Greenwich’s own Joe Kaliko, founder of Needs Clearing House, has been honored by the city of Bridgeport in a unique way.
Kaliko, who many know for his fundraisers to help the homeless and relieve the burdens of those in dire straits, one at a time, is having a street in Bridgeport named after him.
Joseph J. Kaliko Way, the new name for John St from its intersection with Water Street to its intersection with Fairfield Ave in Bridgeport, is being designated with appropriate signage in recognition of Kaliko’s efforts.
In October Bridgeport’s City Council adopted resolution#156-19 noting that Kaliko had distinguished himself with his passion for public service.
Kaliko was honored by Mayor Joseph Ganim and the Bridgeport City Council for his extraordinary community service, longstanding dedication and generous contribution to those in need.
The resolution noted that people know they can turn to Kaliko when they need help, whether it be sourcing sheets for local shelters, beds for people facing emergency relocation, funds for a major surgery, assistance for animals – or even pizza for the hungry.
“Joseph Kaliko has never lost sight of the plight of the homeless and regularly helps those that go to John Street under Route 8/Route 25 overpass in downtown Bridgeport to get clothes, soap, toothpaste, clothing and food,” the City Council said in their resolution.
Further, the resolution noted that in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kaliko continues to protect the homeless by getting them off the streets and into hotels.
He also feeds front line workers throughout the City of Bridgeport, ensuring meals are sent to Bridgeport Hospital, St Vincent’s Medical Center and Bridgeport Police Dept.