The 11th annual tasting event, the Food & Wine Experience, was held on 4.4.19 at the Sheraton Stamford and welcomed guests from our community who came out to support the Young Adult Program while enjoying music by a DJ and saxophonist, tastings from savory to sweet bites and great wines, fun posing at the photo booth and funds raised to help homless youth. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success! 

The City of Stamford and Pacific House broke ground for new affordable housing that will provide a permanent home for eight formerly homeless individuals. The house will offer 4 one-bedroom apartments and 2 two-bedroom apartments.

Taking part were Representative John Zelinsky; Brad Mahaney, Secretary, Pacific House Board of Directors; Jerome Roberts, Associate Executive Director, Pacific House; Peter Rugen, Chair, Pacific House Board of Directors and Sr. VP, First County Bank; Mayor David Martin; Rafael Pagan, Jr., Executive Director, Pacific House; Sara Tucker, Senior VP, First County Bank; Gloria DePina, Rep. Jim Himes Office; Nick Aivalis, Architect; Steve Aivalis, Sr. Project Architect; and Jim LaRosa, La Rosa Building Group.

The Young Adult Program at the shelter received amazing support at this annual fundraising event that featured musical performances from students from local schools, and guest artist Javier Colon, winner of "The Voice" and a Connecticut-born musician. View the amazing performances from the evening!

Also check out fun photos from the evening that also featured sweet and savory tastings from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers!


Pacific House is able to help homeless men and young adults because of our amazing group of donors, volunteers and friends from the community! We thank them for being so supportive and active and dedicated to helping our clients.

Thanks to our wonderful local politicians Senator Carlo Leone, Representatives Terry Adams, Rodney Pratt, Caroline Simmons, William Tong, and Kayla Reasco from Sen. Chris Murphy's office - along with Hebrew Wizards dinner serving group, and Board members Cliff Berger, Jim Bosek, Marc Malloy and Chris Tate - this night at Pacific House engaged our clients and helped bring everyone together for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Everyone helped serve and the evening began with Hebrew Wizards' Rabbi Deb Salomon thoughtful words about gratitude and guitarist Lizzie Swan providing musical accompianment! It was a great night at Pacific House.

Our Gala Committee, chaired by Andrew M. Reid, is a group of fantastic people with big hearts, great ideas and tireless effort to help make this annual fundraising evening the best yet! Thanks to all!
Back row l t r: Clifford Berger, Steven Fox, Marc Malloy, Meg Moscati, Brad Mahaney. Seated l to r: Amy Mooney, Andrew M. Reid, Jim Bosek, Annmarie O'Malley

Not picutred but well deserving of our thanks: Peter J. DaPuzzo, Chris Tate, Vicky Kyriakos, and Cindy Leaman!

View the Gala photo gallery for more fun photos of the evening!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner the community came out in force - more than 350 guests - to support the 8th annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening. An annual tradition where fine wine meets decadent desserts, guests indulged in a selection of incredible dessert and chocolate flavor combinations ranging from traditional to exotic from more than 60 food, dessert and fine wine purveyors. Music, door prizes and shopping for Valentine's Day gifts rounded out this not-to-be-missed evening with emcee Chef Plum, who appears regularly on the Food Network. Proceeds benefit Pacific House men's shelter.

We are especially thankful for our Sponsors: First County Bank, First Niagara Foundation, GE Asset Management, Olympus Partners, Webster Bank; our exclusive media partner Stamford Magazine by Moffly Media; and CT Bites, Hey Stamford, OmNomCT, and Star 99.9!

Check out more photo galleries from Hey Stamford and Stamford Advocate

Pacific House is lucky to have two outstanding Employees of the Year for Pacific House. Mr. Knight puts clients first in his role as Client Services Advocate, and Mr. Sims works to ensure Pacific House is maintained at a high level as Maintenance Associate. Well deserved honors for both of these fine staff members. Awards were presented at the Annual Board of Directors meeting on September 28, 2015. Congratulations!

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.