Mayor David Martin proclaimed July 24, 2015 "Shelter for the Homeless Day" and the 30th Anniversary of Shelter for the Homeless celebration began among guests, volunteers and staff!
The caring actually began on December 24, 1982 when First Congregational Church Stamford opened its basement for men and women who were homeless. Steve Ayres and Jean Meyer, church members and guests at the celebration, took in people in need after rallying the church and within one week sanctuary from the cold was a reality. Two different temporary locations housed the shelter in ensuing years.
On July 24, 1985 a Board of Directors was formed and Shelter for the Homeless became an independent nonprofit service agency. The shelter began offering overnight emergency shelter, showers, and limited case management services.
In 1988 the Board of Directors successfully purchased and renovated the building at 597 Pacific Street which was to become “Pacific House,” and in 1990 Pacific House opened its doors, operating 24 hour/day, 365 days/year. Last year Pacific House helped more than 500 men with support from donors and corporations.