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Bridgeport's Caroline House Having Starry Night Gala In Westport

Caroline House provides education for women and children in need.
Caroline House provides education for women and children in need. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Caroline House

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Caroline House is honoring Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University for their many contributions to the Caroline House mission by having a Starry Night Gala Friday, April 1 at the Inn at Longshore in Westport.

The event will take place from 6:30-11 p.m. There will be cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $165 and RSVPs need to be made by March 21. For registration, click here .

The Inn at Longshore is at 260 Compo Road S., Westport.

In 1992, the School Sisters of Notre Dame sought to broaden their community's commitment to the education of women and children in need. Beyond traditional programs, settings and populations, the sisters extended their dedicated efforts to include the basic learning needs of poor and isolated women and children in Bridgeport.

The decision was made to help immigrant women acquire the knowledge and skills to improve their own lives and the lives of their children. With this concept — and the courage of the conviction it implied — the sisters opened Caroline House in November 1995 to educate and empower underserved women and children.

Since 1995, Caroline House has:

  • Secured and adapted for educational use a large house at 574 Stillman St. in a blighted and low-income area of Bridgeport.
  • Retained staff (three full-time and seven part-time positions) to operate a literacy program for women with on-site care for their children.
  • Expanded programs to include basic computer and life resource skills, counseling, networking services, tutoring for school-age children and citizenship classes.

The Caroline House has provided education and support services to more than 1,150 women and 500 children.

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