January 6th, 2015
The New Covenant House Capital Campaign recently received a hefty boost when Board President Paul Harinstein was presented with a generous donation of $100,000 from Bruce and Linda Koe of Stamford, Connecticut.
“New Covenant House of Hospitality is one of two soup kitchens under the programs provided by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. It is Stamford’s one and only soup kitchen whose mission is to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry. By creating a safe, warm and compassionate environment, we are taking the first steps toward empowering men, women, and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect,” says Catholic Charities’ President Al Barber
Bruce and Linda have been longtime supporters of New Covenant House with Linda being instrumental in her work as a former Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair of The Harvest Table, one of New Covenant House’s annual fundraising events. Along with participating in many New Covenant House events with his wife, Bruce Koe is also on the Board of Neighbor’s Link in Stamford. The couple are active parishioners of Trinity Church in Greenwich. Their Loaves and Fishes group frequently serves at New Covenant House.
Recently, Catholic Charities announced the appointment of John R. Gutman as Executive Director of New Covenant House. John, a longtime volunteer at New Covenant House, brings a wide range of experience from the corporate world. John will be responsible for leading New Covenant House through the balance of the Capital Campaign. The goal of the New Covenant House Capital Campaign is to raise $1.7 million. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $1.2 million; 70% of its goal. The motive of the Capital Campaign is for a new facility scheduled to open in the Spring of 2015. The “new” New Covenant House will encompass 8,000 square feet of space at 174 Richmond Hill, a major expansion from its current 2,000 square foot location. No one understands or can appreciate the need for this new facility better than Bruce and Linda Koe.
2014 St. Nicholas Boutique
December 17th, 2014
The St. Nicholas Boutique is established to provide Catholic Charities’ clients with much needed assistance during the Christmas season. This year the annual St. Nicholas Boutique was able to help approximately 250 families and 1,250 individuals throughout Fairfield County by providing toys and clothing that will bring a Merry Christmas to the needy and vulnerable clients served by the agency.
The toys donated to the St. Nicholas Boutique came mostly from a bulk donation provided by the students and families of the Fairfield College Preparatory School through a toy drive coordinated by Jonathan DeRosa, Director of Student Activities and Christian Services. Additional donations were provided by CTM Media Corporation located in Norwalk, the Knights of Columbus, and the University of Bridgeport.
Room to Grow Preschool received a direct donation from Al’s Angels, a Westport-based charity for helping children and their families facing cancer, rare blood diseases, natural disasters and severe financial hardship.
In addition to toys, Catholic Charities received a generous donation from Zumiez which included blankets, hats, gloves, socks, sweatshirts, and coats. The agency was able to provide over 500 coats to keep clients warm during the cold winter months.
Between the toys and the donation from Zumiez, it is estimated that Catholic Charities received approximately $20,000 in in-kind donations this Christmas season. In addition, the agency received $6,600 in grants to help families in need from private donors. This money has already been designated for expressed hardships.
“Our staff members go to the St. Nicholas Boutique and pick out items for the clients they serve. There is such a need in the Diocese this Christmas season, that within the first day our boutique was basically sold out. That speaks volumes about the importance of what we do.” says Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities.
Community Provider of the Year
December 17th, 2014
Congratulations to Awilda Perez. Awilda won the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Community Provider of the Year Award. Awilda is a case manager for our Homeless Outreach Team. We are so proud of her hard work and dedication to Catholic Charities.
The Giving Fund Helps Catholic Charities
December 15th, 2014
Catholic Charities recently was a beneficiary of The Giving Fund. The Giving Fund is sponsored by The News-Times and The Unites Way of Western Connecticut. Read about The Giving Fund and how Catholic Charities helped others with their assistance here.
Cathedral Academy Delivers Blankets & Hope
December 11th, 2014
On December 10, 2014, Sister Angela Gertsema and Val Rousseau delivered infant blankets and a “Basket of Hope” to Catholic Charities from the 100 children who participate in the Little Friends of the Sacred Heart group at the Cathedral Academy in Bridgeport. This group meets once a month for prayer and service projects. The blankets were hand made by the children and will be given out to families all over Fairfield County through the St. Nicholas Boutique, the agency’s annual holiday toy distribution project. The “Basket of Hope” is a basket that contains notes of inspiration and good will, which will be donated to the New Heights program. In addition to Sister Angela and Val, the program is facilitated by many teachers including, but not limited to Ann Marie Donnelly, Mary Daley, Katie Slinko, Keisha Noisette, and Susan Gulyas.