Homelessness in Coastal Fairfield County
Many families today describe themselves as living on the edge. A medical bill, job layoff or other unexpected circumstance can result in an immediate plunge from poverty to homelessness.
- On any given night, over 1,000 people are homeless on the streets of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford, and there are more than 200 homeless people in Bridgeport’s downtown area.
- 37.6 percent of children in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
- 16.2 percent of families in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
- 18.4 percent of individuals in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
*Americantowns.com; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition; State of Homelessness in America
Our Response to This Community Challenge
The men, women and families we assist often suffer the physical, emotional and spiritual afflictions common to people living in poverty or on the streets. First, we offer nutritious food—in our dining room, through our Pantry Bag Program and from our Mobile Kitchens—to strengthen their bodies and allow them to experience the essence of God’s love and hospitality. Then, we offer safe shelter and essential clothing—the life necessities all of us require to survive. Finally, we teach them that through God’s love and guidance, they can rebuild and embrace stable and meaningful lives. Because each person, family and situation is unique, we meet all whom we serve at his or her point of need and offer solutions to help fight poverty from the inside out.
Share Your Compassion in Action
Each Year Bridgeport Rescue Mission…
Provides 3 hot meals
a day, 365 days a year
Helps men and women struggling with addiction in our New Life Program
Offers safe shelter to hundreds of men, women and children each night
Distribute warm coats to needy families through our Great ThanksGiving Project and throughout the cold winter months