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LifeBridge Community Services

Website: http://www.lifebridgect.org/

Bridgeport, CT - 06605
(203) 368-4291

Financial Help Provided: Basic Needs, Fuel Assistance

Full Description:

The Community Closet (The Closet) serves the needy of Greater Bridgeport by offering gently used clothing for men, women, and children, housewares, small appliances, disposable diapers, and other basic needs items free of charge. Clients must be referred to the Closet for shopping by an area agency that has determined family need.


The Community Closet is located in the basement of the LifeBridge main building located at 475 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06605


The Community Closet shopping hours are Monday and Wednesday 9am-2pm, Tuesday and Thursday 12pm–3pm and the first Wednesday of each month 4pm–6pm. Donations will only be accepted on Tuesday and Thursday 9am-12pm and Friday 9am-3pm. 


Persons interested in becoming shoppers at The Community Closet must have a written referral from a partner agency that determines family need. Referrals are valid for two years and may be renewed by the issuing agency. Shoppers are allowed to shop once a calendar month.


The Community Closet would not be possible without the generous support of numerous donors who bring their gently used clothing and household goods to The Closet.

Items We Accept

Seasonably appropriate, current fashions for men, women and children; baby clothes and school uniform apparel, e.g., khaki pants, skits, jumpers and polo shirts are especially neededOuterwear; coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, and new or slightly worn shoes and boots

Accessories – shoes, belts, scarves and costume jewelry

Unopened perfume, cosmetics and toiletriesBed linens, table linens, blankets, towels, curtains, fabric, etc

Baby and children’s equipment in compliance with current safety standards such as car seats, cribs, strollers, high chairs, and playpens

Small household goods and appliances

Toys, including clean stuffed animals

Artwork, housewares, books, toys, complete games and puzzles (please make sure games and puzzles are taped shut)

Holiday items, decorations, unopened gifts

CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, video games, books on tape/CD

Furniture: only small items such as end tables, small chairs no larger than a wing chair, plant stands, etc. Please call first to make sure we have room.

Items We Don’t Accept

Large items of furniture

Appliances and electronics that require an electrical outlet



House paint and pesticides

Please be selective when donating. We are dedicated to providing high quality items to our customers. Be sure that all clothing items and linens are clean and free from odors, stains and tears.

Summer clothes accepted April 15 – July 31. Winter clothes accepted September 1 – March 31. The Community Closet will be closed for maintenance the first two weeks of January, April and August. 

We cannot pick up items and do not arrange delivery. A tax receipt is provided, however, the donor is responsible for establishing the value of donated items.


Operation Fuel Intake



Operation Fuel is a private, statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance to lower-income working families and elderly residents.


Clients must have one of the following:

Shut-off notice

No utility service

Need assistance making a required payment in order to keep a payment arrangement.

Have a past-due balance of 30 days or more.

Client must not have received an Operation Fuel grant during the previous 12-month period in which they are applying. If client has received the HIPP grant of $1000 from the eviction prevention programs administered at LifeBridge Community Services, then they are not eligible for a 3-year period.

Client has made at least 4 payments within the previous 12-months and one of the payments must have been made during the winter months. Client cannot make the 4 payments within one month. They must show a pattern of payments.

Household income cannot exceed 60% of the State Medium Income.

The maximum amount of the grant is $500.

All final approvals and payments are made by Operation Fuel staff; not LifeBridge Community Services.



Client must provide a shut-off notice, or utility bill that is 30 days past due.

Client must provide a payment history provided by the utility company.

Client must provide documentation of income of all household members. Earned income must be within the last 4 weeks.

Services provided by appointment only; no walk-ins allowed.

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.