It takes a village.
Celebrating May at The Open Door Shelter
Please help those who come to The Open Door Shelter for housing, food, and support  as we head  into the long summer months.
Thank you for making our Gala and Auction a success!
Last night's gala was a night to remember. 

We were thrilled to give this year's Village Luminary award to someone 
who has been with The Open Door Shelter for decades. Nate Yordon, a partner at Capossela, C ohen, LL C, is a dedicated community servant who has committed to improving the lives of those living in poverty, needing help, support, housing, and in addressing the effects of 
personal and family crisis on people's lives.

Our evening was hosted by Corky Stewart, the president of The Open Door Shelter board
 of directors and a tireless volunteer. Corky reminded everyone that our gala theme  "It Takes a Village to Change a Life" can be seen every day through the work that the Shelter's volunteers, partner organizations, and staff do to help people in our community. Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk graciously  reprised his role as auctioneer for the evening and encouraged guests to raise their paddles for those in need.

Jeannette Archer-Simons, Executive Director spoke about how we are inspired by the change we see every day as we build a strong community, together.  She introduced a new shelter video produced by IMsci of Stamford.  It illustrated how together we provide a hand up to those in need.  

It was a night of good people, helping a good cause, do good work.  Thank you to all the sp onsors, auction item contributors, attendees and donors!  A special thank you to the Gala Committee and board of directors for their efforts to make it an amazing event.

Sponsors for this year's Gala and Auction include Capossela, Cohen, LLC; Cesco's Trattoria; Charles IT; Diageo; Gway Printing & Graphics; Hotel Zero Degrees; IMsci; Merrill Lynch; Moffly Media; Source Marketing; Wheelock Street Capital; Jon and Susan Beyman; Barbara and Aldo Chiamulera; Susan Christy; Dennis and Nancy Meany; and Curtis and Jill Stewart. 

If you weren't able to attend last night's event, you can still help support the people who come to The Open Door Shelter for assistance. Please make a gift at The Open Door Shelter's website or send a donation to 4 Merritt St. Norwalk, CT  06854. It takes a village to find a home for everyone.
Working Together at
The Open Door Shelter
It's been a busy spring at The Open Door Shelter! Rain or shine, great people have been working together to help improve the Shelter and our neighborhood.

Residents, staff, board members, and volunteers from the Shelter joined students, parents and teachers for a community clean-up at Columbus School in South Norwalk and the children and parents with planting of the new garden.

Students and teachers from Winston Preparatory School created a beautiful mural in our children's play area. The colorful painting brightens the space, and it was wonderful to see young people volunteering to help children in need.

A team of volunteers from painted and Gazy Brothers Farms donated hanging flower baskets to make one of our supportive housing units on South Main Street house feel more like home.

Every day, volunteers are making a difference in the lives of those in need. 

Thank you for all that you do, and please contact us at if you would like to volunteer with us over the spring and summer months!  
Making progress on chronic homelessness in Connecticut

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness released the 2016 Point-In-Time homeless count earlier in May; this year's report shows that chronic homelessness has decreased across the state by 20% since 2015.

Along with other shelters and social service organizations across the state, The Open Door Shelter has been working diligently to find housing for the chronically homeless, those experiencing long-term homelessness and living with severe disabilities. With fewer cases of chronic homelessness, The Open Door Shelter can focus more resources on families and individuals who are recently homeless.

The Shelter is also able to devote more resources to effectively address the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing food, clothing, case management services, treatment services, transitional planning for short and long term goals, subsidized housing, education, employment, and a path towards independence and success.

The Point-In-Time Count is a one-day unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States. 

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