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Merton Homes 2023 Recap

Merton Homes welcomed Marisol Ruiz-Shanley as the new case manager in December of 2022. Since then, her work has left a positive impact on her clients and the people surrounding ...her. This video is a recap of Merton Homes residents' success and accomplishments of 2023. Marisol has provided her clients with multiple resources and opportunities. For example, all of her clients were given access to information regarding topics like career fairs, local food pantries, after school youth activities, applications to receive government phones or/and tablets, tutoring, ESL classes, and classes to access independence with assistive technology.

Merton Homes held residence meetings every other month and was overall an enjoyable experience. The residents meeting held in May focused on the importance of mental health. With the lovely assistance of RNP United Resources Center and Connecticut Housing Partners, we were able to provide clients with a brief educational conversation about mental health and gift them a free spa certificate. In August, there was a meeting dedicated to the children of Merton Homes. Thanks to Bridgeport Police Chief Porter’s helpful donation, we were able to gift book bags and school supplies to the children. During the meeting clients were able to learn about more after-school activities for their children. Wesley Sainval presented about Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse and how clients can get their children involved in sports. In addition, The Boy Scouts of America, presented by Gabriel Zayas, allowed clients to sign their children up for Boy and Girl Scouts.

Also, during 2023, Marisol had a grand opening of “Marisol’s Closet” where clients can come collect free gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. We also held a coat drive with help from a generous donation by Jacob Dobos of Connecticut Housing Partners. As of December, Merton Homes hosted its first annual Holiday Dinner at Osaka Buffet provided by Catholic Charities. During this dinner clients were given Walmart gift cards by St. Pius X, Target gift cards by Connecticut Housing Partners, and tickets to Total Mortgage Arena sponsored by Catholic Charities.

Marisol and her clients would like to express deep gratitude to everyone who helped make this year a success. Looking forward to 2024!
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