Welcome to Renewal House



At Renewal House we are devoted to Rebuilding older lives by restoring independence, one life at a time.  Please explore our site to learn about the unique history, the success experienced with our program and how you can help.  Renewal House dramatically changes lives. Please help us help some of our most vulnerable people, the elderly homeless.

Our Vision is that no one ever need face homelessness.  We will continue to work and advocate at the federal, state and local level for decent and affordable housing for the future.  

Our Mission is to provide transitional housing, support and services for older (58+) homelessness in the Western Connecticut region.

Our Goal is to reduce homelessness of older individuals in the region.  We do this by providing safe, secure housing, renewing a sense of hope, reinforcing self-worth and restoring dignity and confidence.

Our Objective is to help our residents secure their own permanent home as soon as possible.  Although our program allows for a two-year stay, most residents move into permanent housing within 11 months.

Our Residents come to us through a variety of locally based sources such as social service agencies, shelters, hospitals, rehabilitation programs and soup kitchens.

Our Beliefs are that homelessness is a resolvable problem, that decent affordable housing is a basic right, and that older men and women with guidance, have the strength and skill with which to rebuild a successful life. 

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Success Story



I was staying with my cousin, her six children and husband and it was crowded.  She saw the Renewal House sign at the hairdresser, so I gave Karen Messina a call.

It felt bad to be older and not have a place of my own; I had a part time job and was under a doctor’s care.  I was not on disability yet.  My knee was acting up badly and it was hard to get around.  Apartments were sky high and it was hard for me to get around to see them.  Driving was stressful for me so I turned my license in.

When I found Renewal House, it was a blessing for me.  I made friends with the other residents.  We had Bible Study and monthly house meetings.  I became more interested in the things that were going on here.

I cooked whatever I wanted once a week.  We all pitched in to do chores and dishes.  We all got along very good.  It was just like another family.

I have four children of my own, twelve grandchildren and became great, great grandmother last August.


What will you do today to help change a life forever?


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Renewal House   •   18 Dr. Aaron B. Samuels Blvd.   •   Danbury, CT 06810