Initiatives – Local


The primary purpose of Community Care Teams [CCTs]is to partner in improving the quality and access to care for the most vulnerable of our citizens and by reducing excessive cost by identifying those at greatest risk for poor outcomes. Data collected consistently by each team reflects that CCTs are effective! Providers identify gaps in services and identify solutions and resources for clients, which is a hallmark of effective CCTs. Participants meeting weekly include direct service providers from: shelters, community health clinics, housing authorities, substance abuse treatment facilities, behavioral health services, acute-care hospitals, and staff from municipal, state and federal governmental agencies. 

List of Teams, Patient Navigators

Community Care Team - A profile in Service

The Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN Norwalk and Danbury) Community Care Teams coordinate support for clients who experience repeated contact with crisis or emergency services, often across multiple systems or sectors. Comprised of a wide range of service providers, the team includes multiple organizations, all of which serve vulnerable community members.  Action-oriented strategies create holistic and comprehensive plans, which include care coordination and customized treatment plans to address behavioral and/or chronic health issues, as well as other conditions that may inhibit an individual’s capacity to achieve their goals. All services available through the WCHN CCT program are possible only through the philanthropy of generous donors!


Greater Bridgeport Opening Doors (GB-OD) Community

The ultimate goal of the Greater Bridgeport Opening Doors Community is to help end homelessness by learning about new resources, helping remove barriers, and integrating services to provide the best care for homeless individuals. Participants include representatives from federal, state and municipal agencies; shelters, and extends to providers of substance abuse treatment, behavioral health and housing services.

Meetings, Leadership and Staff



Improving the lives of low income residents living in Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston and Westport is the purpose of the FFS community.The group is comprised of staff from governmental agencies and non-profit organizations involved in providing food, fuel and shelter service to households impacted by poverty, food insecurity and homelessness. Primarily, the group: identifies gaps in services and discusses strategies  as solutions, often utilizing information on resources presented at each meeting. The group meets bi-monthly and the meetings are open.

For more information contact: Christi Pope, Bridgeport Rescue Mission,


Greater Bridgeport opening doors Consumer Advisory & Advocacy Community

The Consumer Advisory & Advocacy Community is a safe place where those who have experienced homelessness or are homeless can share their stories of hope, create possibilities for advocacy, and generate awareness as productive citizens of the region. The community participates in Opening Doors of Fairfield County [ODFC], with special focus on providing support to advocacy initiatives.  Their desire is to help individuals find more permanent, safe and affordable housing to improve the quality of life for all who have the need.

Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Tuesday, 1 - 2 pm, The Franklin Apartments, 12 Garden Street [corner of Garden and Park], Bridgeport