Many things are working well at Shelter for the Homeless. Thanks to your help we are able to:
- get people back on their feet
- offer the most vulnerable a safe place to sleep and a healthy warm meal
- partner with community agencies to ensure that no one is falling through the cracks
- develop innovative solutions for permanent housing
- help eradicate chronic homelessness among veterans across the state
But it’s time for a change…..
Shelter for the Homeless has a new name: Pacific House
The change reflects the evolution of our organization. Thirty years ago we started as a makeshift shelter in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Stamford. We provided clients meals and a place to sleep, but it soon became apparent that more robust services and facilities were needed.
The name Shelter for the Homeless no longer fits in terms of our current programs or our vision for the opportunities that lie ahead. Beyond providing shelter, we are leading the charge to end homelessness in our community. We provide life changing programs and services that have a proven track record of success, and we’ve developed deeply affordable permanent housing that we own and operate.
Our aspirations for this organization go well beyond sheltering homeless people.
Delivering services that rebuild peoples’ lives. Whether it is counseling and creating individual plans for success, recovery programming to overcome addictions, job training and job placement, managing chronic health issues, or all of the above, Pacific House has the experience and know-how to help clients feel renewed, hopeful and on their way to building better lives. We know our programs and services work; we’ve seen it happen for thousands of clients over the past 30+ years.
Creating housing that people can truly afford. Lower Fairfield County has a lack of affordable permanent housing options, but we’ve found a solution. Pacific House acquires and renovates properties, creating deeply affordable permanent housing where formerly homeless individuals have the opportunity to live. Individuals pay rent that they can afford, and Pacific House provides support services and manages the homes. The result: 45 individuals are currently living in these properties, and approximately 96 formerly homeless people will be housed by the end of 2017.
The name Pacific House reflects our history. It has strong name recognition, and lets others know that we go well beyond just providing food and shelter. This is a big moment for us as we adopt a name that reflects our growth as an organization. We look forward to many more years of helping the most vulnerable and strengthening the communities we serve.
It is your support – volunteering your time or donating clothing, food, furniture or funds – that allows Pacific House to offer services that help thousands of men and young adults lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.
Together we will continue to help our clients Find The Way Home.