Closed for renovations, Amos House’s facility in Danbury for women, children gets spruce

DANBURY — Dawn Fawcett fields calls daily from women looking for a place to stay with their children.

“There is a big need for homes at the moment,” said Fawcett, the new housing manager for Amos House, an organization formed in 1986 by five churches that provides transitional housing for women and children.

But for now, she must direct them to the 2-1-1 hotline to connect them to housing services.

Amos House has been closed since last June due to a renovation project, and the upgrades have been hindered by a pipe burst in February that caused water damage. With a state grant only covering part of the work, the organization is in desperate need of donations to finish the project. COVID-19 has prevented the team from holding its annual fundraiser breakfast, a key donation-related event for the group, for the past two years, Fawcett said.

The nonprofit received some help on Thursday from volunteers with Keller Williams Realty, who painted the house and did other work around the facility as part of the company’s nationwide community service day.