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Summer 2023 Message from our CEO

Dear Friend of BGV:

In 2022, BGV celebrated its 80th birthday! Our Fiscal Year 2022 annual report is now available and spotlights BGV's 3 new programs, accomplishments, and the people of BGV. Please click here to view the annual report.

Additionally, we would like to provide you with a snapshot of the impact donor contributions have made to help change the lives of youth in our community:

  • Last year, 841 unique individual participated in BGV programs.
  • 5 new programs have been added in just 2 years.
  • 14 boys experiencing neglect or abuse were welcomed into BGV's new STAR respite home.
  • 453 families were given valuable parenting skills to better manage conflict in the home.
  • 75% of children in the Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time program were reunited with their families.
  • In our Behavioral Health programs, 60% of youth were able to move on to less restrictive or less intensive services in 2022.
  • Over the past 3 years, Hayden School has drawn students from an average of 43 Local Educational Agencies each year. 
  • This year 35% of Hayden School students graduated or were able to return to school in their community.

Thank you to all our supporters and major donors who generously invest in the future of Connecticut's youth by supporting the important work we continue to do at BGV.  

As we continue our important work, we are grateful for your support. Your support ensures that the kids and families we serve are given opportunities to be happy, healthy, and successful.  Our clients are taking steps in a forward direction and we couldn't do this work without you. Thank you!


Kim Shaunesey, Ph.D.
President & CEO


Posted 9/8/2023

Spring 2022 Message from our CEO

Dear friend of BGV,

It has indeed been a very difficult and trying two years. However, I am heartened by BGV’s resilience and ingenuity. BGV's leadership team and staff have continued to provide cutting-edge and compassionate services to our youth and families. This spring we will be ramping us some exciting initiatives that I would like to share with you...

We are pleased to announce the newest additions to our comprehensive array of services. We have been awarded the Youth Link Mentoring Program for the western half of CT and Quality Parenting Center for Milford. Later this spring we will implementing the CT Youth Recovery Program to support youth recovering from substance use and begin a much-needed renovation to our Charles F. Hayden lower school. The goal of this renovation is to offer our youngest students larger, more welcoming educational spaces and a greater opportunity for learning. Stay tuned for more to come on this project.

For 80 years, BGV has been committed to growing and expanding our services to greater populations in new service areas and we couldn't have done this without you! Because of your support, BGV continues to grow and move the mission of the agency forward in these extremely challenging times. Thank you for helping our youth and families build stronger foundations for brighter futures.


Kim Shaunesey, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Posted 3/29/2022