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.

The Alliance for Prevention & Wellness
435 East Main Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 (203) 736-2601

(APW), a program of BHcare, is the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) for the DMHAS Region 2 service area. APW addresses substance use, problem gambling, and mental health promotion through training and education.

American Red Cross, Connecticut 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.

435 East Main Street, Ansonia, CT 06401  (203) 736-2601
127 Washington Ave, 3rd floor West, North Haven CT 06473

BHcare is a regional community provider of behavioral health, addiction prevention, and domestic violence services for the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities.

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
South Cliff Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 (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.

Hope Counseling & Behavioral Health Center (Formerly Christian Counseling)

183 Howe Av, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 929-1117

Outpatient mental health agency providing psychotherapy and psychiatric services to individuals, couples and families.

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants
670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605-1704  (203) 336-0141

Provides an array of services to meet the needs of refugees and immigrants, including legal/immigration, refugee resettlement, employment assistance, support to survivors of torture and human trafficking, translator/interpreter services and training.

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 Youth Service Bureau
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 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   (800) 922-2770

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.

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, and before and after school care for children 3-8 years. Breakfast, lunch & snack included.

 Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven,  Valley Program
 30 Elizabeth St, Level One, Derby, CT 06418 (203) 736-5420 Ext.1267

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

Massaro Community Farm
41 Ford Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525  (203) 736-8618

Runs an organic vegetable operation for seasonal CSA subscribers, farmer’s markets and restaurants.  Offers educational programming for youth and adults as well as open space for public enjoyment and third-party use.  Donates 10% of what it grows to local hunger relief.

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.

Parent Child Resource Center, A program of BHcare
30 Elizabeth Street Derby 06418 (203) 736-2601
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.

Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc.
70 West River Street, Milford, CT 06460   (203) 878-1212  Hotline help 24/7 

Provides free and confidential counseling, advocacy and accompaniment for victims of sexual assault and their families and community education for students k-12.

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.

Spooner House, operated By Area Congregations Together, Inc.
30 Todd Road, Shelton, CT 06484  (203) 225-0453

Homeless shelter, food pantry and support services for men, women and children in need.

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 Corp
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 Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services
435 East Main Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 (203) 736-2601

A program of BHcare, provides services for victims and children of domestic violence free of charge. Each year, over 6,000 abused women and their children walk through the door of UCDVS looking for shelter, help and hope. 24-hour hotline numbers are (203) 736-9944 and (203) 789-8104. Toll-free 1-888-774-2900.

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 holistic 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 Academic Programming: High School Completion Programs, English as a Second Language & Citizenship Preparation classes and enrichment classes, online courses & bus trips for adults.

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.

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