Our Brief History
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 Community Support Services operates two therapeutic group homes for young women ages 14-18 in Noank and Ledyard. In addition, we are excited about our newly opened group home in Mystic for pregnant and parenting teens up to age 18 and their babies and young children. The young women in our homes come into care after having suffered severe trauma, and are at high risk for dropping out of school, becoming pregnant, abusing substances, and living transient lifestyles. The same teenagers, when given a stable, nurturing environment with the support of warm and responsive adults, have found success. Many have graduated from high school - some with honors - and have gone on to pursue vocations, college degrees, and successful independent living in the community. We also offer a Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) for young adults who age out of state foster care and pursue higher education and employment, and now also a variety of community-based and in-home services for children of all ages and their families, as well as for the chronically mentally ill adult.