The Charter House
This is a winter housing facility that serves as an emergency home for up to five families at a time from November through April. It is staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who provide a warm, welcoming environment for families in stress. MCCC works closely with HOPE, the Parent Child Center, Mary Johnson Children's Center, Women Safe and Counseling Services of Addison County to assist residents in finding appropriate jobs, housing, counseling, educational opportunities and childcare.
North Pleasant St. Community Housing
These five fully-furnished apartments are open all year to help families transition into independent housing. The complex is located at 39 North Pleasant Street, two blocks north of the Charter House. The typical duration of residency is 6 to 18 months.
Farm-to-Table, one of MCCC's newest projects, grows and distributes fresh produce. Volunteers work on donated land at Blue Meadow Farm in Lincoln and Nash Farm in New Haven. After harvest, the produce is used in MCCC's food programs, donated to local food shelves and made available to those who attend the Community Suppers and Community Lunches. Farm-to-Table brings fresh, local produce to those who need food asisstance and teaches environmentally responsible farming and food preservation techniques to volunteers.
This program provides a free supper for 200 people every Friday evening. Each week, a different community organization puts on a supper. In the past year, 37 different organizations hosted a supper. The volunteers prepare and serve the supper from 5:00 to 6:15 pm. The Community Suppers are open to everyone, and serve the multiple roles of providing nutritious meals to those who need them and a welcoming setting for community members to gather and connect.
This free lunch program provides meals for 40 people every Monday through Thursday. Volunteers prepare and serve the lunches from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. From September through May, Community Lunches are served at St. Stephen's on Mondays and at Charter House Tuesday through Thursday. During the summer, Community Lunches are served Monday through Thursday at Charter House. The lunches are open to everyone, providing a regular nutritious meal and a comfortable setting for people from many different parts of the community to get to know one another.
Saturday Family Breakfasts
The newest component of MCCC's Community Meals program, Saturday Family Breakfasts are served on Saturday mornings throughout the school year at Charter House. The goals of Family Breakfast are twofold: to provide a hearty, warm breakfast that nourishes and also to engage families and children in fun, educational activities. Children participate in word games, math activities and language learning. Parents spend with their kids and can also chat with other parents and volunteers about parenting. The breakfast provides a free meal to an average of 25 people.