The Association of Religious Communities
The ARC Mission
"To alleviate the causes of violence, suffering and hate
while advancing peace, justice and human dignity."
Executive Director: Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold
Sunday March 09, 2014
The ARC Mission is embodied in the following Services
Domestic Violence Prevention
- New Options to Violent Action
- Family Violence Education Program
- Explore Program
- Barbara Bowers at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-792-9450 ext. 105
Homeless & Housing Advocacy - Supports Coordinated Access
Emergency Aid Network
- Emergency budget guidance & one-time grants for basic needs
- Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold at 203-792-9450 ext. 102
Refugee & Immigrant Resettlement
- Blue Ribbon Commission, Outreach Task Force
- Comida Friday
- Legal Aid
- Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold at 203-792-9450 ext. 102
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The Rev. P. J. Leopold has been the Executive Director of the Association of Religious
Communities in Danbury, CT for 12 years.
Family Violence Education Program
Description: for men and women who are referred to ARC through the Court sytem, having been
"arrested" for offenses associated with domestic violence.
ARC's program unfolds through pscho-intervention classes led by professionsal Facilitators. Group classes are conduced
weekly, in English or in spanish.
Special arrangements may be made for persons who are more fluent in another language.
Classes are provided at no charge by ARC, but there is a fee payable to the State of CT, Court Support
Description: for men who have been "convicted" of domestic violence offenses and are referred to
ARC through the Court system. ARC's program unfolds over the course of 6 months (26 weeks).
The focus is on education and skills to learn and demontrate positive behavior change. The program is implemented by
professional Facilitators using an inter-active group curriculum.
Groups are conducted weekly in English and Spanish.
Classes are provided with a fee to ARC, using a sliding scale according to income level.
Dream Homes Community Center (DHCC)
Description: Dream Homes Community Center (DHCC) is an outgrowth of ARC's Housing
Advocacy Program which has been in existence over 30 years. DHCC operates the Point of Entry for the City of Danbury's
"10 Year Plan to end Homelessness."
Services are provided for individuals and familes who are either homeless or low-income and at risk of becoming homeless.
In addition to Danbury, the program provides services for people from throughout the region including residents of: Bethel,
Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield & Sherman.
Fee for Services: No fee.
Application: By walk-in or referral.
Refugee & Immigration Resettlement Program
Description: Staff provide confidential services for refugees and immigrants who are in the
early stages of resettlement, and referral to an Immigration Attorney for issues of documentation or self-sufficiency.
Volunteers on the Blue Ribbon Commission Outreach Task Force provide three services: 1) Hospitality and Coffee at
Kennedy Park, 2) Food Pantry ~ dried goods for the Latino/Hispanic cook, and 3) Monthly Workshops with dinners
donated by local restaurants.
ARC Angels (Volunteers) Program
Description: ARC Angels are volunteers (individuals and groups) who give in-kind services and in-kind
goods, generally for short term and seasonal projects. Some ARC Angel Volunteers provide office assistance by answering phones
or administering mailings, and some volunteer for specific programs.
For more information on ARC Angels go to the "ARC Angels" tab or select this
Emergency Budget Guidence
Description: Provides one-time grants for basic needs, primarily food, heating oil, electricity
shut-off prevention, uniforms for new job, car repair for transportation to employment, back rent, or funeral assistance. Grants
take the form of bank checks made payable to vendors, not individuals.
Services: Temporary Financial Assistance.
Languages (other than English): Volunteer translators who speak Cambodian and Spanish.
Program operates: M to F, 9:30am to 5pm, by referral or walk-in.
Service Phone: (203) 792-9450
Site hours: M to F, 3:30pm-5pm
New Options to Violent Action - NOVA
Description: for men, age 18 or older, who have witnessed domestic violence as a child or are
otherwise at high risk of using abusive behaviors against an intimate partner. NOVA participants are self-referred or may hear
about the program from another source (for example: clergy, friend, family member, graduate of NOVA, or therapist).
The program is open to all in need from Danbury and the surrounding area: Bethel, Brookfield,
Newtown, New Milford, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman and Wilton.
Confidentiality is strictly observed. Anyone in NOVA can be assured their privacy will be respected.
The first step is the most important of all. By reading this, you have taken that first step. Do not hesitate to call if you think this
program can be of help to you,, or someone you know.
Class Meeting times: Wednesday 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Individual Cost: $25 per class for 12 weeks.
Class Size: Maximum 15 per class.
For Information: Contact Barb Bowers at ARC: 203-792-9450 ext. 105.
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