Who We Help

Below is a sampling of different organizations our council supports on an ongoing basis. For more information about some of these organizations, you may click on the links located on our home page.

St. Matthew Church- our home parish, led by Msgr. Walter Orlowski, is our spiritual center. Serving the West Norwalk and surrounding communities since 1957, St. Matthew’s Parish provides all type of support to each of us daily. You will find our Brother Knights supporting the Parish in several ways from ministry participation during weekly and daily Mass to participating in the Parish Picnic, several dinners, as well as overall Parish support throughout the year.

Our Lady of Solace, Coney Island, NY—In the heart of Coney Island in Brooklyn, Our Lady of Solace parish, led by Fr. Armando Palmieri and the vocationist fathers, was in the center of Hurricane Sandy’s path this past October. Through the efforts of many parishes and organizations in the area, Our Lady of Solace was able to provide clothing, food and cleaning supplies to the area after Sandy hit. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with the Parishioners of Our Lady of Solace.

The United States Armed Forces—our Brother Knights each year create and fill hundreds of “troop” boxes with much needed supplies ranging from food to health and beauty aids to warm socks and gloves. Our Overseas Christmas Delivery project aims to increase the spirits of our troops as we extend our appreciation to them for their service.

Star, Inc., Lighting the Way—Norwalk based Star Incorporated serves the Norwalk and surrounding areas with their extensive support to those with developmental disabilities, creating opportunities for everyone to live full lives with independence and the chance to grow as individuals. Our annual Tootsie Roll Drive currently supports Star, Inc.

Malta House—in 1997, the Malta House opened in Norwalk in response to the needs of homeless pregnant women and their newborns. Its goal is to provide food, shelter and hope for these young families. Our Brother Knights provide support in various construction projects at the home as well as donating much-needed supplies such as diapers to the home.

Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk—through its Foster Care Picnic each year, FCA seeks to support children and families in their continued growth and well-being by providing a fun environment for all to enjoy. The Knights provide food and entertainment as well as raffle prizes in an effort to support this picnic.

Notre Dame Convalescent Home—a Norwalk-based nursing home, Notre Dame provides living and medical care to the elderly of the area. Our Brother Knights are among many groups that contribute both financially and spiritually to the well- being of the center as it continues to care for its community.

All Saints Catholic School– Since September of 1990, All Saints (located in Norwalk) has been an outstanding regional Catholic school for area students from Pre-K through grade 8, including many children from St. Matthew’s Parish. Recently our council contributed to the All Saints Technology Fund in addition to offering support for the Christmas Tree Decorating program run by the Knights of Columbus.  In addition, a Council scholarship fund has recently been established with a goal of honoring and assisting two outstanding All Saints 8th graders who will be attending a Catholic high school in the area upon graduation.

Al’s Angels

Al DiGuido founded Al’s Angels with the mission of providing moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, domestic violence and financial hardship. Through hard work, an amazing group of volunteers, and tremendous generosity, today Al’s Angels is able to help thousands of children in the tri-state area. Now thru an intimate partnership with the Catholic Health Association of India; the work of Al’s Angels is providing children in dire need of vital and lifesaving medical treatment with hope and support. As support for Al’s Angels grows, we look for partners to help in expanding our loving reach to children around our country and the world.

Homes for the Brave

Homes for the Brave (HFTB) is a 42 bed transitional housing program available to male Veterans and non-veterans who are homeless. The staff at HFTB is dedicated to helping every individual realize his goals for housing, employment, and independent living. The program focuses on individuals who demonstrate a motivation to live and work in the community.

HFTB is located at 655 Park Avenue in Bridgeport in 100 year old house that was completely renovated in 2001. Residents have access to a fully stocked kitchen, a free laundry room, a computer lab, a tv/reading room, and the Christel Room which is a communal area for meals and socializing. As our CEO, Joy Kiss, tells the residents, “This is your home. We just work here.”

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