Susan B. Anthony Project History

Susan B. Anthony Project History2017-08-04T17:22:00+00:00

1982

A group of concerned local citizens hold first organizational meetings and identify the need for crisis services

1983

Susan B. Anthony Project is incorporated. Agency employs one part-time organizer.

1984

Sexual Assault Crisis Services are added and Susan B. Anthony Project becomes a member of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services Coalition.

1985

Susan B. Anthony Project opens its shelter.

1987

STRIVE (Seeking to Realize Independent Values and Esteem) program added to provide support services to women in transition.

1989

Susan B. Anthony Project secures State of Connecticut funding to purchase a 4-family house and create Susan B. Anthony Project’s Sojourner Truth Transitional Living Program.

1993

Susan B. Anthony Project purchases property at 434 Prospect Street for office and counseling center.

1994

Polly’s Dream thrift shop (named for the dream of Polly Doremus) opens.

1999

Susan B. Anthony Project Board completes a 5-year strategic plan which identifies the need for improved facilities and financial independence as top priorities.

2003

Susan B. Anthony Project receives federal funding to support outreach into rural northwestern Connecticut and form the Community Partnership Team and coordinated community response to domestic violence.

2003

Initiation of Rebuilding Lives Capital Campaign. Goal $2,500,000.

2005

Susan B. Anthony Project secures $275,000 Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant for Capital Campaign.

2006

Susan B. Anthony Project exceeds campaign goal, raising $2,780,000. Moves into new Counseling and Advocacy Center.

2007

Susan B. Anthony Project receives gift to start a permanent Endowment.

2008

Susan B. Anthony Project receives federal grant to expand Transitional Living Program for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

2010

Susan B. Anthony Project receives the Quality of Life Award from the Northwest Chamber of Commerce.

2013

Susan B. Anthony Project receives award from the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative as Best Supporting Organization for Empowering Women