Our Mission

Helping men regain lives lost to homelessness and addiction

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Our Programs

Our programs offer food, shelter, and –most importantly– opportunity for men in Hartford without homes

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Our Programs

While residents at the Open Hearth, our men will  be guided and encouraged to pursue employment, school, or vocational training. 

Ways to Give

Discover how a donation of your time, talent, or money can help The Open Hearth help men to help themselves.

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Thanks to the volunteers at Sewing Face Masks / Farmington Valley CT for hand making fabric masks for our residents and staff. Thanks also to our colleague CJ Hauss, Executive Director at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford for connecting us with this wonderful, well-organized group of volunteers.

We continue to be thankful for all of you who have reached out to help us during this difficult time period. Stay safe, friends!

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Thanks to the volunteers at Sewing Face Masks / Farmington Valley CT for hand making fabric masks for our residents and staff.  Thanks also to our colleague CJ Hauss, Executive Director at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford for connecting us with this wonderful, well-organized group of volunteers.  We continue to be thankful for all of you who have reached out to help us during this difficult time period.  Stay safe, friends!  Literacy Volunteers of Greater HartfordImage attachmentImage attachment

The Open Hearth Association has received a Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

Even during times of crisis and uncertainty, there are things to be grateful for.

At The Open Hearth, we are grateful for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. In the first days of Connecticut’s shutdown, the
Foundation launched a “COVID-19 Response Fund” to help nonprofits quickly deploy resources to those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Open Hearth was honored to receive a grant of $70,000 from the fund last week. The money will keep our shelter open and safe for men experiencing homelessness, funding food, cleaning supplies, and crisis pay for our staff.

We’re going to get through this but we can’t do it alone. Thank you Hartford Foundation for standing with The Open Hearth!

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The Open Hearth Association has received a Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s COVID-19 Response Fund. 
Even during times of crisis and uncertainty, there are things to be grateful for. 
At The Open Hearth, we are grateful for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. In the first days of Connecticut’s shutdown, the
Foundation launched a “COVID-19 Response Fund” to help nonprofits quickly deploy resources to those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The Open Hearth was honored to receive a grant of $70,000 from the fund last week. The money will keep our shelter open and safe for men experiencing homelessness, funding food, cleaning supplies, and crisis pay for our staff. 
We’re going to get through this but we can’t do it alone. Thank you Hartford Foundation for standing with The Open Hearth!  Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

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Hello Open Hearth—missing you all and hope to be back there with my kiddos soon. So happy to hear about this grant! It makes my heart happy to know that all the men are being taken care of so well. The staff are quite simply the best—well deserved.

Our Executive Director Marilyn Rossetti started something last week called Good News Monday for the Board of Directors and Corporators of The Open Hearth. She thought she would send it out every week. Week Two - she was stumped. This is what she sent out this week.

As I sit here Monday morning – wondering what could be Good News Monday, I was stumped. I was then talking to Fred Woodhouse (6 feet apart), an employee here, and he mentioned that there is a lot of discussions in the recovery community with the 12 steps and how those steps can be applied to the COVID crisis. While online looking at different articles discussing this subject, I stumbled upon many. Below is an expert from one of the articles. This will be what I will follow this week and the weeks ahead. This will be my Good News for this week. This will hopefully carry us through. Thank you for supporting us during these trying times – Be Safe, Marilyn

“You see, we have something that COVID-19 does not… a Power greater than ourselves, and there is no doubt in any of us that, that Power is also far greater than COVID-19. For all of us in the recovery community and familiar with the teachings of the 12-steps, remember, “this too shall pass,” and when it does, we’ll steal back everything that COVID-19 has taken, but with far more passion! Those hugs will be stronger & longer, the hands bonded together will be tighter, our Serenity Prayer will be said in unity & with more conviction, and that warm embrace to the newcomer will be with far more gratitude and love than ever before!”
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Sending out a plea - we are running low at The Open Hearth on hand sanitizer. Our company we normally use is not able to get any for us right now. If you have a connection please let me know. Also we could use more thermometers. Thank you!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Update a Board member of The Open Hearth secured some sanitizer in good quantities - should be here in a few days. Thank you community for stepping up!!!

Hartford Flavor are making some and selling in it's on Arbor St

PLEASE help our partners at Foodshare!!!

Foodshare needs homemade masks!

The CDC is now recommending (but not requiring) masks to be worn in public... and I would like to be able to offer a homemade mask to our staff and volunteers who are out there every day feeding the public. If you are able to make a mask (or two... or ten...) please send them to: Foodshare, 450 Woodland Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. You can either mail them or leave them in a bag at the front door.

PLEASE NOTE: we are only looking for HOMEMADE masks. Any and all purchased/manufactured/official medical masks must be given to a local hospital. (And if by chance we do receive any of these, they will be immediately donated.)

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We are OPEN and serving the men of The Open Hearth during this pandemic. Your help is needed now more than ever. Your gift will provide safe housing and meals to men in need during this crisis.