Pacific House is able to help homeless men and young adults because of our amazing group of donors, volunteers and friends from the community! We thank them for being so supportive and active and dedicated to helping our clients.
Thanks to our wonderful local politicians Senator Carlo Leone, Representatives Terry Adams, Rodney Pratt, Caroline Simmons, William Tong, and Kayla Reasco from Sen. Chris Murphy's office - along with Hebrew Wizards dinner serving group, and Board members Cliff Berger, Jim Bosek, Marc Malloy and Chris Tate - this night at Pacific House engaged our clients and helped bring everyone together for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Everyone helped serve and the evening began with Hebrew Wizards' Rabbi Deb Salomon thoughtful words about gratitude and guitarist Lizzie Swan providing musical accompianment! It was a great night at Pacific House.
Our Gala Committee, chaired by Andrew M. Reid, is a group of fantastic people with big hearts, great ideas and tireless effort to help make this annual fundraising evening the best yet! Thanks to all!
Back row l t r: Clifford Berger, Steven Fox, Marc Malloy, Meg Moscati, Brad Mahaney. Seated l to r: Amy Mooney, Andrew M. Reid, Jim Bosek, Annmarie O'Malley.
Not picutred but well deserving of our thanks: Peter J. DaPuzzo, Chris Tate, Vicky Kyriakos, and Cindy Leaman!
View the Gala photo gallery for more fun photos of the evening!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner the community came out in force - more than 350 guests - to support the 8th annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening. An annual tradition where fine wine meets decadent desserts, guests indulged in a selection of incredible dessert and chocolate flavor combinations ranging from traditional to exotic from more than 60 food, dessert and fine wine purveyors. Music, door prizes and shopping for Valentine's Day gifts rounded out this not-to-be-missed evening with emcee Chef Plum, who appears regularly on the Food Network. Proceeds benefit Pacific House men's shelter.
We are especially thankful for our Sponsors: First County Bank, First Niagara Foundation, GE Asset Management, Olympus Partners, Webster Bank; our exclusive media partner Stamford Magazine by Moffly Media; and CT Bites, Hey Stamford, OmNomCT, and Star 99.9!
Check out more photo galleries from Hey Stamford and Stamford Advocate!
Pacific House is lucky to have two outstanding Employees of the Year for Pacific House. Mr. Knight puts clients first in his role as Client Services Advocate, and Mr. Sims works to ensure Pacific House is maintained at a high level as Maintenance Associate. Well deserved honors for both of these fine staff members. Awards were presented at the Annual Board of Directors meeting on September 28, 2015. Congratulations!
Mayor David Martin proclaimed July 24, 2015 "Shelter for the Homeless Day" and the 30th Anniversary of Shelter for the Homeless celebration began among guests, volunteers and staff!
The caring actually began on December 24, 1982 when First Congregational Church Stamford opened its basement for men and women who were homeless. Steve Ayres and Jean Meyer, church members and guests at the celebration, took in people in need after rallying the church and within one week sanctuary from the cold was a reality. Two different temporary locations housed the shelter in ensuing years.
On July 24, 1985 a Board of Directors was formed and Shelter for the Homeless became an independent nonprofit service agency. The shelter began offering overnight emergency shelter, showers, and limited case management services.
In 1988 the Board of Directors successfully purchased and renovated the building at 597 Pacific Street which was to become “Pacific House,” and in 1990 Pacific House opened its doors, operating 24 hour/day, 365 days/year. Last year Pacific House helped more than 500 men with support from donors and corporations.
Pacific House emergency men's shelter helps in a time of need. However, the goal is to end homelessness, and thanks to our donors - individuals, religious organizations, corporations, Foundations - the entire community rallies to support this objective.
100-day Campaign to end Homelessness
Marie Johnson, Director of Programs at Pacific House represented the shelter as one of 14 agencies from the state for the 100-day challenge to end homelessness. Learn more about the results: 92 individuals and 68 families in Fairfield County were housed and another 80 individuals were matched to housing resources in Fairfield County over the course of the 100-day period. Additionally, 34 individuals were diverted to resources other than staying at a shelter and overall, Connecticut experienced the lowest population of homelessness across the state in a point in time count, ever.
Earlier this year, Governor Malloy announced that Connecticut was one of several states selected for Zero:2016, a national initiative organized by the nonprofit organization Community Solutions, and dedicated to ending veteran and chronic homelessness within the next two years. The 100-day campaign puts Connecticut on track to become the nation’s leader in statewide Veteran and chronic homelessness eradication.
Fun was to be had at the 12th annual fundraiser for Pacific House and guests were busy mingling and supporting the shelter! Thanks to all!