August News From Hall

August News From Hall

Hall Neighborhood House plays an important role in the lives of many of our neighbors. And our commitment to them is simple: we’ll be there for them. We’ll meet their needs—even as those needs shift and change.

Last Summer, that meant increasing academic support at our Summer Camp. It meant expanding our Senior Center. And this summer, it meant celebrating the grand opening of our brand new dental clinic!

This new addition to Community Health at Hall will provide dental care to neighbors of all ages, adding to the menu of health services available right here at Hall.

We are able to continue to meet these needs thanks to your support. Thank you for being an integral part of our story.

With gratitude,

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

A Bountiful Harvest

Our students have taken amazing care of our garden this summer! The garden provides opportunities to get up close with nature, learn about where food comes from, and try new fruits and vegetables.

Our raised beds, a generous gift from the Trumbull Rotary, allow seniors and other neighbors with reduced mobility to get involved in the community garden, too.

 

Dental Clinic

We were delighted to cut the ribbon on our new dental clinic in July. We look forward to ensuring that community members of all ages have bright smiles for years to come.

We are all so excited to add oral health care to our full suite of medical services available at Community Health at Hall! Physicals, vaccinations, teeth cleanings, and more are all available on-site at Hall Neighborhood House.

Thank you, University of Bridgeport students

We were grateful to host volunteers from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing this month. These future nurses worked with our youth, promoting healthy habits and providing routine medical care.

Thank you for partnering with us to provide community health care!

Broadway Method Academy

Hall Neighborhood House students learned about the theatre during a visit from Broadway Method Academy. It was awesome to watch their creativity and confidence bloom as they danced and performed together!

Thank you, Broadway Method Academy!

International meals

Each week during the summer, our students are trying foods from a new country, using the exposure to new cuisine to learn about different cultures across the globe. Thanks to some amazing local restaurants, our students have tried foods from Nigeria, Jamaica, India, and more!

Mystic Aquarium

Students enjoyed an unforgettable visit to the Mystic Aquarium! They learned about countless aquatic animals—from sharks to starfish—and the role we all have to play in conservation.

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.

Grand Opening of the Dental Clinic

Grand Opening of the Dental Clinic

Friends, neighbors, and community members gathered at Hall Neighborhood House on July 29 to celebrate the grand opening of our on-site dental clinic! We were honored to welcome so many special guests, including Mayor Joseph Peter Ganim.

The ribbon cutting marked a big moment for our community as we added oral health care to our full suite of medical services available at our comprehensive community health center, Community Health at Hall. 

According to the CDC, cavities are one of the most prevalent dental problems that impact people’s quality of life—and one in four adults currently has one! At the dental clinic, regular checkups, sealants, and education will help fight challenges like cavities and support our community’s overall health and well-being. We’ll teach dental hygiene to the youngest members of our community and address our oldest neighbors’ unique oral health needs.

The ribbon cutting was a celebration of new services that will save our neighbors time and money and, most importantly, increase access to health care in Bridgeport. We are grateful for the support of many community partners, including Impact Fairfield County, Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc., and Brian Barker, who helped make the dental clinic possible.

See you soon for a cleaning!

April News at Hall

April News at Hall

Students in our After School Program have been completing exciting activities in our Hall of Science all month long—and we’ve loved having a front-row seat to watch them learn.

Meanwhile, our seniors are enjoying new fitness equipment and exercise lessons provided by incredible community partners.

And we continue to welcome groups of volunteers to serve our neighbors. Thank you for investing in our community and helping us keep making life better for everyone around us.

We are grateful for your partnership and excited to share these updates with you!

Hall of Science Highlights

Students learn about electricity through hands-on demonstrations.

Our new Hall of Science, led by STEM Coordinator Mr. David, gives students the chance to learn about sound, electricity, flight, space, and more. We’re proud to provide access to state-of-the-art tools like the Stellina telescope and PocketLabs that give young people a detailed look at the world around them.

Check out our latest blog post to learn more about recent science lessons.

Thermoforming

Students used vacuum formers to make hologram projectors out of a sheet of plastic. The machine heats a thin plastic sheet until it can be stretched and formed, then students can project shapes and designs. Access to this kind of equipment is powerful and inspiring for students in our programs!

Hosting Bridge Academy

We were delighted to host the Bridge Academy Middle School March Madness tournament! Students and staff enjoyed great games of basketball and put on an amazing show for spectators.

We loved watching students and staff play together and participate in some friendly competition!

Dentist Day

In March, we recognized Dentist Day! Providing accessible healthcare is integral to our mission of making life better—and dental care is a key part of that. Thank you to all of the community dentists who share their time, expertise, and resources with our neighbors, creating brighter smiles for all!

Thank You, Bridgeport International Academy!

Here at Hall Neighborhood House we couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers!

Thank you to Bridgeport International Academy for spending a day with us—building new exercise equipment for seniors, designing and facilitating an obstacle course for students, and helping out in the STEM room.

We are so grateful for the generous and joyful support!

Senior Exercise Equipment

We are so excited to have new exercise equipment available for our seniors—and special thanks to our partners at Sacred Heart University for coming to talk to seniors about the importance of exercise for their mental and physical health.