Office & Food Pantry Closed for Memorial Day

Our business office and Food Pantry at 636 Old Post Road will be closed Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day. The business office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 31 and the Food Pantry will resume regular hours Wednesday, June 1, 10am-12pm. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Spring into Hope is SOLD OUT!

Today’s the day! Our “Spring into Hope” Gala is SOLD OUT! We look forward to welcoming our guests to the beautiful Inn at Longshore tonight as we celebrate our Champion of Hope, Kathleen McNamara, and all of our friends who help us end hunger and homelessness, one person at a time. It’s going to be a great party as we dance the night away to the tunes of musicians from Band Central!
 
🙏Our gratitude to our generous sponsors for making tonight possible:
 
🌹Rose sponsors: Band Central, Black Rock Church, Santa Energy, Global Infrastructure Partners, Peoples United, a division of M&T Bank, Santa Energy🌹
 
🌼Daisy Sponsors: Altezza Restorations, Angel Commercial, LLC, Bridgeport Hospital, Cross Country Mortgage, Mark & Angeli Scott, Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home🌼
 
🙏If you are unable to join us tonight but would still like to support our mission, please consider a donation of any amount at http://bit.ly/oh-donate. Thank you. 🙏

Annual Postal Food Drive Helps Feed Neighbors in Need

Held last Saturday and after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest, nationally-held food drive. Locally, we were honored to once again be the recipient of the donations. With the support of dozens of Fairfield and Southport letter carriers who volunteered to pick up donations at residents’ mailboxes, volunteers and countless donors, we collected and sorted thousands of pounds of non-perishables to help stock our Food Pantry. We are grateful for your helping hands, especially to those on the last shift who worked incredibly hard in the rain! Many thanks to the volunteers from these groups:
 
🙌🏽SASO Mothers & Sons
🙌🏽SASO Mothers & Daughters
🙌🏽National Charity League of Fairfield
🙌🏽US Postal employees and their families
🙌🏽Friends and Food Pantry volunteers
🙌🏽Operation Hope staff
 
Thank you for all you did to help feed and care for our neighbors in need! 🙏🏽❤️

Diaper Drive at Fairfield Moms Family Fun Day on June 18

Grab some friends and make plans to attend the Fairfield Moms 3rd annual Family Fun Day on June 18! Bring a donation of diapers, any size and open packs ok, to help our littlest neighbors in need ❤️
 
🍉 SAVE THE DATE 🍉 for our 3rd annual Family Fun Day!! This event will take place on Saturday, June 18th from 9am – 12pm! Event will be located at the Fairfield Shopping Center on the Post Road (Bob’s parking lot)! Celebrate the start of summer with us and enjoy a fun filled event with touch-a-trucks, a DJ, food trucks, arts + crafts, local vendors + businesses, giveaways and more!!
 
This is a FREE event for all families, but we are asking you to bring donations of diapers (open boxes / bags OK) to support our diaper drive with Operation Hope!

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day offers a very special opportunity to honor those who open so many doors in our lives. Mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, fathers, sons, uncles, friends, neighbors and mentors all touch our lives in significant and lasting ways. When you shower your mom or the special person who plays that role in your life today, please think of the moms struggling in our community. We thank you for helping us provide the most basic of needs to the most vulnerable members of our community. In difficult and uncertain times, those in need, more than ever, depend on caring and compassionate people like you.

Gratitude for Our Staff & Volunteers

💛A few words from one of our Food Pantry patrons💛
 
🌈This is who we are here at Operation Hope. People who show respect to others and make their burdens feel a little lighter.
 
🌈Thank you to our staff and volunteers who greet our guests, clients and patrons with respect every day. We are grateful for you.

Executive Director Carla Miklos Featured on Band Central Podcast

Take a few minutes to listen to an interview of our Executive Director, Carla Miklos here. Band Central‘s Rob Fried dives in to how Carla works tirelessly to change the way homeless individuals and families are served in Fairfield and across our region. Also, a fun little plug for our Evening of Hope event on May 19, where Band Central is the feature entertainment. We can’t wait to hear this group of talented musicians! Purchase tickets here

Help Stock Our Food Pantry in May

If you’re stocking up on your pantry basics, please take a moment to help our neighbors in need. Regular sized items (not bulk) appreciated. Drop off at our pantry M-F, 9am-5pm at 636 Old Post Road. Or simply shop our Amazon Wish List here and send the donation directly to us. And, monetary donations made here are always welcome so we can purchase exactly what we need for our clients. Thank you!

-CASH, CHECKS, GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS
-Shampoo
-Conditioner
-Sugar
-Oil

-Ensure & Boost
-Clam chowder
-Diapers (sizes 5 & 6)
-PullUps (sizes 4T/5T)
-Baby wipes
-Pancake syrup
-Shaving cream
-Microwave popcorn
-Salad dressing
-Mayonnaise
-Dried fruit & nuts
-Foil
-Ziplock bags
-Canned dog food
-Jello & pudding
-Canned mushrooms, artichokes & olives
-Breadcrumbs

M&T Charitable Foundation Awards Operation Hope with $8,500 Grant

We are honored to announce that M&T Charitable Foundation (formerly People’s United Community Foundation) recently awarded Operation Hope a grant of $8,500 for our Supportive Affordable Housing Program. A longtime supporter of Operation Hope’s mission, the Foundation has granted Operation Hope over $100,000 since 2009, serving as a cornerstone of our affordable housing program. 

Our affordable housing provides clean and safe permanent rental housing for previously homeless families and individuals. The combination of affordable rent and support services helps our tenants to remain in housing and achieve their ongoing goals. This grant is incredibly important to our clients. Last year, here’s how our affordable housing program helped our neighbors in need:

  • Our program housed 118 people, including 25 children
  • 82 households have remained housed for 1 year or more
  • 100% of clients that exited the program, did so into permanent housing destinations and didn’t fall back into homelessness

We currently operate 70 units of scattered site affordable housing throughout Fairfield. These safe and clean units are home to men, women and families who were previously homeless. An application process helps determine who can live and thrive in our units. Rent is affordable and housing is permanent, so successful tenants can stay as long as they want. Tenants also receive individualized support services on- and off-site from social workers and daily living skills coaches. Ultimately, our goal is to help empower our tenants in attaining self-reliance and stability in their day-to-day lives, and prevent future homelessness. For many, the combination of affordability and support is critical to their success in becoming independent, responsible members of our community.

M&T Charitable Foundation (formerly People’s United Community Foundation) awards grants to nonprofit organizations that align with their primary areas of focus and giving priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing. We are deeply grateful to People’s for its continued support of our housing program and the people we serve. People’s is helping our clients navigate these important moments so they can build their lives. Time and time again, People’s demonstrates its commitment to community. They are good neighbors to our neighbors in need 🙏🏡🙏

Community Partner Trinity Solar Named Top Solar Contractor

We are thrilled to congratulate Trinity Solar on being named CT’s Top Solar Contractor! 🏆 Read the article here. Trinity has been a key community partner and we are grateful for its continued support.
 
If you are considering solar, there is no better place to start than with a free, no-obligation consultation with a Trinity rep. And for every consult, Operation Hope receives $100. $100 goes a long way to provide housing and essentials for our neighbors in need. Simply sign up here or call 800-655-2500 (be sure to mention Operation Hope). Thank you! ☀️
 
 

OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY


636 Old Post Road

Fairfield, CT 06824
203-292-5588

OFFICE & DONATION HOURS

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

PANTRY HOURS

Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

OUTREACH & COMMUNITY KITCHEN

50 Nichols Street
Fairfield, CT
 06824
203-254-2934

COMMUNITY KITCHEN HOURS

Meals served Monday - Friday:
Lunch: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm