Longtime Friends of NCH Make Major Contribution

The New Covenant House of Hospitality Capital Campaign recently received a hefty boost when Board President Paul Harinstein was presented with a generous donation of $100,000 from Bruce and Linda Koe of Stamford, Connecticut.

The goal of the New Covenant House Capital Campaign is to raise $1.7 million. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $1.2 million; 70% of its goal.

“We’re very grateful for the generosity of Bruce and Linda Koe,” said Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities. “No one understands or can appreciate the need for this new facility better than Bruce and Linda Koe.”

“Their commitment to serving the poor and hungry, and their long-term service to New Covenant House has been both a blessing and inspiration.

New Covenant House of Hospitality is one of two soup kitchens sponsored and managed by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. It is Stamford’s one and only soup kitchen whose mission is to provide a nutritious meal to all those who are hungry.

“By creating a safe, warm and compassionate environment, we are taking the first steps toward empowering men, women, and children to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect,” said Barber.

Bruce and Linda have been longtime supporters of New Covenant House with Linda being instrumental in her work as a former Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair of The Harvest Table, one of New Covenant House’s annual fundraising events. Along with participating in many New Covenant House events with his wife, Bruce Koe is also on the Board of Neighbor’s Link in Stamford.

Bruce and Linda Koe are active parishioners of Trinity Church in Greenwich. Their Loaves and Fishes group frequently serves at New Covenant House.

Recently, Catholic Charities announced the appointment of John R. Gutman as Executive Director of New Covenant House. John, a longtime volunteer at New Covenant House, brings a wide range of experience from the corporate world. John will be responsible for leading New Covenant House through the balance of the Capital Campaign.

The campaign is funding the move to a new facility across from its present location this spring. The “new” New Covenant House will encompass 8,000 square feet of space at 174 Richmond Hill, a major expansion from its current 2,000 square foot location.

New Covenant House of Hospitality serves the greater Stamford area, which includes Stamford, New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien. It is located at 90 Fairfield Avenue in Stamford. For information call (203) 964-8228 or email

Contributions to the capital campaign can be made at:, or send a check to: New Covenant House Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 10883, Stamford, CT 06904.