YWCA New Britain is pleased to announce the expansion of its campus with the purchase of 11 Franklin Square. The former Advocates Law Firm building adjacent to the current YWCA location is slated to become home to the agency’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS).
SACS will move to the first floor of the two-story building. The new location will give SACS staff and clients confidential access and increased privacy. In addition, staff will be centralized in one location instead of spread throughout the main YWCA building.
YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service covers a 46-town region, offering assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospitals, the court system, public safety officers, and other counselors assisting their clients.
The February purchase of the 7,600 sq. foot building comes at a time when YWCA’s Board of Directors and staff have started a strategic planning process that will help set the agency’s direction for the next three years. The soon-to-be-vacant offices and workspaces in the existing building and the second floor in the new building will be converted for other uses and partnerships to meet the organization’s goals.
The 11 Franklin Square location will become YWCA New Britain’s third site in the city. The agency opened its East Side Community Center in June 2018 to serve as a home for the House of Teens program.
YWCA’s Executive Director Tracey Madden-Hennessey says, “We are very excited about this new opportunity to expand our footprint and to extend our services to more women and families. It has been made possible by a donation from an extremely generous anonymous donor. Our main building is at capacity, so this expansion will allow us to more effectively serve our community. We look forward to gathering community input and sharing more information within the upcoming months.”