Open Door Shelter’s mission is to effectively address the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing shelter, food, clothing, case management services, treatment services, transitional planning for short and long term goals, subsidized housing, education, employment, and a path towards independence and success. They provide shelter nightly with over 95 beds in our facility located at 4 Merritt St. From this same facility, they operate the Manna House kitchen and pantry. They serve meals three times a day (over 20,000 per month) and provide boxed and canned goods to the working poor to help them make ends meet. Between the kitchen and the pantry, they provide approximately 60,000 meals per month to individuals and families in our Norwalk community. They also operate a number of private residences, providing supportive housing to those who are working and earning an income, but unable to afford housing in the area. The shelter operates primarily from private donations, with less than 40% of our operating budget coming from government funding. 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to providing food, shelter, and assistance to those in need.
Every client of the Open Door Shelter receives counseling and case-work services. Treating each person on an individual basis, their professional staff acts to determine the underlying reason why the person has come to require the services of the Shelter, and then formulates a plan of action designed to educate, train, rehabilitate and/or enable the individual to return to a fulfilling existence, and part of the community. It is their goal to provide the assistance and support needed to get clients out of the system and in charge of their own destiny, accomplished through programs such as job counseling, interim housing, financial management and personal guidance.
Raffle and Silent Auction Ticket Sales, plus a portion of Admission Ticket Sales will be donated to The Open Door Shelter. To Learn More. http://www.opendoorshelter.org