Pacific House receives grant from Community Fund of Darien

STAMFORD — A city homeless shelter has received a $29,000 grant from The Community Fund of Darien.
The funds will benefit the Pacific House’s operating costs, case management and supported housing services.
“We extend our heartfelt thanks to The Community Fund of Darien for their continued support of Pacific House,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., executive director of Pacific House. “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. We are grateful to The Community Fund of Darien for this support in setting individuals up for long-term success.”
The grant, which was awarded at The Community Fund of Darien’s 2016 Grants Award Open House, supports the provision of basic human needs — emergency food and shelter — for nearly 500 homeless people, and the several programs that help find housing and develop self-sufficiency and self-reliance for Pacific House clients.
“The Community Fund of Darien is proud to support Pacific House’s efforts to end chronic homelessness by transitioning clients from shelter to affordable housing and by providing case management and emergency shelter services to ensure that those who are most vulnerable in our community receive the services they need,” said Carrie Bernier, executive director of The Community Fund of Darien.
Pacific House, formerly known as Shelter for the Homeless, is the only regional men’s emergency shelter, serving Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and beyond. 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.