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           

What a great time we had at the Walk Against Hunger, despite the rainy day. And, what wonderful results we accomplished!! Collectively, we raised more than $21,456, which will make it possible during the year for the Friendship Center to serve more than 94,000 meals and snacks to Greater New Britain neighbors who are homeless, hungry, friendless and alone. Our efforts also helped our regional food bank Foodshare. Thank you to our Walk Teams for your efforts and generosity. 

West Hartford United Methodist Church, St. James Heelers, Okay Stampers Against Hunger, The Hartford, Friendship Center Archangels, First Church New Britain “Sneaker Sunday”,South Church New Britain, Kingdom Walkers, New Britain Lions Club, Armenian Church Hye Angels, Mrs. Oretade’s Second Grade Class, Alpha Delta Kappa-Alpha Chapter, and CCSU Walking Warriors.

We know that hunger doesn’t take vacations; nor do people living in poverty.  Next year Foodshare will give us another opportunity to help our hungry neighbors on May 7, 2017. The Walk is always the first Sunday in May.  It seems like a long way away, but it will be here before we know it.

The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger provides much-needed support for the Friendship Service Center and the other program partners in Connecticut. There are 137,000 people, including 1 in 6 kids, in Greater Hartford who struggle to get the food they need to stay strong and healthy. Foodshare is working to address this issue by engaging the community at-large and building a movement focused on reducing the need of our hungry neighbors. The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is one key way in which we, as a community, can raise awareness of hunger.

 In the meantime, be assured that our combined efforts are making a huge difference.  The Friendship Center ends hunger every day for neighbors in need.  On top of the meals we serve, we provide shelter, case management and a large helping of hope. Friends like you make that possible.

 Thank you again. Have a wonderful summer!