June News From Hall

June News From Hall

It’s been a month of growth here at Hall Neighborhood House—from our beautiful garden to potted plants in our early childhood classrooms to each and every person we serve. We love watching people learn, grow, and discover here at Hall!

As we look ahead to this summer, we are excited for even more learning. Our youth summer camp includes a robust tutoring program, seniors are continuing to enjoy exercise classes, and our entire community is invited to learn from Coach Jim Calhoun at Breakfast of Champions!

We also hope you’ll come out and celebrate with us at our annual Family Festival, featuring free activities for neighbors of all ages.

Thank you for your partnership. We couldn’t do this without you—and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Family Festival

All members of our community are invited to our Family Festival! Bring a friend and join us for food, friendship, and celebration. There will be games, a petting zoo, food trucks, bouncy houses, and more! This event is free and fun for the whole family. Join us!

Saturday, June 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hall Neighborhood House
52 George E. Pipkin’s Way
Bridgeport, CT

Dental Clinic Underway

We are making progress on the Hall Neighborhood House dental clinic! The clinic will allow us to meet even more of our neighbors’ needs.

Soon, children, families, and seniors who are part of Hall Neighborhood House programs will also be able to visit us for cleanings and dental checkups, adding to our robust health services!


Breakfast of Champions

Join the Hall Neighborhood House community and Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun for breakfast and a conversation moderated by award-winning sportswriter Ivan Maisel!

Calhoun is well-versed with hard work, overcoming challenges, and achieving success. During his 26 seasons as head coach of the UConn men’s basketball team, Calhoun led the Huskies to a 625-243 record, three NCAA national championships, and seven Big East tournament championships—and his lessons learned along the way are inspiring and illuminating.

Tickets available now for $75 at hallneighborhoodhouse.org/champions


Trumbull Rotary Garden

Each year, the Trumbull Rotary Club helps us plant and maintain our beautiful gardens! Our raised beds, generously donated by the Rotary, are easy to access for seniors and kids. Members of our community are able to grow and enjoy flowers, fruits, and vegetables from our garden—right here on the East Side of Bridgeport. We are excited to share our bountiful harvest in the coming months.

Springtime Growth

Students in Room 206 are learning about life through a variety of hands-on activities—like growing plants and hatching butterflies!

We love that children at Hall Neighborhood House are able to participate in such fun, engaging activities each and every day!

Senior Exercise

Our senior exercise program—created by Johns Hopkins and facilitated by students in Sacred Heart University’s Physical Therapy doctorate program—continues to provide fun and exciting ways to help seniors stay healthy. Seniors are tracking their fitness progress all year long!

July News From Hall

July News From Hall

This month has been all about learning!

At our Breakfast of Champions, we learned from sports legends Coach Calhoun and Ivan Maisel. This engaging conversation emphasized the power of giving back and leading community change.

Seniors kept learning new exercises through their fitness program (and, of course, kept working on their Bingo skills!).

And during Science Day, our students had special opportunities to learn from robotics experts, energy scientists, and skilled music mixers.

We believe that learning never stops—no matter where you are in life, there are always new ways to grow. We strive to provide as many learning opportunities as we can to our community, and we are so grateful for your support.

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Summer Camp Kickoff

Summer camp is off to a great start! Over 70 students come to Hall Neighborhood House each weekday for activities, tutoring, sports, art, fun field trips, and more.

Staffed by a group of child development and education professionals, our summer camp provides comprehensive, accessible programming for kids on the East Side of Bridgeport—giving them opportunities to continue learning all summer long.

Thank you for making this summer special for our students!

Science Day

We hosted our first annual Science Day this June—bringing together students and community partners for a variety of exciting and educational activities. It was a full day of learning and discovery for our kids as they explored concepts like robotics, energy, chemistry, and sustainability.

Thank you to all our community partners who made this event a huge hit.

Breakfast of Champions

We were honored to host legendary basketball coach Jim Calhoun, who reminded us that the way we model our values is the biggest opportunity we have to lead others forward.

Thank you to Coach Calhoun, Ivan Maisel, and everyone who joined us for this very special conversation.

Family Festival

We had a very special day celebrating our community at the Hall Neighborhood House Family Festival. Thank you to everyone who came out to share food, fun, and community with us!

From bounce houses to bingo, there was something for everyone, and all of us feel so lucky to be part of such a connected community.

Thank You Fairfield Prep

Students at Fairfield Prep worked together to collect school supplies for Hall Neighborhood House students. Their supply drive provided much-needed materials for our summer programs.

We are grateful for their contributions!

Petit Family Foundation

We are thrilled to announce a grant from the Petit Family Foundation!

Through their incredible generosity, they are funding Hall’s Aurora Girls Program, giving 20 middle school girls the opportunity to participate in a 10-month theater, music, and STEM program right here at Hall Neighborhood House.