New Covenant Center director to address New Canaan men’s club
John Gutman, executive director of the New Covenant Center, the largest soup kitchen and food pantry in lower Fairfield County, will address the New Canaan Men’s Club in Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Church, Friday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. following the club’s 10 a.m. members-only weekly business meeting. Gutman’s talk, titled “More Than a Hunger Problem,” will explain that helping people to reach their full potential and regain their dignity and self-respect is the ultimate goal.
In October 1978, the New Covenant Center served its first meal from the basement of a little building at 66 West Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut. Today, it is open 365 days a year, providing three meals daily and serving 600,000 nutritious meals annually. Additional services such as personal hygiene, life coaching, job skills and medical services are also provided.
Over the the past four and a half years, Gutman has been responsible for operations at the center while serving as its executive director. Prior to that he spent 30 years in business development, marketing and sales for such brands as NBC, Time Warner, the National Basketball Association and King Broadcasting. He grew up in the White Plains N.Y., area, received his magazine journalism degree from Syracuse University, has two young adult boys and he lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.
The men’s club has openings for new members ages 55 and over. Anyone interested is invited to be a guest at the meeting. For more information, contact Frank Haines at 203-984-2602 or visit NewCanaanMensClub.org.