Special Events

Throughout the year, Open Doors hosts or participates in special events that share our story and help raise funds to support the work we do every day.

If you’d like to learn more or include Open Doors in your event, contact Erin at emcdonough@opendoorsct.org or 203-866-1057 x129!

New Canaan Turkey Trot

Sunday, November 21, 2021 - New Canaan

Run (or walk) and support Open Doors! For the past 18 years, local students and their families have organized an incredible kid-friendly, dog-friendly 5K during the Thanksgiving season to support Open Doors and make a difference for people dealing with homelessness and hunger in our community. 

You can follow the New Canaan Turkey Trot on Instagram!

Homeless Persons' Memorial Service

December 21, 2021 - Outside the Smilow Life Center, 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

In spite of all our efforts, the ravages of homelessness continue to affect people here in our community and across the country. December 21st is recognized as Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day in the United States. It falls on the shortest day of the year, followed by the longest night, and is representative of the endless nights that someone might have if it were not for the care we provide together. Each year, Open Doors hosts a short candlelight service to remember those who were lost.

Open Doors Gala

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Plans are in progress for Open Doors’ next in-person Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2022!

Thank you so much to all of our incredible supporters who have helped our neighbors get through a very challenging year.

If you’d like to support Open Doors as part of the Gala, please contact Nick at nlieder@opendoorsct.org

Overcoming Homelessness / Housing Success Celebration

June, 2022 (Date TBA) - Outside our Smilow Life Center, 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Join us for a summer solstice cookout to celebrate everyone who has moved from shelter to homes of their own in the past year! Across the country, people are coming together on the longest day of the year to celebrate those who’ve made the journey from emergency shelter to stable housing.