May 2024 Newsletter

May 2024 Newsletter

It’s been an exciting spring here at Hall Neighborhood House! Our high school seniors celebrated as college admissions decisions came in, our STEM team facilitated the third annual STEM Day at Hallen School, and we rolled out a new campaign to raise awareness for our mental health services. 

Our job is to make life better for our neighbors—and that work happens in surprisingly varied ways. Your support allows us to be responsive to our community’s needs and show up immediately when they need us.

Thank you for making our comprehensive programs possible!

Celebrity Breakfast: You’re Invited! 

Dive into the dynamic world of women’s basketball at our 3rd Annual Celebrity Breakfast on June 27. Don’t miss a spirited conversation with two of Connecticut’s top coaches, fresh off their standout seasons! 

Join Coach Jessica Mannetti of Sacred Heart University and Coach Carly Thibault-DuDonis of Fairfield University for a rousing (and competitive!) conversation moderated by Rebecca Lobo, ESPN analyst, Olympic gold medalist, WNBA star, and member of the 1995 national championship-winning UConn team! 

Secure your spot to learn about the future of the sport and support empowering programs at Hall Neighborhood House.

STEM Updates!

On May 24, our STEM team took over Hallen School for the 3rd annual STEM Day! We spent the whole day doing STEM activities designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

We worked with the teachers at Hallen School to build custom STEM curricula for each class. During music, for example, students learned about sound waves. And in art, they built their own scribble bots and used them to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

In addition, we hosted a STEM Sneak Peek at The Alan Wallack STEM Learning Center at John Winthrop School! Guests got to check out the state-of-the-art technology, watch students learn to code, and observe students engaging in cutting-edge STEM activities. To date, we’ve opened twelve The Alan Wallack STEM Learning Centers at Bridgeport Public Schools across the district! 

Mental Health Care for Our Neighbors

According to the Association for American Medical Colleges, only 15% of the need for mental health care is met in Connecticut. Even if you have insurance, a lack of providers and high out-of-pocket costs are just some of the many barriers to care. Without insurance, access is nearly impossible.

At Hall Neighborhood House, we believe that mental health care should be accessible to everyone. That’s why we’ve been working hard to expand our programs, reduce stigma in our community, and get our neighbors the care they need. 

At our on-site medical clinic, providers from our partner, Southwest Community Health, bring mental health care directly to our community. They provide resources, therapy, referrals, and more for neighbors of all ages.

College Prep Program

Here at Hall, we’re building a culture of college knowledge for our students and families! Our college program starts when students enter high school and helps them chart a course to higher education—and it’s specifically designed to support first-generation college students.

This year, all nine seniors in our program were accepted into college!

Learn more about the program at

We are very grateful Dave Mahder for sharing so many volunteer hours with the students in the program! His mentorship, connections, and expertise have been invaluable to the program. 

Senior Trip to Foxwood Casino

Our seniors love a good casino trip! This month, they went to Foxwood Casino. We provide transportation so everyone can participate in this fun day out! 

Mother’s Day

We had a great time celebrating all of our Hall moms for Mother’s Day. We are so grateful for their role in our lives!

Early Learning Book Fair

We also hosted our annual Early Learning Book Fair! We are grateful to Fairfield University for providing us with so many great books.

January 2024 News from Hall

January 2024 News from Hall

Happy New Year!

I’m thankful for another year working alongside Hall’s amazing team to serve our community—and I hope you have so much to be grateful for this year, too!

In 2024, we’re focused on serving even more of our neighbors—providing more clinic appointments, opening our classrooms to more students, and expanding our senior program.

In addition to our best-in-class childcare and youth programs, Hall Neighborhood House provides important, holistic services for local seniors, supporting their mental and physical health, surrounding them with community, and creating opportunities for FUN. We can’t wait to increase our capacity and open our doors to even more of our senior neighbors who need us.

Your support makes all of this possible. We couldn’t be a one-stop resource for our neighbors without you!

With gratitude,

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director


Spreading Smiles with Dental Cleanings

We’re celebrating National Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, February 2 with free dental screenings on-site! Local dentists have generously volunteered their time to provide screenings to almost 100 children.

Each child takes home a dental goodie bag, a written assessment, and a referral for next steps. We’re so excited to bring healthier smiles to our children and thankful for the dentists who are making it possible.

These clinics were made possible thanks in part to generous financial support from Bridgeport Hospital and Moneco Advisors.

We want YOU to Join our Team

Did you know Hall is hiring? We could be your next career step.

Join our team of passionate, talented teaching professionals making a difference in our community each and every day. You’ll learn new skills, connect with other teachers and educators, and gain valuable experience.

Visit to explore your next step.

Not a teacher but know someone who is? Share this opportunity with them! 

Holiday Hoops! 

We ended 2023 with our annual basketball tournament, Holiday Hoops! After a fun few days of competition, Bridgeport Select beat McGiveney Center 80-68 in the final showdown.

Huge thanks to the parents who came to cheer, the coaches who encouraged great sportsmanship, and our partners at Hip Hop 1001 for providing awesome entertainment and music!