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Fairfield County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

While a number of services are offered by Catholic Charities, a focus is on addressing basic needs. This includes housing, food, and homelessness in Fairfield County. However the programs do not end there. The agency will also try to help seniors, immigrants, and in general anyone who is struggling and needs some support.

Older adults can get assistance from the Senior Nutrition Program of Fairfield County, which is administered by Catholic Charities. This is a federal government administered, non-profit program that provides the elderly and senior citizens with free nutritious meals, education, and referrals. Another side benefit is the socialization opportunities that are also provided (with the meal) to the elderly population in Southwestern Connecticut. The congregate meals are served at over 10 sites in Fairfield County. If you can't make it to a center, then look into the related Meals on Wheels program. Applicants need to be age 60 or older.

Stamford meal sites are as follows

Quintard Center, 18 Quintard Terrace, call (203) 323-1439
Stamford Senior Center, address is 888 Washington Blvd., phone (203) 977-5151
Our Lady of Montserrat/Saint Benedict, location is 1 Saint Benedict Circle, dial (203) 323-1439
Jewish Community Center, address is 1035 Newfield Avenue, dial (203) 322-7900
Norwalk locations
Norwalk centers are at 11 Allen Road (phone (203) 847-3115) as well as 92 Cedar Street. Dial (203) 299-1500.
Broad River Homes, 108 New Canaan Avenue, call (203) 846-3700

Other locations of Fairfield Senior Nutrition Program are as follows.
Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, call (203) 341-5099
Hill House, 8 Riverside Avenue, telephone (203) 637-3177
The Marvin, 60 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk, (203) 854-4660
Greenwich Adult Day Care is located at 70 Parsonage Road. Call (203) 622-0079
Irving Freese Apartments, 57 Ward Street, Norwalk, dial (203) 241-2422 for information





Housing assistance is offered from the Catholic Charities’ Homeless Outreach Team. It mainly focuses on the greater Danbury Connecticut area. Case managers from the agency will meet with homeless individuals where they currently are and they provide services to them. Some of the assistance offered includes clothing, government benefits, food, medical care, mental health, substance abuse, and of course housing services. Work on finding a permanent home to live in and explore any possible rental assistance or voucher programs.

Immigration services are available in Fairfield. All services are approved by the United States Department of Justice. Immigrants and refugees can receive free or low cost legal assistance, counseling and more. This is offered to newcomers throughout Fairfield County regardless of religion, race, sex, creed or economic status. Consultations and referrals are offered too.

The low-income, minority, elderly in Stamford Connecticut can get help from the Senior Neighborhood Support Services. Catholic Charities, its partners, and local churches offer social, educational and recreational activities to adults and elderly age 60 and older. Some of the assistance provided includes a free daily nutritious meal per the Senior Nutrition Program (see above). Other outreach services and referrals include information on emergency financial assistance, SSI, Medicare and more.

The Catholic Charity St. Stephen’s Food Pantry can make a difference in the lives of the low income and clients. The pantry works with other non-profit agencies in the Fairfield County community including the city of Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and other municipalities.

The program helps hundreds of families per month and can give them shelf stable items such as canned foods and dry pasta. It may also offer fresh produce, meats, and dairy products. Clients can also “shop” at the pantry to so they can only select what they need. The address is the Thomas Merton Center, 43 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604. Dial (203) 367-9036. Or find other free food pantries in Fairfield County.




The Thomas Merton Family Center offers general support services for families, primarily young mothers with pre-school aged children. Assistance includes free meals, parent education, referrals and other social services.


By Jon McNamara

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