A Mission Moment with Marilyn,

From the desk of the President & CEO of The Open Hearth

A warm cup of coffee, and a quiet moment to think before the hustle and bustle of my day begins. That’s how I start each day, but I never thought too much about how that small simple daily routine could benefit the men of The Open Hearth until a staff member said,

 “The men have suggested adding a daily morning reflections group to our support group schedule.”

Light bulb moment for me! 

Morning reflections began as a staff led daily group. It’s an opportunity for clients to gather together (cup of coffee in hand!) at the start of the day to check-in,

think about where they are at, and set a positive tone for their day. 

It wasn’t long before this group became client-led.  Jeff, who currently lives at Catherine’s Place, The Open Hearth’s permanent housing partnership with St. Patrick-St. Anthony’s Church in Hartford, emerged as the natural leader of this daily group.

Jeff’s journey from a man experiencing homelessness who found his way to The Open Hearth and then made the most of the opportunities available to him is inspiring.  Today, Jeff lives independently at Catherine’s Place in a supportive community of eight men who have experienced homelessness.  He is currently employed in The Open Hearth’s kitchen and part of a team that prepares and serves more than 140,000 meals annually to clients of The Open Hearth. 

Most importantly Jeff is giving back to The Open Hearth community by serving as a role model and inspiration for other men on their personal journey to self-sufficiency.  Through his leadership of morning reflections, Jeff gives back to The Open Hearth community every day.

Thanks to your continued support as a friend of The Open Hearth, men experiencing homeless are being afforded opportunities, big and small, that truly improve their lives.

With deepest gratitude,


Marilyn E. Rossetti
President & CEO