Our Mission

Person to Person supports families and individuals as they move toward stability with healthy food, clothing, housing assistance, and a path to economic opportunity.

Our Vision

Thriving, hunger-free homes.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Person to Person, we are steadfast in our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive organization and culture. We pledge to regularly assess and enhance our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives through global benchmark reviews, staff engagement surveys, and efforts to increase volunteer diversity. We cultivate a culture of learning by providing training on values and behavior for staff, volunteers, and board members, along with ongoing education opportunities. Our commitment extends to incorporating the voices of those we serve through pulse surveys, client councils, and feedback mechanisms. We prioritize talent attraction and retention by establishing robust pipelines of diverse staff, broadening board diversity, and activating volunteer pipelines. Embracing diversity is at the core of our mission, and we invite all stakeholders to join us on this journey, working collaboratively to create an equitable and welcoming environment for everyone at Person to Person.

Who We Serve

P2P currently serves approximately 28,000 individuals in lower Fairfield County, including the towns of Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

Each person we have the opportunity to serve has a unique story. Whether it’s a single mother struggling to work enough hours to provide for herself and her children, an elderly man living alone on disability, or a young family looking for guidance to navigate housing expenses in Fairfield County, each person has a unique reason for calling on P2P and we are here to serve them all, no questions asked. 

Our Impact

Strategic Plan

Following a nine-month engagement of stakeholders and strategic conversations, P2P unveiled its 2023 – 2025 Strategic Plan which includes the following goals:

  1. Programs: To be responsive to emergent community needs, post-pandemic:
    • Strengthen the Financial Opportunity Center
    • Add a second mobile food pantry in Stamford
    • Transition the Scholarship program to other outside partners
  2. Talent Acquisition & Retention: To cultivate a robust and engaged volunteer corp sufficient to achieve P2P’s mission, and foster a diverse and inclusive organization and culture.
  3. Maintain Financial Sustainability : To ensure P2P has the financial resources to sustain programmatic and operational needs today and in the future.
  4. Marketing & Communications: To broaden community awareness and support with branding and messaging strategies to support all of P2P’s programs and services.

Meet the Team

P2P Leadership

Nancy Coughlin, Chief Executive Officer

Lauren Franciamore, Chief Programs Officer

Juri Garone, Chief Community Relations Officer

Debra Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer

Greg Dobbs, Senior Site Director


Staff

DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DEPARTMENT

Ruta Pakstas Cole
Development Officer-Grants

Julie Moeller
Corporate Engagement Officer

Sarah Lippman
Development and Salesforce Manager

Leonie Fillingham
Gift Entry Associate

Courtney Galvan
Director of Marketing and Communications

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Janeen Eckert
Finance Associate

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

Christina Mason
Executive Assistant

Sarah Demark
Volunteer Manager

Lorena Gonzalez
Client Receptionist

Darien Site Staff

Patty Salgado
Darien Site Manager

David Garcia
Darien Assistant Site Manager

Corey Simms
Darien Site Support Associate

Leah Quinn
Clothing Center Manager

Norwalk Site Staff

Greg Dobbs
Senior Site Director

Steve Callow
Norwalk Assistant Site Manager

AJ Jackson
Norwalk Site Support Associate

Diana Valencia
Norwalk Client Receptionist

Stamford Site Staff

Rick Nixon
Stamford Site Manager & Food Manager

Ernesto Uquillas
Stamford Driver & Delivery Services Coordinator

Trevor Atkins
Stamford Site Support Associate

Alba Mercedes
Stamford Site Associate

PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT

Flor Gonzalez
Consultant

Deborah Arrieta
Case Manager/FOC Specialist

Deborah Arrieta
Case Manager/FOC Specialist

Patricia Obando
Case Manager/FOC Specialist

Sandra Canales
Casework Admin Coordinator

Kislene Bosse Belizaire
Caseworker

Tania Parrales
Caseworker

Shirely Vega
Caseworker


Board 2023-2024

Christina Johnson Wolff
President

Mike Riccardi
Vice-President of Strategy

Caroline Gillespie-Greer
Treasurer

Betsy Wilson
Secretary

Yakut Akman

Russell Chapman

Celeste Cox Baldwin

Shawn Cummings

Allison Gagliardi

Mimi Griffith

Norman LaCroix

Michelle Lappas

Todd Lindvall

Eric Lobenfeld

Lauren Matthiesen

Natalia Pedroza

Mara Peters

Angela Riley

Lucia Rilling

Holly Schulz

Meghan Thornton

Christopher Willis

James Winter

Ex Officio: Nancy Coughlin

Directors Emeriti

Harry Geller

Wilder Gleason

Judy Kilmartin

Jutta (Judy) Nemec

Patricia Phillips (deceased)

Per Sekse

Jan Smith

William Taggart

Avery Whidden

Rebecca Wilson

History

Following the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, the rector of Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, Connecticut – The Rev. Dr. Robert Nelson Back, who had attended seminary with Dr. King – met with parish member Jean Sherman to discuss how caring people in Darien could express their concern about and respond to the assassination as well as growing civil rights issues. In a letter dated April 18, 1968, Dr. Back announced the formation of Person-to-Person and named Jean its first director.

Financials

P2P offers services to people with limited resources to help them meet the challenges of daily life. We are able to do so because we have the support of individuals, businesses, community organizations, schools, congregations and foundations, and leverage every financial and in-kind donation to reach over 28,000 people annually. For every $1 donated, P2P provides $5 worth of food.

You can see our most recent annual reports and financial statements below.

Audited Financial Statements

IRS 990 Statements

Annual Reports

2021 FY Annual Report