Knights Bring Paint Brushes, Smiles to Malta House


By Nicole Briggs, Norwalk Daily Voice

In a continuing relationship that has grown since 2010, Knights of Columbus #14360 assisted Malta House Saturday, Jan. 16 by painting two more bedrooms and a bathroom.

In the past, the council has remodeled the nursery, laid tile and painted bedrooms, the common room and the kitchen.

“It is always rewarding to help out Malta House when we can,” said Grand Knight George Ribellino. “Seeing the little kids’ faces smiling while we are full of paint makes it all worthwhile.”

“I am not an easy guy to wake up in the morning, particularly on weekends. However it is fully rewarding when the work is done and those at Malta House are excited when the rooms look brand new,” said Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The vision for Malta House began in 1995, when Michael O’Rourke learned there was no room for many homeless pregnant women and their newborns. The young families often found themselves on the street or living in sub-standard conditions. Malta House was conceived not only to offer food and shelter, but also to give hope for the future. They provide a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers and their children.

“So glad the KOC started our painting projects for the new year. Great to have such a dedicated group of guys determined to keep Malta House beautiful for our families. Thank you so much. The ladies love their freshly painted rooms,” said Malta House Executive Director Lucy Freeman.

The goals of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk is to perform acts of charity. Providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.


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