TRUMBULL, Conn. — Trumbull resident Valerie Foster has been elected chair of the board of directors at the Bridgeport-based Center for Family Justice.
The nonprofit offers free, confidential services o victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull
Foster, who has been a board member for seven years, assumes board leadership at a critical time for CFJ, which became the state’s first Family Justice Center in April 2016.
“Our main challenge is sustainability in this time of shrinking state, federal and municipal dollars,” she said. “We need to work together to come up with innovative solutions to ensure our sustainability, so this organization, with roots stretching back to 1884, will be around for at least another 133 years, helping victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse become survivors.”
A former Fairfield resident and newspaper editor, Foster is co-founded Pathway to Mindfulness, an organization that teaches clients how to build a 20-minute-a-day mindful meditation practice. She also volunteers with CFJ’s clients to help them learn meditation as part of their recovery from trauma.
“We are excited about Val’s leadership of our board because she has already contributed so much to this agency,” said Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ’s president & CEO, who noted Foster has helped elevate the agency’s profile by spearheading a significant public relations and marketing initiative. “She cares deeply about our clients and our efforts to help them lead safe, healthy lives free of trauma and abuse.”
Foster replaces Judy A. Stevens, a senior assistant state’s attorney who served as board chair for the last two years.