The Fairfield Christmas Tree
Festival, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization with
no paid staff, no office space,
and whose sole purpose is to
raise funds for local community
projects. Since our founding
in 1981, the
 Fairfield Christmas
Tree Festival has touched the
lives of  tens of thousands of
our  neighbors by donating
more than three million dollars
to local charities.
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About Our 2017 Beneficiary

Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides essential services and life-changing recovery programs to economically and socially disenfranchised individuals, so that they can become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community. We are committed to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of impoverished and homeless individuals who are in crisis. Our programs address the problems linked to poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse, which are often the result of a lack of education, dysfunctional family history, economic stress, domestic abuse, lack of employable job skills and, ultimately, no life purpose. The Mission’s programs and services are available to all men, women, and children, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, or economic status, and are provided free of charge. 


Food Outreach: Bridgeport Rescue Mission is the largest provider of food assistance in Coastal Fairfield County (Bridgeport and South Norwalk), providing more than 450,000 meals a year to the working poor and homeless in our community. This includes:

  • Main Campus Dining Room: serves breakfast, lunch & dinner (approx. 230 meals/day).
  • Mobile Kitchens: visit 9 sites weekly in Bridgeport and South Norwalk, providing 75-150 meals at each site to low-income families.
  • Food Pantry: offers non-perishable food and fresh produce, free of charge, to low-income and food-insecure families five days a weekb.  
  • Great ThanksGiving Project: provides 3,200 families with a frozen turkey and a bag of fixings so that families can prepare their own Thanksgiving meal.
  • Summer Meals Program:provides 210 children in South Norwalk with breakfast and a homemade bag lunch for 9 weeks in the summer, and partners with Urban Impact’s youth mentorship program XLR8 by providing 1,800 warm dinners to kids each summer.
    • after struggling through a series of temporary living arrangements and exhausting the help of family and friends,
    • typically, between the ages of 18 and 28 years old
    • lacking basic parenting and relationship skills,
    • having experienced a major trauma or disruptive event (running away in early teen years, raised in a foster family, sexually molested or physically abused at a young age, or witnessed violence or domestic abuse), and
    • with children who have: poor health, developmental delays, and behavioral challenges as a result of living in chaotic situations.
      • counseling,
      • work therapy,
      • case management, and
      • classroom education


Emergency Shelter: Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides a safe haven for homeless men and women who need temporary housing on an emergency basis. Guests receive fresh clothing, hot showers, and nourishing meals. Annually, the shelters provide more than 15,000 nights of emergency shelter to men and women in two separate facilities.

Guest House for Women and Children: Our Guest House intercedes for homeless women and children by helping them achieve long-term stability, create a fulfilling family life, take responsibility for their lives and their children’s future, and break the cycle of generational homelessness. Mothers come to us

New Life Program: We address the complex needs of men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction through spiritual formation, addiction recovery, and life-skills training. We can accommodate up to 30 men and 15 women at a time, providing

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Dear Friend,


Bridgeport Rescue Mission is honored to have been chosen as the 2017 beneficiary of the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, one of the most celebrated community traditions in Fairfield County. Our partnership will provide a platform for Bridgeport Rescue Mission to advocate for individuals and families in need and educate the community on the wonderful work we do every day. The funds raised, through this three-day event, will significantly increase the impact the Mission can make in our community. We hope we can count on your generous contribution and participation.


Bridgeport Rescue Mission demonstrates the love of God to the hungry, homeless, and addicted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide a place of hope and dignity, fighting poverty from the inside out. Our residential New Life Program offers life skills training, counseling, and case management. As the largest provider of food services in the region, we provide more than 450,000 meals a year through: our Dining Room on Fairfield Avenue, our Mobile Kitchens that go out to impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport and South Norwalk, and our daily Food Pantry Program that offers non-perishable food and fresh produce.


When men, women, and children come through our doors beaten up and beaten down, we don’t see what is, we see what can be. Over the past 24 years we’ve seen thousands of lives transformed through our programs and services. Funding from this year’s Festival will enable Bridgeport Rescue Mission to reach even more men, women, and children in need and get them back on their feet. You can help make this possible by underwriting a portion of the Festival. Enclosed is information on underwriting opportunities. We truly appreciate your consideration.


With gratitude,


Rev. Terry Wilcox

Executive Director

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