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The WorkPace In Bridgeport Receives Newman's Own Grant To Help Veterans

Robert Forrester is CEO and president of Newman's Own Foundation
Robert Forrester is CEO and president of Newman's Own Foundation Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The WorkPlace in Bridgeport has received a $20,000 grant from the Newman's Own Foundation in Westport to help fund their program that works with homeless veterans.

“This grant enables us to enhance our holistic approach to meeting the needs of veterans while increasing the probability of obtaining employment,” said Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace. “The support of Newman’s Own Foundation is helping us fulfill our mission to develop a well-educated, well-trained and self-sufficient workforce.”

The WorkPlace is working with Homes for the Brave and Columbus House to provide The Daring Way workshop.

The workshop, built to aid homeless veterans, is a highly interactive workshop based on the research of New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown. The workshop curriculum will be used to help homeless veterans learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives.

“Our men and women in uniform make great sacrifices in their own lives to protect the unique freedom, privileges, and opportunities we enjoy as Americans. It is not so much a responsibility to support them, but more a privilege to express our gratitude for their service,” said Robert Forrester, president and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We’re proud to fund The WorkPlace in its efforts to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”

The foundation awarded a total of $1.5 million in grants to 29 organizations that provide services to United States military men, women, veterans, and their families.

Paul Newman, the late actor and philanthropist, created Newman’s Own Foundation in 2005. The establishment of the Foundation ensured that Newman’s legacy would live on, continuing his commitment to give all profits from the sale of Newman’s Own food products to charity. Since 1982, a total of $450 million has been donated to thousands of charities around the world.

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