Neighbor to Neighbor is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of financially challenged residents throughout the Greenwich area.
Founded in 1975, a group of concerned individuals began collecting gently used clothing and redistributing to those in need in our area. Christ Church provided basement space, and Neighbor to Neighbor was formed.
Today, Neighbor to Neighbor staff and volunteers have been providing food assistance to approximately 500 Greenwich family households each week. Hunger and food insecurity affect many more people in Greenwich than most of us realize. 20%+ of residents lack the income needed to cover basic necessities, and 28% of Greenwich Public School students qualify for free or subsidized lunches. Due to the pandemic, there are high numbers of people in Greenwich who are food insecure. Staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly in a temporary space while their new building is under construction.
The Executive Director, Margaret Tjimos Goldberg, is anticipating a smooth transition upon completion of the new building. “This has been a long time coming. We have been working throughout extraordinary conditions, in unprecedented times, and look forward to coming home at last, welcoming our clients, volunteers and donors to our beautiful new space.”
The attractive house-like structure is steps away from their previous below-ground location, set back on the 10-acre Christ Church property, and behind what used to be a carriage house. Many design elements match the historic Tomes-Higgins House, which is near the property, and complements its features. “The friendly, welcoming architecture of the new Neighbor to Neighbor building has been designed to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,” said Pam Kelly, Board Member and Chair of the Building Committee. “We want to treat everyone with the utmost respect. That includes our neighbors, the environment, the church and our clients.” The new building has many sustainable design features: energy-super-insulated building envelope, high-efficiency heating and cooling system, and LED lighting throughout. The wallboard, flooring, cabinetry, and most other building materials are made from recycled content. Plumbing fixtures are all specified to be low-flow.
For more information please visit www.ntngreenwich.org