Inspirica (formerly St. Luke's LifeWorks) on March 31 hosted an evening of inspiration at the Spirit of Success Gala at the Woodway Country Club in Darien. Inspirica honored Women of Vision Fairfield County (WoVFC) with its inaugural Impact Award, which is given to an extraordinary person or organization achieving profound and fundamental impact in helping people break the cycle of homelessness in our communities.

The evening also featured a client who spoke first-hand about the impact Inspirica had on her life, in addition to a video featuring several clients and their success stories.

"This gala is important on many levels," Jason T. Shaplen, CEO of Inspirica, said. "It's an opportunity for people to support the critical work we do in lower Fairfield County. We need this support today more than ever as demand for our services soars.

"Equally important, the Spirit of Success Gala allows people to see in a very tangible way how successful we are in moving hundreds of people in our community from the streets to health, jobs, homes and dignity."

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"Over a decade ago, we searched for an organization we could partner with where we could develop a long-term relationship, make an impact, and bring hope and inspiration to the poor and oppressed women and children in our community," Christine Palumbo, of WoVFC, said. The missions of Inspirica and Women of Vision are the same and so we came along side them. Inspirica has developed amazing programs to break the cycle of homelessness, and we are honored to play a role in supporting them and all those we serve there."

Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in the state and the largest in lower Fairfield County. It provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing to about 230 people each night. Additionally, it provides education and employment services, youth services and access to a vast array of other services such medical and dental care, inpatient substance abuse treatment and psychiatric care through a network of partnerships. Visit