The poor and the vulnerable in our communities are hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER IS OPEN but we need your help. Please see our wish list below of the items needed for our soup kitchens and food pantry. We need your financial assistance and food or supply contributions now more than ever to help your neighbors in Bridgeport. We will also continue to update you regarding information on and the status of our services through this webpage and on all of our social media outlets.

Financial Need: Our resources will be directed to focus on meeting the unfolding and ever-changing needs of our clients. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for our services to the poor and vulnerable in Bridgeport is exploding. Your support will help us remain responsive to their needs.  Please consider a financial donation today to help us provide essential services to the most vulnerable of your neighbors. Click here to give.

Program Wish Lists

Many of our area residents are already living paycheck-to-paycheck. The current situation has further reduced the income of many.  Even the slightest reduction in income can create a financial crisis for the entire household. There is a difficult path ahead for many people increasing the number of people we serve. In-kind donations will help our programs continue to serve the populations that need their services,  especially the soup kitchens and food pantries. Help us ensure that families will have access to healthy, nutritious food at this critical time.

Thomas Merton Center (Bridgeport) Wish List

If you want to donate, but cannot leave your house and feel more comfortable participating through an online donation, our programs all have online wish list on Amazon.

NOTE: we acknowledge that supplies are limited through Amazon. Our food services have the ability to quickly access supplies through wholesale distributors. Your monetary donations are much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated. Your shipments are starting to arrive. These in-kind donations are a HUGE help to The Thomas Merton Center. We will be tracking all of them and making sure to send out thank you notes to each and every one of you. Please make sure to keep your receipts for tax purposes.


Program Updates & Information

4/23/2020 –Our updated hours of operation.

4/4/2020 – Thank you from Catholic Charities Executive Director Mike Donoghue

3/12/2020 – Catholic Charities memorandum to volunteers

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