Pacific House, formerly known as Shelter for the Homeless, provides emergency food and shelter for homeless men and young adults in lower Fairfield County and helps them live more fulfilling lives by providing support services designed to help them find employment and stable long-term housing. Pacific House is the only regional men’s emergency shelter serving Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, and New Canaan. Pacific House began in 1982 in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Stamford and moved in 1990 to its current location at 597 Pacific Street in Stamford. Pacific House provides emergency food and shelter 7 days/week, 365 days/year to approximately 500 separate homeless men and young adults annually.
Beyond providing food and shelter, in the last three years alone, Pacific House has placed 397 homeless individuals in stable housing. Sixty-four of these individuals were placed in deeply affordable, permanent, supported housing developed and run by Pacific House. In 2017, ninety-four formerly homeless individuals will have permanent affordable housing.
Grants and donations help support housing placements, health care, nutritious meals, counseling sessions, and comprehensive, targeted programs. The Job Readiness Program assists clients in the areas of employment readiness, career planning, job search tools, resume preparation, educational and vocational training, referrals, and appropriate attire for job interviews. The Computer Café offers clients access to computers, email addresses and classes to help with job searches. An in-house Recovery Program, in collaboration with Liberation Programs, helps clients adopt a more stable lifestyle without the use of alcohol or drugs.
With two fully equipped on-site examination rooms, Pacific House provides comprehensive primary healthcare services to all clients, regardless of insurance status, through a partnership with Optimus Health Care, Inc. Pacific House also assists veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in an attempt to maintain their housing. A new Young Adult Program aims to meet the immediate critical needs of homeless young adults aged 18 to 24 with dedicated staff and separate dormitory space outfitted with desks and a study area.
Christ Church Greenwich makes a difference to Pacific House with grants, including $4,000 in 2016, to help address food insecurity and housing.
“Christ Church has been an invaluable partner for Pacific House for many years and has helped in many ways. The work done by so many Christ Church volunteers as well as the funding we have received from the church has directly helped sustain the programs our clients rely upon each day as they work to build better lives.”
– Rafael Pagan Jr., LCSW, ACWS
Executive Director, Pacific House
Adult volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for the homeless young adult clients. Volunteer groups are always welcome to serve dinner at the shelter. Amy Mooney currently serves on Pacific House’s Board of Directors. Lucy Rinaldi is a past board member.
To learn more, visit pacifichouse.org.