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NCH set to launch new initiative to help guests find work

STAMFORD—New Covenant Center in Stamford reports an increasing number of it guests were able find to part-time work this summer, and that it is set to launch an initiatives to help them build job skills.

“We were encouraged to see our lunch and dinner service numbers decrease this summer as more guests found work in the spring and summer. That said, the challenge for our guests will be to find steady work and sustained income throughout the fall and winter seasons,” said John Gutman, NCH Executive Director.

Gutman said he is also grateful for the continuing corporate and individual support of its programs serving the hungry, working poor and homeless in the greater Stamford area.

New Covenant Center, located at 174 Richmond Hill Ave. is a center for hospitality and a soup kitchen sponsored and managed by Catholic Charities and supported by interfaith volunteers.

Each day it serves hundreds of individuals and also helps them build job and daily living skills through a wide range of programs and services, Guttman said.

Gutman said that in an effort to help guests find employment, New Covenant Center will offer time in an “amped-up computer lab,”\, which will include seven work stations. This initiative will start September 19th.

NCC Food Pantry volunteer Carl Funch will teach guests classes in both Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Word.

“Our guests will also be able to use our printer for resumes. The next phase will be teaching these job seekers how to write resumes and leverage the internet to look for employment,” he said.

Gutman said that anyone interested in volunteering (those who speak Spanish or Creole are particularly needed) please contact David Lovegreen, NCH Volunteer Coordinator at dlovegreen@ccfc-ct.org or 203-964-8228, ext. 416.