A local non-profit is looking for volunteers to support its mission. For 15 years the Malta House in Norwalk has provided single, homeless pregnant women and their newborns with housing, food, educational programs and medical care.
"The main thing that we want everyone to know is that we're here to help," said Malta House Coordinator and Office Manager Sarah Lewis. "That's it, help the children, help the mothers, help them be good parents and help them be independent."
Malta House was established in 1995 when founder Michael O'Rourke opened its doors to the Order of Malta in Connecticut, a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. It provides care for 10 women at a time over the age of 18.
"Most of the moms who come to us really want to learn and can learn and most of them move up a level and leave here after 18 months much more able to be mothers,"said Malta House Board Member John Altieri. "We're open to people of all faiths and no faiths. The chapel is a quiet place, we provide spiritual counseling on a strictly voluntary basis to participate in that."
Directors tell us the organization would not have been able to succeed without strong community support. It's completely funded by local businesses like Stew Leonards, organizations, as well as Norwalk Community College.
"We don't receive any government funds or church funds," said Altieri. "This is individuals, thousands of them, who help support Malta House."
"They have to realize that we're here to help them and what I tell them is just to stay focused because this is just a place to help you be launched into independence," said Lewis.
"It becomes a place where a lot of the good in the community becomes centered,"Altieri. "We don't do it all, we work with others to do what God has called us to do."
For more information on how to donate or volunteer visit maltahouse.org. In Norwalk, Priscilla Lombardi, ItsRelevant.com