Top Spots In Connecticut To Give Back This Holiday Season

December 9, 2013 7:00 AM

When the holidays arrive, people start counting their blessings and realize that there are many people who do not have as much as they have. That’s when the generosity of Connecticut residents starts to flow. Donating not only helps those in need, but it helps those who donate appreciate everything that they have even more. The saying is that it is better to give than to receive. All of these Connecticut organizations would love to receive whatever you can give this holiday season.

Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness
257 Lawrence St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 519-5564

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) has come a long way since its inception in 1982, when federal assistance was cut and housing costs rose. In 1983, the very first homeless shelter was established. Now there are 45 shelters in the state. The success story of this organization is noteworthy. First it orchestrates the homeless into shelters. Then it works to getting families out of shelters and into housing. It sets realistic and specific goals and then works towards meeting those deadlines. It has now established its pattern as a formula for success. Donating to this Connecticut Coalition makes it possible for one more homeless family to come in from the cold.

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
11 Spring St.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 743-7988

The Dorothy Day Hospitality House is well known to the people of Danbury. Here is a place where those who are hard on their luck come to find food and rest. The facility “serves 80-120 hot meals each afternoon and provides shelter to 16 people each night.” No one at the facility ever asks questions. Everyone in this community knows that if you need a meal or a place to stay, the Dorothy Day Hospitality House will open its doors. Volunteers and donations are always most welcome and put to very good use.

House Of Bread
1453 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 549-4188

The State Capitol is not exempt from having needy among its residents. In 1980, House of Bread was established in Hartford to help feed the hungry, including the poor and the transients. This soup kitchen serves about 300 to 400 meals a day. Volunteers are crucial to the organization, as are donations. House of Bread has actually expanded and now includes “4 Kids Café,” which serves 450 kids ranging in age from six years old to 12 years old. The meals are well balanced and nutritious.

Connecticut Women’s Shelters
753 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 6604
(203) 333-4087

This organization provides listings of the many shelters throughout Connecticut that offer “transitional housing, residential treatment centers and women’s residential services.” Women in need of a safe place to stay or women in poverty who need a meal and a place to stay are welcomed at the many women’s shelters throughout the state of Connecticut. This organization will also help direct women in need toward proper government agencies. Each shelter listed on the website provided here provides a contact and/or phone number for people who want to donate to this vital organization.

Make-A-Wish Connecticut
126 Monroe Turnpike
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 261-9044

While so many people are aware of this national organization, not many realize that it is operating right here in Connecticut. This organization truly believes that granting the wish of a child with a terminal illness can change the lives of these children. The Connecticut chapter is committed to granting wishes and welcomes donations, which are used to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” Donations include not only monetary gifts, but even flight miles.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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