Thomas Merton Center

Bridgeport (Greater Bridgeport area)

The Thomas Merton Center is committed to providing a loving, safe and hope-filled community atmosphere that responds to the needs of its guests. Respecting the dignity of each person, we reflect to the individual and the community our shared responsibility to love and support one another. We believe the sharing of a hot meal is an invitation to come in and share in a place where one can belong; respect and love are mutually given and received; each person is valued and not to be judged; and healing life’s hurts is possible with people who care. Collaboration with other agencies and people is essential to meeting the needs of those we serve.


  • Meal Program: We serve about 400 meals every day for breakfast and lunch.
  • Shower Program: Our showers are open to guests twice a week.
  • Mail Program: This program provides an address for guests to receive Social Security, Medical Cards, and EBT Cards.
  • Eat Smart Marketplace: The Eat Smart Marketplace is our Food Pantry that provides 5 days of nutritious meals every week!
  • Case Management: Case managers provide individual assistance and partner with other agencies based on guests’ needs.


New Home New Hope Capital Campaign

With our partners, the Catholic Charities Thomas Merton Family Center will provide wraparound services to our guests, helping them along their path to self-sufficiency in a newly renovated 13,000 square foot building at 1406 State Street in the heart of Bridgeport.

Who to Contact

Main: (203) 367-9036
Fax: (203) 367-8828
Director, Bill Colson
Operations Coordinator, Sabine Kuczo
Pantry Coordinator, Aimee Valle


43 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604


8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Service Hours

Monday – Friday:
Breakfast: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday:
Shower Program

Every Thursday, *by appointment*:
Eat Smart Pantry – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Registration for Eat Smart Food Pantry requires ID for each household member, age and proof of address.

Thomas Merton Center Advisory Council

Dave Blagys, Edna Borchetta, Sheila Clancy, Lourdes Delgado, Jack Edwards, Thomas Gaudette, Louise Gidez, Mark Kelly, George Logan, Alberto Martins, Mary Ann O’Connor, Jo Toolan, Alexandros Valiantis

Stories from The Thomas Merton Center

Watch the videos below to learn more about how The Thomas Merton Center makes a difference in the lives of guests.