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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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WSHU’s The Full Story: Good with Money – Developing Financial Literacy

Managing money well takes training.  There are so many financial decisions to make – rent, mortgages, student loans and saving for that rainy day. There’s a lot to know.  But where can people go to develop sound financial skills? This week on The Full Story we’re exploring local programs and online resources that educate people …

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WSHU’s The Full Story: Staying Housed and Healthy

During the height of the pandemic, federal funding, eviction moratoriums, and housing services helped individuals and families who were at extreme risk of losing a secure place to live.  Today those support systems are gone.  Affordable housing is scarce in our region, and, in Connecticut, the number of people who don’t have homes is on …

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Connecticut coalition hosts virtual rally to combat homelessness

According to Advancing Connecticut Together’s latest Point-in-Time Count, 2,930 people across the state experienced homelessness on a single night in January last year. The organization says that’s up 13% from the year before. At Open Doors in Norwalk, executive director Michelle Conderino says the nonprofit’s homeless shelter has been at capacity for the past few …

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