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Some Norwalk families wait in line for hours at food pantries as more struggle to afford food

From July 2022 to June 2023, the kitchen [at Open Doors] served over 71,700 meals; from July 2023 to March 2024 — a period three months shorter — the kitchen had already served over 70,600 meals. By the end of the fiscal year in June, Open Doors expects to serve 96,000 meals at its soup …

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Norwalk’s Open Doors social services nonprofit marks 40 years of helping the community

Open Doors, a local social service nonprofit organization that runs the city’s homeless shelter, celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday. “Since its incorporation as the Norwalk Emergency Shelter in 1984, Open Doors has evolved to provide holistic supportive services and homelessness prevention resources to help thousands of residents in the greater Norwalk area achieve financial stability and success,” a statement …

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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’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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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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