Redfern sworn in as Monroe’s liaison to The Center for Family Justice

Scott Redfern, left, is sworn in as The Center for Family Justice's liaison to the town by Monroe Town Clerk Vida Stone at Town Hall Tuesday, as First Selectman Terry Rooney looks on.

MONROE, CT — Scott Redfern, of Monroe, serves on The Center for Family Justice’s board and on the White Ribbon Committee, a campaign in which men and boys take a stand against violence victimizing women and girls.

First Selectman Terry Rooney tapped Redfern as the town liaison to the Monroe Town Council for CFJ and the Council unanimously approved the appointment. On Tuesday, Town Clerk Vida Stone swore Redfern in at Monroe Town Hall.

“This is fantastic,” Redfern said. “It’s an affirmation of the relationship between CFJ and the town of Monroe.”

“The center’s work is second to none and they’re terrific people,” Rooney said of the nonprofit’s staff members and volunteers.

CFJ is a nonprofit that offers free and confidential support and services to victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual violence for the towns of Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield, Stratford and Bridgeport.

According to CFJ, it assisted 267 Monroe abuse victims last year, at a cost of $86,961.

During the town budget process Rooney and the Town Council decided to include a $10,000 donation to the center, which may become an annual contribution. To give a donation over $500, Monroe must appoint someone as a liaison to a nonprofit’s board.

Rooney said CFJ does not always get the funding it needs from state grants, so Monroe should give the donation for all of the services it provides to residents in need of assistance.

The first selectman said CFJ staff members can now meet with clients in a private area in Town Hall when it is more convenient.

He said the clients can call CFJ or Town Hall to arrange those meetings, and Redfern said it is probably best to call the center’s 24/7 Hotline Numbers:

  • Domestic violence (203) 384-9559
  • Sexual abuse (203) 333-2233
  • Spanish (203) 568-8332

“The meetings are confidential,” Rooney said. “While families are in need of services, we want to protect their privacy.”

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