Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford has launched a multi-year project to expand its capacity of affordable, supportive housing more than six-fold to 50 units, and has received a $10,000 donation from the First County Bank Foundation toward its goal.

The shelter serves Darien and New Canaan as well as Greenwich and Stamford.

According to Executive Director Rafael Pagan Jr., SFH has the plan, expertise and partners in place for this initiative. And the state has allocated significant funding for capital and operational expenses to increase supportive housing throughout Connecticut. "But to access and leverage this public money, we must have short-term funds available so we can move quickly to purchase the most attractive properties when they become available," Pagan said.

To accomplish this, SFH established a development fund with a fundraising goal of $500,000. In early May, SFH already had raised $135,000. Pagan said the shelter is even closer to its goal because of "this significant contribution from the First County Bank Foundation."

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Pagan added, "First County Bank contributes generously to many nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, having awarded more than $4.5 million in grants since 2001. But over and above FCB's financial generosity, all agencies benefit from the spirit of philanthropy that permeates the bank and inspires many of its employees to serve on boards and key committees of local agencies."

SFH provides temporary housing to homeless men, striving to obtain permanent supportive housing and services for men and women tailored to meet their relevant needs.

For information, visit www.shelterforhomeless.org.