Who We Are

The PT Barnum Apartments of Bridgeport are one of four public housing complexes in Bridgeport.  The Apartments consist of 18 three-story buildings with 20 apartments per building, for a total of 360 units.

Bridgeport is the 7th worst city in the United States in terms of people living with financial hardships, while PT Barnum is one of the most impoverished areas within the city.  The impact of this financial condition has had an overwhelming impact on family structure, stability and education.

Urban Impact of Black Rock intends to become a pillar for the PT Barnum Community to lean upon.

Our History

Urban Impact of Black Rock was founded in the wake of a Mission trip to New Orleans in April 2008.  Nearly 2 ½ years after the area was devastated by hurricane Katrina, only 20% of the area was rebuilt, leaving many in need.  Families, communities, schools and homes that struggled even before the hurricane, were devastated afterwards.  Today, many are still in need of hope.

Brought together by Black Rock’s Church’s mission trip, a group of strangers from southern Connecticut banded together in God’s name to help our New Orleans’ brothers and sisters in need.  Among the volunteers, a bond formed during that trip. The group questioned the need to travel across the country when a nearly identical need existed less than five miles from the church.  To answer this need, Urban Impact of Black Rock was created to target a local area in great need of God’s attention and love, the PT Barnum Community in Bridgeport, CT.

Our Mission

To offer youth from the Bridgeport PT Barnum public housing complex educational opportunities through ‘in-school’ & ‘after-school’ activities. These include one-on-one and small group tutoring and mentoring with the purpose of helping youth achieve academic success, develop positive character traits and lead a fulfilling life. 

Contact Us
P.O. Box 3716
Bridgeport, CT 06605
203-870-4436
info@urbanimpactct.org

Here Is Our Work And The Impact
 Over The Last 8 Years

PT Barnum Apartments:  A community in crisis


A non-traditional approach: Relationship-Centered Transformation


A non-traditional approach:  Reinforcing initiatives engage kids from multiple directions


Relationships are essential to maintain a connection as the student’s influences shift


For this reason, the volunteer must build relationships and not merely “follow the program”

Collaborators

Covenant Church of Easton // The church financially supports the ministry, allows Urban Impact to use the facility for functions and has volunteers serving in Urban Impact.

Crossroads Community Church // The church financially supports the ministry, allows Urban Impact to use the facility for functions and has volunteers serving in Urban Impact.

Black Rock Church // The church financially supports the ministry, allows Urban Impact to use the facility for functions and has volunteers serving in Urban Impact.

 

Northeast Community Cycles // Provides Urban Impact with 40+ bicycles each year to be used at the annual Christmas store.

Council of Churches // They head up “Project Learn” which is in the community center before our XLR8 program.  We collaborate on our programs to make sure there is symmetry and coordination on our efforts to improve the lives of the kids in PT.

Bridgeport Housing Authority // Allow us to use the community center free of charge for the XLR8 program along with other events.

Bridgeport School System // Allow us to use the school facility at reduced charges.

 

Camp Spofford // Provide us with reduced rates for the summer camp when we send youth to camp

Goodwill Industries // Provide us with Thanksgiving dinners for 35 families each year.

Center Street Social Club // Provides meals for the XLR8 after school program.

Fairfield College Preparatory School //  Provides student volunteers for the XLR8 after school program. 

Albertus Magnus College // Provides interns for leadership positions at the XLR8 after school program.

 

Bridgeport School Volunteer Association  // Provide background checks and coordination of volunteer’s ability to serve within the school system.  Provides books and some other learning materials for tutoring in schools.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission // Provide us with supplies for our Christmas store.  Provides meals for XLR8 after school program.

Soccer Edge //  Provides soccer training to interested PT Barnum children.

Stepney Baptist Church // The church has volunteers serving in Urban Impact.