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A Better Chance has new home

Published 12:15 pm, Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Jocelyn Mendez, Bettina Arkhurst, Mahoghany Dolberry, Niamani Williams-Coles, Merlyn Tejada and Danielle McIntosh are members of DarienĂ­s A Better Chance program. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News Contributed
    Jocelyn Mendez, Bettina Arkhurst, Mahoghany Dolberry, Niamani Williams-Coles, Merlyn Tejada and Danielle McIntosh are members of DarienĂ­s A Better Chance program. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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After 33 years in residence on Brookside Road, in the white house owned by the First Congregational Church, Darien's A Better Chance program has found a home of its own.

In December, the Board of Directors of ABC authorized the purchase of 103 Tokeneke Road, a residential house that will meet the needs of the program today and in the future.

A Better Chance provides scholarships for six academically talented girls of color who live as a family with two resident directors. The current ABC house has been made available to the program by the First Congregational Church since 1981.

ABC would like to expand the program to eight students, allowing for two scholars in each grade level at Darien High School.

With this goal in mind, a team of ABC board members began exploring options for expansion. When the house on Tokeneke Road, which met all of the planning and zoning requirements, became available, an offer was made and accepted.

With substantial gifts already in hand, the next step for ABC is to raise the necessary money to renovate the house to meet the needs of the girls and the family of the resident directors. ABC hopes to complete the updates in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.

A series of fundraising events will be scheduled in the coming months.

For information, visit www.abcdarien.org.