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Collinsville Bank boosts Favarh's wellness center

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

Favarh has received a $35,000 donation from Collinsville Bank to support construction of an Adaptive Wellness Center that will give the Favarh community more opportunities to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Canton-based Favarh — aka the Arc of the Farmington Valley — helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live as independently as possible and contribute to society.

Plans for the Adaptive Wellness Center call for a large multi-use floor to be used for a variety of sports, recreation, mindfulness activities and theater programs.

Collinsville Bank has branches in Canton, Collinsville and Farmington. Founded in 1853, it has been a division of Northwest Community Bank for just over two months — since early January 2021.

"We are so pleased to continue to support the work of Favarh," says Northwest CEO Stephen Reilly. "We know that the new facility will expand Favarh’s capabilities, be beneficial to their clients and become an asset to communities throughout the Farmington Valley region."

Favarh (pronounced FAY-var) was established in 1958 by eight area families seeking a better life for their children who were challenged with intellectual disabilities. A small school was launched in the basement of Avon Congregational Church — students with intellectual disabilities didn't attend public schools at that time.

"We are so pleased to continue to support the work of Favarh" — Northwest CEO Stephen Reilly

In 2001, Favarh moved to its current location on Commerce Drive in Canton. Today, Favarh is a local chapter of the Arc — the world's largest community-based organization for people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities, according to the Favarh website.

Favarh champions more than 350 children, young adults, adults, seniors and families in the Farmington Valley and Greater Hartford.

"We look forward to seeing the Adaptive Wellness Center as it adds another great range of valuable services to Favarh,” says Reilly.

Northwest Community Bank, headquartered in Winsted since 1860, is a mutually-owned and state-chartered bank. In January, Northwest merged with Litchfield Bancorp and Collinsville Bank, under the banner of Northwest Community Bank.

Northwest has branches in Avon, Granby, New Hartford, Simsbury and Torrington. Besides the main office, a branch at Northwestern Regional High School is also in Winsted.

Litchfield Bancorp, founded in 1850, has branches in Litchfield, Lakeville, Torrington, Washington Depot and Watertown. Northwest Community Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut Mutual Holding Company.

By Bruce Deckert — Today Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Sources — Collinsville Bank + Favarh + independent reporting

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