FSW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with thousands of individuals, youth and families in the greater Bridgeport area and southern Fairfield County each year to help them build brighter futures. Most live at or below the poverty line and are challenged by a range of complex social, economic and health issues.

Our goal is to move them from crisis to stability, and then to greater levels of self-sufficiency. To achieve these goals, we assess the varied needs of each client and develop an individualized plan of support that draws upon FSW’s comprehensive services to strengthen their personal capabilities.

FSW delivers services to clients through four multifaceted programs – Behavioral Health, Economic Empowerment, Youth Services, and Social Enterprise. In fiscal year 2013 FSW served over 13,000 individuals, providing them with the hope and opportunities they needed to build brighter, more secure futures.

Special Events

We're changing our name to prepare for the future by better communicating what we do, who we help, our comprehensive services, and the positive impact of our work with more than 17,000 low-income people a year in greater Bridgeport and Fairfield County.
Please join us on Monday, March 2nd at 8:30 am at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport when we'll announce our name and share our exciting plans for the future!

Our Services

(203) 368-5598
(203) 368-5596
Food Services (New Haven)
(203) 752-9919
(203) 368-5594
(888) 676-8554
(203) 368-5529
(203) 368-5533
(203) 368-5629

News and Highlights

Our FY 2014 Annual Report is available online!

Posted On: January 20, 2015

FSW 2014 Annual Meeting

December 17, 2014
FSW board members, supporters and community partners gathered at the Bijou Theater for our 2014 Annual Meeting. The program celebrated the accomplishments of the past year and our exciting plans for the coming year - including the launch of a new name and branding campaign on March 1, 2015. Other event highlights included the presentation of two awards, our Woodfield Award to Carleen Kunkel for her outstanding leadership and extraordinary volunteer service to FSW and numerous other community organizations, and our Sterling Award to Harvard Business School Community Partners (HBSCP). HBSCP was recognized for nearly a decade of pro bono strategic planning, marketing and organizational development assistance to multiple organizations in the greater Bridgeport community. Thanks to volunteers and partners like these, FSW was able to assist 17,000 clients through our four core programs: Behavioral Health, Economic Empowerment, Social Enterprises, and Youth Services.

5th Annual Brewfest

October 25, 2014
From classic cars to classic films, FSW's Brewfest was the event of the fall season! We closed out our 165th Birthday celebration with the best party of all! In addition to craft beer tasting at the elegant Patterson Club, the evening included a cigar and whiskey tent, dancing, and sensational food. Best of all, our guests felt as though they had stepped onto the set of the cult-classic "Caddyshack" as they mingled in vintage golf attire, faced a blind-folded putting challenge, and put their knowledge of the iconic film to the test with a live "Caddyshack" trivia contest!

The Summer 2014 Small Business Development Newsletter is out!

Posted On: July 9, 2014

Our 165th Birthday Gala – “A Night to Remember

Posted On: July 9, 2014

June 14th, 2014
As our guests danced the night away, we celebrated our past and highlighted our community partners who have helped Bridgeport grow and FSW’s programs to flourish - It was truly a night to remember! We celebrated in style with our new video "FSW – A Community’s Journey"? and amusing Birthday Tribute video from our friends, partners, clients, and a few special surprise celebrities! It was a fabulous evening with dinner and dancing at Beacon Hall at Housatonic Community College. Thank you to our sponsors and your generous support which made this a very special evening for all.
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FSW 5th Annual Bridge to a Brighter Future

Posted On: July 9, 2014

On June 10th, over 150 bridge players from Fairfield County and beyond, gathered at the elegant Patterson Club in Fairfield to play in a tournament to benefit FSW. In addition to playing social or duplicate bridge, attendees enjoyed the day with breakfast, lunch, and a Chinese Auction. Special thanks go to Katie Rust, our Committee Chair, and her dedicated team for their concerted efforts to make this event a success for the 5th year in a row!
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The latest Small Business Development Newsletter is out!

Posted On: March 6, 2014

Want to learn American Sign Language?

Posted On: March 6, 2014

FSW will offer a 10-week beginner and intermediate classes beginning April 1st. ASL Registration Form

Contact FSW for Free Federal Tax Assistance

Posted On: January 16, 2014

From January 28-April 10 FSW will host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program featuring qualified volunteers who will provide free tax filing assistance. Anyone whose household earns $52,000 or less and needs to file a federal tax return is eligible for this assistance. VITA volunteers will help prepare basic tax return forms only. You can call 203 - 368-5524 or TTY 203-368-5863 today to make an appointment with a volunteer.


In addition to FSW, VITA services are offered at a number of other locations throughout our city and the region. Call 211 to find the site in your area, or call FSW to make an appointment today! To Find Out More...

FSW’s 2013 Annual Report is now available.

Posted On: December 16, 2013

Click here to download PDF or contact us to have a report mailed to you.: (203) 368-5567 or aousley@fswinc.org

Enroll now in WIBO’s SPRING 2014 workshop! Classes start February 18!

Posted On: December 16, 2013

Do you dream of starting your own business? Start by enrolling in our Workshop In Business Opportunities (WIBO) that works like a "boot camp"? for entrepreneurs. This 16 week course is designed to help low-to-moderate income individuals acquire the skills and knowledge they need to start, operate and build successful businesses. To find out more: WIBO Spring Session Flyer, WIBO Spring Application.

Small Business Development Program Series, Wednesday January 22, 2014 – Social Media 101 – Facebook and Twitter

Posted On: December 16, 2013

Please join us for a presentation on Social Media focusing on Facebook and Twitter, featuring Patrick Comerford, Social Media, Digital Media Specialist and Community Organizer. The event will take place at FSW, 475 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport.’

Brewfest 2013 is a Resounding Success!

Posted On: December 16, 2013

Thanks to the creative leadership of Brewfest co-chairs, Karen Bennewitz, Shelly and Drummond Bell, and Board member Steve Finnegan, our Brewfest event surpassed attendance and fundraising goals. The event raised over $129,000 for FSW’s wide range of programs and the more than 13,000 low income clients we serve. Click here for coverage from Westport News!

FSW to Operate Community Closet in Bridgeport

Posted On: September, 05 2013

On July 1st FSW Inc. assumed sole responsibility for the operation of the Community Closet, the largest source of free "basic needs"? items including clothing, household items, baby and child equipment, books, toys, and diapers, in greater Bridgeport, CT. Read more

FCCF Awards FSW Inc. Women and Girls Fund Grant

Posted On: September, 05 2013

The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $20,000 to FSW to support its Project WIN (Women In Network) program that helps low-income women in the greater Bridgeport area by providing the office IT training they need to find and keep higher-paying jobs. Read more (link to press release archived on News page.) For more information on the Fairfield County Community Foundation please visit their website at www.fccfoundation.org


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