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.


Howey House Apartments   .    .    .   

New Housing to Combat Homelessness

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Ellen Perkins Simpson, Friendship Service Center; Jason Howey, Okay Industries; Sue Murphy,
Liberty Bank Foundation; Kathryn Luria, Webster Bank; Maria Falvo, American Savings Foundation; and Mayor Of New Britain, Erin Stewart.

 The Connecticut Department of Housing has awarded a Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP) grant of $2.145 million to fund the construction of 11 units of permanent supportive housing on North Street in the city.

The funds were part of $28 million in CHAMP grants announced by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Department of Housing in late March, and were awarded to the Friendship Service Center, which will own and manage the new building.

Located at 180 North Street, the three-story apartment building will provide 11 efficiency and one-bedroom units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals with mental health and addiction issues, with two units designated for veterans. Case management staff employed by the Friendship Service Center will be based on-site to provide services to the residents.  Construction will begin in the summer of 2016 and finished one year later. The building is expected to be fully occupied by the winter of 2017.

 The City of New Britain has committed $258,829 in HUD HOME funding to support the project, and arranged for the acquisition of the land it will occupy.

A $250,000 challenge grant from the American Savings Foundation enabled the Friendship Service Center to raise an equal amount from other private funders, including Webster Bank, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, the Liberty Bank Foundation, Hospital of Central Connecticut, the Robert C. Vance Foundation, and numerous individual donors. 


                         33rd Annual
          FOODSHARE Walk Against Hunger
           Sunday, May 1st  - Walk steps off at 2 PM   

It is that time again, the Walk Against Hunger is right around the corner on May 1st

Here in Greater Hartford more than 137,000 people, including 1 in 5 kids, struggle with food insecurity. Please join me in the fight to end hunger.

You are invited to "be an angel" by joining the Friendship Center's walk team or create a team of your own. It only takes four walkers to be a team. Please remember when you register as a walker (on paper and/or online), to designate the Friendship Center as the beneficiary of funds you raise. Each walker on your team must designate.

Please consider making a gift to support the Friendship Center's efforts to end hunger. You may send me a check made out to Walk Against Hunger. Or, simply click the DONATE button below and the system will accept your credit card donation.
As a walker you will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of hungry families throughout great New Britain.  Register for the Walk today!


(If you choose not to walk or if you will be out of town on Walk Day, some people still register online as a walker, raise funds both online and off, and then walk "in spirit.")  


Team: Friendship Center Archangels                        

Team Leader: Barbara Lazarski  


You may contact me at or 860-225-0211 ext 202