Homes with Hope Able to Expand Service to Young Women at Risk, Thanks to Local Law Firm

October 28, 2016 Press Releases

(October 28, 2016) – Verrill Dana attorneys Jennifer Kleiner and Cheryl Johnson provided pro bono services to Homes with Hope, a Connecticut nonprofit, to handle a transaction in which Project Return contributed its assets to Homes with Hope.

For many years, Project Return served the needs of adolescent girls and young women in crisis under the care of Connecticut's Department of Children & Families through various programs. Due to changes in Connecticut child welfare policies, punctuated by the elimination of funding for long-standing programs, Project Return shifted its focus from serving the needs of adolescent girls and young women in crisis to providing supportive living programs for young women between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.

With a common mission of providing a wide range of supportive services for young women in crisis, including those that are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, the transaction prevents a disruption in these programs.

Jennifer Kleiner practices corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, investment funds and hedge funds. Her practice also includes general business structuring, negotiation and preparation of limited liability company operating agreements, limited partnership agreements, and various financing transaction agreements. Jennifer worked at Project Return as support staff and then as a resident manager after college.

Cheryl Johnson has a diverse business-law practice including taxation, entity structuring and operations, business planning and specialized securities law matters. Within these areas she distills complex transactional, international and business tax and investment issues so clients can clearly understand available choices and make practical tax and business decisions.

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