Sterling House is a multi-service community center located in the heart of Stratford, Connecticut. Since its opening, Sterling House has been a mecca for young and old. It is dedicated to serving all ages from the toddler to the senior adult, and provides affordable social, educational and recreational activities which assist them in their positive and healthy development.

Sterling House
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Phone: (203) 378-2606

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Some Sterling House Fall Programs Still Open for Registration September 17th, 2014

Stratford, CT- September 10, 2014-There is so much happening inside this house! Registration is still open for some of the Fall Programs at Sterling House. To register for any of these programs, call (203) 378-2606.

Positive Youth Development:
Youth Art Class: for ages 6-12. Five week session begins Saturday, September 27. Beginners 9:00-10:30AM, advanced 10:45AM-12:15PM, teens aged 13-19 12:45PM-2:45PM. Fee $55*.

Cartooning Class for Youth: for grades 1-6. Six week session begins September 27. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30AM. Fee $50*.

Karate Class: beginner & advanced, youth & adults. Monday & Wednesday 7:30PM-9:00PM begins September 3. Saturdays 10:00AM-11:30AM begins September 6. Fee is based on coupon book system. Purchase classes for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Ninja Kids Karate Class: for youth ages 3-10. Saturdays from 9:00AM-10:00AM begins September 6. Fee is based on coupon book system. Purchase classes for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Children’s Yoga Program: for ages 5-9. Six week session begins September 23. Tuesdays 4:00-4:45PM. Fee is $60*.

Red Cross Babysitting Class: for ages 11-15. Saturday, October 25, 9:30AM-4:30PM. Fee is $100*, bring lunch and a beverage.

Contemporary Modern Dance for Youth: for ages 8-10. Six week session begins September 17. Wednesdays 6:00-7:00PM. Fee is $60*.

College/Career Expo Experience: Thursday, October 16, 5:00-6:00PM.College representative panel 6:00-6:30PM. Stratford Library college resource presentation 6:30-8:00PM. Expo with over 30 college, vocational, and armed services representatives will be on hand. Expo will be held in the Stratford High School auditorium and cafeteria. FREE

Rent-a-Kid Program: for middle school and high school students who want an opportunity to earn money and assist Stratford residents with doing odd jobs. Call 203.378.2606 for more information.

Smart Buddies Peer Tutoring Program: High School students are needed to tutor 1st-3rd graders. For more information contact Pam Robertson at 203.378.2606 x359 or e-mail

Youth in the Community Program: For youth ages 13-18 who would like to volunteer. Contact Bob Wargo at 203-378-2606 x113 or e-mail

S.T.R.O.B.E. Volunteer Youth Group: meets Thursdays 7:00-8:00PM starting October 9th. The group socializes and plans community service activities. Contact Pam Robertson 203.378.2606 x359 or e-mail

Athletic Programs:

Basketball League: for boys in grades 2-8. Registration begins September 15. Practice during December, league play begins January 2015. Fee is $105*.
Indoor Instructional Basketball: for boys and girls in grades K-2. Saturdays for 6 weeks. Registration begins September 15. Fee is $75*.

High School Basketball League: for boys in grades 9-12. Registration begins September 15. Practice during December, league play begins January 2015. Fee is $105*.

Golf Lessons: for youth aged 7 and up and adults. Sundays, youth 5:00-6:00PM, adults 6:15-7:15PM at Sports Center of CT in Shelton. Call 203.378.2606 for more details. Fee is $95* for youth, $100* for adults.

Lacrosse League: for boys and girls grades 4-8. Registration begins October 6. Play begins in spring 2015 with separate teams for boys and girls. Fee is $200*. US Lacrosse membership is also required. Visit

Bantam Learn to Play Lacrosse: for boys and girls in grades 2 & 3. Registration begins October 6. Fee is $100*.

Learn to Play Lacrosse: for boys and girls in grades K & 1. Registration begins October 6. Fee is $50*.

Adult Programs:

Creative Writing: Wednesdays from 10:00AM-11:30AM. For six weeks beginning October 15. Session two begins December 3. For both fiction and non-fiction writers at any level. Fee is $65*.

Freezer Meal Workshop: Save time. Save money. 1 night workshop- go home with 7 nights of meals. Wednesday, October 1 (registration deadline Sept. 21), Wednesday, October 22 (registration deadline Oct. 12), Wednesday, November 5 (registration deadline Oct. 26), Wednesday, November 12 (registration deadline Nov. 2), Wednesday, December 3 (registration deadline Nov. 23). Fee is $80*

Books Worth Discussing: first Monday of each month. Begins September 8, 7:00PM. No fee, Sterling House membership required.

Adult Yoga Class: Mondays from 6:00-7:15PM for 10 weeks starting September 15th. Fee is $110* or $12/class drop-in fee.

Youth & Adult Piano Lessons: Private lessons. Call 203.378.2606 for information.

Adult Karate Class: Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-9:00PM, Saturdays 10:00-11:30AM. Begins September 3rd. Fee is based on a coupon book system and can be purchased for $30, $60, $80 or $120*.

Rug Hooking Class: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30PM for 6 weeks beginning September 16th. Fee is $65*.

Scrapbooking: Saturday, 4PM-Midnight, October 25, November 8, & December 6. Fee is $25*. Contact Donna Kelly for more information 203.378.2606 x102 or e-mail

Red Cross Pet First Aid Class-Cats & Dogs: Saturday, November 8th 9:30AM-1:00PM. Fee is $75*.

“Grab ‘n Go for Peace of Mind”: a workshop by Professional Organizer Anita Taylor. Wednesday, Sept 24th 7:00-8:00PM. Fee is $15*.

“Clutter Clutter Everywhere- Organize your House and Office”: a workshop by professional organizer Anita Taylor. Wednesday, October 8th (organize your office), or Wednesday, November 12th (organize your house) 7:00-8:00PM. Fee is $15*.
St. Vincent’s Mammography Screening: Wednesday, November 19th 10:00AM-2:00PM. For more information call 203.378.2606 x110.

College Advisors of CT: Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30PM. Free, advanced registration required.

Child Development Class: On-going training for working with children and obtaining a CDA. Contact Priscilla Choquette,
*Sterling House membership is required for most programs. Visit the Sterling House Web site or call 203.378.2606 for more information.

Sterling House is a multi-service community center located in the heart of Stratford, CT. Sterling House services more than 13,000 children, teenagers and adults per year by providing child development services, community services, positive youth development services and adult programs to the residents of Stratford and the Greater Bridgeport area. The mission of Sterling House is to foster the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of the communities we serve.

Press Contact: Jeanette Sten
Communications Coordinator
2283 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
(203)378-2606 x111
Cell: (917)751-3552

Flea Market/Tag Sale September 17th, 2014

On the Sterling House Community Center’s Front Lawn

Saturday September 27, 2014 – 9am – 2pm
(Rain: we go indoors!)
Face Painting – Bake Sale –
Food – Chips – Water

You may buy your own table in the Fair. Pick up the space application from the Sterling House front desk office.

Sterling House Preschool – 2283 Main Street – Stratford, CT 06615 – 203/378-2606 x100 –

We’re Getting a New Playground– To be Built on November 14, 2014! September 2nd, 2014


KaBOOM has found funders to support the construction of a new playground for Sterling House. Two corporations will be contributing a total of $85,000 to construct a new playground for Sterling House on November 14th, 2014. Sterling House has to raise 10% of this amount- $8,500- to go towards this project. This money must be raised by Dec. 31st, 2014. We are so very excited that we will finally be working with KaBOOM to construct a new playground for Sterling House programs and the children and families of our community!

At this time, please put on your “thinking” caps to help find both volunteers and financial supporters for this wonderful project. If you have any ideas of individuals, companies and corporations that may want to support this project financially please contact Diane Sheridan at 203-378-2606 x105.

We are also looking for volunteers who would be interested in taking on a leadership role as members of the Playground Planning Committee. This committee will drive the project forward to ensure success. Planning Committee members should be available to participate in a one-hour weekly conference call with the Funding partners and KaBoom Project Manager as well as commit to time in-between calls to fulfill responsibilities.

The Planning Committee needs 10-15 committed volunteers who can help with recruitment of volunteers for prep days and build day of the playground, getting contributions of healthy food for breakfast and lunch on the 2 prep days and build days, logistics, safety on those days (First Aid/CPR volunteers) along with working on media and public relations with Jeanette Sten, our Communications Coordinator, and work on the construction committee.

The commitment is only 8 weeks!

Please contact Lou Perno 203-378-2606 x103 or Diane Sheridan 203-378-2606 x105 if you are interested in volunteering.


Sterling Classic Golf Tournament August 19th, 2014

DATE: Monday, September 22, 2014

PLACE: Mill River Country Club 4567 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06614

EVENT: 18 Hole Golf Tournament

TIME: 10:00 AM Registration-Contests

10:30 AM Putting and “Hit the Windshield” Contests

11:00 AM Lunch

12:30 PM Shotgun Start

To Follow Play Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres One hour open bar

Silent and Live Auction – Sports Memorabelia

Dinner, Awards and Raffle Cash bar available

Click here to see the flyer. Click here for the Quickscore link to register.

Sterling House Is Awarded $10,000 Grant From the Inner City Foundation for Charity & Education For The 2014 Summer Day Camp Program July 1st, 2014

Lou Perno, Executive Director announces that the Sterling House Community Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Inner City Foundation for Charity & Education to support The Youth Program Assistance Fund, specifically for camp scholarships for Sterling Park Day Camp. Sterling Park Day Camp is an 8-week summer camp experience for children and youth in grades Pre-K to 10th grade. These funds will enable Sterling House to provide financial assistance to families in need of resources to enable their children to have a positive, supervised summer experience by attending Sterling Park Day Camp during the summer of 2014. The camp is in operation from June 30 through August 15, 2014.

The camp operates for four two-week sessions, Monday through Friday at Sterling House Community Center, 2283 Main Street, Stratford. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with extended care options from 8 am to 5:30 p.m. Serving children of the community for more than 68 years, Sterling Park Day Camp offers indoor and outdoor physical and non-physical activities, including arts and crafts, sports, music, drama, games of skill, track and field events, swimming, community trips and other events important for character building. Physical facilities include an in-ground swimming pool, playground, recreation field, arts and crafts room, sports court, kitchen, all-purpose room, dressing rooms and showers and the use of “Erin’s Gym”.

Since September 1997, the Youth Program Assistance Fund has assisted close to 1,000 boys and girls ages 2-18. As a result of this Fund, youth are able to participate in the following programs: Nursery/Pre-school; basketball league/instructional program; Soccer League; Instructional Soccer Program; High School Basketball League; Lacrosse Program and Sterling Park Day Camp. The Youth Program Assistance Fund has indeed been successful since its inception in that it has given youth an opportunity to participate in positive youth development and child development programs; youth who would not have had this opportunity without this fund.

Sterling House Community Center has been serving the Stratford Community and beyond for over 82 years providing social, educational and recreational programs to all ages throughout the year. Positive Youth Development Services includes such programs as athletics, after school programs, Youth In The Community Program, Rent-A-Kid Program, Youth Connection Project, Sterling Park Day Camp along with other social and community services. Last year Sterling House serviced over 13,000 children, teenagers and adults. To learn more about Sterling Park Day Camp and the Youth Program Assistance Fund at Sterling House contact Bill O’Brien, Senior Program/Athletic Director at 378-2606, Ext. 106 or

The Inner-City Foundation For Charity & Education is a 501(c) (3) non-sectarian foundation that supports organizations that provide assistance, including food, clothing, shelter, counseling and education, to at-risk and needy children and adults of Fairfield County. The Foundation has awarded over $25 million in grants since 1992, including $13 million in scholarship aid for inner-city school students, and $5.5 million to social service agencies that provide food, clothing, health services, counseling, transportation and shelter to those in need. In addition, the Foundation has awarded another $6.7 million to support programs for students with learning disabilities, recreation and education programs for children, and adult literacy programs that empower individuals to become self-sufficient.

Sterling Down and Dirty 5K May 20th, 2014

Join the fun at Stratford’s first “Challenging Obstacle 5K Mud Run” on Saturday October 4, 2014
at Short Beach.

Get all the “dirty details” here.
Register your team early and save!

Sterling House Preschool Has Openings for 2014 May 2nd, 2014

The Sterling House NAEYC Accredited and State Licensed Pre-school has limited openings for the September 2014 school year. The program, which has been operating for 82 years, provides a social-educational program for 3-5 year olds. The goal of the Pre-School is to have all children become self-confident in school with people and materials, to become aware and curious of their environment and to develop a love of learning that will sustain them throughout their educational experiences. Openings are available for Morning, Full Day and Extended sessions.

For more information contact Priscilla Choquette, Director of the Child Development Programs, at 203-378-2606, Ext. 112 or For tuition information contact Donna Kelly, Office Manager, at Ext. 102 or

Host the Sterling House Suite at Harbor Yard and Support Betsy Ross Camp Scholarship Fund April 25th, 2014

Support the Sterling House Betsy Ross Camp Scholarship Fund and enjoy Bridgeport Blue Fish Baseball by hosting the Sterling House Suite at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Sterling House Community Center in Stratford has adopted a luxury suite at Harbor Yard which is available to rent for friends, family, clients, or employees to enjoy a Blue Fish Game.

The Suite includes:
*25 tickets for indoor and outdoor seating
*Air conditioned environment
*Access to harbor club and private suite level bathrooms
*TV Service for your entertainment
*PA system and video board recognition
*Great food menu – food may be pre-ordered for your convenience
*Wait staff assigned to each suite

For the fee of $750 the ”Sterling House” Luxury Suite can be rented and $350 of this fee goes back to Sterling House to support their Betsy Ross Camp Scholarship Fund which will enable a child to attend Sterling Park Day Camp for 2 weeks this summer-2014. The summer day camp for boys and girls from Pre-K (4 yr olds) through 8th grade will operate for 7 weeks, beginning June 30th and concluding Aug. 15th. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Pre-K children and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for campers in grades K-8th, with extended hours beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. for an additional cost. Cost for a 2 week session is $350/camper plus a Sterling House membership.

Sterling Park Day Camp, which has served children of the community for more than 68 years, offers indoor and outdoor physical and non-physical activities, including arts and crafts, sports, music, drama, games of skill, track and field events, swimming and community trips, including the use of the new “Erin’s Gym”.

To rent the Sterling House Suite at Harbor Yard please contact Diane Sheridan, Director of Community Development, at 203-378-2606, Ext. 105 or and contact Lou Perno, Executive Director for more information about the Betsy Ross Camp Scholarship Fund at Ext. 103 or

Sterling House Community Center to receive $1.2 Million grant For Elevator Project March 30th, 2014

Sterling House Community Center
Press Release

To: Stratford Star, Conn. Post, New Haven Register, Stratford Patch, Sterling House Website/Facebook/Twitter.

Contact: Louis D. Perno, Executive Director
Telephone: 203-378-2606, Ext. 103

Sterling House Community Center to receive $1.2 Million grant For Elevator Project

The Board of Directors of Sterling House Community Center in Stratford has announced that the State Bond Commission has approved a grant for $1.2 million for the center’s Elevator and Facility Enhancement Project. The project was advanced by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the State Bond Commission Agenda which was passed on Friday, March 28th in Hartford. Sterling House Board Chairman, James Millward, commented “We are most grateful to the Governor, all of our local State legislators, our Mayor and the hundreds of members of Sterling House who supported this project which will finally become a reality after being in our plans since 2002”. Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120), Rep. Larry Miller (R-122), Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21), Rep. Terry Backer (D-121) and Sen. Andres Ayala, Jr. (D-23) along with Stratford Mayor John Harkins wrote to the Governor last October requesting the funds for the project.

A project long time coming, it has been part of long term plans for the center for over 12 years. In 2002 a “Long Range Facility Utilization & Development Plan” was completed for Sterling House which outlined the need for an elevator in order to fulfill the center’s goals and objectives of its Handicap Accessibility Plan. In 2009 Sterling House completed its “Strategic Plan” which also recommended the construction of a five stop elevator for the center. In 2011 the Town of Stratford approved funds for Sterling House to complete a feasibility study and develop budgeting and architectural documents for the center’s “Elevator and Facility Enhancement” Project. “This project is so critical in order for Sterling House to effectively continue to carry out its mission and meet the social, educational and recreational needs of over 13,000 children, teenagers and adults which we service yearly” said Lou Perno, Executive Director at Sterling House.

The project will include an elevator, an inside stairwell egress, elimination of an outside fire escape and renovation of the main office and reception area. The elevator will allow individuals, including all those who are physically challenged, to utilize the center and its programs to the fullest. In 2004, Sterling House received CDBG funds to renovate the basement of the center to more efficiently house the Sterling House Food Pantry, a program which began in 1992. The new space has proved to be a wonderful asset for a program which has grown to become the Sterling House Resource Connection Program, a comprehensive basic needs assistance program which in 2013 provided over 8,700 individuals with basic needs assistance in the form of food, diapers, pet food, school supplies, clothing, holiday gifts, Thanksgiving meals and information and referral. The project will greatly impact this program in the basement with the only access now being a narrow and lengthy stairwell not accessible to the elderly and physically challenged populations who use the program. Without an elevator at Sterling House, the physically challenged population also do not have access to its 2nd and 3rd floor levels where classes, workshops, support groups and other programs are held. “In our Day Camp, we accommodate the special needs population along with children in wheel chairs. These children have to be literally carried to the 2nd and 3rd floors to participate in activities”, comments Bob Wargo, Co-Camp Director of Sterling House.

“We are investing in Sterling House because we want to ensure this cultural landmark is used as much in the future as it has been for the last 80 years,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. Sterling House Community Center has been serving Greater Bridgeport for 82 years out of a Romanesque mansion built in 1886. Captain John Sterling owned the land where his son John built the Sterling Home in 1886 for his mom and sister Catherine and Cordelia. Cordelia Sterling donated the Sterling Homestead, House and Park, in memory of her father, to the people of Stratford and neighboring areas. She died in 1931 and according to her wishes and will Sterling House has been utilized as a community center since 1932.

The Romanesque Mansion which houses Sterling House Community Center was once the homestead of the Sterling family, one of Stratford’s oldest and wealthiest families. The stately house was designed by architect Bruce Price of New York, who also designed Osborne Hall and Welch Hall at Yale University. The homesteads lawns and gardens were originally planned by Frederick Law Olmsted who was the landscape architect of New York’s Central Park. Sterling House is included in the National Registry of Historic District.

Sterling House services all ages from the young to senior adults, offering over 35 different programs yearly providing affordable Child Development Services, Positive Youth Development Services, Adult Programs and Community Services. The center operates positive development, assistance and prevention programs for children, teenagers and adults which meet the social, intellectual, physical, emotional and artistic needs of individuals from Stratford, Greater Bridgeport, Milford and Shelton. The center utilizes over 350 volunteers.

The Sterling House Elevator and Facility Enhancement Project is one which is being supported by all aspects of our community. “This is absolutely an exciting time for Sterling House and our entire Stratford and beyond community. We are deeply grateful for everyone’s support; our Board, our Association, staff, our legislators, our mayor and the Town of Stratford, members of Sterling House and the thousands of people we touch through all of our programs” said Lou Perno.

Open Your Heart for Sterling House February 18th, 2014

Sterling House’s greatest asset and eventual legacy lies not in the programs that the general public sees, but rather in the quite acts of support and kindness given by individuals and families caught in the crossroads of life……
I have never seen a community more supportive than the one I live in. Stratford is a great place to live and work. The people in this town constantly amaze me with their willingness to give to those in need.

Not a day goes by at Sterling House when I’m not holding the door for a ”friend of Sterling House,” who is dropping off food for the Resource Connection Program/Food Pantry, or I’m saying hello to a volunteer who is coming to work in our Resource Connection program/Food Pantry.

There are many advantages to giving; the greatest gift of donating is the sense of pride knowing you are helping others. Non- profits rely more than ever on community support to help assist with the daily needs of organizations, be it monetary donations, products, services, or volunteer time. We welcome donations from all sources such as schools, church groups, businesses, individuals and families.

We ask you to open your hearts this Valentine’s Day and consider giving a donation to help Sterling House Community Center. Please share the list below with family and friends and neighbors.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Please contact me if you have any question -203-378-2606 Ext 105;
Diane Sheridan, Director of Community Development

The following items are needed at Sterling House:
Resource Program/Food Pantry
Pampers- size 3-6
Pet food
Small set of lockers
Sink / and installation
Pre- School
4 red wagons
Arts Program
Gift Cards for Art show dedicated to the Armed Forces and to recognize the talents of youth and adults
Framing Services
Food/Refreshments for Art Show

Youth Sports Program
Commercial size ice maker for spring and fall youth soccer
Glass Display case 4 to 6 feet wide, 5 to 6 feet high – with or without wheels
Youth Summer Camp
2 DVD- players
300 Vinyl drawstring backpacks
Sterling House/maintenance
Security System / and installation
6 Foot step ladder
High Speed floor machine
Steam carpet shampooer
Shop Vac
Development Department
Volunteers for events
Gift Certificates/Services, etc. for auction items
Printing Services