BRIDGEPORT, CT - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch and Bank of America Southern Connecticut Market President Bill Tommins announced last week that the vacant property at 1190 Pembroke Street will be the future home of a new Pivot Ministries men’s residential treatment center.
The unoccupied property has been donated by Bank of America to the Bridgeport-based organization which is focused on helping men recover from drug and alcohol abuse.
“Pivot Ministries has been a successful organization, helping to change men’s lives for many years. Their recent growth has had a positive impact on their surrounding neighborhood on the East Side,” said Mayor Finch. “I’m very thankful to Bank of America for donating this property to a very worthy recipient who will breathe new life into this blighted property.”
Pivot Ministries will use this new home to help expand their program, which currently operates a residential recovery ministry located at 458 Jane Street, an Intervention Center at 495 Jane Street and Pivot Green, Pivot Ministries' greenhouse at 674 Shelton Street. All three of these locations were blighted properties that have been revitalized by Pivot Ministries.
“Those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse face an uphill battle on their road to recovery,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “Donating this property to Pivot Ministries will help them continue their vital work of promoting the health and well-being of our community and its residents.”
Pivot Ministries expressed interest in 1190 Pembroke St. immediately after the conditions of the property began to deteriorate.
"The house on Pembroke Street is an important part of our plan to offer more social services to the community, and to expand our program offering to our students," said Thomas Orr, President of Pivot Community Development Corp. "We are incredibly thankful to Mayor Bill Finch for all of his help, and for the generosity of Bank of America, which donated the property, along with a financial gift towards the renovation project."
Through the help of Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Bank of America was able to donate this property to Pivot Ministries to help Bridgeport residents seek assistance in their recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, Bank of America provided a $20,000 grant to assist in the redevelopment of the property.
Pivot Ministries has already begun working on the upkeep of the property, and hopes to unveil their newest home in the coming months. All Pivot Community Development Corporation properties are currently on the City's tax roll.