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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It’s a Celebration for Sterling House and You’re Invited! April 14th, 2014

$85.00 per person at the “Celebration on the “Bluffs in Lordship” (Stratford) catered by Barcelona of Fairfield, etc…, beer, wine and specialty drinks!

Caribbean Fusion music and a celebration of our 375th Anniversary in Stratford and our Sterling House
Elevator Project!

For reservations contact Patty Calabrese- Special Events Coordinator at 203-378-2606 ext 107
or at

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.

Athletic Sponsors Needed March 13th, 2014

This year our goal is to obtain a financial sponsor for every team in all Sterling House athletic programs. A team can be sponsored for $150-$250. If a player brings in a team sponsorship, he/she will have $25 deducted from the registration fee for the league. All Sponsors will have their name printed on team shirts, receive a plaque with team photo and recognized in the Sterling House annual report. LET’S GET SPONSORS TO BECOME PART OF OUR TEAM!!

Call Sterling House for Athletic Sponsor Forms and for more information contact Diane Sheridan, Director of Community Development at 203-378-2606, Ext. 105 or or Bill O’Brien, Senior Program/Athletic Director at Ext. 106 or

Register for Sterling Park Day Camp Now March 13th, 2014

Sterling House announces that it is now accepting registration for “Sterling Park Day Camp”. Enrollment is filled on a first come-first serve basis; limited enrollment.

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”.

Physical facilities include an in-ground swimming pool, playground, recreation field, arts and crafts room, “Erin’s Gym”, kitchen, all-purpose room, dressing rooms and showers.

Sterling House maintains a scholarship fund for children from Stratford and surrounding communities. A gift of $350 would send a child to the camp for one two-week session. If interested in contributing to the Sterling Park Day Camp Scholarship Fund or to apply for a camp scholarship contact Lou Perno, Executive Director at 203-378-2606, Ext. 103 or

For information about camp registration please call Sterling House at 203-378-2606.

Stop & Shop in Stratford Supports Sterling House Resource Connection Program March 11th, 2014

In photo from L to R: Barbara Ramanauskas, Resource Connection Coordinator, receives check from Mike Silva, Store Manager at the Stratford Stop & Shop.

The Board of Directors, Association, staff and families of Sterling House Community Center would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Stratford Stop & Shop for the wonderful donation of a $2,819 which will support the SH Resource Connection Program/Food Pantry. This will enable the program to provide basic needs assistance to hundreds of individuals and families impacting poverty in Greater Bridgeport.

Sterling House will Offer a Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) Character and Leadership Institute March 1st, 2014

The Sterling House Community Center’s will offer a Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) Character and Leadership Institute for young adults going into 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades and who are 14 years old by June 30th , 2014 according to Robert Wargo, Volunteer Director and Co-Director of the center’s Sterling Park Day Camp.

“The Character and Leadership Institute consists of 5 two-hour sessions that emphasize leadership, child development and safety, and program skills development that will enable young adults to assist in all areas of camp with confidence,” said Bob Wargo, Day Camp Co-Director. “Additional development will occur daily through the experiences volunteers are exposed to throughout the summer day camp season.” A Parent and youth information and orientation session is scheduled Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 PM at Sterling House, 2283 Main Street, Stratford.

The C.I.T. Character and Leadership Institute is required for students to be a part of the Junior Counselor program, the high school aged youth volunteer program for Sterling Park Summer Day Camp. “The knowledge and skills learned through this experience will not only help students with their ongoing interactions with children now and but will remain with them for the rest of their lives,” Wargo said.

For more information you may go to the Sterling House website, or contact Bob Wargo at 203-378-2606 and

Sterling House Seeks Resource Work/Social Worker March 1st, 2014

The Resource Connection Program Resource Worker/Social Worker, under the supervision of the Program Director, is responsible for resource development and referral with clients seeking basic needs assistance, assisting them with obtaining other resources to enable them to be more self-sufficient.

Responsibilities include:

1. Developing and maintain relationships with Resource Connection Program clients; provide support, advocacy, assessment and intervention.
2. Researching and accessing resources in the community to meet varied client’s needs.
3. Work in cooperation with all Resource Connection Program Staff and Sterling House staff.
4. “Counsel” individuals and make referrals when necessary.
5. Develop and maintain relationships with other agencies, community organizations and other resources in the Greater Bridgeport community.
6. Assist with promotion/communication of Resource Connection Program
7. Outreach services with clients at local community supper 2 evenings per week.
8. Maintain all necessary reports.
9. Attend staff meetings when necessary

Hours: 10-15 hour per week; must be available on site during food pantry hours (Mon.-Thurs. 1-3 pm)

Requirements: Must have social work or human service degree with experience working with diverse populations providing basic needs resources and counseling; excellent communication skills and ability to work in a community center environment.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Lou Perno, Executive Director
Sterling House Community Center, Inc.
2283 Main St.
Stratford, CT. 06615

Part-Time Communications Coordinator for Sterling House February 20th, 2014

Sterling House is seeking a part time Communications Coordinator to participate in the creation and implementation of all plans and programs designed to raise public awareness of Sterling House, its programs, services and events through a variety of communication tools in order to increase the number and quality of community and donor relationships along with program/event participation.

To learn more about the position and to be considered please contact Lou Perno, Executive Director at Sterling House at 203-378-2606, Ext. 103 or

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

Ashcroft, Inc. Supports Sterling House January 28th, 2014

Employees of the Stratford facility of Ashcroft, Inc. recently put together a Cookbook called “Ashcroft Gourmets: Cooking Under Pressure” with a collection of employees’ favorite recipes. The cookbook is being sold for $10 with all proceeds going to Sterling House to support the Sterling Park Day Camp Scholarship fund. A check for $1,970 was recently presented to Lou Perno, Executive Director of Sterling House. “We truly appreciate all the support we receive from Ashcroft especially through their recent cookbook project as well as supporting our annual Toy Drive. We are grateful to all their assistance”, comments Lou Perno. The cookbook is currently for sale at Sterling House. In photo, Lou Perno is presented with a check from Jeanette Guggenheim, Executive Assistant of Operations at Ashcroft with members of her Cookbook Committee. THANK YOU ASHCROFT, INC. FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!