About Us

Domus is a human services nonprofit which opened in 1972 and serves more than 1,100 of the most struggling youth in Stamford and New Haven, CT. Young people come to us with many challenges; most are living in abject poverty, have had involvement in the criminal justice system, and have experienced homelessness, neglect, abuse, academic failure, and chronic untreated healthcare issues. Our overarching goal is to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can succeed in school and ultimately lead satisfying and productive lives. We do this through three primary service areas:

Educational: We operate two alternative charter schools in Stamford, Trailblazers Academy middle school and Stamford Academy high school, and a public school in New Haven, Domus Academy middle school, all serving students with significant academic and behavioral challenges. Family advocates help eliminate non-academic barriers to school attendance and success.

Community: We run the Chester Addison Community Center, the Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center, and four after-school enrichment programs.

Residential: We operate two group homes for homeless males who are wards of the State of Connecticut, as well as an independent living program.

In all of these programs, we deliver against our vision that no child shall be denied hope, love, or a fair chance in life. Domus is the Latin noun for home, which is where our roots are: We opened our doors in 1972 as a group home for homeless boys and stay in touch with many of them. We also keep home and all its positive connotations in mind as we create loving relationships and warm, loving places to heal from trauma.

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A United Way Agency Partner