Health Equity Initiative

First Spanish Speaking Support Group

Ann’s Place is excited to announce a great kick off to the Spanish Speaking Support Group in March 2016! The Spanish Speaking Support Group takes place the third Tuesday of every month at the Danbury Library; it is led by Bilingual Clinical Social Worker Candy Murias, LMSW.

Peggy O’Shea has volunteered to join the April meeting, on Tuesday April 19th, 2016. Attendees can look forward to a wonderful night discussing wellness techniques, and a holistic approach to better health. Ann's Place is excited to continue to grow the Health Equity Program by providing more services to meet our clients' needs!

Health Equity Initiative Launches


The Board of Directors of Ann’s Place is pleased to announce that Ann’s Place will launch its new Health Equity Initiative, funded by the BI Cares Foundation, on July 22.   A collaboration between Ann’s Place and The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury (Centro Hispano), the Health Equity Initiative will enable Ann’s Place, a community-based cancer support center, to provide services at Centro Hispano, in downtown Danbury, as well as bilingual services onsite at 80 Saw Mill Road. 

There will be an Open House to celebrate this new initiative at Ann's Place, 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at noon.  Members of the public are invited.  Light refreshments will be served. 

“Part of our vision at Ann’s Place is to extend the reach of our services to patients and families who are not getting the support they need because of language barriers, poverty, or lack of access to transportation,” said Anthony Zeolla, Ann’s Place President & CEO.   “We are delighted to be able to offer our services at Centro in the heart of Danbury. We hope that this collaboration with Centro—with its accessible location, varied programs, and its deep roots in the community—will help us to better serve populations that for too long have been overlooked and under-served.”

As part of the Health Equity Initiative, Ann’s Place has hired a Spanish-speaking bilingual social worker, Candy Murias, who will provide clinical services at the Centro location.  “Candy brings a wealth of experience serving diverse communities and has a deep commitment to justice and compassionate service,” said Su Murdock, Ann’s Place Director of Clinical Services.  “We look forward to her joining our staff.” 

"Part of the Hispanic Center’s mission aims to improve the well-being of the diverse community in the Greater Danbury area by providing culturally competent preventive health education and promotion,” said Andrea Contreras,  Interim Executive Director of the Hispanic Center.  “We believe this new collaboration with Ann’s Place holds synergy with our current program and vision to make a difference in the community by expanding our services to be able to provide accessible cancer support services to clients and their families.  We are thrilled to work with Ann’s Place and are looking forward to working with them and Candy in this new initiative." 

Health Equity Initiative

By Catherine McGrath, Director of Development 

Our efforts continue to partner with the Multicultural Center of Danbury (Centro) to offer Ann’s Place cancer support services to a broader range of non-English speaking communities in the Greater Danbury area. We plan to seek funding to hire a part time, bilingual LCSW to be housed in a building next to CENTRO (owned by Family Child Aid). Family Child Aid has offered us space for free. We continue to partner with BI Cares, the Hispanic Federation, United Way of Western CT, and the Tribuna, as well as other local individuals who have expressed interest in helping us.

Join us on Saturday, March 14 for An Evening of Latin Dance & Entertainment to kick off the initiative! Join local latin dance duo Jay Bardalai & Laura Kara at Ann's Place for an evening of dancing, food, and other fun activities. Click here for details & to register!