Domus is a human services nonprofit which opened in 1972 and serves more than 1,100 of the most struggling youth in Stamford. 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, which serve students with significant academic and behavioral challenges. Family advocates help eliminate non-academic barriers to school attendance and success. We operate the Bridgeport Detention Center Summer School Program.
Community: We run the Chester Addison Community Center, the Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center, and four after-school enrichment programs. The Juvenile Review Board offers first-time misdemeanor offenders an alternative to the juvenile justice system. Project New Hope street outreach program engages high-risk youth who are on the path to—or are already engaged in—violence and/or gang activity. Our summer camps serve 400 youth with recreation and academic enrichment at our Lockwood Avenue site and Chester Addison. Family Advocates in the Stamford Public Schools work to support students at high risk of dropping out, being expelled, or failing.
Residential: We operate one group home 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.
A United Way Agency Partner