Erin McDonough

Norwalk disc golf tournament benefits Open Doors

The Fairfield County Disc Club held their annual Cranbury Park Ice Bowl on Saturday benefitting Open Doors in Norwalk. A total of 79 professional and amateur disc golfers competed in the two-round tournament.  Organizers said it’s important for the community to support Open Doors, especially this time of year with winter weather dropping to freezing …

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Norwalk’s Oak Grove housing development will help ‘break the cycle of poverty’ when completed

Michele Conderino, executive director of the Open Doors nonprofit that looks to ease homelessness, said the new housing development’s community benefits are twofold. First, meeting multiple points of income helps those who have been “priced out” of Norwalk, Conderino said. Second, it helps the “struggle with a rise of homelessness,” she said.  The 18 units …

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Open Doors in Norwalk hands out Christmas dinner for people in need

A nonprofit organization in Norwalk gave out Christmas dinner for people in need on Christmas Day.  Open Doors served roast beef, baked ziti, vegetables, and more. The kitchen staff says they don’t just do this for Christmas – they pride themselves on the homestyle meals they provide every day. Although the need is bigger during …

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Norwalk Oak Grove affordable housing project breaks ground on 69 units: ‘Desperate need’

After securing millions in public and private financing, the Oak Grove project to build 69 affordable units off West Cedar Road is underway. State, local, and project leaders gathered to celebrate the teamwork that went into coordinating funding for this project that will provide units for tenants making 30 to 80 percent below the area …

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Open Doors in Norwalk distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families

Open Doors in Norwalk is distributing Thanksgiving turkey dinner baskets to over 250 local families. Volunteers from the First Congregational Church of Darien were at Open Doors on Tuesday morning to help hand out turkeys and all the trimmings for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Workers say the need for help …

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Turkey Trot co-chairs (L-R) Henry Hladick, Adelaide Tuff, Pia Bausman and Caroline Squillante

20th New Canaan Turkey Trot set for Sunday, November 19

One of the community’s best-loved annual events is set to return this weekend, with the 20th annual “New Canaan Turkey Trot” scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19 (registration and details here). Co-chaired this year by four New Canaan High School juniors—Pia Bausman, Henry Hladick, Caroline Squillante and Adelaide Tuff—the Turkey Trot offers participants several options to participate in what is an important …

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Running for a cause: Annual turkey transit held in Norwalk

The turkey transit, Norwalk’s unique holiday food drive, took place Saturday morning. The Ridgefield-Darien Running Company ran through the city while hauling donations to Open Doors.  Donations included turkeys, stuffing and non-perishable items. Open Doors offers healthcare, a pantry and meals, financial coaching and a community closet for anyone in need. Staff say while the …

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Westport Lifestyle, “The First Step to Housing Stability: Eat.”

The rising cost of food, compounded by Fairfield County’s cost of living being significantly higher than the state average and rising (Nation Low Income Housing Coalition), means that people in our surrounding towns are suffering. In many cases, families are having to decide between food or rent. “Making choices about food or rent in one …

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Artists rendering of 5-family townhome at 24 Berkeley Street, Norwalk, CT

Open Doors to build 5 affordable townhouses to help families avoid homelessness

Having a sustainable place to live in your community is truly lifechanging! Open Doors is in the process of creating five townhomes that will provide a beautiful and welcoming place for Norwalk families to live at an affordable rate. From our executive director, Michele Conderino: “To truly prevent homelessness, you have to stabilize people and …

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