STAMFORD, Conn. -- Shelter for the Homeless announced today that it is changing its name to Pacific House.
“The new name, Pacific House, allows us to emphasize the wide-range of services we offer people to get back on their feet,” said Jim Bosek, board chair of Pacific House. “As an organization with roots in this community for more than 30 years, we’ve continually expanded to meet its evolving needs, and we are committed to providing services that help develop hopeful, stable and productive citizens.”
The name Pacific House reflects the organization’s history. In 1983 a makeshift shelter was created in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Stamford. This led to the creation of a formal organization, Shelter for the Homeless, and the opening of the Pacific House emergency men’s shelter on Pacific Street in Stamford.
Today, the organization goes well beyond just sheltering homeless people, it also provides programs and services as well as developing deeply affordable permanent housing that it owns and operates.
“Pacific House offers a continuum of care for those experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing the basic human necessities of nutritious meals and a safe place to sleep, the organization offers vital services to get peoples’ lives back on track,” said Rafael Pagan, Executive Director of Pacific House. “Whether it’s case management for creating individual plans for success, recovery programming to overcome addictions, job training and job placement, managing chronic health issues, or all of the above, Pacific House helps clients feel renewed, optimistic and on their way to building better lives.”
Creating innovative solutions for permanent housing has become a major thrust of the organization’s efforts. To create supportive housing that is truly affordable by those living on very low incomes, Pacific House acquires, renovates and manages properties that were previously unsafe or unlivable. Currently there are 45 formerly homeless individuals living in properties managed by the organization, and it expects to house 95 individuals by 2017.
The new name is effective immediately, and those interested in learning more can visit the organization’s new website or call (203)-406-0017.