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Stamford's Pacific House Gets $29K Grant To Help Homeless

Pictured left to right are Carrie Bernier, executive director of The Community Fund of Darien; Rafael Pagan, Jr., executive director of Pacific House; and Mary Majewski and Amy Wilkinson of The Community Fund of Darien.
Pictured left to right are Carrie Bernier, executive director of The Community Fund of Darien; Rafael Pagan, Jr., executive director of Pacific House; and Mary Majewski and Amy Wilkinson of The Community Fund of Darien. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Pacific House, a Stamford-based agency that provides emergency shelter for homeless men in Fairfield County, has received a $29,000 grant from The Community Fund of Darien.

The money will be used toward general operating costs, including emergency shelter and food for nearly 500 people, case management and housing services. The organization operates Pacific House emergency men's shelter, formerly known as Shelter for the Homeless, which is the only regional men's shelter.

“In addition to funding general operating expenses at the shelter such as heat, electricity and building maintenance, the grant funds will be used to help clients’ access mental health, substance abuse, veteran’s assistance, job readiness and other community supports," said Rafael Pagan Jr., executive director of Pacific House. "We are grateful to The Community Fund of Darien for this support in setting individuals up for long term success.”

The shelter serves Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and elsewhere in Fairfield County, and Pacific House also provides other programs to help move clients beyond homelessness.

“The Community Fund of Darien is proud to support Pacific House’s efforts to end chronic homelessness," said Carrie Bernier, executive director, The Community Fund of Darien.

Since 1982 the organization has served 1 million meals, provided 800,000 bed-nights, secured housing for 1,500 people, and found employment for 3,000 clients, officials said. For more details, visit the website or call 203-404-0017.

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