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The Open Door Shelter recognized Nathaniel "Nate"
Yordon, a partner with Capossela, Cohen in Southport, as
its 2016 Village Luminary as part of the Shelter's Gala and
Auction in May.
For the past 33 years, Nate has been a driving force in the
struggle to end homelessness through his work at the Open
Door Shelter, having served as the president of the organi-
zation's board of directors from 2008 through 2015. Along
with his commitment to the shelter, Nate serves as trea-
surer of the Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern
Connecticut and as moderator at the First Congregational
Church on the Green in Norwalk.
"In so many ways, Nate is the reason the Open Door Shelter
is able to provide the range of supportive services in a car-
ing and compassionate way to those in our community who
need help and assistance in their time of need," said Curtis
"Corky" Stewart, president of the organization's board of di-
rectors. "He has truly been an inspiration to all of us as we
look for ways of improving the fabric of our community."
The Open Door Shelter provides nightly shelter for more than
95 individuals and families including children. The shelter's
kitchen, known as Manna House, and pantry provide ap-
proximately 11,000 hot meals per month and provide boxed
food for more than 1,000 individuals and families trying to
make ends meet. With the help of community partners,
people receive job training and medical care. Children go to
school and receive after-school tutors to stay on track with
their education. Case managers help people move from a
crisis to a new home.
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Nate Yordon Honored at Norwalk Shelter Gala
BlumShapiro Volunteers Serve as Junior Achievement Teachers
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Nathaniel Yordon (left) accepts the Open Door Shelter's Village Luminary
award from Ruth McEnnis and Board of Directors President Corky Stewart.
Twenty-one BlumShapiro employees provided a full day of interactive classroom lessons about the fundamentals of work
readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to more than 230 students in grades three through five at Webster
Hill Elementary School in West Hartford. For seven consecutive years, BlumShapiro has used curricula developed by
JA to lead the JA in a Day program at Webster Hill. "Our annual participation in JA in a Day builds upon our ongoing
commitment to the community to build and sustain financial literacy for our youth," said BlumShapiro Chief Executive
Officer Joseph A. Kask.