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.


Community Events   .    .    .    .    .    .      


3rd Annual Hoops for Homeless

Saturday, April 25th

Youth and adults in New Britain are practicing jump shots and free throws in preparation for “Hoops for Homeless,” a three-on-three basketball tournament on Saturday, April 25th, in downtown New Britain.  The event will raise fun and funds for New Britain’s more than 350 homeless children who do not know from one week to the next where they will live, with whom or for how long.  Funds raised will support organizations in New Britain that provide direct services to homeless children and their families.  To participate, go online to “Hoops for Homeless” to register your team, to sponsor the event/a team/a player, or to volunteer.   “Hoops for Homeless” is a collaboration of community volunteers and made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.  Join Hoops for HomelessEvery child deserves a home.

Hoops for Homeless is in partnership with the Friendship Service Center of New Britain, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency.  All donations are tax deductible. To learn more about Hoops for Homeless visit, or contact Scott Kazar at 860-832-1962 or To become an event sponsor or make a donation, call Barbara Lazarski at the Friendship Service Center at, 860-225-0211 x202 or





FOODSHARE Walk Against Hunger

Sunday, May 3rd

Come join us on Sunday, May 3rd! Through our work at the Friendship Service Center in New Britain I am reminded almost daily that poverty and hunger are painful and all too commonplace. That is why I am walking in Foodshare's 32nd Annual Walk Against Hunger.

The good news is that agencies like the Friendship Center end hunger for people every day. Last year more than 95,000 meals were served in the Friendship Center's Community Kitchen. The money we raise every year for the benefit of the Friendship Center through the Walk Against Hunger makes that important work possible. Approximately 80% of what you and I raise will go directly to the Friendship Center, 5% will go to End Hunger Connecticut and 15% will support FOODSHARE, the food bank where we receive most of our food. In Connecticut, more than 128,000 local residents are unable to have enough food on their table, and 50,000 of them are children. I know you find this situation as unacceptable as I do.

As a Walker you will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of hungry families throughout greater Hartford. You can form a team, it only takes four, and Register for the Walk today or you may join the Friendship Center's Arch Angel team. Please remember to designate the Friendship Service Center as your beneficiary.

Please consider making a gift to support our efforts to end hunger. You may send the Friendship Service Center a check made out to Walk Against Hunger. Or, simply click DONATE and the system will accept your credit card donation. 

I also urge you to come out and walk with us on Sunday, May 3rd so that together, we can take a stand against hunger. You may contact me at, or 860-225-0211 ext 202.

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