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The House That Keeps on Giving

This past spring the Westport Historical Society (WHS) presented Project Return and the Town of Westport with a plaque honoring the heritage of the town-owned house at 124 Compo Road North used by Project Return since 1984. Bob Mitchell, president of WHS, presented the plaque to both Tessa Gilmore-Barnes, Project Return program director, and Jeff […]

Students at The Bridge Academy, Bridgeport Give Back to those Less Fortunate

“Wait, what? Undies?” Discussing the need for new undergarments was a no brainer for the H.E.A.L students at The Bridge Academy in Bridgeport. They quickly identified, and got to the heart of, why having new, clean underwear is a big deal, and how buying new underwear if you are on a low income can be […]

Letter to Editor: Westport should be copied, State Needs to Straighten Out Racial Imbalance Regulations

To the Editor:  Thanks for Chris Marquette’s typically well-written article (March 6, 2017) on the tempest raging in Westport as a result of the essay contest on “white privilege.” It is upsetting to see the intemperate protests by correspondents on both sides of the aisle. They are choosing to take on Westport for a host […]

Homes with Hope’s Shelter for Homeless Families Awarded Grant from Near & Far Aid

Westport, CT, October 3, 2016 – The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Near & Far Aid. The grant illustrates the two organization’s mutual efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty. The funding will be used to help […]

Project Return and Homes with Hope Join Forces

JUNE 30, 2016 – Westport, CT. Two of Westport, CT’s oldest and most widely known not-for-profits, Project Return and Homes with Hope announced today their intention to merge.

Project Return will continue its core mission of caring for and empowering young women in crisis as a separate program within the Homes with Hope organization. In turn, […]

Homes with Hope and the Staples High School Community

We were pleased to be the subject of a few articles this fall in the Staples High School award-winning newspaper, Inklings. The graphic below was featured in the December issue and spoke eloquently about the “Faces of Gillespie,” and the role of our operations in expanding the diversity in our blessed community.

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Hopes with Hope holds eighth annual “Stand Up” fundraiser

by Claire Dinshaw, Inklings News Editor

Homes with Hope held its eighth annual Stand Up for Homes with Hope fundraiser at the Westport Country Playhouse on Saturday, Nov. 7. This year’s featured performer was comedian, Tom Papa (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Come to Papa,” and “Tom Papa Live in New York City”).

“You are out,” Papa said to […]

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15th Annual Good Neighbor Day a Sensational Success

Good Neighbor Day, sponsored by Westport Wash & Wax – located at 786 Post Road East, was held on Sept. 4th. It was a busy day at the car wash and patrons were greeted by Homes with Hope staff and board members and, as always, by the Tiefenthalers. All of the day’s revenue was donated […]

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Gillespie Gets a Makeover

Courtyard Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
May 25, 2015

After nearly six months of hard work, the Courtyard at the Gillespie Center, 45 Jesup Green, has been transformed. With the great input of Eagle Scout Jack Foley, Austin Ganim Landscaping, “General Contractor” Brooks Sumberg, A.J. Penna, Gault Stone, Navarro Masonry, The Westport Garden Club and the SLOBs, the entry […]

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Homelessness in Westport

This Letter to the Editor appeared in the MinuteMan on Feb. 24, 2015

Many people laugh when I tell them that I run “the homeless organization” in Westport. Surely there cannot be a “homeless problem” in our beautiful community. But there is, of course, a homeless problem in our community — and in every town in […]