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New Canaan Kiwanis hears about shelters, housing for homeless

Published 10:39 am, Monday, February 25, 2013
  • The New Canaan Kiwanis Club welcomed speaker Bernie Carr. From left, Barbara Wagner, Carr, Eloise Killeffer and Ann Wronski. Photo: Contributed Photo
    The New Canaan Kiwanis Club welcomed speaker Bernie Carr. From left, Barbara Wagner, Carr, Eloise Killeffer and Ann Wronski. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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New Canaan Kiwanis Club members welcomed Bernie Carr, executive director of the Thorpe Family Residence, at a recent luncheon at the Roger Sherman Inn.

Thorpe Family Residences operates two projects in the Bronx, N.Y., including a 16-unit transitional shelter for homeless mothers and children and a 20-unit permanent supportive housing facility for families. Thorpe Family Residence provides comprehensive care for homeless families and individuals seeking to develop life skills in preparation for independent living. Thorpe was founded in1989 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkhill.

Carr has worked for almost three decades in the field of affordable housing, beginning as a tenant organizer in the Bronx in the 1980s. He worked on renovating abandoned buildings in the 1990s and served for 10 years as the founding executive director of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing. He is also active in inner-city Catholic education, as a volunteer fundraiser for Aquinas High School.

He graduated from the University of Michigan and has a master's degree in theology from Fordham University. He lives in the Bronx with his wife, who is a mental health counselor, and his son, while his grown daughter lives nearby and works as an education researcher at Fordham University.