Order of Malta



St. Catherine Center for Special Needs


Start Date: 2008

St. Catherine Center serves as a centralized resource for people with disabilities in the Bridgeport Diocese. St. Catherine Academy, part of SCC, is a state approved private Special Education School serving students of all faiths who are impacted with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On the third Friday of each month, 30 Area members shop for peanut butter, jelly, bread and sandwich bags. They work side-by-side with students of Saint Catherine’s to make 300 PB&J sandwiches for the homeless at Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport. The message taught is “regardless of our disabilities, we can all help someone else.”

For two hours each week, 6 Area volunteers spend time reading stories to students at Saint Catherine’s Academy for Story Hour. The books are chosen based on the students’ interests, needs and the week’s learning goals.

Library /Media contact:  Virginia Dwyer-Aoyama, DM vdwyeraoyama@gmail.com

PB&J volunteer Coordinator: Nancy Murphy, DM nancymurphy@earthlink.net

Order of Malta, American Association, U.S.A.

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