About WSS

 A Special Note of Thanks

Women’s Support Services (WSS) is looking forward to the 14th annual Trade Secrets two-day event and extends its sincere thanks to Bunny Williams, our honorary chair, and to Elaine LaRoche, who has allowed us the use of the picturesque LionRock Farm in Sharon, CT for many years. We would also like to thank our underwriters, countless community volunteers, and vendors who make this event possible. Trade Secrets proceeds from prior years have helped WSS purchase a new building and provide emergency funds to clients in need.

Trade Secrets 2014 proceeds will be used to fund WSS education and counseling programs and to provide direct funds to help clients with legal, housing, transportation, and medical emergencies.

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Our Mission

The mission of Women’s Support Services is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention, and education. We offer free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support, advocacy, and community outreach. 

Women’s Support Services (WSS) is a non-profit organization that has provided critical services to victims of domestic violence and abuse in the towns of Salisbury, Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon and nearby New York and Massachusetts since 1981. Our services include: a 24-hour crisis hotline; short term emergency shelter; individual support counseling for adults and children; legal, medical and social service advocacy; support groups; and community education and prevention programs. All WSS services are free of charge and totally confidential.

From July 2012 through June 2013,

  • WSS worked with 757 adults and children.
  • WSS responded to 403 crisis contacts (phone calls and walk-ins).
  • WSS provided 472 individual counseling sessions for persons in our service area. 
  • WSS provided clients with 999 units of information and referrals. 
  • Our community educator and staff were active in the schools and with community groups, reaching 5,343 participants. 
  • Through our car donation program, Calling All Cars, we were able to transfer ownership of 3 cars to local residents in need.

For more information about WSS call (860) 364-1080 or visit our website