Programs at a Glance .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .


Basic Needs: Food and Shelter

Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents.  




Community Outreach and Homelessness Prevention

PATH staff reach out to chronically homeless people living in abandoned buildings, doorways, parks, makeshift tents, shacks or under bridges. Most have burned their bridges and are either underserved or without support.




Permanent Supportive Housing

Arch Street Housing is a community of once-homeless individuals and families who have overcome tremendous challenges toward the goal of living independently in apartments of their own.


Recent News  .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .

Salute to Special Friends

The Friendship Service Center's Annual Meeting is a time to recognize people and organizations in the community whose extraordinary contributions allow the agency to extend its reach significantly. 

Biz_of_the_Year_Award_2014_-_Tomasso_Group.jpgThe "Business of the Year Award" for 2014 is presented to the Tomasso Group, New Britain.  Accepting the award from Ellen Perkins Simpson, executive director, along with her heartfelt thanks are (from left) Angelo Tomasso, Joy Tomasso and Michael Tomasso.  The Tomasso family has long been committed to the Friendship Center through financial, in-kind and volunteer support.

Community_Partner_Award_-_2014.JPGWilson Keithline (center), newly-elected president of the Board of Directors, congratulates Frank Maccarone (left) and Sal Giarrantana on being recognized as "Community Partners of the Year" for generously providing a place of shelter for New Britain's chronically-homeless population this winter.  Their awards were presented to them during the Annual Meeting by the Honorable Mayor of New Britain Erin Stewart. 

WHUMC_-_Faith_Community_of_the_Year_2014.jpgThe "Faith Community of the Year" award was presented to West Hartford United Methodist Church (WHUMC).  This congregation has a long history of providing financial and in-kind support to the Friendship Center.  The church fields a walk team each year in the Walk Against Hunger to benefit the agency.  Pastor Ric Hanse, senior minister, accepts the award from Henrietta Kallajian, member of the Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection of New Britain, last year's award recipient.  WHUMC members Judy Morris (left) and Suzy Rivera (right) share the moment with Pastor Hanse.   

Scouting for Food


New Britain Cub Scouts in Pack 732 are some of our youngest and most enthusiastic donors.   The 23-member pack recently collected and donated more than 400 canned goods to the Friendship Center's emergency shelter and soup kitchen.  Many thanks for naming the Friendship Center as recipient of your amazing "Scouting for Food" project.      

Farmington Bank invests in community giving


The Farmington Bank Community Foundation has awarded the Friendship Service Center with a program grant of $10,000 to support the the Emergency Shelter and Community Kitchen in the year to come.  This investment will help make possible more than 94,000 meals and 20,000 bed nights of shelter.   Executive Director Ellen Perkins Simpson is delighted to receive the Foundation's contribution from Scott Blois, Senior Vice President, Commerical Lending Team Leader (left) and Thomas Cook, Vice President, Community Lending.  Cook also volunteers serves on the agency's Board of Directors.  Many thanks to our friends at Farmington Bank.      


Spotlight on community partners  . . .

You just can't make old friends

Acadia_Gift_11-6-2013_001.JPGWe love it when our good friends from Acadia Insurance Group in Rocky Hill drop by.  We enjoy their company, plus they always come bearing gifts.  This year, they contributed a generous grant, plus a shopping bag filled to the brim with toiletries for the residents of the emergency shelter. Ellen Perkins Simpson, executive director, shows her appreciation to Acadia underwriters Paul Postle (left) and Dave Walsh.  The Friendship Center celebrates its long-term community partnership with Acadia Insuance and its parent company's W. R. Berkley Corporation Charitable Foundation.

Good friends find ways to help


Our thanks to Liberty Bank Foundation for a $5,000 grant to the Friendship Service Center to support the work being done by the Housing Committee of the City's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.  This is an ongoing collaboration of public-private-business sectors to provide every resident of New Britain with a place to call home.  Marzena Bukowski (left), branch manager of the Liberty Bank New Britain Branch, presents the gift to Ellen Perkins Simpson, executive director.

Meet our new partner in giving...

The Friendship Center teams up with Helping Hands in a win-win partnership for donors, clients, shoppers and the Friendship Center.  For more information, click the Donate page on the navigation bar above.  Or, visit the Helping Hands website and learn more about our new partner in giving at