Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless in the Danbury CT area since 1982


A "typical" day at Dorothy Day House

The first activity occurs in the shelter around 5am when the shelter volunteer wakes up and gets things ready.   Guests wake up at 5:30am and are out of the shelter shortly after 6am.   The early departure ensures that both guests and volunteers can get to work.

Breakfast is served seven days a week in the kitchen by Catholic Charities through the the Morning Glory breakfast program.  A nutritious breakfast is served  from 6:30 to 9am.

Shortly after noon the kitchen crew arrives to prepare lunch.    At 3:15 the doors open and the meal is served.   A complete hot meal is served with salad and dessert.   Guests may take sandwich bags with them when they leave.  We stop serving meals at 4:45pm and cleanup is usually finished by 5:30, at which time the kitchen crew leaves for the day.

During the winter months, the Shelter from the Cold program (currently run out of Saint James AME Church) opens at 6pm and guests can get out of the cold for a few hours until the shelters open.

At 9pm, guests are admitted to the shelter.   The shelter has separate bathrooms for men and women, and shower facilities. Lights go out around 9:45pm and the shelter volunteer does a load of guest laundry before catching a few hours of sleep.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality, for by that means some have entertained angels without knowing it" - Hebrews 13:1-2

Dorothy Day Hospitality House
11 Spring Street, Danbury CT
Mailing Address: PO Box 922 Danbury CT 06813-0922
Tel:  (203) 743-7988

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