Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach
"Give them hope." ~Brian Gibbons, defender of the defenseless
Who We Are
We provide case management and support services to people living outside or those recently housed. Visits are made to campsites, factories, and abandoned buildings several times a week and even in the bitter cold and snowy days of the winter months. We provide food, warm clothing, hygiene products, camping equipment, and most importantly, HOPE
To locate, engage and support the homeless and nearly homeless people in the Greater Waterbury area and to link them to appropriate resources.
While the COVID pandemic has shut down or put most of the state and country on hold our outreach to the homeless population of Waterbury as well as our support from the community has continued at full speed.
Over the past several months we were blessed with gifts and donations from our traditional donors as well as some new ones.
• The Prospect Congressional Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Sacred Heart, Southbury, and the Bible Church all continued to collect donations of warm clothing, gift cards, hats, and gloves to get our clients through the cold winter months.
• Thanks to our sandwich brigades at the Regency, Carol Costello, Ray Lecours, and the Bible Church we were able to distribute over a hundred sandwiches a month to folks outside. Miss Marge at the Bible Church also baked goodies once a month that were much appreciated.
• Shop Rite continues to provide us with 20 bags of groceries every week. Neither the pandemic nor the winter storms stopped the bags from being ready for pick up.
• The Rathskeller Restaurant in Southbury made 10 holiday dinners for the homeless which we were able to distribute with help from the Sacred Heart K of C.
• JHD donated 10, $50 gift cards to Labonnes. We were able to give these to folks moving into apartments so they could have a head start with food.
• We have been working collaboratively with our agency partners to facilitate vouchers for 10 of our clients, while we continue to serve folks outside who are much in need.
• We are blessed to have continued relationships with Schools of Social Work in and out of Connecticut. Last year we had 3 interns from WCSU and Catholic University. This year we are pleased to host Steven Brooks, a senior BSW intern from WCSU.
• On a very positive note we are pleased to announce our grant from Easternseals has been renewed for another year. We are grateful for their continued support.
Stay safe everyone, Rick Povilaitis.
How You Can Help
Donations of gift cards to McDonald's, Walmart, Waterbury bus passes, socks, and hygiene products are also needed and appreciated other then donating, which you can do in the section below.
Brian Gibbons New Homeless Video
The video below shows the countless efforts we at the Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach Program do each year. This video also serves as a reminder of how humanity can be transformed through love and compassion for others.
Mark your calendar for the 5th annual Brian Gibbons Homeless
Outreach Golf Tournament, June 1st 2021!
Thomaston Savings Bank awarded us $1500.00!
Mary Mother of the Church has once again come through to help us provide for the homeless people living outside in Waterbury. The parish collected hundreds of pairs of new socks and $250 worth of Dunkin' Donuts, Mcdonalds and Subway gift cards
Naugatuck Exchange collected coats, hats, gloves and hoodies for the Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach Program. Delivered by Cliff and Regina Kiernan
Sally Lorne and the Prospect Congregational Church mission
groups donated cleaning supplies to BGHOP, thanks!
Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach Program Receives $3650.00 from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Waterbury, CT – The Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach Program has received $3,650.00 in funding from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal through its Vicariate
Outreach Program. “This gift is much appreciated and very timely” according to Rick Povilaitis, LCSW; Director of the program. “Even though there has been significant progress in housing chronically homeless people in CT, we find and engage new people on a regular basis who are sleeping in cars, vacant buildings and parks. The money will be used to continue outreach efforts and to purchase tents, sleeping bags, heaters and other essentials to help people outside get through the cold winter months.” Thanks to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal we will be able to continue to provide much needed services to people most in need in the Waterbury area.
The youth group from Prospect Congregational Church held its Annual Homeless Awareness Sleepout on March 10th. During the 24 hour period they raised $1,080.00. Thank you Jon Normand, Brianna Hudson, Mike Normand, Nicholas Hudson, Emily Orzechowski, Mayel Hubbard, and Sue Hudson. This will truly make a difference in the lives of many!
Rick Povilaitis spoke with the 6, 7, and 8 graders at the "Mary, Mother of the Church Faith Formation Program "at St. Peter and Paul's gymnasium in Waterbury on December 4. The program is directed by Fran Walsh. The students were interested in learning about the needs of the homeless in Waterbury and because of their enthusiasm they collected hundreds of socks that will be distributed by those who serve in the Brian Gibbons Homeless Outreach Program.