Noank Group Homes & Support Services is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by providing specialized and individualized services, the development of healthy relationships, access to resources, connection to the larger community, and hope for the future.
Founded in 1972, Noank Baptist Group Homes (NBGH) was originally affiliated with Noank Baptist Church although it was separately incorporated. Following a donation of a house on Main Street in Noank to the church, a committee of church members decided to use the house as a home for teenage girls who were in state care. The corporation’s original purpose was “to take care of eight or nine girls and to offer services designated to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs and contribute to their health, security, and happiness.”
Today the re-named Noank Group Homes & Support Services, Inc. operates three therapeutic group homes for girls ages 14-18 in Noank, Mystic and Ledyard. NGHSS also operates a program for young men and women 18 years old or older who have been in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). This latter program called Community Housing Assistance Program or CHAP provides a range of support services by our case managers that enable program participants to live independently. Additionally, CHAP provides a continuum of care for our residents who move on from group home living into independent living arrangements.
Besides clinical therapy interventions, our group homes provide life skills and mentoring services that assist girls in developing a knowledge of community resources, social and self awareness, and relational skills. A major emphasis is placed on education in all our programs.