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NCHS Junior Launches ‘Fashion Forward’ To Collect Prom Dresses for Open Doors in Norwalk

Last year, [Adelaide] Tuff held a clothing drive for the Open Doors “Community Closet,” a free store where families in need can shop for seasonal clothing, shoes and household necessities. She led an effort to collect 45 large bags of clothing—about 1,500 items for the Community Closet. This year, Tuff—who is interested in fashion—has a …

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Norwalk’s bid to end homelessness is complicated by rising rent and lack of housing

Less than two years ago, Michele Conderino said Norwalk was well-positioned to end homelessness here. In summer 2022, there were seven people living homeless without shelter in the city, said Conderino, executive director of Open Doors, a housing and homeless service organization in Norwalk. With local social service groups like Open Doors and Norwalk Housing …

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Norwalk’s Open Doors distributes free food for Easter meals: ‘Do something special’

Open Doors, a nonprofit organization based in the city, distributed free food to over 135 of its clients so they could prepare holiday meals for Easter. Clients who signed up in advance received either ham or fish along with other fixings to prepare a full Easter meal. “The need for food in our community continues …

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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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High School Heros: How Feeding 500 Darien is Making an Impact in Fairfield County

Homelessness is a problem that plagues many communities, but in Fairfield County, a group of high school students is doing something about it through Feeding 500. Feeding 500 is a volunteer, high school student-run organization that works with the Norwalk-based Open Doors.  Their mission is to prevent homelessness through monetary, food and clothing donations. […] …

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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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