Adler to Lead the Thomas Merton Center

Adler to Lead the Thomas Merton Center

Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities proudly announces the appointment of Craig Adler as the new Director for the Thomas Merton Center. “Craig is a resident of Westport and will be joining the agency in early September. He comes with very impressive background including extensive financial and non-profit experience.”

Most recently, he has been the Fundraising Director for the Norwalk Housing Authority Scholarship Foundation where he grew it from a breakeven financial position to having an 18 month surplus in one year and initiated a planned giving program. Adler also has experience with the National MS Foundation, the Connecticut Food Bank, the House of Possibilities in Boston, the Westport Sunrise Rotary and many other non-profit agencies.

Adler attended the Indiana University Lily School of Fundraising in 2018 and was a Fellow at the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program.  His finance career included positions at Greenwich Associates, C3 Capital LLC/WBB Securities, First Creek Capital in Westport, Credit Suisse, and Daiwa Securities. He also speaks Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Catholic Charities is blessed to add Craig Adler to its team and feels he will be an asset to the Thomas Merton Center. The Thomas Merton Center was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people we serve have changed we have developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk. Merton provides breakfast, lunch and day shelter to approximately 260 people each day Monday through Saturday. We serve about 85,000 meals a year.

Written by Amy Zajac

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