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Macy’s in Trumbull Supports Thomas Merton Center March 18th, 2019
Macy’s Trumbull is Supporting The Thomas Merton Center! Shop at Macy’s in the Westfield Trumbull Mall through March 31st. Shop and round up your purchase to the nearest dollar.
All proceeds will go to the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport to feed the hungry in our community.
Give to Us Through Catholic Charities on Fairfield Giving Day! February 27th, 2019

Tomorrow is the day to GIVE!

Giving Day is an exciting 24-hour online fundraising event to support nonprofit organizations across Fairfield County.

Sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Bank of America, Giving Day 2019 kicks off  at the stroke of midnight. For the next 24 hours on that day, you can donate online as many times as you like to your favorite nonprofit, which we hope is Catholic Charities!

The money you donate will be used across all of our programs: New Covenant Center, Thomas Merton Center, Morning Glory Breakfast Program, Senior Nutrition Program, Room to Grow Preschool, Behavioral Health, Immigration Services and the Housing/Homeless Outreach Program. BUT, if you want your money to be designated to THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER on Giving Day you can!!! Simply add a NOTE that the donation is “FOR THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER”. Simply click here to go to our personal online donation page.

This year, our goal is $20,000. Can you help us get there?

Order of Malta are TMC Regulars February 21st, 2019

Volunteers from the Order of Malta with Sister Mandy.

Every 3rd Saturday a community of volunteers from the Order of Malta prepares and serves a hot, hearty breakfast to guests at Thomas Merton Center.  A lay religious Order of the Roman Catholic Church, the Order of Malta is dedicated to serving the sick and the poor.

The effort typically begins on Friday when members of the team stock the kitchen with the ingredients for a breakfast feast. Early on Saturday 12-15 volunteers arrive to prepare the popular menu of scrambled eggs with cheese, kielbasa, pancakes, fruit and juice.  Approximately 120 meals are served monthly amidst smiles and banter.  To top things off, there is always a call for “seconds!”


A Donation to Catholic Charities on Giving Day Means Giving to Thomas Merton Center February 8th, 2019

Let’s get ready to GIVE where we LIVE!

Giving Day is an exciting 24-hour online fundraising event to support nonprofit organizations across Fairfield County.

Sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Bank of America, Giving Day 2019 kicks off three weeks from today on Thursday February 28 at the stroke of midnight. For the next 24 hours on that day, you can donate online as many times as you like to your favorite nonprofit, which we hope is Catholic Charities!

The money you donate will be used across all of our programs: New Covenant Center, Thomas Merton Center, Morning Glory Breakfast Program, Senior Nutrition Program, Room to Grow Preschool, Behavioral Health, Immigration Services and the Housing/Homeless Outreach Program. BUT, if you want your money to be designated to Thomas Merton Center on Giving Day, simply add a NOTE that the donation is “FOR THOMAS MERTON CENTER”.

This year, our goal is $20,000. Can you help us get there?

Charities Responds To Food Insecurity In The Area January 29th, 2019

BRIDGEPORT—In 2018, Catholic Charities provided 1,322,500 meals and it anticipates that this number will grow in 2019.

However, the recent government shutdown and the added demand put on food pantries has underscored the growing food insecurity of the poor, elderly and working families.

Al Barber, president of Catholic Charities, reports that the agency’s programs have broadened their ability to assist those in need, particularly during these difficult times.

The agency, sponsored by the diocese, has four major food service programs stationed in the core cities of Bridgeport, Stamford and Danbury, through which they feed the hungry, homeless, elderly and homebound.

“Our food service programs are open to those in need. This includes families recently impacted by the Federal Government shut down and those coming off of SNAP benefits,” Barber said.

Barber said the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and New Covenant Center in Stamford both have soup kitchens open and ready to serve meals, as well as food pantries stocked with fresh produce and non-perishable items.

The Morning Glory Breakfast Program in Danbury provides a hot and healthy breakfast and is a great place to ask help locating other resources.”

John Gutman, executive director of New Covenant Center in Stamford, has already noticed a need for help.

“With an increase in the number of people being served, our stock is running low. Donations from outside groups is always beneficial and will help us get by and provide those in crisis with the most basic need—food.”

Gutman said that while New Covenant Center relies heavily on the assistance of Food Banks to stock their soup kitchens, but when it comes to filling their pantries it is outside donations that are the most helpful.

New Covenant Center in Stamford, which offers an expanded array of services to meet the basic needs of every guest, is currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary feeding the needy through its soup kitchen and food pantry.

In Bridgeport, The Thomas Merton Center is entering its 45th year of service. It provides breakfast, lunch and a day shelter to those in need who cannot help themselves.

Catholic Charities also serves the elderly through its Senior Nutrition Program, which provides meals to homebound seniors through their Meals on Wheels program as well as serving meals to the elderly at congregate food sites located in Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

In Danbury, Morning Glory Breakfast Program serves hot and healthy meals on a daily basis to the hungry and homeless in the Danbury area.

Combined, the Catholic Charities programs served a total 96,000 breakfasts, 185,000 lunches, and 74,000 dinners last year. The food pantries located at New Covenant Center in Stamford and The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport welcomed 3,100 individuals to shop in 2018. The Senior Nutrition program delivered 72,500 meals to 180 seniors through their Meals on Wheels service and provided 63,000 lunches at eight senior centers.

“During a time of uncertainty and growing demand for resources, none of this could have been accomplished without the assistance of thousands of volunteers and the generosity of committed donors,” said Barber.

(Anyone interested in learning more about the Food Services of Catholic Charities can visit their website at www.ccfairfield.org. New Covenant Center has a website specific to its program at www.newcovenantcenter.org and The Thomas Merton Center’s website can be found at www.themertoncenter.org.)

As seen on the Diocese of Bridgeport website via Fairfield County Catholic.

Souper Bowl of Caring January 23rd, 2019
Assumption Parish Annual Souper Bowl Sunday Food Drive!!

TACKLE HUNGER / FILL THE VAN WITH CANS
It’s time to KICK HUNGER Goodbye

REQUESTED ITEMS:
Canned veggies, fruits, meats, soups; cereal, pasta, sauce, or other non-perishable items and household supplies such as paper towels, shampoo, can openers, etc. …
ALL donations will be shared between the St Stephen’s Food Pantry at Merton Center, Bridgeport and the Operation Hope Food Pantry, Fairfield.
Please share the Assumption Parish spirit of giving by telling your family and friends to help us TACKLE HUNGER!
For further information or to volunteer, please contact:
Lara Linsenmeyer 203-536-0949

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.