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Merton Center Breakfast Serves a Packed Crowd June 13th, 2018

On May 24, 2018, The Thomas Merton Center’s Annual Celebrity Breakfast was held at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. The breakfast served a packed crowd of 250 people. Fairfield County Catholic reported on this successful event featuring former GE executive and Autism Speaks Co-Founder Bob Wright. Read the article in its entirety here.

William B. Meyer, Inc. Donates a Bundle May 29th, 2018

William B. Meyer, Inc. has been helping redefine transportation, storage, and distribution solutions since 1915.  With multiple locations throughout Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts and a well-established world-wide network of partners, William B. Meyer combines the ideal blend of flexibility, technology, and experience to ensure they provide every business and institution the exact combination of services required. A single-source provider of transportation, storage and distribution services, William B. Meyer, Inc. recently celebrated their centennial anniversary with an unparalleled reputation in customer service.  Founded in 1915 as a single truck moving business, William B. Meyer now offers services in: Residential RelocationRecords ManagementFulfillmentLogisticsOffice MovingRigging, and Library Relocation.

William B. Meyer is committed to their customers and providing transportation, storage and handling services that exceed their customers’ expectations. This means they treat each customer as having a unique set of needs and that they give those needs their best thinking about how to safely and creatively care for highly valued assets. Their goal is to be seen by their customers as increasingly superior to the competition in everything they do. This personal approach has permeated every aspect of the business. William B. Meyer, Inc. enjoys dedicated, long-term employees, with positive and long-standing client relationships. Relationships that are maintained because of the values applied to each: Honesty, Integrity, Dependability, Creativity, and Stewardship.

During the 2018 April Showers Food Drive, William B. Meyer, Inc. successfully collected 4,520 items from all locations during a six week period. As a team, they came together and collected so many donations that they blew their 3,000 item goal out of the water! During this drive, their team embodied our core values, showing that they are committed to giving back to our local communities.

The 4,520 items collected will be distributed to their local food charities, including the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport, CT, FoodSharein Bloomfield, CT, and Lifting Up Westchester in White Plains, NY. All three of these organizations have a common goal of providing nutritious meals to those in need.

The Stratford location’s donations will be distributed to the Merton Center. The food pantry at the Merton Center services an average of 100 families every week. Open three days each week, families make appointments to shop the food pantry, which is stocked by local grocery store donations as well as food drives like ours.

William B. Meyer, Inc. is devoted to the fight to end hunger while helping out in their own neighborhoods. Mike Racette, CEO of William B. Meyer, Inc. explained, “Helping those in need, especially in our surrounding communities, is crucial to our values. I am truly impressed by the amount of donations and show of support by all of our team members!”

The company is proud to partner with Move for Hunger, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to combatting hunger. A portion of these donations will count towards the company’s efforts to support Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger makes an impact in communities nationwide by collecting and donating nonperishable food items from people who are in the process of moving.

Every Donation Helps April 18th, 2018

The Thomas Merton Center is always in need of donations. What do they need? The answer is simple – EVERYTHING! From food to underwear to toiletry items, the Merton Center can use it all. Their guests have an array of needs and the staff try to meet all them. Recently Brian Jenkins and Sabine Kuczo were surprised by a wonderful donation of care packages and toiletries for their guests from a group called Groove PHI Groove S.F., Inc from New Haven.

Pictured left to right: Mr Gerald Pugh, Brian Jenkins , Sabine Kuczo and Mr. Michael Jordan. Not in the picture is Mr. Bob Elles, the President of the Club who took the picture.

Thrift Store Reopens – Help Wanted! January 29th, 2018

The Thomas Merton Center Thrift Store has been closed for some time, but has been refurbished and is ready to reopen. The thrift store, which is located within the Thomas Merton Center, does need to be staffed. Thomas Merton Center is looking for volunteers to help with this particular need. Sabine Kuczo of the Thomas Merton Center states they are looking for 2 Volunteers for every Wednesday and every other Friday from 10 am till 12 noon. If interested, please contact Sabine at [email protected]

Thomas Merton Center Holiday Appeal Underway! December 13th, 2017
Micalizzi’s Gives Locally December 7th, 2017

Jay Piccirillo was born and raised in Bridgeport. His father Andy ran Micalizzi’s Italian Ice on Madison Avenue until he died at the early age of 38. The business was then taken over by Jay’s mother, Lucille, who had to learn everything on the spot.

This year, Micalizzi’s celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary in the heart of Bridgeport with Jay running the show. He is focused on broadening the company brand via social media and branching out through local area restaurants, but his heart remains in Bridgeport.

From left to right: Brian Jenkins, Jay Piccirillo, and Sabine Kuczo.

An example of this could be seen the Saturday following Thanksgiving when Micalizzi’s hosted their annual Christmas party in their parking lot right on Madison Avenue. Jay himself played Santa, handing out gifts to every child that visited. Christmas movies and music played in the background as guests enjoyed complimentary donuts and hot cocoa. Characters like Olaf and Mickey Mouse wandered around greeting the kids and taking pictures.

The event was also an opportunity to give back to the community where they are located. Since he was a young boy and a student at St. Patrick’s, Jay remembers volunteering at the Thomas Merton Center. This is why he decided to ask everyone who attended the event to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Thomas Merton Center’s food pantry.

Jay himself then delivered the donation to Brian Jenkins and Sabin Kuczo at the Thomas Merton Center which is located on Madison Avenue just down the street from Micalizzi’s. According to Jay, “The Thomas Merton Center is a vital part of Bridgeport and helps those who need it the most.”

Jay and Sabine are old friends, as Sabine is a “long time customer” of Micalizzi’s. But Jay and Brian met for the very first time, a relationship between the local business owner and soup kitchen Director that they both hope will continue into the future to benefit the people of downtown Bridgeport.