January 25th, 2018
New Covenant Center volunteer Mary Ann O’Connor was name this week’s Hometown Hero by Channel 12 News. You can watch the piece that aired on January 24th here.
Zumiez Clothing Donation
January 22nd, 2018
Catholic Charities received a much-needed gift in early January. On Wednesday, January 10, a shipment of 28 boxes arrived from Zumiez, a cutting edge clothing company known for snowboarding and skateboarding fashion apparel. The mission of the Zumiez Foundation is to donate warm cold weather items to those in need. Catholic Charities has been lucky to be a Zumiez recipient for the last 10 years.
As shown here, Charities’ staff quickly set to work, “shopping” selecting jackets, socks, gloves and blankets for their clients located throughout Fairfield County. Most of the clients receiving the items receive services through the agency’s Housing, Homeless Outreach and Counseling Services, but Zumiez also provided jackets for children, which were provided to families receiving services through Room to Grow Preschool in Norwalk.
In total, the Charities received 588 individual items, including 216 coats and 20 dozen pairs of socks. With the help of Zumiez, Catholic Charities will be able to make a significant impact throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport and help at least 250 individuals.
The Priests of Deanery G Visit New Covenant Center
January 16th, 2018
On the afternoon of January 9th, 11 priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport all from Deanery G joined the staff at New Covenant Center in preparing and serving a full meal to 67 guests. They also help sort and stock vegetables and produce in the food pantry, and assisted over 40 women who were shopping in the pantry.
“It was just great! They have exceptional staff at New Covenant Center, who perform incredibly every day, led by their Executive Director, John Gutman, as well as Al Barber and the team at Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, who everyday care for the poor and hungry. Thanks to all of our priests. ” Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, Pastor of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.
Participating in this event were the following: Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski, Pastor, St. Matthew Church and Dean of Deanery G; Fr. Juan Gabriel Acosta, Pastor, St. Ladislaus Church; Fr. Sudhir D’Souza, Pastor, St. Philip Roman Catholic Church; Fr. Robert Kinnally, Pastor, St. Aloysius Parish; Fr. Christopher Perrella, Parochial Vicar, St. John Parish, Darien; Fr. Tomi Thomas, Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew Church; Fr. Paul Murphy, Pastor, St. Thomas More Parish, Darien; Fr. Paul Sankar, Chaplain-Norwalk Hospital, St. Thomas Aquinas; Fr. Rojin Mammachan, Parochial Vicar, St. Jerome Norwalk; Fr. Richard Cipolla, Pastor, St. Mary Church, Norwalk; and Fr. David Blanchfield, Pastor, St. Jerome Norwalk
“All Hands In” at 1st Social Night of Service for 2018
January 10th, 2018
It was “all hands in” for New Covenant Center’s 1st Social Night of Service for 2018! On January 9th, almost 40 people from Basilica of Saint John Evangelist in Stamford came out to help.
Social Night of Service was started almost two years ago to raise awareness about New Covenant Center’s mission and to engage individuals between the ages of 21-35. During SNS, volunteers prepare and cook 100+ meals that are served guests at New Covenant Center the following day.
New Covenant Center Remains Open During Snowstorm
January 8th, 2018
This was the third consecutive year in which lower Fairfield County was impacted by a major snow storm and New Covenant Center was open and ready to serve guests in need of a meal or a warm place to check in. About 35 guests visited on Thursday and there was plenty of food for all to receive a second helping if they wanted. Each guest also left with a meal to go of sandwiches, fruit, energy bars and juice packs to carry them through until the next day.
New Covenant Center has adopted a “first responder” mentality as hunger is a daily issue for many. There were 40-50 guests during the two previous storms but this was more challenging because of the high winds, drifts and near whiteout conditions.