STAMFORD — The Pacific House Gala on Oct. 6 raised more than $675,000 to support the services provided by Pacific House, an emergency shelter for men and young adults.

Greenwich resident Alice Melly was honored with the 2017 Foundation Award for her support of Pacific House for over 35 years. A former board member, Melly still regularly serves dinner at the emergency shelter.

“Putting a roof over peoples’ heads during the ups and downs of recovery is important,” Melly said. “It’s been an honor to see this organization grow.”

First Congregational Church of Darien received the 2017 Community Award. The church has supported Pacific House through volunteer efforts and substantial financial support for over 25 years.

Mayor David Martin spoke about the physical and emotional security the organization provides.

“When we lose our home, it’s a threat to our emotional being,” he said. “The ache for home lives in all of us, and what Pacific House does, is it keeps peoples’ emotional souls alive while helping them find their home.”

Pacific House Executive Director Rafael Pagan Jr. said that the organization has created and managed 65 units of housing. Three more homes owned by Pacific House are currently in development.

“The funds raised will help provide food and shelter, as well as case management services, recovery programming, employment training and the creation of housing,” said Andrew Barer, Pacific House Director of Development. “These services work together and are the key to supporting people as they journey towards independence and success - something we do each day at Pacific House."