Just prior to the beginning of the summer of 2016, two Fairfield County Knights of Columbus Councils partnered to hold what will now be an annual golf tournament for charity named the Sword & Shield Golf Classic. Under the leadership of Co-Chairs George Ribellino of Norwalk Council 14360 from St. Matthew and Greg Matera of Fairfield Council 11077 from Our Lady of Assumption, the golf tournament was a rousing success, raising funds for several organizations, including Malta House -a home for unwed mothers and their children in Norwalk.
On September 7, 2016, members of both councils arrived at Malta House joining the residents and Board for Mass and Dinner before presenting checks totaling $2200 from a portion of the proceeds from the late spring outing.
“To be able to do good for those in your community gives such a level of satisfaction, it really can’t be described,” said Golf Finance Chair and current Deputy Grand Knight from Council 14360, Anthony Armentano while attending this Donation Ceremony. Armentano went on to say that “Malta House does so much good and we are honored to help where we can.
Co-Chair Matera echoed Armentano’s sentiment, “We are proud that the Knights of Columbus is able to support the needs of Malta House and their residents, and we hope for many more golf tournaments and other events to come. Matera went on to say, “Malta House will put the money to good use for the residents as they plan to purchase new mattresses and other items for the residents.”
Both Knights councils have worked with Malta House over the years by providing diapers, wipes, formula and supplying man hours to paint and make repairs at the house. “I have worked with Malta House since joining my Knight council in 2009. I admire the work that the staff and Board do to help the mother and children at Malta House. We were so honored to present a check from the proceeds of the golf tournament for Malta House to provide new mattresses and bedding for the bedroom,” said Tournament Co-Chair George Ribellino, Jr.
The vision for Malta House came almost 20 years ago when a young father learned that there was “no room at the inn” for many pregnant women in Fairfield County, who chose life for their unborn. These vulnerable young families often found themselves living on the street or in sub-standard conditions.
After many years of hard work and prayers by many people faithful to its mission, and through many miracles, Malta House opened its doors to offer food and shelter, and also to give hope for the future. Hundreds of mothers and their children have walked through these doors seeking a new vision and direction for their life. Malta House continues to change hearts, lives and our community. For more info, got to Maltahouse.org.