BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport-based nonprofit Caroline House, which was founded by a group of nuns in Wilton, will host a three-tiered celebration Sunday, Oct. 18, starting at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The celebration will commence at 2:30 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 1279 Main St., with a Mass of Thanksgiving with the Rev. Charles Allen. A reception will follow at the nearby McGivney Center, 333 Stillman St. Lastly, there will be an open house and tour at Caroline House, located at 574 Stillman St., immediately after the reception.
Caroline House has helped 1,000 women and 400 children garner life and language skills that have enabled them to persevere.
The McGivney Center reception and the following open house will feature refreshments, door prizes and giveaways.
The program began in the early 1990s, when Wilton’s School Sisters of Notre Dame sought to broaden their initiative to educate women and children in need and decided to focus their efforts on isolated, immigrants in Bridgeport.
Their goal was to help these women acquire the knowledge and skill set to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
With this conviction and the support of Greater Fairfield County, Caroline House was born in 1995 and named after Caroline Friess, American founder of their order, whose philosophy reflected the Sisters’ objective of assisting those new to America.
Sister Margaret "Peg" Regan, who is also Spanish-speaking, serves as the organization’s executive director.
The nonprofit relies solely on grants, funding from donors/local organizations and money from fundraisers.
“We’ve done a good job in helping women and kids these past 20 years, but the need keeps growing, so will we doing the same for the next 20,” said Sister Peg.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate the many milestones of Caroline House -- the success of our graduates, the expansion of our programming, and our continued mission to help immigrant women and children reach their potential. In addition, we especially want to highlight and praise our donors, without whom Caroline House could not continue to thrive,” said Alexis Yates, Board Member and Development Committee Chair.
All are invited to take part in the free anniversary celebration and can register for the event here .