FAIRFIELD — After seven months of planning and research, the beleaguered Good Will-Hinckley Home for Boys & Girls has settled on a “framework” for its survival, organization officials said Friday.

The new strategic plan, according to a release, says the landmark institution will hold onto much of its current programs and traditions, while aggressively pursuing financial survival through partnerships, real estate deals and off-campus programs.

Last summer, Good Will-Hinckley closed its core residential and educational operations for troubled young people and laid off much of its staff because of budget shortfalls. Only its Glenn Stratton Learning Center for special-needs children and L.C. Bates Museum remained open.

But even as Good Will released a broad outline of its future intentions, most details of the organization’s future remain undetermined. Chief among them: whether Good Will will once again operate as a residential school.

“The most fundamental component is recognizing the Good Will-Hinckley philosophy can serve people whether in the Hinckley campus or whether we go to communities where they live,” said Kathryn Hunt, vice chairwoman of the board of directors.

In the aftermath of the closure of its residential program, Good Will officials formed a strategic action committee. Members logged more than 4,000 hours for planning and research and contacted more than 150 people and groups.


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