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Homes with Hope's Jeff Wieser Announces Retirement

Homes with Hope’s longtime President and C.E.O., Jeff Wieser, will retire from his position by the end of 2019

A change in the Executive Director of an organization is always news and so it is an important milestone that last month our longtime President and C.E.O., Jeff Wieser, announced his retirement. Jeff had been a board member of the organization since its early days [...]


Westport nonprofit offers 'Homes with Hope'

Westport nonprofit offers 'Homes with Hope'

WESTPORT - Three years ago, Carl Scovens was living in a spacious three-bedroom Norwalk duplex with his wife and teenage daughter. Scovens was used to splitting bills with this wife but after she died in 2015, he could no longer afford the apartment. Shortly after his wife’s death [...]


Get to know Jeff Wieser, President & CEO of Homes with Hope

Get to know... Jeff Wieser, President & CEO of Homes with Hope

WESTPORT — Just before the start of Columbus Day weekend in 2009, Jeff Wieser ran into one of his fellow board members from Homes with Hope while on the train to his job as an international banker in New York City [...]


Westport Magazine: Gather 'Round the Table

Westport Magazine: Gather 'Round the Table

Nearly 240 guests filled the Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk to celebrate Project Return’s Gather ’Round the Table Luncheon. Each table was beautifully arranged by both local designers and home stores to reflect the power of home and healing [...]


Reveries Popup Gallery Charity Event for Project Return

Reveries Popup Gallery Charity Event for Project Return

Westport, CT - A Reveries Popup Gallery Charity Event for Project Return will open at 153 Post Road East, Westport, with a reception on May 24, 6-8pm. The featured artwork will be on display through June 3 [...]


Westport Sunrise Rotary Food Drive

Westport Sunrise Rotary

March 7, 2018 - Thank you Westport Sunrise Rotary volunteers for another very successful Food Drive. Our Food Pantry shelves are once again stocked!


Westport Magazine: Summer Night on the River

Westport Magazine: Summer Night on the River

Nearly 175 guests clad in their summer whites gathered at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in support of Project Return and Homes with Hope. The “Summer Night on the River” treated guests to dining and dancing by the river, tarot card readings and the mysterious skills of a mentalist [...]


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

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

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. This funding illustrates the two organization’s mutual efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty in Fairfield County. []


Homes with Hope Receives $35,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

Homes with Hope Receives $35,000 Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

Westport, CT, September 12, 2017 - Homes with Hope has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. Newman’s Own Foundation made the award to celebrate []


Thank You to First County Bank Foundation

Thank You to First County Bank Foundation

Thank you to First County Bank Foundation for their ongoing, generous support of the Bacharach Community. Steven Ferguson, Beth Brucker and Duncan Lee present this year’s grant check to Jeff Wieser and Karen Mahar.


17th Annual Good Neighbor Day Car Wash

17th Annual Good Neighbor Day with Westport Wash & Wax

September 1, 2017 - It was a beautiful day for a car wash! Thank you to Scott and Laila Tiefenthaler, owners of Westport Wash and Wax, and their fantastic staff for holding the 17th Annual Good Neighbor Day Car Wash to benefit Homes with Hope. Through this annual event, [...]


All Air-Cooled Car Show 2017

All Air-Cooled Car Show

Presented by SmallCarCompany.org – Sun., October 15, 2017 9am – 3pm at Veteran’s Green, Westport


The House That Keeps on Giving

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 []


25th Anniversary National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

25th Anniversary Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Presented by National Association of Letter Carriers
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Donations to benefit Homes with Hope’s Food Pantry at the Gillespie Center, Westport


The House That Keeps on Giving

Honoring Our Heritage: Project Return

Bob Weingarten, plaque historian of the Westport Historical Society, today presented a historical plaque to Project Return, 124 Compo Road North. Accepting on behalf of Project Return, now part of Westport’s Homes With Hope (HWH) were Jeff Weiser, president of HWH [...]


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

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 []


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

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. []


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

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 []


Project Return and Homes with Hope Join Forces, Serve Young Women in Crisis

Project Return and Homes with Hope Join Forces

Westport, CT, June 30, 2016 - 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 []


Westport Sunrise Rotary Food Drive

Westport Sunrise Rotary Food Drive

February 6, 2016 - Thank you to the Westport Sunrise Rotary, our generous community, and Stop & Shop. We appreciate everyone's hard work and spirit that makes this food drive so successful.


$20,000 Grant Received from Fairfield County Community Foundation

$20,000 Grant Received from Fairfield County Community Foundation

Westport, CT, February 9, 2016 - The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless families headed by single women, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. The funding will be used []


Homes with Hope Featured in Staples High School Award-Winning Newspaper

Homes with Hope Featured in Staples High School Award-Winning Newspaper

December 9, 2015 - 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 [...]


Hopes with Hope Holds Eighth Annual “Stand Up” Fundraiser

Hopes with Hope Holds Eighth Annual “Stand Up” Fundraiser

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”). [...]


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

Family Shelter Awarded Grant from Near & Far Aid

Westport, CT, October 5, 2015 - The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless families headed by single women, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Near & Far Aid. The grant illustrates the two organization’s mutual efforts to improve the lives [...]


15th Annual Good Neighbor Day to Support Homes with Hope and Sponsored by Westport Wash & Wax

15th Annual Good Neighbor Day a Sensational Success

The 15th Annual Good Neighbor Day, sponsored by Westport Wash & Wax, was held on September 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 [...]


The Gillespie Center Gets a Makeover

The Gillespie Center Gets a Makeover

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, [...]


Homelessness in Westport

Letter to the Editor: Homelessness in Westport

February 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 [...]


Builders Beyond Borders Partners with Homes with Hope to Host This Year’s Castles in the Sand

Builders Beyond Borders Partners with Homes with Hope to Host This Year’s Castles in the Sand

Westport, CT, February 10, 2015 - Builders Beyond Borders has joined with Homes with Hope to present this year’s 14th Annual Castles in the Sand buildathon. The event is again being held at Compo Beach in Westport, on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 12 noon to 4pm [...]


Fairfield County Giving Day 2015

Fairfield County Giving Day 2015

Homes with Hope will benefit from online donations made from Midnight to 11:59pm on March 5, 2015.


Homes with Hope - Dodge-A-Cop Dodgeball Tournament Benefits Homes with Hope

Dodge-A-Cop Dodgeball Tournament Benefits Homes with Hope

The Westport Youth Commission, Staples Teen Awareness Group (TAG), and the Westport Police-Youth Collaborative held their annual “Dodge-A-Cop” Dodgeball Tournament on November 25th to benefit Homes With Hope at the Staples fieldhouse. [...]


Homes with Hope’s Family Emergency Shelter Awarded Grant from Near & Far Aid

Homes with Hope’s Family Emergency Shelter Awarded Grant from Near & Far Aid

Westport, CT, October 7, 2014 - The Bacharach Community, Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless families headed by single women, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Near & Far Aid [...]


Homes with Hope - Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority Supports Homes with Hope

Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority Supports Westport Nonprofits

Westport, CT, September 15, 2014 - The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2,500,000 in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies, Homes with Hope, Inc. and Positive Directions that in combination [...]


Homes with Hope - Gillespie Center and Hoskins Place

A Homeless Shelter Two Doors from Tiffany's

May 25, 2015 - WESTPORT -- Yes, Westport has its homeless, and Westport has its hungry. Fortunately, as Jeff Wieser, Executive Director of Westport's Homes With Hope recently told Y's Men of Westport/Weston, his organization has been helping our community for 30 years. [...]



Wayne Brady brings down the house with hope

Wayne Brady brings down the house with hope

Hello and welcome to “Whose Show is it Anyway?” where the jokes are made up and the dollars definitely matter. On tonight’s show, we only have one cast member, and thankfully it’s the funny one, Wayne Brady. On Nov 2, Wayne Brady (“Whose Line is it Anyway?” [...]


Westport Synagogue To 'Share The Pie' For Charity

Westport Synagogue To 'Share The Pie' For Charity

WESTPORT, Conn. — This Thanksgiving, residents in Westport, Weston, Wilton and beyond can serve pies that not only taste good, but do good. From now through Nov. 18, the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton is taking orders for apple, pumpkin [...]


Westport's Project Return alumnae speakers gather 'Round the Table'

Westport's Project Return alumnae speakers gather 'Round the Table'

Three former Project Return residents will share their moving stories of healing and transformation at the second annual 'Gather Round the Table' Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 18. One young woman who lived at Project Return for more than a year graduated from a state university [...]


25 years of shelter, love and hope for Westport girls in crisis

25 years of shelter, love and hope for Westport girls in crisis

An old farmhouse was empty and deteriorating in 1983 when a Westport woman and a team of citizens envisioned repairing the structure and using it as a therapeutic group home for adolescent girls in crisis. Twenty-five years later, the all-female staff of the seven-bed facility [...]


Helping the Homeless

Helping the Homeless

Westport is generally identified as a wealthy town, however homelessness is still an occurrence here and has impacted many individuals and families. Terry Giegengack, Assistant Director of the Westport CT Dept. of Human Services, explained that there are shelters in Westport [...]