Ways to Support

Work with our staff and advocate for our men. Discover how a donation of your time, talent or money can help The Open Hearth help men to help themselves.

Imagine: A minimum of 3,300 showers taken monthly by our men, all of whom need soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothbrushes, and razors. One of the Work Therapy endeavors involves doing at least 90 loads of laundry, washed and dried weekly. This effort requires gallons of laundry detergent, and too frequently, repair or replacement of our commercial washers and dryers. Over 111,000 meals are prepared annually for our residents and shelter guests, in an economy where food donations have dwindled markedly. Hundreds of men cross our threshold yearly, many wearing the only clothing they own and needing work and interview outfits, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, coats and hats. We need food, cosmetics, school supplies, and new sheets and towels- and we need them regularly.

Buy Our Products

Beautify a garden or landscape by purchasing Open Hearth mulch, and warm your rooms with our firewood. Our residents cut and processed over 1,800 cords in 2011! Though these products can be easily found at the big box home stores, there’s a feel good bonus we can deliver with your order. By purchasing our wood products, you are literally contributing to the men who produce it- their empowerment, their dignity, their self respect, and their work ethic. When you support our Work Therapy program with your purchase, we believe your fire will burn a little warmer, and your gardens flourish.
Wood yard staff will be glad to answer questions about our wood products! Inquire at 860-524-5688.

Make a Contribution

During high summer and winter seasons, we receive utility bills in excess of $3,000.00. Our plumbing in this nearly century-old building needs regular attention. The vans used to pick up and deliver supplies and transport our residents to recovery meetings rattle and creak in protest and often refuse to start. We need money from our established and new donors- a little, a lot, or anywhere in between. Your donation to The Open Hearth will keep the heat on, our vehicles road worthy, and our showers, kitchen equipment, and maintenance gear operable for our men. Donations fund the men’s work and return to the community, and it’s tax deductible for you or your business. Please contact 860-257-5574.


Over 100 volunteers assist our staff throughout the year doing everything from serving meals to general help–especially during the holiday season.  Our volunteers are an important part of the work we do at The Open Hearth. Without a dedicated core of volunteers, The Hearth would be unable to provide the scope of services currently offered.

For more information on how you can volunteer at The Open Hearth, please contact Marilyn Rossetti, Executive Director, at 860-257-5570, or via e-mail