Renewal House Danbury

Renewal House provides transitional housing, case management, counseling and life skills enhancement to older men and women who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless so they may be empowered to restore their lives.

At Renewal House we are devoted to rebuilding older lives by restoring independence, one life at a time. We do this by providing transitional housing, case management, counseling support, and life skills enhancement tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of each resident.

When Karen Messina founded the Shelter of the Cross (now Renewal House) to provide a path for elderly homeless men and women to change their lives, she had an inspiration. That inspiration was a woman named “Ruth.” Ruth was 78 years old, legally blind and had been homeless for five years when Karen met her in the city shelter. As recorded in our archives, “Ruth had travelled by bus from one homeless shelter to another between Chicago, IL and Hartford, CT. She became transient in order to avoid being returned to a nursing home environment.” Not the life any of us envision for ourselves at age 78.

Karen cited Ruth as “one of the people we planned for this program to assist. Unfortunately, she fell and broke her hip before the house opened its doors and she became wheelchair-bound in a nursing home in the Chicago area” – the nursing home setting she tried for so long to avoid.

Renewal House provides transitional housing, case management, counseling and life skills enhancement to older men and women who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless so they may be empowered to restore their lives.

At Renewal House we are devoted to rebuilding older lives by restoring independence, one life at a time. We do this by providing transitional housing, case management, counseling support, and life skills enhancement tailored to the unique needs and aspirations of each resident.

When Karen Messina founded the Shelter of the Cross (now Renewal House) to provide a path for elderly homeless men and women to change their lives, she had an inspiration. That inspiration was a woman named “Ruth.” Ruth was 78 years old, legally blind and had been homeless for five years when Karen met her in the city shelter. As recorded in our archives, “Ruth had travelled by bus from one homeless shelter to another between Chicago, IL and Hartford, CT. She became transient in order to avoid being returned to a nursing home environment.” Not the life any of us envision for ourselves at age 78.

Karen cited Ruth as “one of the people we planned for this program to assist. Unfortunately, she fell and broke her hip before the house opened its doors and she became wheelchair-bound in a nursing home in the Chicago area” – the nursing home setting she tried for so long to avoid.

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