Norwalk Emergency Shelter, Inc.

Rating: 3.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 4 Merritt Street Norwalk CT 06854 USA

Mission: Norwalk Emergency Shelter, Inc.?s (NES) mission is to effectively address the complex needs of the homeless and working poor; to provide safe, sanitary shelter care, food, clothing, and furniture to needy men, women, and families; assist shelter residents in attaining housing, jobs, counseling and various treatment services; provide transitional, affordable, and permanent supportive housing; and to foster residents? growth toward independence and responsibility.
Programs: The operating expense budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, is $2,127,900. Approximately 90% of funds are expended on programs and 10% on administration. The Connecticut Department of Social Services provides approximately one-fourth of the revenue, and is the largest single source of revenue. Contributions from individuals, churches and other organizations are the second largest source. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, City of Norwalk, the United Way and the Federal Government also contribute funds. The Shelter has an annual fund-raising dinner and a golf tournament, and receives funds by other groups on its behalf. A budget showing general categories of revenue and expense is available.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Homelessness is an emergency. Whether residents are chronically homeless due to psychiatric disorders or drug addictions, or non-chronically homeless due to job loss, abuse, or any number of other unlucky reasons, a shelter is first and foremost protection and safety. The Open Door Shelter provides all residents whatever services are required to create an exit strategy. The new Hope Works jobs training program offers residents who want it the chance to make it. Granted, it is not the Comfort Inn, but it adheres to all state health regulations and provides a temporary home for renewal and independence. The employees, volunteers, partners, corporate supporters, and board members are there to make a difference and do so on a daily basis.

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