Thomas Merton Center

The Thomas Merton Center was founded in 1974 by a group of concerned individuals who saw a need for services to the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. As the times have changed and the needs of the people we serve have changed we have developed programs that address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, parenting issues and youth at risk. The Thomas Merton House of Hospitality provides breakfast, lunch and day shelter Monday-Saturday to approximately 300 people daily.

  • Support Groups – a safe, non-judgmental place for individuals to address the issues in their lives that may be barriers to self-sufficiency (i.e. abusive relationships, addiction problems, etc)
  • Creative Groups – provide an opportunity for Merton guests to express themselves through writing and art
  • Case Management – provides individual support for approximately 50 guests a month. We help them with budgeting, paying rent and teaching the value of saving money. We also help them obtain and manage state and federal benefits and connect with other social services
  • The Eat Smart Marketplace food pantry is dedicated and committed to making a difference in the lives of their 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 needy families and individuals living in the 06604, 06605, and 06606 zip codes in Bridgeport. The program serves over 400 families per month.