Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Awards $9,000 to The Connection’s Mother’s Retreat Program

Funds will support expansion of Groton-based substance use treatment program for pregnant or parenting women as part of The Connection’s response to growing opioid crisis.

Middletown and Groton, CT. The Connection’s Mother’s Retreat program will increase the number of clients served each year with a $9,000 grant awarded by The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. This funding will support the agency’s continued response to the growing opioid crisis.

“We are delighted that the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has chosen to support this program expansion,” said The Connection’s CEO Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore. “These funds will help ensure that every woman who enters the Mother’s Retreat program feels welcome, safe, and fully equipped to begin the process of rebuilding her life.”

Mother’s Retreat, established in 1995, provides intensive, short-term residential substance abuse treatment for pregnant or parenting women struggling to overcome addictions. Through quality clinical services and individualized case management provided in a warm, supportive, homelike setting, clients participate in an array of activities. Program services include relapse prevention assistance, trauma services, drug and addiction education, relationship and communication skill building, life skill building, health and wellness support, vocational and educational coaching, parenting support, and community outreach activities. Program staff, community, and natural supports provide the resources and guidance clients need to create, develop, and strengthen healthy relationships and build a recovery community.

For more information, please contact: Sherrie Weaver, Program Director, Women & Children’s Programs, (860) 235-7058,