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Season's Greetings  from 
Open Door Shelter
Give the gift of giving this holiday season by donating to Open Door Shelter in honor of one of your loved ones!

Fill out our Honoree Form, and we will send a personal holiday greeting to your friend or family member acknowledging your contribution in dedication to them. 

 Give the gift of supporting those in need, while giving a festive holiday dedication!
Kids Helping Kids
Volunteer Spotlight 
Columbus Magnet School   


Kicking off the season of giving in November, students from Columbus Magnet School donated their decorated placemats to give our dining room a festive atmosphere for Thanksgiving dinner.  In December, students have once again donated an array of holiday decorations.  The student council came to decorate the common room and share the joy of the season.

After an insightful discussion with our Director of Operations, the students sprang into action. Hanging up their garland and Christmas tree centerpieces, they brought a youthful vibrancy that rang throughout the shelter, bringing folks of all ages to crowd around and watch them at work.

We are so lucky to have wonderful volunteers donate their time and resources to benefit our mission, while sharing in our joy for the holidays. We thank the teachers and parents who made this visit possible, and we hope to see you again soon!
In Memory Of
We honor those we've lost due to homelessness.
Monday, December 21st is National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

While we must continue to work towards a world where no life is lived or lost in homelessness, it is also important to take pause and remember our neighbors who have paid the ultimate price for our collective failure to adequately address the tragedy of homelessness.

This year the Shelter remembers those homeless lost in our community:

Isaul Alcantrara, Age 24 
Wayne Beardsley, Age 64
Willie Fulton, Age 63
Kevin Lagos, Age 29
To learn more about this service or to get involved in a local ceremony, visit the link here
Thank you to the National Charity League, New Canaan Parish Moms and Daughters for bringing the joy of building gingerbread houses to the children of Open Door Shelter.  While they wait and hope for a new home, they enjoyed building a sweet home in a safe place.
Give the gift of charity this holiday season

Open Door Shelter

4 Merritt Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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Special Thanks

Hunter Straker

To anyone who hasn't visited the shelter recently, we now have completely repainted walls and doors! Thank you so much Hunter Straker for providing us your time, paint, primer, and cheerful smiles to benefit our shelter!


 Nothing brings holiday cheer like a visit from Santa! Thank you so much to our friends at Diageo for visiting the children of our shelter.

Resident Highlight
We are so happy to see our clients in our shelter making strides in the Norwalk community.   It is particularly poignant when they are children who are developing life skills while here.

For the past six months, a 17  year old we will call A.C. and a 19 year old K. C. have been actively employed at a local nonprofit.  They first started working as counselors in the summer camp program.  To get ready, they attended counselor training and had to learn how to get to work using the Norwalk bus system.  Volunteers helped make sure they had the clothing they needed for camp and the shelter purchased their lunches at camp.

The nonprofit was so impressed by their work that they offered both were offered jobs working at the nonprofit.  The 17 year old is a typical teen, going to school, studying for the SAT's and working part time.  The 19 year old graduated from high school in May and is considering the military.

The goal of the shelter is to help each individual develop a plan so that they can be successful in their own lives and in their own homes.  These teens are laying the foundation for success by building job skills and developing connections with community to overcome the issues that has lead to chronic homelessness and poverty in their family.  We could not be more proud of the growth we have seen in these young members of our shelter families.