September News From Hall

September News From Hall

September is a time of big changes and new beginnings. After a summer of learning and growth, students are back in school—confident that the community is there to help them through any challenges that arise.

Thank you for being part of our mission at this critical time so we can provide academic programs, developmental support, and amazing STEM education to kids in Bridgeport.

And students aren’t the only neighbors we serve. Seniors in our community are finding connection and friendship, neighbors of all ages have increased access to health care, and we provide critical support for families raising children on the East Side.

Thank you for being part of our story. We’re making a difference, together.

Bob Dzurenda
Executive Director

Rock Climbing

At the end of July, our students took an unforgettable field trip to a local rock climbing spot! They learned all about safety and the different roles climbers can have, then they got a chance to try out some routes.

This trip was a fun bonding experience that allowed our students to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.

Let’s Play Pool

Many of our seniors visit Hall Neighborhood House every day for social gatherings, meals, and other forms of support. They also love playing games.

This month, we upgraded their game room with some new pool tables! We’re proud to provide opportunities for seniors in our community to have fun, unwind, and get competitive.

Building Improvements

We’ve been busy renovating Hall Neighborhood House to make it safer, more functional, and more beautiful for all. Some of the recent initiatives include installing a new HVAC system, painting our classrooms, renovating and modernizing several restrooms, refinishing the floors, installing a new gate, and trimming our trees! And this fall, we’re starting a big project to renovate the lower level!

Back to School

Students are officially back in the classroom! This summer, we hired two certified teachers thanks to the support of The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. All summer long, they helped students complete math and reading workbooks to ensure that they were ready to go back to school this fall with all the skills they need to be successful learners.

Thank You, Sacred Heart University students!

We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with Sacred Heart University. Recently, student volunteers helped us clean out our storage space so we can use it more effectively.

Celebrating our summer graduates

At our preschool graduation ceremony last month, we sent 75 5-year-olds off to kindergarten with confidence, enthusiasm, and new backpacks filled with supplies! We loved celebrating with these young learners after a summer full of education and fun!

International Youth Day

Although every day is a celebration of our amazing youth at Hall Neighborhood House, we were delighted to recognize International Youth Day and the role the next generation plays in our future on August 12! It was an important reminder that kids should have a say in their futures—and that intergenerational cooperation is the way forward for our world.

 

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.

Under Construction: Improvements at Hall Neighborhood House

Under Construction: Improvements at Hall Neighborhood House

Here at Hall Neighborhood House, we have been providing comprehensive services for our neighbors since 1886. And our building, located at 52 George Pipkin’s Way, is the heart of everything we do. All of us, from staff to students to seniors to community partners, are dedicated to keeping it in good condition—it’s part of living out our value of caring for our community. 

Our building is at the heart of so much of our work. It gives all of us the space to learn, play, and grow together–and it gives our neighbors a safe place to gather. We are excited to share some in-progress and upcoming capital improvements we’re making to take care of our home so it can continue to serve our community for years to come. 

  • We are installing two new HVAC systems to more efficiently heat and cool our space. This will make the inside temperature more comfortable for all our neighbors—especially in the summer! 
  • We’re repainting classrooms so that students can spend this school year in a space that reflects the fresh, bright possibilities of the next nine months. 
  • We have started renovating and modernizing our bathrooms. Several of our restrooms needed important updates, and we’re eager to make these spaces as safe, accessible, and updated as possible. 
  • We’re refinishing all of the floors, too. We can’t wait to strip the old finish and give them a good wax, making them shine and look better than ever!
  • On our grounds, we are installing new gates to help improve safety and security at Hall Neighborhood House. 
  • We’re also adding keyless remote entry so our seniors can come and go more easily and safely, and we can keep track of traffic moving through these spaces.
  • Also outside, we’re trimming our trees, thanks to our amazing partners at Bartlett Tree Experts! We are so grateful for their ongoing support of our landscaping needs.
  • And we aren’t finished yet! We are currently sourcing bids for renovations of our lower level, so we can serve even more of our community members. This important project will help us create space for 40 more kids and 50 more seniors in our programs.

All of these renovations will help us better serve our community as we continue to provide a safe, welcoming space where our neighbors can access comprehensive programming, gather with friends and loved ones, and enjoy time together.