What’s Happening at Hall: July 2021

What’s Happening at Hall: July 2021

June was a month to remember! We recognized a huge milestone together with a weekend full of celebration—including a carnival, a gala, ribbon-cutting, and more! Thank you for helping us honor Hall Neighborhood House’s 135 years in Bridgeport—and be sure to visit our website to see photos from all of these incredible events.

I’m so proud to be a part of this community—and of the ways we care for each other, respect each other, and work together, especially as we grow our health programs and launch our dental clinic. Through this exciting season of expansion, we hold fast to our values; they help us carry out our mission authentically.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our mission over the years! We are so excited for our future—and we hope you are too.

With gratitude,

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Thank you for joining us for a Toast to 135

We are so thankful for all of the community members, supporters, and donors that helped make our Toast to 135 celebration special! Through our live and silent auctions we raised money for important programs for our students and community—and had a great time doing it.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our history and toast to all the exciting new opportunities in our future. Visit our website to see photos from the event.

The official health center ribbon cutting

We are thrilled to have finally cut the ribbon on our on-site health center! Together we celebrated the high-quality primary care we now offer at Hall Neighborhood House. Thank you to all the members of our community who helped us make it a special event, including special guests Congressman Himes, Senator Blumenthal, and Mayor Ganim. The Community Health Center operates in partnership with Optimus Health and is staffed with practitioners five days a week.

Student physicals offered on-site

Bridgeport Public Schools require physicals for all new students, and every student entering Kindergarten, grade 6, and grade 10. To schedule a physical, fill out the physical request form and return it to your student’s teacher. Appointments occur during the day and parents are invited to attend in person or via video conference.

Our values: respect

At Hall Neighborhood House, all of our programs are driven by a core set of values. For example, in our community, we treat one another with respect, no matter what. Read the latest installment of our values series on the Hall Neighborhood House blog. We talk about what respect means to us and how it helps us foster a diverse, vibrant, and interconnected community.

Fun at the family carnival

The Hall Neighborhood House Family Carnival, part of our Toast to 135 weekend, was a joy-filled celebration of our history in Bridgeport. We danced, enjoyed delicious tacos and pizza, jumped in bouncy houses,  and played games together with our neighbors! Photos from this great event are on our website.

Our front entrance gets a makeover

On Memorial Day Weekend the members of Crossroads Community Church braved the rain to give our front entrance a whole new look. They provided some much-needed landscaping, adding mulch and new plants.  Thank you for your hard work and generosity, Crossroads!

What’s Happening at Hall: June 2021

What’s Happening at Hall: June 2021

This year we’re marking 135 years in the Bridgeport community and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

I’m especially looking forward to officially cutting the ribbon on our health center on Friday, June 11! We recognize the impact that Hall’s health services have already had on our community, and we look forward to continuing to expand these programs. With our dental clinic (coming soon!) we’re building on that strong foundation of care.

We’re also hosting a Family Carnival on Saturday, June 12. Stop by for BINGO, a bounce house, desserts, pizza, tacos, and more! There will also be opportunities to learn about the programs we offer.

Thank you for being part of the Hall Neighborhood House community!

With gratitude,

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Dental clinic coming soon!

Thanks to generous grants from members of our community, including Impact Fairfield County, we will soon be able to provide fillings, sealants, cleanings, and routine checkups to Bridgeports residents of all ages! We are especially excited to be able to provide dental care to the students in our childcare programs. Parents who don’t have the ability to take a day off work for appointments can sign their children up for dental care during the regular school day. Check out the News 12 feature on the clinic to learn more!

Summer of service and fun

We are excited to provide a fun and exciting summer service program for our high schoolers! During the four-week program, which runs from July 19 to August 11, students will participate in volunteer projects, learn leadership skills, and have plenty of opportunities for fun! Students will also earn up to 24 service hours (useful for college applications, school requirements, and resumes) and visit places like the Beardsley Zoo, Shelton Sportscenter, and Maritime Aquarium.

Growing vegetables

Our gardens are blooming! Together our students and seniors planted a variety of vegetables in the raised beds the Trumbull Rotary gifted us. Green shoots are starting to spring up everywhere, and we enjoy monitoring the progress of our plants and learning about how they grow. Soon we will be able to pick, prepare, and taste our bountiful harvest.

Thank you to Impact Fairfield County

Impact Fairfield County, the area’s premier giving circle, awarded Hall Neighborhood House their $100,000 Core Mission grant! With this generous grant we are able to build our new dental center while continuing to provide varied and impactful programs for the community. We are so thankful for the generosity of the women of Impact!

Celebrate 135 with us

Join us on Friday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. as we cut the ribbon at our on-site community health center! Meet us outside the main entrance of Hall Neighborhood House.

Then attend the family carnival Saturday, June 12 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm! We’re transforming our parking lot into a fun, fantastic experience for the day.

Defining our values

At Hall Neighborhood House, all of our programs are driven by a core set of values. These central tenets of our community drive our actions and our relationships. Our leadership team thinks about these values all the time—and we want to share them with you! Learn why and how we operate the way we do by reading more about our values in the blog series on our website.