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We are pleased to present the Open Door Shelter's Building Lives Initiative as our lead beneficiary for 2017. 


The Building Lives Initiative will transform South Norwalk and impact the lives of the area’s most vulnerable citizens. This $6 million project involves the building of a brand new 19,000 square foot facility will provide 16 units of supportive housing apartments for those in need, plus medical health, outpatient addiction treatment and job training services.  More about the project. 

Other beneficiaries include:

ABC House

At Home in Darien

Carver Foundation of Norwalk

Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut

Domestic Violence Crisis Center


Feed My Starving Children

Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County

iicon (International Institute of Connecticut)


International Institute of Connecticut

Laurel House

Liberation Programs

Neighbors Link

New Covenant House

Open Door Shelter


The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education

Pacific House (formerly Shelter for the Homeless)


The Thriving Youth Initiative of The Community Fund of Darien (lead beneficiary of 2016)




The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart 

is presented by The First Congregational Church.  Each year, the church donates over $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations which serve our youth, the elderly and the disadvantaged. 

The First Congregational Church of Darien
The First Congregational Church of Darien

From left to right;  Carrie Bernier (Director of The Community Fund of Darien), Heather Raker (Chair of The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart), Emily Larkin (The Thriving Youth Initiative) and Dale Rosenberger (Senior Pastor of The First Congregational Church of Darien). 

The Thriving Youth Initiative was our lead beneficiary for 2016.   


The Darien House Tour:  Homes with Heart is made possible by Ring's End 


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