BRBC BLOG: Happy Women's History Month! Week 3 Spotlight: Julia DiCola

Happy March, everyone! It is Women's History Month and the BRBC's Women's Leadership Network has teamed up with Bridgeport's Downtown Special Services District to honor some of the women impacting our community (there are many!) We will also be co-hosting a virtual panel discussion with these women on March 31. Now to introduce Julia DiCola.

Women's History Month - Spotlight on Local Women - Week 3: Julia DiCola
March 15, 2021

Julia DiCola. Julia is a very proud and happy Transgender Woman. She relocated to Bridgeport about 10 years ago, settling in a lovely Downtown restored pre-war apartment adjacent to the Broad Street Steps and the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. Having her roots in New York, she soon felt a sense of a NYC neighborhood vibe in the Downtown community and she quickly adopted Bridgeport as her official spiritual home. She completely embraced the vitality of diverse culture communities within Bridgeport and the basic common values of hard work, family and faith each of these communities have in common.

She also became aware of the needs of so many underserved individuals and how the many non-profits and churches each had their own way of providing services to them. She was moved to take action, and began to do what she could to help make a difference. Initially, she simply went out in search of homeless and at risk youth, offering a small lunch bag of food. These activities expanded and she networked with some non-profits as a volunteer and eventually, she “retired” from her commercial career and started a new career within Bridgeport’s non-profit community.

Eventually, she was associated with GBAPP as Strategic Development Director and then Triangle Community Center as Director of Programs, Services and Operations. She is also a Board Member and currently serves in the position of Chairwoman of Optimus Health Care; which is second largest Community Health Care Clinic in CT. Additionally she is a Deacon of United Congregational Church Bridgeport. She enjoys and spends most personal time providing service as a volunteer for Nourish Bridgeport and its missions at the Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen and English Second Language
Hand-lettering by JAG Ink Studio
With sponsorship support from Aquarion Water Company and Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital.