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

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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.  


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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.

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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.


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Upcoming Event  .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .   

National Homeless Persons Memorial in New Britain

A service of remembrance for homeless individuals who have died in New Britain will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., in New Britain.   Service leadership will be shared by local clergy, agency personnel and city officials.   All are welcome.    

Two days later, Sunday, December 21, marks the Winter Solstice – the first day of winter and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is picked each year as National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to emphasize the plight of homeless persons and their need for shelter, particularly during cold weather.  New Britain’s memorial service is set for Friday before the Solstice so that more people can participate.

Homeless people die from illnesses that affect everyone, but frequently without health care. Homeless people die from exposure, unprotected from heat and cold.   Homeless people die from violence, often in unprovoked hate crimes.

New Britain’s memorial service is a collaboration of the Friendship Service Center of New Britain and South Congregational Church, and is in support of “Building Hope Together, New Britain’s Permanent Work Plan to End Homelessness.”   All agencies, city employees and residents are encouraged to attend.  Nationally, this 24th annual National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is commemorated in 180 cities in 44 states.  The event is sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Consumer Advocacy Board.

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Spotlight on community partners  . . .

Share the Harvest

"Adopt a Family" this Thanksgiving

Each year individuals, families, congregations and organizations come forward with specially-prepared food baskets for families in need.  The families we serve are always gracious recipients and forever thankful.   
        Here are the steps to follow to participate in this year's "Adopt-a-Family" project.  Contact information is also provided.  For planning purposes, please give Catherine Evans, our Adopt-a-Family coordinator, a call or quick e-mail if you plan to contribute one or more baskets.