"People got to live. If they don't have a job and don't have any income, we're here. This is our reason for helping those type of people."
Person to Person in South Norwalk has re-opened on 76 South Main Street to become a full time agency, serving a wider scope of needy families. After 26 days of renovation, the organization has finally moved from NEON South Norwalk Community Center back into its original location.
"It's a tremendous change, it gives us a lot of room," said volunteer Richard Atkins. "A lot more shelf space, a lot more variety in foods."
Executive Director CeCi Maher says within the past 7 days they've served about 175 families.
"They're able to shop and pretty much be done with their shopping process in about 20 minutes to half an hour," said Person to Person Executive Director CeCi Maher. "We took down walls and what we did was we created an open floor plan so that we can have a lot of air flow and also move racks around as needed."
The renovated facility is complete with a self-serve food pantry, shopping carts and private offices where clients can meet with case-workers to discuss sustainability and budgeting issues.
"If a client has a need, security deposits, rents, utility bills, we can work with them on budgeting, try to help them to keep them from being in the same position next month."
For the first time volunteers are working one-on-one with clients to help meet their needs.
"There are a lot of individuals that are out of work, including myself," said Atkins. "So that's one reason I volunteer because I could give back."
Person to Person in Norwalk is open from 9 to 4 with appointments for food and appointments for casework. For more information visit p2phelps.org/norwalk/