Westport-based Project Return has been awarded two grants by the Newman's Own Foundation to support its services for adolescent girls and young women in crisis.

A $10,000 grant will support the agency's after-care program, and a separate $2,500 grant will support an after-school, community service program for at-risk teenagers.

Project Return was founded in 1986 by a group of Westport residents to meet the long-term care needs of adolescent girls who had been victims of abuse and neglect. The agency has since grown from a therapeutic group home to offer programs and services it says are designed to promote development of self esteem, responsibility, communication and thinking skills.

The after-care program offers services to girls and young women who have moved from the agency's residential program. It provides independent living support, an alumni support group, counseling, mentoring and referral services. The after-school program, called HEAL (Health, Empathy, Altruism, Love), brings together teens in community service projects meant to develop self-confidence and a sense of belonging.

"Newman's Own Foundation has provided generous support for our agency, enabling us to serve our girls once they leave the house," Project Return Executive Director Susie Basler said in a news release. "This transitional time can be critical to their continued success."

Project Return provides services to girls and women between 14 and 21 years old from throughout Connecticut.