Two local Businessmen Donate Storefront to Safe Futures

Two local Businessmen Donate Storefront to Safe Futures
Victor Ebersole. Jr. and Brendan Quinn hand over keys to Sumner & Sumner headquarters on Main Street in Willimantic.

NEW LONDON — The owners of a commercial storefront in downtown Willimantic are donating the property to Safe Futures, a nonprofit that serves victims of domestic violence, in a bid to help the organization develop The Center for Safe Futures.  The brick building at 757 Main Street in Willimantic has long served as the office of Sumner & Sumner, Inc., a local independent insurance agency. Brendan Quinn and Victor Ebersole, Jr., the president and vice president of the company, said they are happy to hand the single-story building over to Safe Futures.  

“We could not be prouder to partner with this wonderful organization and be part of the work they are doing,” Quinn and Ebersole said in a joint statement. “We hope this helps Safe Futures in their development of The Center for Safe Futures which offers assistance to families subjected to domestic violence in Southeastern Connecticut.”

Sumner & Sumner began operating remotely in March of 2020 as a result of the pandemic. That model has proven viable, said Quinn, allowing for continued safety while Quinn, Ebersole, and the entire company, maintain an exceptional level of service for its clients. 

“Such generosity on the part of Victor and Brendan will do so much to help families affected by domestic violence and allow our organization to expand our services to reach even more victims and become more efficient in the delivery of services,” said Vice President of Safe Futures, Gregory Massad, in announcing the donation.  “We could not be more thankful.”

For Safe Futures, the acquisition comes as the organization is planning the development of a 23,000-square-foot family justice center on a parcel in Waterford that will house a plethora of related services and agencies under a single roof.

Safe Futures was founded 45 years ago in 1976. Today the organization serves as many as 10,000 people annually and offers a raft of counseling, court advocacy, outreach, and housing programs. Chief Executive Officer Katherine Verano is leading the effort to build the new facility, touting it as a fully integrated facility dubbed The Center for Safe Futures. The new building will bring nearly every agency whose work touches on issues of domestic violence under a single roof. Police and prosecutors’ offices, childcare services, counselors, job training programs, and more will share space at the Center for Safe Futures to bolster collaboration and make it easier for victims to access the help they need.

Safe Futures is a 50l(c)3 non-profit organization, a member agency of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the only agency exclusively providing crisis intervention, shelter, ongoing support, and housing for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in southeastern Connecticut.

Media Contact:
Katherine Verano
Chief Executive Officer
kverano@safefuturesct.org