Klingberg Family Centers is a private nonprofit organization offering an array of treatment services helping over 2,500 children and families in the Hartford region who have been affected by trauma. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will be used to support Vocational Education at Raymond Hill School, a special education school that offers students an opportunity to explore and discover their gifts. Vocational Counselors evaluate each student’s areas of interest and administer aptitude assessments, interface with work placement supervisors to facilitate effectiveness and educational value of workplace experiences, organize vocational field trips and guest speakers, and provide guidance to help students meet their transitional goals in career education. Vocational Counselors also work with students to develop a plan for their future that includes pursuing a college/technical school degree or a work placement in the community. Areas of study include auto restoration and mechanics, culinary and food services, woodworking, retail, and information technology.
“Our students need a place to explore possible future options. Working with local businesses and schools, our staff helps students experience what their future careers could be,” says Steven Girelli, President and CEO of Klingberg Family Centers. “TD Bank’s support of this program ensures a more positive outcome for the students and their families in the future.”
"We recognize the importance of supporting the Klingberg Family Centers in its mission to provide much needed services to children and adolescents." said Michael LaBella, Market President, TD Bank. "TD is committed to driving positive change through working collaborations that enrich the lives of our communities across Connecticut, and we are honored to be a part of this effort."