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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Recent News  .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .   

We're All on the Team to End Hunger

On the first Sunday in May each year, Friendship Center supporters and staff fall in step to end hunger by participating in Foodshare of Greater Hartford's annual Walk Against Hunger in Bushnell Park in Hartford.  We are always humbled by the breadth and depth of support that comes from friends in the Central Connecticut community.

       We can all be proud of our fundraising efforts this year. Together, walkers raised a total of $22,943 to benefit the Friendship Center.  How terrific is that???

       A big shout-out goes to our friends at Okay Industries in New Britain, whose combined efforts to end hunger amassed $6,873.  Amazing!  Running a close second were the Friendship Center's Archangels who raised $5,365.  Other top walk teams included: West Hartford United Methodist Church $3,895; South Church, New Britain $3,741; and First Church of Christ, Unionville $1,269.

      Other walk teams to whom we owe much gratitude include Meriden Property Management, Farmington Bank Feastmakers, Temple Sinai Walks Against Hunger and Hye Walkers from the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, New Britain.  Thanks also goes to friends from The Hartford who designated the Friendship Center to benefit from their fundraising efforts, as well as members of First Church of Christ, New Britain, who repeated their church-wide "Sneaker Sunday" to benefit the Friendship Center.    

      We cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm, kindness and support.  Together, we end hunger everyday for people who turn to the Friendship Center for food and shelter.  YOU make it possible to Make Love Visible.  THANK YOU for being on our team all through the year!!! 

So mark your calendars for the 1st Sunday in May, 2015 for the 32nd Walk Against Hunger.  We'll see you there!

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West Hartford United Methodist Church walkers
 
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Members of the Bethesda Apostolic Church, New Britain, and walkers on the Muslims Against Hunger team, New Britain.

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Hye Angels walk team from the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, New Britain

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Families on the Okay Industries (New Britain-Berlin) Hunger Stampers team

 

Spotlight on community partners  . . .

Hooping it up to end homelessness for     New Britain kids

Hoops_2014_-_A_036.JPGThe second annual HOOPS FOR HOMELESS 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown New Britain on Saturday, May 3, brought together 60 teams, young and young-at-heart, fifth grade through seniors, for a unique and wonderful day of inter-generational family fun.

Hoops_2014_-_A_019.JPGFormer UConn and WNBA player Nykesha Sales (left, with Jacob Werblow, Hoops Committee Co-Chair) was present, representing the WNBA Connecticut Sun.  Nykesha was accompanied by Blaze, the CT Sun's mascot (below, right), who "spread the love" like sunshine and quickly became the children's new best friend! 

Hoops_2014_-_A_027.JPGAlso adding to the celebrity of the day were players on CCSU's Blue Devils men's and women's basketball players who volunteered to referee the games.  Their head coaches Howie Dickenman and Beryl Piper spent their whole day enjoying the fun. 

Proceeds from the day's event will benefit agencies that provide support services to more than 350 homeless school-age New Britain children and their families, specifically: the Friendship Service Center, Prudence Crandall Center, New Britain Schools and the New Britain Boys and Girls Club.  For the second year, Hoops for Homeless also will support a New Britain High School graduating senior who has experienced homelessness as he or she prepares for freshman year at a local college or university.

Thank you to all sponsors, donors and participants in this year's Hoops for Homeless event.  Special thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, the New Britain Herald, the WNBA Connecticut Sun, the City of New Britain, Siracusa Moving and Storage, American Savings Foundation, Taino Smokehouse in Middletown, DJ Jonathan Delaire, Adam Tullock Photograhy, Webster Bank, Sports Authority, ConnectiCare, Farmington Malibu Fitness, the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation, Law Office of Anne Marshall, New Britain, New Britain Bar Association, New Britain Municipal Employees, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Britain, the lawfirm of Zagorsky Zagorsky & Galske in Plainville, and Advanced Computer Technologies in Berlin.

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CT State Senator Terri Gerratana (l) with Liz Urcinas, CCSU Athletics Dept., and Gerry Amodio, Exec. Dir., New Britain Downtown District

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Men's Head Basketball Coach Howie Dickenman perhaps scouting for future CCSU Blue Devils?