Thomas Merton Center

The Thomas Merton Center was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to economically disadvantaged people in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

As times have changed and the needs of the people the center services have changed, the Thomas Merton Center has developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues, and youth at risk.

The Thomas Merton Center provides the following services:

  • Thomas Merton House of Hospitality: Provides breakfast, lunch, and day shelter Monday through Saturday to approximately 300 people per day.
  • Support groups: A safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to address issues in their lives that may be barriers to self-sufficiency, such as addiction or abusive relationships.
  • Creative groups: Provide an opportunity for Merton guests to express themselves through writing and art.
  • Case management: Provides individual support for approximately 50 guests per month. The center helps with budgeting, paying rent, and teaching the value of saving money. Case workers also help guests obtain and manage state and federal benefits and connect with other social services.
  • The Eat Smart Marketplace: This food pantry is dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of guests by educating them on how to make healthy food choices. Partnering with another non-profit in the community, the Eat Smart Marketplace provides groceries for over 400 families per month in the 06604, 06605 and 06606 ZIP codes.


Program location

43 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

Program hours

Monday - Friday:7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.