Erin McDonough

More than a shelter: Open Doors hopes to end homelessness

The cost of living, particularly in Fairfield County is increasing at a significant rate and debt can quickly snowball if you’re unprepared. “Sometimes changes such as divorce, major medical expenses, or the loss of a job can upend your budget and if you don’t have the savings; that’s how it can all start,” says Open …

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Open Doors outreach workers Samm Williams and JP Rossi visit a train station to connect with people who are living outdoors

Outreach workers seek out homeless CT residents in annual count

Each year, homeless service providers across the country coordinate a Point In Time (PIT) count.  Typically, volunteers go out and survey people experiencing unsheltered homelessness for that one day. However, the methodology had to change due to safety concerns. Outreach case managers Samm Williams and JP Rossi were among the outreach teams and homeless specialists …

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Saving lives: How emergency shelters plan to keep CT’s homeless out of the cold this winter

Emergency shelters across the state are working together to keep people safe through cold weather and continued health challenges. “Shelter really does truly save lives, particularly in the winter,” said Michele Conderino, the executive director of Open Doors in Norwalk. “It’s such a critical service.” Learn more at: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Saving-lives-How-emergency-shelters-plan-to-keep-16739330.php

Open Doors team members distribute Thanksgiving meal baskets to the community

How Norwalk groups combat hunger this Thanksgiving

Open Doors was proud to distribute more than 225 Thanksgiving food baskets to low-income households in the community, including a turkey and all the fixings for the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes to be made at home.  Open Doors staff and volunteers also held Thanksgiving dinner at the Smilow Life Center so that people could celebrate …

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2021 Fall/Winter Newsletter

Check out what’s happening at Open Doors! Learn more about our Feeding 500 student leadership group Hear from a family who moved from emergency shelter to a home of their own Celebrate Corky and Jill’s Discovery Center And save the date for special events! Read the Open Doors 2021 Fall/Winter newsletter

0684-Radi0 interview with Feeding 500 founder Oliver Tuff

This week on 0684-Radi0, NewCanaanite.com’s free podcast, they talk to New Canaan High School junior Oliver Tuff, founder and president of Feeding 500. Since its founding last year, Feeding 500 has drawn dozens of NCHS and Darien High School students who raise money for the food program at Open Doors in Norwalk. Upcoming events that the organization is supporting include food drives at NCHS …

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Open Doors executive director Michele Conderino and News12 team in emergency shelter dorm

Connecticut’s homeless shelters still facing challenges of COVID-19

Emergency shelters are still facing the challenges of keeping people safe through COVID, and providers need the support of the community and our elected officials to help people through the winter months.  News 12 Connecticut spoke with our executive director, Michele Conderino, about some of these challenges. https://connecticut.news12.com/connecticut-s-homeless… Please help advocate for your neighbors dealing …

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2021 Spring Newsletter

Check out what’s happening at Open Doors!  Meet the staff members who lead key programs, including our Financial Opportunity Center, food programs, street outreach, and After School Buddies.  Learn more about our expanded model, which focuses on three pillars of homelessness prevention, homeless services, and housing stability. Read the Open Doors 2021 Spring newsletter