Hall Neighborhood House - SHU Partnership

Sunshine Mentoring ProgramSacred Heart University proudly partners with the Hall Neighborhood House, a non-profit serving the East Side community in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This partnership is sustained through the involvement of multiple academic and non-academic departments. Below are brief descriptions of current Hall Neighborhood House - SHU Partnership programming.

Sunshine Kids

Twenty middle school students from Bridgeport’s East Side community are bused to Sacred Heart's main campus once a week for tutoring, homework help and enrichment activities. Each child is paired with two college mentors who facilitate in supporting their mentee’s academic and social development. A highlight of the program is when the SHU mentors and the middle school students eat dinner together at the University’s cafeteria.

The Sunshine Kids mentoring program is incorporated into Hall Neighborhood House’s college preparatory program and is connected to the non-profit’s collaboration with Bridgeport Public Schools.

For more information on Sunshine Kids, contact Rachel Smith at 203-345-2051 or rsmith@hnhonline.org.

To see the Sunshine Kids program in action, visit their student-run Tumblr and SHU’s Flickr.

On-site at Hall Neighborhood House

Student volunteers participate in a range of ongoing programs at Hall Neighborhood House including after-school tutoring, clean-up efforts and special community events. In addition, SHU students are included in the Sunshine Kids Recognition Day and the Annual Open House celebration. Also, SHU students lead beautification projects that improve the Hall Neighbor House grounds and facility. Community Connections, a SHU pre-fall program, brings 48 university freshmen to the center annually to paint walls, clear shrubbery, and participate in Aging with Grace℠.

Aging with Grace℠ Program

The SHU College of Nursing Center for Community Health & Wellness supports Aging with Grace℠ programming through the involvement of nursing students and faculty. A weekly health screening, health education and nutrition program for geriatric clients who reside in the local community. Approximately 30 community members participate each week for a morning of planned activities and socialization. SHU College of Nursing professor Dr. Linda Strong is instrumental in supporting Aging with Grace℠ and connecting SHU students with this unique opportunity.

Community Needs Assessment

Dr. Linda Strong of the College of Nursing is conducting a community needs assessment to develop a holistic strategy to assist residents who live in the East Side Bridgeport community where the Hall Neighborhood House is located. Dr. Strong is working with the community network of Hall Neighborhood House to conduct this research. Results and recommendations for inter-professional activities and services will be shared with the Hall Neighborhood House community and a designated Sacred Heart University committee.