We are thrilled to announce Operation Hope is an awardee of a Community Innovation 2022 grant from United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC). Awards were granted to 17 organizations in seven different towns. Selection criteria included innovation, partner collaboration, and a commitment to solve problems and advance equity in one of United Way’s focus areas: health, education, and financial stability. We are honored to be among these 17 organizations that empower people to thrive in Fairfield County.

We are grateful to community partner UWCFC for its continued support of our efforts to help secure housing and financial stability for our clients. This grant will allow us to provide security deposits for our clients moving into a new home, or those relocating from a dangerous situation.

According to Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope, “Everyone deserves an opportunity for positive change, and that starts with a stable home. But a big barrier to housing access is the lack of security deposits, and federal funds can’t be used for that purpose. This United Way grant will fund deposits to help clients find both housing and financial stability at the same time, since once stably housed, clients are able to gain, keep and increase employment.”

Pictured here are Carla Miklos, Executive Director at Operation Hope, with United Way Board of Directors member, Paul J. Reszutek.