Fairfield Hills duplex has new life with nonprofit

NEWTOWN — All the noise this summer at the town’s Fairfield Hills campus has been coming from the demolition of the 225,000-square-foot Canaan House – one of the huge abandoned red brick buildings left from the former state psychiatric hospital that Newtown took over a decade ago.

But on Monday night, Newtown VIPs and friends of a home-grown nonprofit assembled on a quiet corner of the town’s grounds to make some noise over the renovation of a charming 4,800-square-foot red brick duplex, which is just as important to Newtown’s long-term vision for its municipal campus.

“What we have here is an extraordinary outcome and a tremendous investment, not just for the town of Newtown,” said Pat Llodra, the town’s first selectman, speaking to supporters in the candle-lit living room of the renovated duplex. “The town is going to lease it to the Newtown Parent Connection for $1 a year for the next 10 years.” Read complete article >





Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

Meeting Information Here

A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
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First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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