303, Shelton, CT 06484 (203) 925-0686

Helps women achieve economic equity through entrepreneurial training, financial education and professional development; provides education, training, resources, and mentoring to men & women.

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