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Affordable Housing in Fairfield: Past, Present and Future

 An Informational Meeting Hosted by First Church

 

May 5, 2021, 7:30 pm via Zoom

 

 

 

People Say -

·  Affordable housing will lower your property value   

   and wreck neighborhood character

·  Affordable housing can improve the economy

·  Being against affordable housing is racist

·  Developers take advantage of affordable housing   

     to ignore the wishes of town residents

 

Wouldn’t you like to know the facts?

 

400 Years of Zoning in Fairfield, Sonya Huber, Fairfield University Professor

 

Creating Housing Opportunities:  What Fairfield Has Done, and Is Doing to Address Housing Needs, Mark Barnhart, Director of Community and Economic Development, Town of Fairfield.

 

Make Mother's Day Sweet! 

 Spring is finally here which means Mother’s Day is just around the corner! While it is generally thought of as the day to celebrate the special women in our lives, many of the families in our community serve do not have that ability this year, especially in light of the Covid 19 Pandemic. 

 

Instead of planning a special celebration, they are planning on how to find a job, where to live as a result of eviction and will they have enough food to feed their family.

 

To help make this Mother's Day special, nOURish Bridgeport is providing 300 families in need with a special Mother’s Day Brunch Basket and a Gift Bag (for Mom). This way they will be able to celebrate on Sunday, May 9th, by preparing their own brunch! 

 

They have asked First Church to help collect the maple syrup that will go in the food basket.

Our target is 85 bottles of syrup.

 

Please deliver to the table outside the Sanctuary by May 4.

 

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA9AD2FA6FF2-make

 

 

First Church Masks for Sale!

$10 each

(money raised to support Racial Justice initiatives…anonymous donor covered costs)

Free Delivery to your home or home mailbox on weekend or you can pick up in church office. Mask will be in envelope with your name on it.

Leave payment in Church Treasurer mailbox. Checks made out to First Church Congregational with memo of Face Mask(s)

Order by sending email to Jacque Paige at jpaige@smithhanley.com, or calling her at 203-763-9624.

Yes, black is the only color option…but isn’t the cross beautiful?!

 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81609129456?pwd=RUplZE5POHk3VmMvd0svQUx0dm9GZz09
Meeting ID: 816 0912 9456
Passcode: 975108

 

Helping Hands Near and Far

For our "far" helping hands, we are collecting "Coins for Care" to help support the on-going construction of Simply Smiles and their Children's Village on the Cheyenne River Reservation.  The Simply Smiles children’s village is a community of foster families offering a child placement option that fulfills the spirit of the Indian child welfare act by ensuring that native children who have been removed from their homes can remain with kin and community." One foster home is already built, the second is underway now, and the hope is for more to come!

 

We are excited to see how far our coins can go in supporting this effort. Is that change weighing down your pockets? We'll take it! The penny you pass on the street, please pick it up for us! We will have a donation container kept in the office. Due to COVID, please drop off your donations on THURSDAYS between 9-2 when Maria is in the office. The collection will continue through the end of May.

 

  2 Ways to HELP

Weekly Meals for Operation Hope

Sign up to make a meal and feed our brothers and sisters in the community!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4da5a62eaafd0-operation1

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Winston at  winston.lauren@gmail.com

We have been able to lift the moratorium on in-person volunteering for our Community Kitchen and are in need of regular volunteers to serve lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am-1:00pm. The Community Kitchen is located at 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield. Volunteers must be 18+ and follow COVID protocols. Send us an email to info@operationhopect.org to let us know which days of the week you can regularly help. Thank you!

 

 Ask your State Senator and State Representative to make sure the state funds S.B. 948, “An Act Addressing Education Funding and Racial Equity in Connecticut.” Your message will be emailed directly to your representatives with a personalized salutation and a required signature that includes your name and address. Please update the language in any way you’d like. Thank you for supporting education justice!

https://faithacts.org/email-your-representatives

 

 

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