Thank you for your generous donations of food for our Thanksgiving bags! In coordination with Helping Hands (April Barron), Northeast Building Supply, and other community partners such as Stew Leonards, families received turkeys and Thanksgiving bags for the holiday!
Every Sunday morning, we serve the unhoused and/or food insecure community members who gather on John Street in Bridgeport. The Health Department recently counted 160 people on one Sunday morning.
Thanksgiving bags and some boxes of frozen turkeys outside Northeast Building Supply.
Your donations were added to those of the employees at Northeast Building Supply, who organized the Thanksgiving bags. A portion of your food donations assisted a family of six who lost everything in a November 14th house fire. John Street Bridge Outreach separated out some of the food donations for this family of four children and two parents who were living in a hotel while searching for a new apartment. We also supported the family by providing $200 in Walmart gift cards, new clothing for the five-year old twins, some second-hand clothing for the parents and two older children, and a backpack filled with personal hygiene items, books, construction paper, and crayons. The City of Bridgeport is providing a Section 8 voucher and the security deposit, but the family must find their own housing. The Red Cross gave funding for a few nights in a hotel.
Our Outreach is constantly pivoting to provide for emergencies such as this, and we are grateful for your support.
Every Sunday morning, we serve the unhoused and/or food insecure community members who gather on John Street in Bridgeport. We serve four or five half-way houses. We serve families at PT Barnum Housing complex if we have enough lunches, as well as other locations around Bridgeport.
You can drop-off lunches for our Outreach in the bins outside Ruth’s office on Saturdays (anytime) or Sunday mornings until 9:50 a.m. Please provide a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a drink (water bottle preferred), fruit, and snacks such as granola bars, chips, popcorn, etc. The community truly appreciates the snacks and fruit, especially bananas, clementines, and granola bars! A napkin and a note saying “Hello” or a message for the day, whether on the bag or in the bag, is also gratefully received! Thank you!
Near Halloween, our 10 year-old friend brought a bag of candy to share with everyone!
Kelvin showed-up a couple weeks ago… after being absent for months… to tell us that he was approved for an apartment! He has been chronically unhoused for many years, following the death of his mother.