Newtown Savings Bank Donates Back Packs To Danbury Project Homeless Connect 

Newtown Savings Bank has built on its commitment to address homelessness in the community by donating three hundred back packs to Danbury Project Homeless Connect 2010 for distribution to needy individuals and families.  Eight bank employees will also serve as volunteers at the event as part of the NSB Cares Program established in 2009 to facilitate employee participation in community service activities. 

Danbury's Fourth Annual Project Homeless Connect will take place on December 10, 2010 on the Downtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Organized by the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care, the event is a key component of the region's Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness, bringing together more than forty area housing agencies and service providers along with community volunteers to provide one-stop delivery of an array of assistance to persons who are homeless or in need of housing or supportive services. Danbury's project is part of a nationwide effort to end and prevent homelessness in America initiated by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.  

Five area banks have donated $1500.00 apiece to the Danbury Housing Partnership to serve as major contributing sponsors of the Housing Partnership Awards Breakfast and Danbury Project Homeless Connect.   The five banks are:  Newtown Savings Bank, Savings Bank of Danbury, Union Savings Bank, Fairfield County Bank and Webster Bank.  The Housing Authority of the City of Danbury has joined the five banks as a major contributing partner.

Project Homeless Connect will provide a wide range of services on-site, including medical and vision screenings, dental services, housing assistance, social services, Veterans benefits, credit counseling, substance abuse counseling, nutritional assistance, credit counseling, legal help, employment assistance, mental health counseling and other services.  Transportation will be provided to bring clients to Connecticut Motor Vehicles Department for help with driver licenses and identification.  Hot food services will be provided throughout the day courtesy of Walsh Catering.  Bus passes, gift bags, clothing and other items will also be provided for guests.  Volunteer translators will be on hand to assist guests.  In addition to hosting the event, WestConn will have students staffing an activities area for children.  Individuals and agencies are invited to call should they have any questions about the services offered or if they have any special service needs.  

For more information about Danbury Project Homeless Connect and the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care please call Co-Chair Milena Sangut at 203-448-3224 or click on the link:

http://www.danburysroadhome.org/content/59/192.aspx 

For more information about the Danbury Housing Partnership please call Chairman Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255 or visit http://www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.