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Classes at the Smilow Life Center

Classes at the Smilow Life Center We’re working with amazing partners to provide job training and educational opportunities right here in Norwalk! Open Doors is offering financial workshops, OSHA certification, health certificate programs and more at the Smilow Life Center. See the full calendar at http://www.burbio.com/states/Connecticut/Norwalk/open-doors

2018 Open Doors Gala

Open Doors honored Jeff Erdmann and Rick Kleeman as its 2018 Luminary Award recipients during its annual Gala and Auction on Thursday, April 26. This year marks Open Doors 35th anniversary as a community resource that works with people who are struggling with homelessness and poverty to provide shelter, support, and a plan for success. …

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The Open Door Shelter Receives Grant for Homeless Mothers from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Open Door Shelter is pleased to announce that it has received a $3,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation as part of their Fund for Women & Girls Small Grants program for Fall 2017. These funds will help homeless mothers achieve economic independence. This grant will make it possible for The Open Door Shelter …

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The Hour: Efforts under way to end youth homelessness in Connecticut

“People realized we were under counting because youth are more hidden,” Archer-Simons said. “They’re moving from place to place to place, and sometimes they’re afraid of coming forward because they think they’ll have to switch schools or they’ll get put in a home … we’re more aware of where the youth are staying and what …

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Summer at the Shelter

There are exciting things happening this summer… Progress at the Smilow SoNo Life Center! New events! Amazing volunteers! Read more or sign up for our email newsletters here.

The Hour: Amid budget impasse, nonprofits told to brace for cuts in state funding

While state funding doesn’t make up the majority of any nonprofit’s total operating budget — federal dollars, grants, donations and more are used to fill in the gaps — nonprofit leaders say any cut, no matter how small, can have a huge impact. At Norwalk’s Open Door Shelter, for example, state funding makes up 25 …

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Summer can be a difficult time for families

Our June newsletter is all about summer at the Shelter – upcoming events, our new vegetable garden, and all the volunteers that help us every day! You can read more or sign up for our monthly emails here.