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Letter: Community Fund of Darien Helps the Needy

DARIEN, Conn. – The following letter was written by Bob Arnold and Thomas Miller of Family Centers . Miller is president of the organization and Miller is director of professional services for Darien and New Canaan.

As efforts continue to tame the unpredictable economic rollercoaster our country has been on for the past few years, it's beginning to feel as is the simple things we've come to rely on are in limbo.

The rising unemployment rate has left hundreds of thousands of Connecticut families without the income they need to make ends meet, while the volatility of the stock market has put people's retirement plans on hold. Many of our neighbors have also lost their homes, and are faced with the task of rebuilding their lives from the ground up.

Fortunately for residents of lower Fairfield County, The Community Fund of Darien continues to ensure that families and individuals in crisis have access to resources they need – especially in the most uncertain of times. This year, The Community Fund is allocating more than $750,000 to 25 human services agencies serving Darien, Stamford and Norwalk and other grants and initiatives – a remarkable feat considering the mounting economic challenges.

Here at Family Centers, many of the people who come through our doors have suffered a major life-altering event – whether it is the death of a loved one or prolonged unemployment. It's through the support of organizations like The Community Fund that we can serve each and every adult, child or family regardless of their ability to pay.

There's no telling what the future has in store. But thanks to the ongoing support of The Community Fund of Darien, Family Centers will remain a trusted resource for our area's most vulnerable families.

Bob ArnoldPresidentFamily Centers

Thomas MillerDirector of Professional Services for Darien and New CanaanFamily Centers

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