2014 Catholic Charities / AETNA Golf Classic & Lobster Fest SPONSORSHIP

On June 30, 2014, Catholic Charites & AETNA are hosting the 2014 Golf Classic & Lobster Fest. It is the single most important fundraising event for the agency as it raises revenue for ALL of the program services we provide. In order to make the event a true success, the planning committee is seeking sponsors at ALL levels. Please review the attached sponsorship materials and let us know how  you can help make a difference. We can also customize a package to suit your corporate needs. For more information, please contact Amy Zajac at azajac@ccfc-ct.org or (203) 416-1336.


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2014 Catholic Charities / AETNA Golf Classic & Lobster Fest REGISTRATION

On June 30th, 2014, Catholic Charities & AETNA are hosting the 2014 Golf Classic & Lobster Fest to benefit ALL program services provided by Catholic Charities. Your registration includes 18 holes of golf ( best ball format including cart), lunch, cocktail hour, open bar, and a New England Lobster Fest. The event will take place at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk overlooking the Long Island Sound. Register here for individual golfers and foursomes, but additional sponsorship opportunities are available above to increase the benefits of your package. For those who don't golf but want to join the party, see details below to attend the post- golf Lobster Fest.


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2014 Catholic Charities / AETNA Lobster Fest

Don't golf? That's fine! We wouldn't want you to miss out on the fun. Join us for the post-golf festivities at the 2014 Catholic Charities/AETNA Lobster Fest. Join us for an open bar cocktail hour at 5PM where you will be greeted by our Honorary Event Chairman, Bishop Frank Caggiano. Then enjoy a full New England Lobster Bake where you can bid on our  exciting live auction prizes or take a chance in our expansive raffle while basking in the view of the Long Island Sound. What a great way to start your summer! The cost per person is only $125.


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New Covenant House 10th Annual Celebrity Breakfast

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Catholic Charities is hosting it's 10th annual celebrity breakfast to benefit the New Covenant House of Hospitality - Stamford's Only Soup Kitchen. The event runs from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The keynote speaker for the event is Larry Kudlow and the honorary chair is Bishop Caggiano.

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SAVE THE DATE - Merton Celebrity Breakfast

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, Catholic Charities will host a Celebrity Breakfast to benefit the Thomas Merton Center. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Bridgeport from 7:30-9:00 AM and will feature guest speaker Cindi Bigelow.

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The Thomas Merton House of Hospitality
The Thomas Merton Center
43 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Fax: (203) 367-8828
Monday-Friday 8:30am-1:30pm

Saturday           9:00am-12:00pm

Program Contacts

Mark Grasso
Vice President
(203) 367-9036 Ext. 11



Program Description



THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people we serve have changed we have developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk. 


The Thomas Merton House of Hospitality provides breakfast, lunch and day shelter Monday-Saturday to approximately 300 people daily.


We also provide the following other services:


Support Groups - a safe, non-judgmental place for individuals to address the issues in their lives that may be barriers to self-sufficiency (i.e. abusive relationships, addiction problems, etc.).


Creative Groups – provide an opportunity for Merton guests to express themselves through writing and art.


Case Management - provides individual support for approximately 50 guests a month. We help them with budgeting, paying rent and teaching the value of saving money. We also help them obtain and manage state and federal benefits and connect with other social services.

Thomas Merton Center Fall 2012 Newsletter
Thomas Merton Center Spring 2013 Newsletter

One Client's Story


So many people know The Thomas Merton Center for its “soup kitchen” and food pantry; places to go to when you are hungry. However, for some, the Merton Center is also a place of healing and support.



Ruben is one of those people. Ruben was down on his luck. He was trying to get clean and deal with anger issues. For support, he started coming to the Merton Center to attend Spirituality and Men’s groups.  Ruben enjoyed the groups regularly and said through them he was “learning how to live.” Still, Ruben ended up homeless. However, while living in a local shelter, he was able to connect with Catholic Charities’ Housing Department, which helped him find an apartment. He lives in that apartment today, and still attends the Merton Center for meals and the support groups.


Ruben credits the Merton groups for helping him to learn to love and respect people. As a result, he now enjoys an increased respect that he receives from his family. He has been clean for two years, and has credited the Merton Center as a support in his recovery, saying, “There is so much positive here that people need to find out (about). Ruben is a great Catholic Charities success story who now looks to positively impact his fellow brothers and sisters in the support groups. “I feel I have a lot of responsibility in how they look up to me,” he says.