Welcome to The Valley Council, a partnership network of nonprofit agencies that serve the residents of Connecticut’s Lower Naugatuck Valley. The Valley Council works to strengthen the capacity of our member agencies and community partners to provide high quality health and human services in the Valley region. By coming together to build relationships, exchange information, share resources, identify community needs, and plan for community solutions, we help to improve quality of life for Valley residents.
If you are a representative of a nonprofit agency serving Valley residents, learn about the benefits and process of becoming a member of the Valley Council.
If you live or work in the Valley, learn about how to access services and/or how to support the work of Valley nonprofits by volunteering, donating, or participating in community efforts.
The Valley Council HHS Diversity – Equity – Inclusion Capacity Building Work Group (DEI Workgroup) is charged to build and strengthen the competencies of the Valley Council, through the lens of DEI, that can be applied in all aspects of VC HHS thoughts, actions, strategies, & outcomes. The work will include the development and implementation of position statements and written policy of the Valley Council, professional development & topic presentations for Valley Council HHS membership, and longer-term strategies with actionable goals. Embedded into all Valley Council HHS efforts, the DEI Workgroup will help guide behaviors and actions, strategies and outcomes, across all Valley Council committees, task forces, and other sub-groups of the Valley Council HHS. If anyone is interested in being involved and working with the group, please contact Esperina Stubblefield and Susan Agamy or David Morgan / Chair VC HHS.
News and Events
Valley Council 2020 Committee Year in Reviews
Valley Early Childhood Regional Council’s mission is to coordinate and promote early care and education throughout the Valley region by engaging families to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and succeed. This past year the Council has worked together on the Valley Community Health Improvement Plan to start the discussion about behavioral health in schools. This topic was the focus of our Read Across the Valley event, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID. The Council has been very active and continued meeting throughout the year. We are also excited to welcome our new Ansonia School Readiness liaison and have her work with our communities!
Youth Committee: Before Covid-19, the Youth Committee was poised to start incorporating important concepts like equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as well as the full Council’s Focus of Work guidelines into our monthly discussions as well as expanding the Youth Resource Guide. However, once the pandemic began, the committee’s work was put on hold starting in March.
In July, we started meeting regularly once again, but responding to the pandemic became front and center. All member agencies of the Youth Committee were feeling the impact of the virus on our core services and it forced us to respond in new and inventive ways. Some worked, some didn’t, but the monthly meetings gave us the space to share those stories. They also allowed us to share strategies to start working with youth safely again, even in person. As we moved into the fall, we were able to start readdressing EDI and how we and our agencies have responded. In 2021, we will continue these important discussions as we continue navigating these uncertain times.
Food Security Task Force was an essential component in the COVID-19 public health emergency response, providing food relief & supports throughout the Valley region. In our continued efforts to research the issues of hunger and access to healthy food, we successfully launched the Bozzutos Healthy Foods Distribution Initiative – as well as the formal adoption of Nutrition Guidelines to promote best practices in supporting wellness at food pantries. In our ongoing advocacy and community engagement, we published a media toolkit which resulted in the achievement of televised & social media coverage toward increased awareness and support of the Task Force’s work. We continue to collect and report data on food distribution – as well as update and distribute resource documents regarding local food resources available to households in need.
Communications Committee: Works to refine the core messages used as a resource network for Valley non- profit health and human service organizations.
Senior Services Council – Valley Council for Health and Human Services: The mission of the Senior Services Council (SSC) is to enhance the quality of life for people over 60 years of age living in the greater Valley Area by being a centralized resource of senior living information, education, support, and advocacy.
Valley Covid-19 Updates
Many Valley nonprofit organizations are taking responsive measures to COVID-19. This can range from reduction of hours, outright office closures, new programs, canceled events, and so on. In an effort to share that information with you, please see below for a list of changes that the Valley Council has been made aware of. G
Members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s community committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Tuesday May 19 at 2PM regarding the impact of COVID-19 on some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. It will stream live on the Connecticut Network (CT-N)
This Fund will
serve as the repository for donations from individuals, foundations, and
corporations with VCF serving as the backbone and fiscal agent. To support the
Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, visit www.valleyfoundation.org. Gifts via
credit card are strongly preferred over checks to reduce processing time.
Checks can however be made out to Valley Community Response and Recovery Fund
and mailed to 253-A Elizabeth St., Derby, CT 06418.
Your support is
here to learn more about the fund and help the Valley’s collective capacity
to respond in the wake of this global pandemic.
We are going through a challenging time as we navigate the impacts of the #COVID19. It’s likely to be with us for a long time, and that is why we must prepare a little differently for other disasters that may affect our communities. It is difficult to think about, but other disasters, like hurricanes and wildfires, can still strike. Visit to learn how you can prepare your family and community. https://bddy.me/3e8znDJO
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Below is information related to regional and statewide libraries.
Details in the link explain more for each Valley library. While programming is
likely closed and the buildings are closed to the public, some still have
resources available and librarians who are able to assist via phone and email.
Online home library services such as Hoopla and Overdrive should be unaffected
and are still accessible by patrons. http://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/COVID-19
Covid19 emergency food needs detailed by @TEAM’s Food Hub
Make a difference by contributing requested food items: Shelf stable liquid mild, canned chicken, oatmeal, frozen and fresh vegetables, meats, pasta, rice, eggs, kid juices and snacks.
Drop off available Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm at 30 Elizabeth St. Derby.
TEAM will be opening its modified Early Childhood access effective Thursday, March 26th. Child care is a critical part of the public health emergency response – it is particularly important to ensure that public safety workers are able to work, healthcare workers are able to care for the sick, and other workers can continue vital services in society such as pharmacies, food stores, and transport. TEAM is taking the lead in caring for the children from Griffin’s Health Staff; ages 1-12. It is run by volunteer staff and other tiers may open up. They are following all safety precautions. For more information on TEAM Inc Services: https://teaminc.org/
David Morgan, Valley Council Vice Chair and President/CEO of TEAM Inc., was featured on the Valley Independent Sentinel’s podcast to talk about what TEAM has been doing during the COVID-19 health crisis to help people in need. Click here to listen.
City of Shelton News:
Shelton City Hall Community Center and the Senior Center and libraries are open with reduced hours. The pool gymnasium and fitness rooms are closed. The parks and playgrounds and trails remain open. Members of the Senior Center can call the Information Center for daily updates. Public works will remain open. Trash and recycling pick up will continue. Residents are asked not to flush any wipes, including those marked flushable and should dispose of the in their trash receptacles. All emergency services and Police Dept. will continue to respond to calls for services. The animal shelter remains open. For more information visit http://www.city of Shelton.org
Master’s Table Community Meals is postponing all meals until further notice. This is temporary, due to COVID-19. Please be safe.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to best protect the health and safety of our clients and staff, BHcare/PCRC will be utilizing telehealth to care for new and established clients effective Monday, March 23. We will not accept any walk-in clients in our Ansonia, Branford and Derby locations.
Established clients will be contacted to schedule telehealth
To make a telehealth appointment please
BHcare Ansonia: 203-736-2601
BHcare Branford: 203-483-2630
PCRC Derby Clinic: 203-954-0543
Attached is a copy of a Resource Guide – PCRC put together for parents struggling with the changes brought about in their lives because of the COVID-19 virus. It includes information about local resources, some parenting tips, and some great on-line activities for kids while they are out of school. https://www.bhcare.org/page/29138
Their COVID-19 drive -thru Testing Facility is open for testing. The collection site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Persons will need to have a valid order for the test from a licensed independent healthcare practitioner. Patients with a valid order can schedule an appointment at 203-437-6815. More info can be found on their website. https://www.griffinhealth.org/griffin-hospital
Naugatuck Valley Health Dept: For information and current updates and reports regarding coronavirus COVID-19, please visit: www.NVHD.org/coronaviruses/COVID-19 or call 2-1-1. As a
reminder, residents who have questions regarding COVID-19 can call 2-1-1, visit
the following webpages:
Additionally, the www.nvhd.org/coping webpage has behavioral health resources dedicated to individuals and families who may be experiencing stress or anxiety related to COVID-19.
Christian Counseling & Family Life Center:
They have transitioned their services (psychotherapy & psychiatric care for individuals, couples and families) to telemedicine. They continue to provide high quality behavioral health care to those in need. They are serving their current patients as well as accepting new referrals. http://christiancounselingflc.org/Aboutus/aboutus.html
Rape Crisis Center of Milford – Serving the Valley