March 2017 Newsletter


Regardless of our age, it is pretty common for one generation to take a shot at another. Young people feel that older folks don’t understand them, live in the past, and certainly won’t ever be able to use new technologies. Those who are more mature say that the young lack values and work ethic, don’t recognize what they have, and, of course, lack an appreciation for real music!! As a member of the “more mature” category, I’d like to dispel some myths about younger folks. 

Over the past few weeks, Habitat CFC has welcomed several “Collegiate Challenge” groups from Iona College, Providence College, SUNY Canton and Drexel University. These students opted to forego traditional vacations and instead, chose to spend their Spring Breaks in Bridgeport helping to build affordable homes for hard working local families. The spirit and enthusiasm with which these students took on virtually any assignment was truly impressive. One evening, I hosted a dinner for some future homeowners and college groups – and I can tell you that even after a day of hard work, the room was filled with energy and good will. It was particularly satisfying to watch the students interact with children who will soon be moving into their new Habitat homes. 

Though today’s challenges are real and we have much work to be done, the altruism that I see in these young people gives us every reason to be optimistic for the future.   

Happy Spring!

        Stuart D. Adelberg 
        Chief Executive Officer 

Our Newest Homeowners

Home Dedication days are what our future Habitat CFC homeowners, staff and volunteers look forward to most at our organization, so we're excited to announce the upcoming  Rodriguez-Rivera Family Home Dedication! 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

If you would like to attend, please contact Liz Kemp at, or call 203-333-2642.

We hope to see you there!

Helping Hands

On Sunday, March 5th, the United Methodist Church (UMC) of New Canaan held a special service dedicated almost entirely to Habitat CFC. Our CEO, Stuart Adelberg, and our Director of Family Services, Iris Cordero Taylor, were each invited to say a few words, as did Pastor Eric Fjeldal, who is also the Chairman of Habitat CFC's Board of Directors.

The highlight of the service was the recognition of the Robles and Rosa families. Aida and Ramon Robles moved into their UMC-sponsored Habitat CFC home a little over two years ago, and UMC's next sponsored home will be for Kathleen and Antonio Rosa and their children - Ian, Naomi and Sabrina. 

Meet our New Board Member!

Habitat CFC is pleased to welcome Rajiv Goswami onto its Board of Directors. Rajiv is currently the Managing Director of Citigroup's Commercial Bank and Segment Head of the company's Business Banking Group. Prior to this role, Rajiv was the Head of Specialty Segments and International banking for Citi's US Commercial Bank.

"Having experienced homelessness first hand during my formative years in India, I have an appreciation for the critical role a home and hearth play in an individual’s life and development. I will consider it an honor and privilege to add value and make an impact."

We are excited and proud to have Rajiv as part of the Habitat CFC family!

Did You  Know...

You can extend your support of Habitat CFC by making a planned gift which creates a lasting impact on families in need of a decent and affordable place to call home.

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today, or benefit us with a bequest after your lifetime, you can find an option that lets you provide for your family and support Habitat CFC through our planned giving program.

Every gift - no matter the size - is helpful, and by informing us of your intentions to make a planned gift, you become a member of Habitat CFC's Legacy Circle. If you have already done this, please contact us, so we can thank and recognize you!

For more information, contact our Director of Development, Kristen Alvanson, at, or speak with a professional financial/estate advisor.

upcoming events
Come See What Treasures You Can Find at the ReStore! 
1785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford
Just off exit 31 I-95 
(store entrance is on Honeyspot Rd.)

ReStore Hours:
Tuesday - Friday  10am to 6pm
Saturday  9am to 4pm, 
Closed Sunday and Monday
Congratulations to Habitat CFC's ReStore Volunteers of the Year!

Bob and Carol Ferraro were awarded an engraved hammer this month as Habitat CFC ReStore Volunteers of the Year, and in light of Bob's dedicated work in the housewares department for the past 5 years, he also received a special, one-time "Silver Spatula" award.

We also recognized Ed Nobile who has been a ReStore volunteer for close to three years now. Because of his love for and knowledge of fire departments, we were thrilled to be able to present him with an official FDNY sweatshirt to show our appreciation for all his hard work.

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County | 203-333-2642