board members

  • Robert B. Bellitto, Jr., Esq.
  • Michael P. Burdo, Esq.
  • Jennifer Carpenter
  • Descera Daigle, Esq.
  • Darrin Scott Fodor
  • Larry Fullerton
  • Mike Gladczuk
  • Robert Greenbaum
  • Ab Igram
  • Grant Jaber
  • Christopher Lyddy
  • Charlie MacDonald, CAC
  • Laura A. McPadden
  • Meg Murray
  • Sharon Risley
  • Edwin Ryan
  • Mary Catherine Santa
  • Rebecca Surran
  • Alexander J. Trembicki, Esq
  • Teri Walsh
  • Carla Miklos, Executive Director


  • Chair
  • Michael P. Fucigna
  • Vice Chair
  • Robert F. Moriarty
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Philip C. Palmieri
  • Treasurer
  • Ryan C. Sheppard, CPA
  • Treasurer-Emeritus
  • Stan Weiss, CPA
  • Recording Secretary
  • Timothy W. Clark
  • Clergy Member-at-Large
  • Pastor Mark Christoffersen

advisory board

  • John McKinney, Co-Chair
  • Ellen P. Tower, Co-Chair
  • Evie Angel
  • Colleen Barker
  • Helen D’Avanzo
  • Lisa Doocy
  • Joel Z. Green, Esq.
  • Thomas Kreitler
  • Toby Meshberg
  • Rabbi James Prosnit
  • Teresa O’Reilly
  • Rabbi James Prosnit
  • Jeffrey M. Ruden
  • Michael S. Rosten, Esq
  • Rev. David W. Spollett
  • Dr. Steven A. Treash
  • Ms. Sally Wallace
  • Rev Paul Whitmore
  • Laura Wilbur

executive director

  • Carla Miklos, MS. CED.
  • 636 Old Post Road
  • Fairfield, CT 06824

job opportunities

When we have job openings, they will be posted on Indeed.com.

our history

Operation Hope was formed in 1986 when local residents became aware of individuals in the community unable to meet their own basic needs of food and shelter. Clergy and lay leaders worked together to provide food and emergency shelter. The foundation of Operation Hope as a community organization was fueled by the energy of concerned citizens. In that same year, Operation Hope became a 501©3 organization.

In 1988, 50 Nichols Street was provided by the Town of Fairfield, renovated and opened as a Shelter for Men with 18 beds, Community Kitchen, and a Food Pantry. The Shelter for Women followed in 1990 and the Shelter for Families in 1995. Recognizing that our clients needed safe, affordable housing to move into when leaving shelter, Operation Hope opened its first home for formerly homeless adults in 1996. Operation Hope currently owns or operates 46 units of affordable, supportive housing. With the goal of providing support services to increase individual stability and self-sufficiency, in 1997 the clinical and support services programs were created.

In 2010, we opened an additional family unit at our shelter location. In 2011 we expanded the availability of scattered site, affordable housing units through collaboration and partnership. Celebrating 30 years of serving the community, we look forward to continuing to assist our neighbors in need — until a time when no one is hungry, homeless, at-risk, or without a stable support system.

our mission

Operation Hope provides individuals and families the opportunity to experience transformative change. Our programs and services focus on eliminating hunger and homelessness and are designed to help people solve their crises and build stability in an environment in which compassion inspires dignity and hope.

our vision

We envision a time when every person in our community has supportive relationships, hope for the future, and a place to call home.

community partners

We know our relationships with other community agencies and advocacy groups are an important part of serving the short and long-term needs of our clients. View Partners