FAMILY STABILIZATION

We move individuals and families from crisis to stability in their daily life, making it possible for them to pursue financial, educational training, and employment goals.

Basic Needs

Community Closet
The Community Closet (The Closet) serves the needy of Greater Bridgeport by offering gently used clothing for men, women, and children, housewares, small appliances, disposable diapers, and other basic needs items free of charge. Clients must be referred to the Closet for shopping by an area agency that has determined family need.

We are working toward a new and improved Community Closet!

In order to renovate and upgrade our space, the Community Closet is temporarily closed, but we look forward to reopening later this year. We will also be reorganizing how we manage and operate the Community Closet with the goal to provide an even greater service more efficiently.

Location
The Community Closet is located in the basement of the LifeBridge main building located at 475 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06605

Hours
During renovations there will not be any shopping hours and we will not be accepting donations. Check our website or call 203-368-5624 for updated information and timeline.

Shoppers
We will continue to operate the Diaper Bank distribution throughout the year if you are already enrolled. We will also be distributing backpacks and school supplies August 21-23, 10am – 2pm if you signed up by July 31st.

Other places that you can contact in the community include:
BRIDGEPORT RESCUE MISSION
For Men
1088 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
Mon and Thurs 2 to 3:30pm
For Women and Children
1037 Sylvan Avenue, Bridgeport
Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm

GOODWILL
165 Ocean Terrace, Bridgeport
Mon – Sat 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 7pm

PERSON TO PERSON
1864 Post Road, Darien CT 06820
203-655-0048
You must call to make an appointment to shop

Donors
The Community Closet would not be possible without the generous support of numerous donors who bring their gently used clothing and household goods to The Closet. Thank you for your commitment to supporting the Community Closet. We will contact you once we are ready to accept donations again.

Other places to donate in the community include: 
BRIDGEPORT RESCUE MISSION • 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Bridgeport • Tues – Sat 9am to 5pm (will only take food or clothing donations)
GOODWILL • 165 Ocean Terrace, Bridgeport • Mon – Sat 8am – 9pm • Sun – 9am – 7pm 
PERSON TO PERSON • 1864 Post Road, Darien CT 06820• 203-655-0048• Donations are accepted M-F 9am-4pm (only clothing donations)

We cannot pick up items and do not arrange delivery.

Contact Information: Andrew Geisert • 203-368-5562 • ageisert@LifeBridgeCT.org

Operation Fuel Energy Assistance

OPERATION FUEL INTAKE SITE GUIDELINES

Operation Fuel is a private, statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance to lower-income working families and elderly residents.

  1. Clients must have one of the following:
    1. Shut-off notice
    2. No utility service
    3. Need assistance making a required payment in order to keep a payment arrangement.
    4. Have a past-due balance of 30 days or more.
  2. Client must not have received an Operation Fuel grant during the previous 12-month period in which they are applying. If client has received the HIPP grant of $1000 from the eviction prevention programs administered at LifeBridge Community Services, then they are not eligible for a 3-year period.
  3. Client has made at least 4 payments within the previous 12-months and one of the payments must have been made during the winter months. Client cannot make the 4 payments within one month. They must show a pattern of payments.
  4. Household income cannot exceed 60% of the State Medium Income.
  5. The maximum amount of the grant is $500.
  6. All final approvals and payments are made by Operation Fuel staff; not LifeBridge Community Services.

DOCUMENTATION NEEDED

  1. Client must provide a shut-off notice, or utility bill that is 30 days past due.
  2. Client must provide a payment history provided by the utility company.
  3. Client must provide documentation of income of all household members. Earned income must be within the last 4 weeks.

Services provided by appointment only; no walk-ins allowed.

Please contact Diane Geisert, 203-368-5594 or dgeisert@lifebridgect.org

Housing Stabilization

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention
At this time, State funding has not been allocated for Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Services. Please check back in the future for updates.
Money Follows the Person
Money Follows the Person is a federal demonstration program that helps Medicaid-eligible individuals currently living in long-term care facilities – such as nursing homes, hospitals, and other qualified institutions – successfully transition back into the community.

Contact Information: Maxine Boykin • 203-368-5543 • mboykin@LifeBridgeCT.org